8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year-End Review–Round 2!

The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose!  I have shared many of these posts, you can see them all here. This is my second child to homeschool 8th grade, which is why the post is titled “Round 2!”

Here’s a reminder of the original 8th Grade Curriculum Choices post.

Below I will give a small review of each subject, if you have more specific questions about anything, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer!


Math ~ Teaching Textbooks Algebra

Once again, Teaching Textbooks does the job for us! He completed Algebra and will be continuing on with Teaching Textbooks Geometry for 9th grade. Wondering if TT math is a good college prep math program?

 


Science ~ LIFEPAC 8th Grade

We gave LIFEPAC science a try in 7th grade and the format works for him so we stuck with it for 8th!

 


HistoryNotgrass – From Adam to Us

My kids were combined for this {5th and 8th} and it worked well. They don’t love it but they don’t hate it either. Neither of my kids loves history in general so the fact that they don’t hate it is a plus. I love it and was really happy with my choice.

 


Geography Country by Country

We completed Country by Country AFRICA and got through 3/4 of ASIA!

 


Reading ~ 8th-grade reading list

Books read together :

  • A Long Walk to Water
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
  • The Finest Hours

Books read independently:

  • Finding Gobi
  • Running for My Life

He does NOT like to read, at all. He doesn’t mind listening to me read, but it is absolute torture for him to read a book. Thus the difference in his list compared to my daughter! He did like the books we read, his favorite was Running for My Life.

 


Grammar ~ Fix It Grammar

We continued with IEW’s Fix It Grammar and it is a good fit!


Writing ~ IEW

We finished up SWI B  {I combined my kids for this 5th/8th}. He dislikes writing, although he will say that IEW is his favorite writing curriculum.


See all of our past reviews and choices for other grade levels here!



Country by Country World Geography Curriculum

Geography is something I want my kids to know. I think this comes largely from me growing up feeling inadequate in this area. I did not have a good grasp on locations and names of places in our world and this bothered me. As a way to be sure my children are exposed to every single country in the world at least once, I created Country by Country! Many geography curriculums touch on major countries, but I didn’t like ignoring the smaller countries and territories. This project took me a year to complete and involved much research! I personally learned so much while creating it!


How do I get this?

You can purchase individual units and extras, or purchase the Country by Country Bundle for the best deal. Once you purchase the bundle {home use here, group use here}, you can print everything as often as you need and use it now and in the future! Plus you’ll get access to anything I add in the future {if I come up with new ideas}.


What is included?

The main component is the Country by Country notebook for each continent. Every country and territory is included. On each page, you’ll find a place to write the country’s name and the capital city’s name. There is also a small map of each country and a large blank map of the continent to color in the country’s location on the map. I also included the country’s flag to color and one interesting fact about each country. The individual pages are simple on purpose so kids don’t feel overwhelmed. I didn’t want this to be busy work and by keeping it simple, it shouldn’t overwhelm most kids. The fun facts are chosen randomly, much research went into this and with each fact, I tried to choose something that would interest kids. Use Google to find more fun facts about each country if your child is interested!

Each continent notebook also includes the following:

  • List of countries and capitals
  • Visual flag list
  • Various maps
  • Additional info as needed {regions, territories, etc.}

Country by Country EXTRAS!

In addition to the main Country by Country notebook shown above, each continent also has flashcards, quizzes, and Jeopardy to go along!

Flashcards

We offer flashcards, that can be completed as your child learns each country. Use these cards as a display in your classroom or as a way to review countries your child has done.

 

Quizzes

Another way to expand is by using our quizzes! These are a great way to review the capitals and locations of countries.

 

Jeopardy

If you have multiple children, I highly recommend playing Jeopardy! You can mix and match as your children work through different continents. Be sure to utilize the DIY cards included in each set to create your own questions based on what your children are learning.

See my kids playing Jeopardy here!


Ages & Grades

Country by Country can be used with a variety of ages, making it easier to teach multiple students at once time. Since the curriculum does involve some copy work, I recommend using it once your child is capable of writing letters independently. This curriculum can be used as a simple exposure to the countries of the world all through elementary, middle school, and high school if desired. The target age is upper elementary and middle school.


Expanding the Curriculum

You can choose to keep this as simple as your child completing the page for one country per day! There are also many ideas for expanding the curriculum if you choose. One simple way is to look up the country of the day together online. If you are a planner, you can look it up ahead of time and bookmark anything you find – videos, articles, photos. My kids are usually interested in the animals and landmarks, so we often look those up to learn fun facts!

Books

I recommend adding in books to go along with the continent being studied. We choose our family read-aloud based on this. Last year we enjoyed two books set in Africa while my kids were working through Africa Country by Country. The Boy Who Harnassed the Wind and A Long Walk to Water. We have book recommendations for each continent, I am adding to these lists as I find more books! I have not read all of these, this is where I gather books that are set in specific countries. You can see my lists by clicking on the links below.

 

Continent Boxes

If you want to add even more, you can see how we used Continent Boxes in the past. This is a great way to add in hands-on learning, especially if you have young kids!

 

Country Notebooking Pages

For older kids, use our country notebooking pages to have your child choose a certain number of countries per continent to do deeper research on.

 


Get a Binding Machine

I highly recommend buying a binding machine! This is what we use to put our Country by Country notebooks together!


Grab YOUR Bundle!

The best way to get your hands on all that Country by Country has to offer is by purchasing the bundle. You will be given access to a private password-protected webpage with direct links to download all components! You will have access to the following for each continent immediately:

  • Country by Country {the main component}
  • Jeopardy
  • Flashcards
  • Quizzes

SALE!

The bundle is on sale through the end of August 2020 since I know many families are entering the homeschooling world thanks to Covid-19, I wanted to offer the discount a bit longer than planned for this reason! The total value of the bundle currently is over $65. The bundle’s regular price will be $45 but it is currently listed for only $32!

You can purchase the group option for use in a classroom or co-op! See the group option here – all of the same printables, but with the freedom to use outside of your own home with your classroom students!

If you’d like to purchase separately, you can do so by continent bundles, or by individual items. Click here to see all purchasing options!

 



5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year End Review

The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose!  I have shared many of these posts, you can see them all here. This is my third child to homeschool 5th grade, which is why the post is titled “Round 3!”

First up, 5th grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 5th Grade Curriculum Choices post.

Below I will give a small review of each subject, if you have more specific questions about anything, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer!


Math ~ Teaching Textbooks 6

Once again, Teaching Textbooks does the job for us! She completed Math 6 and will be continuing on with Teaching Textbooks Math 7 for 6th grade.


History~ Notgrass – From Adam to Us

My kids were combined for this {5th and 8th} and it worked well. They don’t love it but they don’t hate it either. Neither of my kids loves history in general so the fact that they don’t hate it is a plus. I love it and was really happy with my choice.


Geography ~ Country by Country

We completed Country by Country AFRICA and got through 3/4 of ASIA!


Reading ~ 5th grade reading list

Books read together :

  • A Long Walk to Water
  • Sing Down the Moon
  • Wonderland
  • Harry Potter 1, 2, 3
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Books read independently:

  • Warriors {series}
  • Wings of Fire {series}
  • Spark
  • Star in the Forest
  • The Familiars
  • Race the Night
  • The One and Only Ivan
  • Crenshaw
  • The White Giraffe
  • I Love You, Michael Collins

She LOVES reading, but only loves reading books she chooses. I tried to change things up a bit, and encourage her to read some books independently that weren’t her top choices, Of those books that were “pushed” by me, she LOVED a couple of them – The One and Only Ivan {which was a big push because she dislikes gorillas, thankfully she loved the story}, and I Love You, Michael Collins. I plan to push her even more out of her reading comfort zone in the coming year!


Grammar ~ Fix It Grammar

We continued with IEW’s Fix It Grammar and it is a good fit! We picked up about halfway through The Nose Tree {book 1} and completed it. We didn’t do another book, honestly when the virus hit I decided to just stop.


Writing ~ IEW

We finished up SWI B  {I combined my kids for this 5th/8th}. I knew we were planning to dive into the all-new IEW {Structure & Style Level B Year 1} this coming year {6th grade} so I let her spend the rest of the year free writing – which she does a LOT. We used her free writing to work on writing skills together in a low-stress way. We did get a small jump start on our new curriculum, which I shared on Instagram here!


Vocabulary ~ Spectrum 5th Grade 

No photos of this one, but I continue to like Spectrum Vocabulary workbooks for my kids.


Spelling & Reading Comprehension ~ Reading Eggspress

Honestly, my daughter wishes I wouldn’t have chosen this. The main reason – it is difficult! This is also the reason I love it. She can’t just fly right through it, and she is learning things I am not good at remembering to teach. Read my blog post about why we switched to this mid-year.


Science ~ Evan Moor 5th Grade & Apologia Swimming Creatures {with her weekly enrichment class}

Most of her science came from her weekly enrichment class which she did not enjoy this year. They used Apologia Swimming Creatures which she likes, she just didn’t enjoy the actual class this year. We enjoyed learning about other science topics at home using Evan Moor 5th Grade.

 


End of the Year AdditionMiacademy

Around March she asked me about possibly trying a curriculum that was more on her computer. I figured it couldn’t hurt and allowed her to try Miacademy. This ended up being fantastic once quarantine hit. I bought a year-long subscription and we will be using portions of it for the upcoming 6th-grade year also. I particularly love their USA and Africa portions.


See all of our past reviews and choices for other grade levels here!

 

 

 



Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2020 is Here!

THIS SALE IS NOW OVER

I am so excited to share the 2020 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle with you and pray that this deal blesses MANY of you! My Alphabet Bundle {a $8.75 value} is included in this all-new Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!

There are TONS of items in this bundle, as always! I have had some time to go through them and choose my favorites.

As always, I want to highlight a few that I think would be most beneficial to YOU, my readers, so you can pray about whether this deal is the right fit for you. These are the ones that stood out to me and I think many of you would love. This is JUST a small sampling, there are MANY more resources!

  • Growing in Grace with the Fruit of the Spirit: Family Bible Study {$13.99}
  • Gen to Rev: 10 Fun Activities to Teach Kids the Books of the Bible {$11.99}
  • Character Copywork {$6.00}
  • Anchored Kids Planner {$24.00}
  • Alphabet Bundle {$8.75}  <– that’s our contribution!
  • Art Camp {$9.99}
  • Celebrate Nature {$12.00}
  • The Peaceful Preschool Garden Guide {$12.00}
  • Printable Housekeeping Checklists {$6.00}
  • Cleaning with Essential Oils {$19.99}
  • Declutter in Minutes {$27.00}
  • Work Yourself Out of a Job: Household Chore Templates & Checklists {$22.50}
  • Journey to Clean {$8.99}
  • Garden Harvest Recipes: A Plant to Plate Cookbook {$7.99}
  • The Beautiful Home Printables Toolkit {$47.00}
  • Room by Room Chore Checklist {$12.00}

 

As you can see, just those resources ALONE are worth over $250!

The Homemaking Bundle QUICK FACTS…

  • Cost: $29.97
  • Sale Ends: Friday, June 26th @ 11:59pm ET
  • Value: over $1,250
  • Included: 52 products: 14 eCourses, 9 eBooks, 8 Printable Packs, 8 Planners, 9 Workbooks, 3 Membership Sites and Summits

Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit their website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this package, then click the “Get my copy now!” button to go through their simple and secure checkout process.
  2. Check your inbox for an email called “[Ultimate Bundle] Access Instructions”. Inside you’ll find your own unique login to your personal access page.
  3. Login to your personal access page, where you’ll see each of the eBooks, eCourses, and other resources in the bundle, as well as information on how to redeem each of your bonus offers.

The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just five days! After Friday night, June 26th, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

Don’t Forget the Bonuses

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2020 comes with these FREE bonus offers from companies who know what homemakers need and want. Some are 100% free; others are yours for the cost of shipping only.

 

MY FAVORITES THIS YEAR:

  • By Jillee – Makeup Remover Microfiber Cloths · 4 PACK – Worth $19.99
  • Puro Co – Self-care mini bundle (1 soap, 1 chapstick, 1 salve) – Worth $20



Amazon Book Sale: Buy 2, Get 1 Free!

Amazon is having an awesome book sale! Currently, you can buy 2 select books and get 1 free. There are TONS of great options to choose from.  I went through this morning and picked some of my favorites, but you can see the whole list at the link here: Amazon Book Sale

Below you can see many I recommend that are currently a part of this offer!