If sixth grade is a year of transition in our family, then eighth grade marks a year of closure. It is a jumping off point and a year of preparation for high school level work.
At her own pace, she will read through:
30 Days to Understanding the Bible, by Max Anders
The Truth about Forgiveness, by John MacArthur
The Truth about Grace, by John MacArthur
The Truth about the Lordship of Christ, by John MacArthur
The Jesus I Never Knew, by Philip Yancey
The Whole in Our Gospel, by Richard Stearns
Grammar and Writing
To prepare for high school level writing, she will work through:
Preparing for Usefulness, English 8, published by Rod and Staff
The Elegant Essay, published by IEW
Writing Research Papers, published by IEW
Spelling and Vocabulary
This year, she will finish both of these series.
Word Roots, B2, published by The Critical Thinking Co.
Spelling Workout, Level H, published by Modern Curriculum Press
Literature selections will coincide with her history studies.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
The Canterbury Tales
Henry V, by William Shakespeare
Poetry, Prose, & Drama, Book 1: The Old English and Medieval Period
She will finish a few pre-Algebra lessons left over from last year and then progress to Elementary Algebra, by Harold Jacobs.
Last year, she completed The Art of Argument. Continuing within the logic books from Classical Academic Press, she will work through The Argument Builder. If time, she will start The Discovery of Deduction.
Moving through the history, she will study Medieval times using The Mystery of History, Volume II: The Early Church and the Middle Ages. She will read a few other books to complement the lessons. As always, she will add to her own time line.
Eighth graders in our science co-op work through Apologia's Exploring Creation with Physical Science. They follow a schedule completing individual work throughout the week and have a group lecture and lab time once a week.
As an introduction to Spanish, and a refresher for me, our eighth grader will work through Spanish for Children, Primer A from Classical Academic Press.
Art lessons will be based off Artistic Pursuits, Middle School 6-8, Book One, by Brenda Ellis.
Our oldest daughter loves to swim and play volleyball. She does both on competitive teams.
Other Ideas and Books
For more ideas and books we plan to use during Eighth Grade visit my Pinterest board. I'll be adding to it throughout the school year as we go.
Next Week: 10th Grade Curriculum