8th Grade Homeschooling Overview
While parents usually have high expectations of their children, it’s important to support your child in reaching them. This is especially true as your student winds up the middle school years. 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.
Because 8th graders are easily distracted, be sure that they have time carved out each day which is free of interruption from mobile devices, friends, or even siblings to focus on their studies. Although your homeschooler is likely working relatively independently on his or her curriculum now, it’s still important for you as the parent to sit down with them daily to discuss their assignments, check their progress, and discuss anything they are unclear about.
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 8th Grade
- Depending on your child’s dominant learning style, they may be attracted to a specific type of curriculum. For example, auditory learners may retain material more easily when presented in podcast form. And hands-on learners can make sense of math instruction that includes manipulatives.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 8th grade homeschooling can include a large variety of extracurricular activities including local homeschool athletic leagues, volunteer opportunities, summer camps, fine arts classes, homeschool support group activities, and more.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum
Time4Learning’s online interactive curriculum engages and challenges 8th grade homeschoolers, letting them work at their own pace in an environment that brings concepts to life and makes learning fun!
Time4Learning combines 1000+ multimedia lessons, printable worksheets, graded activities and plenty of practice for middle school students. Language arts and math correlate to all state standards. Science, social studies and art are also provided in most grades to middle schoolers as an added bonus. View the grade by grade curriculum overview to see what’s available.
Homeschool in 8th grade at Time4Learning includes multiple benefits for parents and students:
- Detailed lesson content so that parents can explore lessons in advance
- A secure, ad-free online learning environment
- The ability for students to access their lessons on a computer or a mobile device (via the Puffin Academy app)
- An automated system that grades lessons and keeps reports for homeschool portfolio usage
- The option for parents to set grade levels independently for each subject
- Flexibility to use the curriculum as the core of their homeschool or as a supplement to other programs
Have other questions about homeschooling 8th grade? Visit our 8th grade homeschool information page for an overview of everything Time4Learning has to offer your student.