Getting Started with Eighth Grade Homeschool

Eighth Grade Homeschooling Overview

The 8th grade homeschool year is a perfect opportunity to really take an assessment of where your child is, academically, and where they should be. If there are any gaps in their education, this is the year to address those, especially prior to kicking off their high school transcript. If your child needs additional help in any subject area, don’t hesitate to incorporate outside tutors or online remediation to get your student back on track.

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A typical course of study for eighth grade homeschoolers includes language arts, math, social studies, science, and health and safety. In addition, many students homeschooling in 8th grade will incorporate some kind of physical fitness program and possibly other fine arts studies as well.

Ten Tips for Homeschooling Eighth Grade

Homeschooling has so much to do with things other than teaching but here are our ten tips for getting started with homeschooling your eighth grader.

  1. Your state’s department of education website can be an invaluable resource for what a typical course of study for your child’s grade level includes. This should only serve as a comparative tool, however, since ultimately, a homeschool student’s coursework is determined by the student and parent.
  2. Homeschooling middle school doesn’t have to break the bank. Many of the books and resources needed to homeschool a 8th grader are available for free or at minimal cost online, at your local library, via used bookstores, or by trading off with other homeschool families.
  3. One of the most powerful advantages to homeschooling is its flexibility. Your eighth grader’s interests, passions, and personality can dictate much of the content of his or her coursework.
  4. Individuals tend to have a “best” time of day for learning and skill-building. Your eighth grader will likely perform at their peak if the majority of their homeschool studies are carried out during this period of the day – – even if that means late at night!
  5. 8th graders haven’t outgrown the need for frequent breaks during the homeschool day. In addition to general downtime between homeschool sessions, it can be helpful to vary the type of study activity too. Moving from a reading assignment to a hands-on project to a session on the computer will add variety and interest to your child’s day.
  6. Students who are considered gifted don’t always work at an accelerated level in every subject. Many gifted students are especially proficient only in one specific subject.
  7. Prevent burnout by scheduling  regular outings with other families. Find out if your area has a local homeschool support group or meetups at the library and get involved with field trips, clubs, and community service activities they offer.
  8. Any student who spends time on the internet on either a computer or mobile device should be taught the basic principles of internet safety – – understanding how their activity on the web affects their personal safety and privacy and can open the information on their computer to security risks.
  9. Even homeschool parents need down-time during the day, so don’t forget to schedule in some time for you to take a break from homeschooling and rejuvenate with something you enjoy.
  10. It’s not too early to begin talking to your 8th grade homeschool student about life after high school. This is a great time to begin talking with your child about their specific interests, passions, and talents, and how those things could eventually lead to a college and career path.

Eighth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

For eighth graders, Time4Learning provides language arts, math, and science. Within the program, subjects are organized into multimedia chapters with interactive lessons, printable lesson worksheets and graded activities. And with an automated software system, eighth graders are guided through the online activities at their own pace based on their learning levels.

Why Try Time4Learning Homeschool Curriculum

  • Students get individual logins and work at their own pace which can lead to more effective learning
  • Parents can set the grade levels independently for each subject so student learn at their own speed
  • Member-only access to detailed printable lesson plans and homeschool teaching tools to review lesson contents
  • Time-stamping feature on the activities for attendance and record keeping
  • Automated grading feeds homeschool portfolio usage making record keeping simple
  • Detailed reporting for portfolio usage and parental support through our online Parent Forum
  • Entirely web based, no software to download, no CDs and nothing additional to purchase
  • Affordable membership backed by a 14-day money-back guarantee. You can start, stop, or pause your membership at any time without penalty.

Eighth Grade Homeschool Resources

If you’re interested in homeschooling for eighth grade, you might also be interested in:

Online Curriculum for Homeschool, Afterschool and Summer Use

If you are just learning about Time4Learning, we’d suggest first looking at our interactive lesson demos.

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