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
  • Milkweed

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!

Homeschool Wrap-Up September 2019

Homeschool Wrap Up September 2019

See last month’s wrap-up post here!

You can see our detailed curriculum posts by clicking on the graphics below.

5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices L  8th Grace Homeschool Curriculum Choices K

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My Students

Back To Homeschool 2019-2   

A quick update for the 12th grader –

He is taking all of his classes at the community college for dual credit so you won’t be seeing much of him in my wrap-up posts! He’s a BIG kid now! Read more about his journey here in our 11th grade wrap-up post.

Recently he had the opportunity to shadow a friend of ours who is an air traffic controller and he loved it! Definitely a career he is looking into now! He is also enjoying his electrician course, currently learning how to program PLC boards. I barely know what that means. We are really excited for him and feel doors are opening and confirming his decision to not head off to a 4 year typical college experience. It feels strange if I am being honest, since he always thought he would do the typical college route, but we are feeling the Lord leading in this and have peace and joy! His main goal is not wanting to leave a 4 year college with debt if he isn’t certain his career path requires it.


 

5th and 8th Together Learning

This year I have combined my younger two kids for a few of subjects – History, Geography, Writing, and Grammar. We are also studying the Bible together in the morning during our breakfast time together. Below I will share a bit about each!

Geography

We are continuing our geography study with AFRICA Country by Country. We finished reading A Long Walk to Water, and began The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. I keep our map open during reading to consistently remind my children of certain locations. I want them to be fluent in world geography and this is a simple way to help with this.

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They are completing one country per day on their own, totaling 4 per week. We have now gotten far enough along that we have begun playing Africa Jeopardy! I figured my kids would like this but had no idea how much! My competitive son especially!

Africa Jeopardy Game Printables

We play for pennies and they have racked up a bit of pocket change!

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History

In history we are working together daily, with a goal of 5 lessons per week. We continue to enjoy Notgrass.

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The kids have convinced me that reading on the couch with the animals is way more fun {or distracting}. Imagine me in the middle of this!

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Both kids have their own map book and I love this aspect of the curriculum! It gives us a chance to really see and recall where things were taking place!

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Jeopardy has also begun for history!!! I typed up all of the questions they chose from the units we have done so far and organized them into categories. I also added a few of my own. I plan to add questions as the year moves along, such a fun way to retain facts!

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Bible

We do Bible learning together during our morning routine! This is something I began last year and we have continued this year. Click here to see what we are doing in the mornings right now! Currently we are spending most of our time watching the videos from The Bible Project that go along with what we are learning in history.


Writing & Grammar

We picked up where we left off at the end of last year with both writing and grammar, see more about our mid-year switch here. We are finishing up SWI-B and are almost done!

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Fix It Grammar continues to be a good fit. It’s a review for both, that they both need. They don’t love it, but they don’t hate it either!

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5th Grade

5th Grade Homeschool

How is my baby in 5th grade? This one is even harder for me to accept than the 12th grader! She is supposed to be in Kindergarten forever!


Science

We are using Evan-Moor Skill Sharpeners Science 5th Grade and we continue to enjoy it. We didn’t do as many experiments during September, but have many planned for October!

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Math

I can’t say enough wonderful things about Teaching Textbooks Math. It continues to be a great fit, she is using level 6.

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Enrichment

She continues to enjoy her weekly enrichment classes! This year she is taking Apologia Science – Swimming Creatures and Mind Benders. Mind Benders is by far her favorite!


Reading

See her 5th grade reading list here.

Here’s her completed list so far for 5th grade…

  • Spark
  • Star in the Forest
  • Wonderland
  • Sing Down the Moon
  • A Long Walk to Water

Currently Reading: The Familiars {book 1}, Wings of Fire {book 13}, Race the Night, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind {read aloud}, Harry Potter {book 1, read aloud}

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Extras…

We continue to use Reading Eggspress for our reading comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. She does the computer portion 2 days a week and the worksheets with me 2 days per week. It is a challenge for her, so not her favorite subject. I love how it gets her thinking! 

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8th Grade

8th Grade Homeschool

K continues to train many hours a week with his gymnastics so many of his homeschool choices are based around this. He is competing level 9 this year, and has an Instagram account here if you’d like to follow his gymnastics adventures! You can also follow my posts about his gymnastics with the hashtag #krashthegymnast.


Math

Teaching Textbooks continues to be a great fit for him. It isn’t always easy but he is working so hard. I love that he can watch the solutions for problems he misses! He has become a great note-taker, copying down solutions to tricky problems!

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Science

     

The science I chose continues to be a great fit for him. He has aced his first 2 tests and is growing so much in his science knowledge! I am very pleased with the curriculum choice!


Reading

See his 8th grade reading list here.

Here’s his completed list so far for 8th grade…

  • Finding Gobi
  • A Long Walk to Water

Currently Reading: Running for My Life {independent read}, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind {read aloud}

Reading outside with the dog is always a favorite…

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You can also see much of our everyday homeschool life on Instagram!

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8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

8th Grace Homeschool Curriculum Choices K

My middle son is 13 and going into 8th grade this year. Below are the 8th grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made for him!

Curious to see what he did in the past {since I’ve been blogging}?

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8th Grade Subjects

The Visual Version

 TT Algebra 1   Notgrass Adam to Us   lifepac-8-Science-10pack

   

8th Grade Reading List IEW fIX iT IEW-Ancient-History-Theme-Based8

Country by Country

 

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See all of our past curriculum posts!

Homeschool Curriculum Choices and Reviews from 1 1 1=1

8th Grade Reading List

8th Grade Reading List

We have used visual reading lists in our homeschool for years now! I spend lots of time each summer creating these lists for my kids and they really help throughout the school year! Today I am sharing our 8th grade book list, for my son!

8th Grade Reading List

I used many sources to find books I thought he might enjoy and that I wanted him to try. I read many of these in the past few months because I wanted to have several on the list that I KNEW he would like since he is my non-reader. He will not choose to read, ever. These books will be assigned {not all} but he will have choices from those on this page. We may add to this list if I find new books throughout the year, but this is our starting point.

8th Grade Book Checklist

I create a page with each cover so he can browse and choose his next book easily. We do not own all of these so I have him choose and I put the book on hold at the library!

Click here to see these books on Amazon!

8th Grade Reading List on Amazon

Downloads & How-To…

I have a few downloads you are welcome to use if you’d like. First, here is a PDF copy of the book choice page featuring the books I chose for him. If you want to create your own visual list, it is easy! I have a video tutorial here!

DIY REading List Video Cover

Here is a blank reading record like his. I just have him write the title, author and rate the book 1-10 based on his opinion.

Here’s another reading log we have used.  It is very similar to the one we are using now.

   

See our Book Lists Pinterest board here!

Booklist Video…

I have a Facebook Live video sharing about these visual booklists, and why we love them! You can watch that here!

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