8th Grade Mid- Year Check In

The 1/2 way point in our schoolyear passed us by nearly a full month ago and I never even gave it a thought.  Typically I like to check in mid way through our year and make sure we are staying on track. All in all we're not doing too bad but I definitely see a few areas where we need to buckle down.



We had planned on:

Math-- Pre- Algebra using Kumon along with Mastering Essential Math Skills and 8th Grade Math MinutesWe scrapped Kumon pre-algebra altogether and jumped right into using No-Nonsense Algebra.  We're focusing more on his other two books and only working on Algebra a few times a week since we'll carry that over into high school but math is going well; as usual. 





Language arts:  

Spelling-- We're hoping to finish up the entire Apples & Pears series. We are nearly done book C and starting on book D. 



Writing/ Vocab: Writeshop 1 & Vocabulary workbook for 8th grade We just finished up lesson 6 in Writeshop and since we plan on using this book for Freshman English I'm happy with that.  We only have a handful of lessons left in his Vocbab. book. 




Grammar-- Grammar workbook While we are not 1/2 way through this grammar book, I know we'll start working more in here once we finish up his Vocab book so I'm not too worried.  



History/ Geography-- US History: People & Events 1865- Present and Understanding the U. S. Constitution  I have forgotten about these two books entirely!  We have been working a lot with geography though so I think as long as we start sprinkling in a few history lessons we'll be just fine. 




Science- EZ Psychology  We are more than 1/2 way through this book and we've been supplementing with fun shows like Brain Games, How the Brain Works, and the Truman Show. 


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.  We decided to hold off on all foreign language skills for next year. 


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    1. He does too; I'm actually not a huge fan of workbooks and used a lot more hands on stuff with my older two but Evan truly prefers a workbook.

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  2. Brain Games was such an interesting show!

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    1. It really is; the brain is just fascinating.

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  3. Sounds like a fun year so far! Never heard of No-Nosense Workbooks, it sounds like a real winner definitely considering adding it to my kiddo's math next year :)

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    1. We like it. I've used it with my older two boys as well and it is very straight forward.

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  4. This school year is flying over. It sounds like things are going great. Good on you with the maths, especially the algebra, it's something I have never got the hang of. x

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    1. Oh I always loved Algebra... geometry on the other hand I could have done without anything beyond the basics of finding area and perimeter.

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  5. Gosh I bet you learn as much as the boys do this way. I wouldnt enjoy the history that much but I'd love the psychology!
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    Jodie
    www jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. I really do! I am loving how much I have learned through this long homeschooling journey. I'm going to miss it when they are all finished with it.

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  6. Thanks for sharing your curriculum, Joanne. Are there novels you are currently reading as part of Language Arts? I'm sure my students really disliked it, I loved teaching diagramming sentences! I thought it was a very useful way to pick up on grammar.

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    1. My boys have always been requited to read every day but they can pick whatever they want to read. Right now Evan is reading through the Lord of the Rings/ Hobbit series.

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  7. I love seeing homeschooling curriculums. And you are amazing! So much patience to homeschool!

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    1. Aw, thank you! It takes much less patience now since it's pretty much a breeze.

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  8. Just looking at those math books make me shiver with fear!

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    1. LOL. They aren't so bad as long as you break them down into small steps.

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  9. I love all of these choices. The mastering math essentials was a favorite for my freshman daughter. I have never used write shop, but it looks interesting!

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    1. We love the mastering math essentials and that it really works on improving key skills.

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