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Our Eighth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

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Our Eighth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

I have been homeschooling my children since the fall of 2014. My oldest two have so far finished preschool. My second will finish kindergarten later this fall. My oldest has completed first grade, second grade, and third grade and will finish fourth grade before the end of the year. I already have my fifth grade materials ready to go for my oldest. I also have my sixth grade, seventh grade, and eighth 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 27, 2021.

Language Arts

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.

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Everything You Need to Ace English Language Arts in One Big Fat Notebook

Reading

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).

Language of Literature (Grade 8)

Writing

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.

The Writing Prompts Workbook, Grades 7-8

I also plan to continue using the Spectrum Writing Grade 8 workbook. The Spectrum series is available for kindergarten through eighth grade.

Spectrum Writing Grade 8

Grammar

For junior high grammar, I wrote A Form-Function Description of the Grammar of the Modern English Language for Junior High. Book 1 covers the introduction and chapters 1 to 11. Book 2 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.

A Form-Function Description of the Grammar of the Modern English Language for Junior High

Vocabulary

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.

The Vocabulary Builder Workbook: Simple Lessons and Activities to Teach Yourself Over 1,400 Must-Know Words

Spelling

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.

Math

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.

McGraw-Hill Education Math Grade 8

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.

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)

McGraw-Hill Education Algebra 1 Review and Workbook Spectrum Algebra Workbook Grade 6-8

I will also include Spectrum Geometry Workbook Grade 6-8 as a review of Geometry in preparation for high school geometry.

Spectrum Geometry Workbook Grade 6-8

Science

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:

I expect my children will finish over half the textbooks in seventh grade and the remaining in eighth grade.

 

Prentice Hall Science Explorer Book A Prentice Hall Science Explorer Book B Prentice Hall Science Explorer Book C

Prentice Hall Science Explorer Book D Prentice Hall Science Explorer Book E Prentice Hall Science Explorer Book F

Prentice Hall Science Explorer Book G Prentice Hall Science Explorer Book H Prentice Hall Science Explorer Book I

Prentice Hall Science Explorer Book J Prentice Hall Science Explorer Book K Prentice Hall Science Explorer Book L

Prentice Hall Science Explorer Book M Prentice Hall Science Explorer Book N

Prentice Hall Science Explorer Book O Prentice Hall Science Explorer Book P

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.

Everything You Need to Ace Science in One Big Fat Notebook Everything You Need to Ace Computer Science and Coding in One Big Fat Notebook

Social Studies

I plan to spend eighth grade studying the United States government and constitution with my children. I will include a number of resources:

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

Health

For eighth grade health, I plan to use the second half of Prentice Hall Health. The solutions to the practice questions are currently available via Slader.

Prentice Hall Health

Art

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.

The Short Story of Art

Music

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.

On This Day in Black Music History

Spanish

My children will continue using Rosetta Stone to learn Spanish.

Image Credits

All images via Amazon

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Written by Heather Johnson

Heather is a writer, librarian, linguist, wife, and mother who loves her husband, children, dogs, and cat. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in creative writing and master's degrees in library and information science and English studies with a concentration in linguistics.

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