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8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum 2021-2022

8th-grade curriculum choices for my homeschool

Before our homeschool journey even began, my husband and I committed to crafting curriculum options that would meet the needs of our individual kids. After seven years of teaching in a traditional classroom, I knew the pitfalls of one-size-fits-all learning. It erroneously assumes that every child is exactly like all the others and that they excel and/or struggle in all the same areas of academics and at the same rates. But the truth is, just as kids learn to walk and talk at different ages, they learn to do other things with their own timetable too. That's why we've never really homeschooled with grade levels.

 
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When my middle son was little, it was clear that he excelled at many things, reading especially. And so he often ended up a whole grade level or two ahead of his peers. He continued through homeschool at a pretty steady pace, sometimes surpassing his older siblings in certain areas.  However, much in part due to puberty and the social shifts that always come in middle school, we've decided to pull back a bit. Subjects that used to be easy for him, have become more of a struggle. On the flip side, things that were once laborious have become rather easy. 

For this reason, we took his learning quite slowly last year, reviewing and repeating many lessons to shore up some foundational skills. This year, instead of moving him on to 9th grade which would have been the natural next step, I've decided to continue on with more 8th grade-type material. I don't count last year as a loss. It was a great chance to dig deeper with my son.

This simple tweak to the plan will put him on pace with the "grade" he's actually supposed to be in because of his age and will allow him some extra time to mature emotionally and socially before high school hits. 

That's the beauty of homeschooling, after all. We never have to be bossed around by an outdated educational prescription. Our forward motion can be our forward motion. 

Here's what he'll be learning. Since we only homeschool 4-days a week, you can assume that each of these subjects will only be covered four times each week unless otherwise indicated.


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Content-rich Subjects

As always, he'll do all of his content-rich subjects like Morning time/Bible, history, science, art, and creative writing with his older siblings. You can see those curriculum choices here>>>

Personal Devotions- every day

Language

  • Writing & Grammar 8 from BJU Press
  • Finish All About Spelling level 6.
  • Read for pleasure. (every day) I will gather a list of titles including those on my Middle School Must Read list for him to choose from each month. (Vetting titles in bulk is a great way to provide some helpful discernment while still offering a tween/teen a choice in their reading selection.)
  • Word Roots Level 1- He'll complete the second half of the book that he started last year. 


Math

  • Abeka Intermediate Math Video Lessons-- Last year while in pre-algebra, I found that he needed a bit more practice with basic math skills, so I had him join his younger brother for some foundational lessons. They are only 14 months apart and are used to doubling up together on many things. This worked quite well and so, I've decided to continue duo math in the coming year. 
  • free online review games and apps (like Math Mateer and Monkey Math) for math process review (every few days)

Extra Curriculars

The Story Writing Idea Journal- In addition to our group squiggle stories each week, he'll continue using this writing prompt journal/idea organizer. Next to Legos, story craft is his most favorite thing. 


Book Club- Last year, in an effort to help my son make some connections with other kids his age who like to read as much he does, I hosted a tween/teen book club over Zoom. The group met online twice a month for discussion and gathered in person a few times to watch a movie version of whatever book we happened to finish that month. I plan to continue leading the group this year and have already added nine new kids to the mix. 

I've vetted many books throughout the summer and have narrowed my choices down to 14 titles that I feel are age/content appropriate but that may not have already been widely read by the members of the group. Each month, I'll select three titles from the list to present to the group. I'll read the synopsis aloud and/or play a video book trailer of each of the choices and leave it up to the group to vote for their preferred book. Majority rules. In this way, I'll be ensuring that the books are clean and captivating but passing the final decision onto the kids. It's their book club, after all.   

Life Skills

  • Clean his room and make his bed each day.
  • Daily chores: sweep the kitchen, sweep the hallway landing and stairs, sort the laundry in the laundry room
  • Weekly Chores for his child-of-the-day privileges and responsibilities: help make lunch/dinner and do two loads of laundry (Wednesdays)
  • Monthly Chores: three chores that he randomly selects from our chore jar one Saturday each month
  • Manual to Manhood (read 1x a week, practice 3x a week)- This is a book that he'll complete over the next couple of years. Since some of the units do not currently apply to him, he will only read through the following three sections during 7th grade: Social Skills & Manners, Grooming & Personal Hygiene, Clothing & Style (This mostly deals with learning to do laundry and ironing clothes.)


Co-operative Learning

Twice a month, he'll attend our homeschool co-op and participate in two enrichment classes each semester for a total of four for the 2021-2022 school year. In addition, he'll be able to join in on several field trips offered by the group.


Some might call my son's 8th-grade year a do-over or a take-two, but I prefer to call it forward motion at a pace that works for him. At only 13 (a whole year younger than the average ninth grader), he's just not quite ready for high school level work and that's just fine by me. 

4 comments:

  1. I love that you do what is best for the child. We did Teaching Textbooks last year with our daughter because I thought she just needed something else, we still use BJU but TT is like our "tutor". Sometimes we have to look at the bigger picture as well to see if their maturity is ready. I don't want to put my child ahead when her level of maturity isn't ready for what is in her future path. She may be 13, but she isn't mentally 13 and that is okay! Way to go mama, and thank you for being a word of wisdom for this "newish" homeschool mama!

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    1. Thank you for that encouragement. We used TT for many years and enjoyed it. I just knew we needed a bit more.

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  2. Would you be willing to share the 14 books you chose for the book club choices? I also have an 8th grader that LOVES to read :)

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    1. I hesitate to share them until we've actually read them all. I've vetted them all, but have only personally read 3. I hope to put a list together eventually.

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