When I began homeschooling my oldest daughter in the fall of 2014, I was a mama of one with my second on the way. Since then, my family has grown to four children. My oldest two have so far finished preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. My son will finish second grade this fall. My oldest has also finished third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade. She will finish her sixth grade work by the end of the year. I already have my seventh grade and eighth grade materials purchased and organized. If you are interested in any of the materials, easily find copies on Amazon via my affiliate links.
Originally published on August 19, 2020. Updated on July 24, 2022.
For eighth grade language arts, I plan to use Everything You Need to Ace English Language Arts in One Big Fat Notebook, which covers grammar, language, reading fiction, reading nonfiction, and writing.
I introduced the Language of Literature series from McDougal Littell during sixth grade. I will continue using the Language of Literature series for eighth grade reading: Language of Literature (Grade 8).
I will continue using The Writing Prompts Workbook, Grades 7-8 for grade 8 writing. The Writing Prompts series is available for first grade through twelfth grade.
I also plan to continue using the Spectrum Writing Grade 8 workbook. The Spectrum series is available for kindergarten through eighth grade.
For junior high grammar, I wrote A Form-Function Description of the Grammar of the Modern English Language: Book 2 (Level 8). Book 1 (Level 7) covers the introduction and chapters 1 to 11. Book 2 (Level 8) covers chapters 12 to 18 and the conclusion. The included workbook contains questions and answers for each chapter in the textbook including the introduction. The glossary in Book 2 provides an alphabetical list of the definitions of the bold terms throughout the textbook. The appendices in Book 2 offer quick references on English forms and functions, strong verbs, adjective phrase complements, prepositional verbs, catenative verbs, and phrasal verbs.
Written for students between the ages of 12 and 14 in seventh and eighth grade of junior high, this grammar begins by describing the grammatical forms possible in English. The word classes in English are nouns, pronouns, adjectives, determiners, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, postpositions, p-words, conjunctions, adverbializers, relativizers, complementizers, and interjections. The phrases in English are noun phrases, adjective phrases, determiner phrases, verb phrases, adverb phrases, prepositional phrases, and postpositional phrases. The clauses in English are independent clauses, adjective clauses, noun clauses, and adverb clauses. This grammar also describes the grammatical functions that words, phrases, and clauses can perform.
The included workbook contains questions and answers for each chapter in the textbook including the introduction. The glossary in Book 2 provides an alphabetical list of the definitions of the bold terms throughout the textbook. The appendices in Book 2 offer quick references on English forms and functions, strong verbs, adjective phrase complements, prepositional verbs, catenative verbs, and phrasal verbs.
I plan to use The Vocabulary Builder Workbook: Simple Lessons and Activities to Teach Yourself Over 1,400 Must-Know Words for seventh and eighth grade vocabulary. The book contains 200 lessons. Eighth grade will cover the second 100 lessons.
My children and I continued doing word study using Structured Word Inquiry. Each week she and I chose a base word or two to study. I am also using the InSight Words (Volume 1, Volume 2, Supplement, and Inflections) from Linguist-Educator Exchange. We also studied other words that arose in day-to-day life.
I plan to begin eighth grade math with the McGraw-Hill Education Math Grade 8 workbook. The book includes a guide that outlines national standards for eighth grade.
I will also use the Spectrum Critical Thinking for Math Workbook Grade 8 to improve problem-solving skills with math reasoning questions, tests, and word problems.
When I was in junior high, I took Algebra 1 in eighth grade, and the class counted towards my high school credits. For eighth grade math, I plan to use Pre-algebra from Khan Academy, Algebra Basics from Khan Academy, and Algebra 1 from Khan Academy. The mission of Khan Academy is to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. For extra practice, I plan to include the McGraw-Hill Education Algebra 1 Review and Workbook and Spectrum Algebra Workbook Grade 6-8. (1 credit hour, high school)
I will also include Spectrum Geometry Workbook Grade 6-8 as a review of Geometry in preparation for high school geometry.
Beginning in seventh grade and continuing into eighth grade, I plan to use the Prentice Hall Science Explorer series, which consists of the following titles:
- From Bacteria to Plants
- Cells and Heredity
- Human Biology and Health
- Environmental Science
- Inside Earth
- Earth’s Changing Surface
- Earth’s Water
- Weather and Climate
- Chemical Building Blocks
- Chemical Interactions
- Motion, Force, and Energy
- Electricity and Magnetism
- Sound and Light
- The Nature of Science and Technology
I expect my children will finish over half the textbooks in seventh grade and the remaining in eighth grade.
After completing the Prentice Hall Science Explorer series, I plan to use Everything You Need to Ace Science in One Big Fat Notebook and Everything You Need to Ace Computer Science and Coding in One Big Fat Notebook before my children begin high school science courses.
I plan to spend eighth grade studying the United States government and constitution with my children. I will include a number of resources:
- Teaching American History
- This Is Our Constitution: What It Is and Why It Matters
- The Constitution and the Declaration of Independence
- Constitution Quick Starts Workbook Grade 4-12
- Interactive Notebook: U.S. Constitution Resource Book Grade 5-12
- Interactive Notebook: United States Government Resource Book Grade 5-8
I am still mulling over which online course to use for American government. I plan to use either American Government: Help and Review on Study.com, which is a paid program, or AP®︎/College US Government and Politics on Khan Academy, which is free.
I also added Life Skills Resource Book Grade 5-8 to our health curriculum for eighth grade. The 128-page book covers topics such as work ethic, nutrition, exercise, sexually transmitted infections, drugs, and preparing financially for the future.
For eighth grade art, I plan to continue using The Short Story of Art. The 224-page book explores 50 key works and then links each work to art movements, themes, and techniques.
For eighth grade music, I plan to use the book On This Day in Black Music History along with recordings of the songs through various sources. The book covers 100 years of all genres of black music. Each page includes a number one hit from that day in history along with music facts.
My children will continue using Rosetta Stone to learn Spanish.
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