Homeschooling an Eight Year Old

Whether this is your first year of home education, or your twenty-first, you are probably feeling excited (and maybe even a little anxious) about this homeschool year. That’s because as parents we know that along with the privilege of schooling our child from home comes great responsibility.

You are likely on this page because you are curious about what homeschooling an eight year old is like, what other eight year olds may be learning, and what eight year old online homeschooling might look like.

We’d love nothing more than to be able to tell you exactly what to expect this year, but without a crystal ball, that’s not really practical, Instead, we thought you might appreciate some general developmental and learning milestones common to eight year olds. Just remember that this info is only a guideline, though, and that individual children will always have unique paths of growth and maturation.

Common Characteristics of Eight Year Olds

If you are familiar with the character “Tigger” from the Disney cartoon version of A.A. Milne’s beloved classic “Winnie the Pooh,” then you probably have an inkling of what it is like to be an eight year old. On any given day they can be “bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy” and certainly, “fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!” But all that eight-year-old enthusiasm can also turn to anxiety as they are faced with more complex choices, more conflicting emotions, and more moral quandaries than ever before.

Other things that can be common to eight year olds include:

  • want to weigh in on family decisions
  • better muscle control and coordination
  • swing back and forth between over-confidence and self-doubt
  • an increased desire for personal privacy
  • can become obsessed with a specific game, sport, or hobby
  • have a strong natural desire to be a part of a group and to “belong”
  • can take more responsibility for themselves by tidying their room and fixing their own breakfast

What To Expect When Homeschooling an Eight Year Old

If you have an eager reader, you may find this quite a delightful homeschool year. Your eight year old is eager to expand his reading selections and may learn to enjoy level-appropriate reading assignments. Even reluctant readers may make some strides in their attention span with books that pique their interest. This is a terrific year to introduce word searches and other similar word games. In addition, students are familiar enough with letters, words, and sounds to be able to start having fun with them.

As with most ages, your eight year old will likely both crave structure and resist it. It’s always important when planning your homeschool day to find a balance between scheduled lessons and creative free time. While eight year old homeschoolers are able to give attention for longer periods of time – – even with information that they don’t find particularly fascinating – – this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t choose educational methods and curriculum that best fit with your child’s learning style and interests.

Organized play can become increasingly important to your child this year. If there are homeschool play groups, athletic opportunities, church outings, or even neighborhood park activities available to your eight year old, you might want to give them a try. Eight year olds who are homeschooling alone (without siblings) may crave this outside interaction even more. Your energetic son or daughter will appreciate the chance to get their wiggles out while forming early friendships.

What Eight Year Olds Are Learning About

Even the most confident parents can feel worried that their 8 year old homeschool curriculum isn’t “enough.” While your choice to educate your child from home is an exciting one, it’s natural to wonder how their eight year old’s learning compares to traditional classroom learning. Age eight is a common year to learn about:

  • multiplication and division
  • creating and illustrating simple stories
  • rules for specific team sports
  • different art and music styles
  • relationships between natural systems of the universe
  • organizational methods such as Venn Diagrams and story maps

Online Homeschool Curriculum for an Eight Year Old

Many homeschooling parents report to us that they feel overwhelmed in trying to figure out exactly what to teach their children. Time4Learning understands that home education is a responsibility that parents take seriously. Our program takes the guesswork out of the homeschool day by providing multimedia lessons in multiple subjects that can be correlated to state standards.

This doesn’t mean that you aren’t actively involved in your child’s learning. We give you access to printable lesson plans, teaching tools, detailed reporting and parental support through our online Parent Forum. You can customize your child’s learning path from there. You can let your student move through lessons sequentially from the beginning of a subject to the end, or you can pick and choose lessons, dependent on any current gaps in your child’s learning. You can choose to use the built in progress reports, or track your child’s progress on your own. You can even allow your child to work in different grade levels for different subjects if your child needs more or less instruction in specific areas. Time4Learning provides an eight year old online homeschool curriculum that can be tailored to the needs of your individual child.

NOTE: This website provides information of a general nature and is designed for information and educational purposes only and does not constitute medical or legal advice.

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