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8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

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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

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

   

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

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Homeschool Curriculum Choices and Reviews from 1 1 1=1



4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year-End Review

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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 4th grade, which is why the post is titled “Round 3!”

Next up, 4th grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 4th 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 5, Spielgaben, Life of Fred

Once again, Teaching Textbooks does the job for us! She completed Math 5 and will be continuing on with Teaching Textbooks Math 6 for 5th grade.

We read Life of Fred together at least a few times a week, we both LOVE LOF!

Our Spielgaben set continues to come out and the pieces are often used for reinforcement. We are using the new math workbooks this summer for review!

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History/Geography ~ LIFEPAC 4th Grade 

This was a great fit for us! She enjoyed reading together and did the workbook portion on her own.

We will be switching to a different publisher for next year – not because I didn’t like LIFEPAC but simply because I need to combine my kids to save time instead of having two completely different history programs. Next year we will use Notgrass From Adam to Us for 5th and 8th grade.

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See more about LIFEPAC History/Geography here in our full review!


Reading ~ 4th grade reading list.

Books read together :

  • Island of the Blue Dolphins
  • The Wild Robot
  • The Wild Robot Escapes
  • Endling
  • Granted

Books read independently:

  • Warriors series
  • Wings of Fire series
  • more than I can remember

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She LOVES reading, but only loves reading books she chooses. Her big change for the upcoming school year will be having assigned books to read. I will mainly be assigning historical fiction for her, since her natural reading choices are mostly fantasy and animal fiction.

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Grammar ~ Growing with Grammar then Fix It Grammar

We began the year by finishing up Growing with Grammar Level 3 with plans to move on to level 4. We decided to try IEW’s Fix It Grammar and it is a great fit! We started with their first book and I taught my kids together {4th/7th}. Since we started later in the year, we just got as far as we could and will begin where we left off when we start back to school in August.

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Vocabulary ~ Spectrum 4th Grade  

No photos of this one, but I continue to like Spectrum Vocabulary workbooks for my kids and will be having her use the 5th grade version in the fall.


Spelling ~ All About Spelling Level 4

We love AAS but my girl is a naturally good speller. We took pretests for many of the units and she knew almost all of the words. We will use Level 5 in the fall since we already own it, but I imagine she will breeze through it too. It’s nice to finally have a kid I don’t have to drill on spelling so much!


Handwriting Practice ~ Character Copywork

I combined a bit of Bible with handwriting having her copy verses using Character Copywork.

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Writing ~ IEW

We started the year with Bible Heroes {which we were finishing up from 3rd grade} and paused in the middle to do SWI B  {I combined my younger kids for this 4th/7th} and that was a great idea! We will finish up SWI B in the fall {we have 3 lessons left – which purposely saved because I wanted to spend time on them and not rush at the end of the year} and then move on to All Things Fun and Fascinating. IEW is a great fit for us! She is a natural writer, and will write TONS on her own. When she grows up she wants to be a LEGO designer but if she doesn’t do that she wants to be an author.

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Science ~ Learning About Science & weekly enrichment class {Apologia Astronomy}   

Most of her science came from her weekly enrichment class which she loved. They used Apologia Astronomy and she came home with all sorts of fun stuff! Working on the solar system project together was a highlight! You can see her oral report here on Instagram!

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We used Learning About Science as a home addition to read about some additional science topics together.

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    Art ~ See our plans here!  

    We tend to be stronger with the “extras” during the first few months of school. I loved our art plan and love the projects we did and artists we learned about. I plan to continue on in the fall and get some good art in for a few months at least!

    Artist Books (1 of 1) Masterpiece Society Art Turtle project (3 of 4)Masterpiece Society Studio Art (4 of 4) Masterpiece Society Studio Art (5 of 1)


    For Fun ~ Kids Cook Real Food eCourse

    Again, I was great for a couple of months and then main subjects took over. I love the cooking course nd hope to do more with it again in the fall!

    4th Grade Year End Homeschool


      Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for 11th grade. I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 8th grade & 5th grade. See all of our past reviews and choices for other grade levels here!

      Homeschool Curriculum Reviews and Choices



      7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year-End Review–Round 2!

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      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 7th grade, which is why the post is titled “Round 2!”

      First up, 7th grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 7th 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!


      Science ~ LIFEPAC 7th Grade

      My older son used Apologia science for all of middle school and I knew the layout just wouldn’t be a good fit for my middle son. I decided to give LIFEPAC a try and it is a good fit for him! The mini-book style works well, breaking down the huge book into smaller sections is less overwhelming. The breakup of the reading with questions is better for him too. We will be using LIFEPAC for science in 8th grade too.

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      Math ~ Teaching Textbooks Pre Algebra

      Once again, Teaching Textbooks does the job for us! He completed Pre Algebra and will be continuing on with Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1 for 8th grade. Wondering if TT math is a good college prep math program?

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      History/Geography ~ LIFEPAC 7th Grade

      This was a great fit for us! It isn’t his favorite subject, but he liked the layout of the LIFEPAC booklets. We mostly did the lessons together, on my bed or a couch, with help from Baxter.

      We will be switching to a different publisher for next year – not because I didn’t like LIFEPAC but simply because I need to combine my kids to save time instead of having two completely different history programs. Next year we will use Notgrass From Adam to Us for 5th and 8th grade.

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      See more about LIFEPAC History/Geography here in our full review!


      Reading ~ 7th grade reading list.

      Books read :

      • Refugee – FAVORITE!
      • Chains
      • The Hiding Place
      • Run Away Home
      • Beyond the Bright Sea

      He dislikes reading alone {enjoys reading together} and he did not read as much as I would have liked. 8th grade is going to be a game changer for him, as it was for my older son. He simply MUST read more books.


      Grammar ~ Fix It Grammar

      We began the year with LIFEPAC Language Arts and ended up making a switch mid-year. We decided to try IEW’s Fix It Grammar and it is a great fit! We started with their first book and I taught my kids together {4th/7th}. Since we started later in the year, we just got as far as we could and will begin where we left off when we start back to school in August.

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      Writing ~ IEW

      We started the year with IEW Ancient History Based Writing and paused in the middle to do SWI B  {I combined my younger kids for this 4th/7th} and that was a great idea! We will finish up SWI B in the fall {we have 3 lessons left – which purposely saved because I wanted to spend time on them and not rush at the end of the year} and then complete Ancient History. IEW is a great fit for us and after we complete what we have I will probably buy another theme based unit for him to do.

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      Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for 4th grade and 11th grade. I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 8th grade & 5th grade.



      Looking Back ~ Top Posts from 2018

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      It’s fun to look back in life and as a blogger. I love seeing what my readers loved the most and wanted to share what I found with you. Below you will find the top 10 NEW posts in 2018, the top 10 posts visited in 2018 {from anytime}, and our top 10 referring sites!

      These are our top ten visited posts in 2018 which were all new posts in 2018.

      1. What Begins With A-Z
      2. Pumpkin Tracing Fun
      3. Fall Mini Books
      4. Christmas Tracing Fun
      5. Christmas Mazes
      6. Winter Tracing Fun
      7. Teaching Textbooks Math 3.0 Review
      8. Color Through the Christmas Story One Verse at a Time
      9. Weather Tracing Fun
      10. Fall Tracing Fun

        What Begins with A to Z Teaching Textbooks Math 3.0 Online Subscription Review Fall Mini BooksTracing Fun Winter Tracing Fun Weather Tracing Fun Pumpkins Tracing Fun for FALL PrintablesChristmas Mazes Color through the Christmas Story One Verse at a Time for Advent Tracing Fun Christmas

      Our blog has been around awhile and often old content is the most visited. These ten posts were the top overall visited posts during 2018.   

      1. Preschool, Tot and Kindergarten Packs
      2. All Printables A-Z
      3. Thanksgiving Doodle Coloring
      4. Christmas Coloring
      5. Choose Your Own Alphabet Chart
      6. All By Myself Preschool Boxes
      7. Tot School Printables    
      8. Brown Bear Brown Bear Printables
      9. School Supply Labels   
      10. Owl Opposites Flashcards

      Printables Packs from 1plus1plus1equals1 Alll Printables A to Z 300 Choose Your Own Alphabet Chart PrintablesAll By Myself Preschool Boxes Spiral Cover2 Tot School Printables  Brown Bear Brown bear Printables Owl Opposites Flashcards Printableschool supply labels Free Christmas Coloring Printables for Kids and Adults Thanksgiving-Doodle-Coloring-Pages


      Top Referring Sites to Our Blog in 2018 ~ THANK YOU!

      1. Free Homeschool Deals
      2. Homeschool Giveaways
      3. Wildflower Ramblings
      4. 123 Homeschool 4 Me
      5. 3 Dinosaurs
      6. Catholic Icing
      7. Every Star is Different
      8. Pre K & K Sharing
      9. Smart Girls DIY
      10. A Little Pinch of Perfect

      Instagram Top 9

      As a fun extra, I am adding in our TOP Nine from Instagram. If you don’t follow us on Instagram, I’d love to have you! Direct links to these posts from IG are below the picture!

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          Lately in Our Life ~ Homeschool, Gymnastics, Chickens

          Lately in our Life Oct 2018

          Homeschool Update

          This year we have a 4th grader, 7th grader and 11th grader. It is a very different year for me as a teacher – for many reasons.

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          First, the oldest kid is taking all but one class at the community college. He is dually enrolled through an awesome program in our state called Career and College Promise. He gets to take these classes for free. He is currently taking Sociology, Music Appreciation, Math {Pre Cal}, and English. The one subject he is doing at home is US History – we are using Notgrass.

          It has been an adjustment, for sure, but the timing is right for him. It blows my mind how a 14 year old seems so young and a 16 year old seems so old, yet there’s only 2 years between. He is working at Chick-fil-A also, which is awesome, but he’s gone a lot. We LOVE that he gets to figure out the trials of a busy college-student life while still living with us. It’s not exactly how I envisioned his junior year, but it working out better than I planned!

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          Our 7th grader is using almost all new curriculum making his year different for both of us. We stuck with Teaching Textbooks for math and IEW for writing but switched the rest to Lifepac. You can see details here in his 7th grade curriculum choices post. I love Lifepac for him, it’s a great fit. He is using Science and History/Geography – which are going great. We are also using Lifepac Language Arts, but I am not completely sold so far. It is just laid out so differently than what we have used {for grammar, spelling, reading comprehension, etc.} and I am not certain it jives with us. I am not giving up, but not sure about it.

          Lately in Our Life Oct 2018

          We switched up the routine for our daughter, which is working VERY well. Not huge curriculum changes for her, but some additions have really made our year more fun so far. See all of her 4th grade curriculum choices here.

          Adding in art time together has been great. I haven’t been 100% consistent, but much better than ever before! The biggest change is her independent “homework” time. With a goal of teaching her to become more independent, I now teach her lessons, go over the work that needs to be done and then she actually completes the work on the following day during her morning independent “homework” time. This helps her retain information, since she isn’t completing the work from the lesson immediately afterward. It has been a great change, and also frees me up to focus on her brother more individually.

          Masterpiece Society Studio Art (3 of 4)

          Gymnastics

          Our son is staying busier and busier with gymnastics. Most recently, he qualified for Future Stars Nationals! This is a big deal and something he missed by just a tiny bit last year when he had a wrist injury. This year he was well for the regional evaluation and he is thrilled. We will head to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in November where he will compete with boys from the entire nation.

          Ky has a new Instagram account for which you are welcome to follow if you’d like to.

          I also share much of his journey on my account using the hashtag: #krashthegymnast.

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          Our daughter is beginning her competitive gymnastics journey in a much more laid-back style – which is awesome. She joined the AAU Bronze team and is loving it. She is currently learning her routines and will have her first competition in January. Follow her journey on my Instagram using the hashtag: #LFHgymnastics

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          Chickens

          We are blessed with MAY eggs daily thanks to our girls. They are a delight and we love having them. Now that they are bigger, it is more work for sure {keeping their coop and run clean} but it is still fun and we LOVE the eggs!

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