Evan's 8th Grade Curriculum

 Evan and I talked at length about what he wanted his 8th grade year to look at.  We've also been talking a bit about high school and even college.  He keeps talking about studying psychology and since that is what my bachelor's degree is in I am pretty excited about that!



We finally settled on:

Math-- Pre- Algebra using Kumon along with Mastering Essential Math Skills and 8th Grade Math Minutes.





Language arts:  

Spelling-- We're hoping to finish up the entire Apples & Pears series.



Writing/ Vocab: Writeshop 1 & Vocabulary workbook for 8th grade




Grammar-- Grammar workbook



History/ Geography-- US History: People & Events 1865- Present and Understanding the U. S. Constitution 




Science- EZ Psychology 


We may add in Foreign Language; he's been talking about using French and I already have this French Grammar book I had gotten for Alec to use (before he decided to head to our local high school). We'd also add in Duolingo for 15 minutes a day. 


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  1. Wow- awesome job Mama- very inspirational!

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  2. he sounds like an interesting young man and you've done a good job selecting the curriculum #MMBC

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  3. What a great selection. I have a ton of books for learning too but it might be time to pass them on now my children have outgrown them. I loved learning along with my children.

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    1. I tend to get rid of books only once my youngest has passed that grade/skill/topic.

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  4. I will save this as I always do! I'm so glad you have a child the same age as me. :) This year, I may look into an online homeschool curriculum as she isn't as motivated to learn by books. So if you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them.

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    1. I honestly don't know any online homeschooling things since none of my boys ever did well with that format. They much preferred pen/paper.

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  5. Great lesson plans, my daughter loved duolingo!

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  6. This sounds so cool! I love that Evan wants to be a psych major in college at least at this point. Glad you'll be doing this for science. The Apples and Pears series also sounds interesting. With respect to foreign languages, however, I would recommend idioms and phrases first rather than grammar. #MMBC

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    1. That is a great suggestion! Though I do think much of that is covered through Duolingo too; just not always quite so consistently.

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  7. I've just had a look on Google and I am sure 8th grade is the same as year 9 over here in the UK what my youngest is in. It sounds like you have some interesting work planned. Good luck with the Psychology, my youngest is interested in that but they don't do it in her school. From September she gets to drop French which she is so happy about. She just doesn't understand it x

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    1. Probably since we have pre-school (from age 3/4), then Kindergarten at age 5, then we start numbering from grades 1-12 (which is when they graduate high school). Evan was hoping to find a high school to attend where he could learn about psychology but I told him that it isn't really covered in our schools until college but we could easily work on that ourselves and just homeschool through high school like I've done with his older brother.

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  8. French? Wow I am impressed! Sounds like a good mix for Evan!

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    1. I was relieved he was picking a language I might actually be able to help with! My oldest picked German and it has been so hard trying to figure out way to help him when I know ZERO German. I don't a lot of French but I did learn it in high school and figure some of it will come back to me.

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  9. What a great curriculum. For the most part, I am happy with our public school curriculum except for English. They have read next to nothing, especially when it comes to the classics. I'm not going to make a change (obviously) since we're almost done, but I would definitely be homeschooling or classically schooling if the kids were younger. Have a wonderful week!

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    1. I have to admit we haven't made great strides in reading many of the classics either but I'm just thrilled when my boys find anything to read that they really enjoy. I do try to sprinkle in some classics here and there that I think they'd be interested in.

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  10. This is awesome! I love seeing all your picks and what your son will learn!

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  11. We just found Essential Math Skills this year and it has been so great at the end of the year! I wish we would have started with this!!!

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    1. I've used the whole series with my boys in upper middle school (at some point!). They make great practice/ review books.

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  12. Where do you get all your homeschooling books? And how much time do you spend a day working on "official school lessons" as opposed to cooking, hiking, all the other kinds of learning there are? I think you need to write a whole post on homeschooling! (Or direct me to where you've written about all this already!)

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    1. I would bet that we spent less than an hour a day on actual official lessons. With only one (or three!) students the bookwork goes by fast. I find most of my books either on Amazon or from Rainbow Resource which a homeschooling supply company. My first 5 or so years of blogging were all dedicated to homeschooling; many of them in a day in the life sort of format summarizing what we did and what we learned.

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