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8th Grade Online Curriculum

8th Grade Online Curriculum
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A personalized eighth grade education will ensure your child is on the right academic path and allow them to focus on their interests. A rigorous yet flexible curriculum can help you maximize student achievement and prepare them to succeed. Many times, an online 8th grade curriculum proves to be the ideal solution for many young learners.

Read on to get information on what 8th graders need to know, what classes they should take, how you can homeschool an eighth grader and how Time4Learning can help your child succeed in their educational future.

What Do Eighth Graders Learn?

Eighth grade is a year of highly visible progress in math skill development, reading, writing and language arts as well as deeper understanding of U.S history and physical sciences.
Below are some of the skills and concepts an 8th grade homeschool curriculum should teach :

  • Linear equations, functions, and Pythagorean theorem
  • Word analysis, fluency, and grade appropriate vocabulary development including idioms, analogies and more to infer literal and figurative meaning of words and phrases.
  • Advanced reading comprehension strategies and writing processes including narrative, expository, persuasive, and descriptive essay writing.
  • Advanced US history, from colonization of the United States and creation of a new nation to the end of the 19th century.
  • Matter, atoms, elements and the periodic table.
  • Motion and forces such as gravity, friction, momentum, speed and velocity.

The Time4Learning scope and sequence and eighth grade lesson plans pages can help you gain an understanding of what an 8th grade curriculum should include.

8th Grade Curriculum Overview

A typical course of study for eighth grade homeschoolers includes math, science, language arts and social studies. That said, there may be additional courses required depending on your state laws and parents can add other electives such as foreign languages, physical education, personal finance and more!
At the end of the day, a good 8th grade program will help your student:

  • Develop age appropriate writing skills, including correctly applying punctuation, grammar, and syntax skills.
  • Read with fluency while developing complex grade appropriate vocabulary.
  • Understand concepts of energy, chemical reactions, waves and sound as well as magnetism.
  • Expand their knowledge of US history and the changing social and political conditions in the United States.
  • Become adept at solving systems of linear equations and using functions to describe quantitative relationships.
  • Increase effective expression by gaining greater understanding of figurative and connotative meanings.
  • Gain adequate mastery of communication skills, advanced mathematical and scientific concepts to prepare them for high school.

Be sure to research the homeschool requirements in your state to ensure your curriculum of preference aligns with what is required.

8th Grade Math Curriculum

Your child’s eighth grade math curriculum will become more advanced as you progress through the year.

Here are some of the math concepts and theories your child will study with our 8th grade curriculum:

  • Proportional relationships to find measures of length, weight or mass, and capacity or volume.
  • Linear inequalities in one and two variables.
  • Conditional probabilities, sampling techniques, and histograms.
Read more on our 8th grade math curriculum page.

8th Grade Language Arts Curriculum

The eight grade language arts curriculum builds upon your child’s reading, writing, spelling, grammar, and comprehension skills. The list of what’s taught in eight grade includes:

  • Figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
  • Summarizing, paraphrasing, or synthesizing information from different texts.
  • Understanding the main idea, cause and effect, symbolism, making inferences, mood, tone, and point of view, in a story.
Learn more on our 8th grade language arts curriculum page.

8th Grade Social Studies Curriculum

Our 8th grade curriculum auto assigns U.S. history, however parents can select from five different social studies courses for middle schoolers and teach them in the order they prefer.

Learn more on our 8th grade social studies curriculum page.

8th Grade Science Curriculum

For science, the recommended course for 8th graders is physical science. Some concepts that our 8th grade science curriculum covers, include:

  • Chemical properties
  • Atomic theory
  • Energy transformation
Learn more on our 8th grade science curriculum page.

8th Grade Spelling Words

Time4Learning members get access to spelling lists and other printable materials on their parent dashboard. Improving spelling should always be a main eighth grade educational goal.

To view a sample spelling list visit our 8th grade spelling words list page.

How to Homeschool an Eighth Grader

If you’re ready to start homeschooling an eighth grader but need guidance on how to start, we put together information on:

  • How to get started
  • How to create a schedule and plan your lessons
  • Starter reading book list
  • Tips, ideas and more!
Learn more about how to homeschool eighth grade here.

Why Choose Time4Learning 8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum?

Prepare your 8th grader for high school using Time4Learning’s 8th grade homeschool curriculum to reinforce skills they learned in previous grades and develop understanding and mastery of new concepts.
For over 16 years our computer-based program has helped more than 600,000 families successfully homeschool their children from PreK all the way through 12th grade. Our curriculum uses multimedia-based lessons and printable worksheets to expand your student’s skill set and master more difficult concepts in math, science, language arts, and social studies.

Below are a few reasons why many parents choose Time4Learning as a main or supplemental curriculum for their 8th graders.

As a Full Curriculum
  • A comprehensive 8th grade curriculum with over 200 chapters, 4,300 activities, worksheets and quizzes.
  • An automatic grading system that tracks your child’s progress, keeps reports for homeschool portfolio usage, and cuts down on administrative duties.
  • Resources such as printable lesson plans, homeschool teaching tools, detailed reporting, activity scheduling and parental support through our online Parent Forum.
  • Includes full year materials on all core subjects.
  • Animated lessons, instructional videos, quizzes, and tests.
  • 24/7 access so your child can start learning at any time during the day or night.
  • No contracts and the flexibility to start, stop, or pause membership at any time.
As a Supplement
  • Our interactive computer-based environment keeps students engaged with the lessons being taught.
  • Curriculum briefing and organized lessons help parents easily locate the content they want their 8th grader to work on.
  • Complimentary spelling lists and reading book lists to help parents further their child’s 8th grade education.
  • Self-paced and engaging lessons, which allows your child to learn in a stress-free environment.
  • A system that encourages independent learning while building more confidence in their abilities.
  • Tons of non-scored activities, quizzes and printable quiz answer keys, that help your child master more difficult theories and concepts in all subject areas.
  • Our 8th grade curriculum is designed to meet national standards.

Time4Learning’s 8th grade program can be used as a complete curriculum, for afterschool skillbuilding or as an online summer school program to keep children learning and engaged.

FAQ’s About Homeschooling 8th Grade

How old are 8th graders?
Most eighth grade students are between 12 years old  and 13 years old, but can be 14 years old depending on their past history in school.
How can I prepare my child for eighth grade?
8th graders should practice and strengthen their skills in preparation for high school. These skills should include:

  • Becoming efficient with their time
  • Asking plenty of questions to ensure understanding of concepts
  • Fact checking and verification

What should an 8th grader know by the end of the year?
By the end of eighth grade, students should be able to:

  • Distinguish connotations of words and interpret figures of speech
  • Demonstrate ability to accurately spell and use punctuation
  • Work with radical and integer exponents, linear equations, and functions
  • Understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem
  • Have a deep understanding of the physical sciences

Why is eighth grade important?
While every grade is important, eighth grade is usually the year students develop organizational skills, time management and study habits that prepares them for high school and beyond.

PreK - 8th

  • Monthly, first student
  • ($14.95 monthly for each additional student)

9th - 12th

  • Monthly, per student
  • (Includes 4 courses per student)

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