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The longer we homeschool, the harder it gets to answer the question, “What curriculum do you use?” Goodness! I use so many different things that it’s hard to offer a simple response. Even this blog post looks complicated when I list out everything we plan on doing.
For Emma’s eighth grade year, I did a lot of shopping the shelves to see what we could use without buying many new materials. Fortunately I had quite a bit on hand. I did round it all out with an order from Rainbow Resource, Amazon, and CBD, but I kept my overall costs at a minimum.
I found Heritage History to be a low-stress, no-frills, affordable history option last semester. Having an iPad is going to make reading the eBooks even easier than the Kindle, I think, since the screen is so much larger. Emma will continue using notebooking to narrate what she studies.
(If you want to try out Heritage History, use code jimmiescollage for a free copy of Spanish Empire when you purchase any curriculum CD. And I hear that the price of the Notebooking Pages membership is going to increase Sept. 1, so if you are considering it, now is the time to buy.)
Artist and Composer
Harmony Fine Arts Grade 7 Late Renaissance to Early Modern ‡
I’m taking the easy way out this semester by using Barb’s carefully laid out plans for artist and composer study. I downloaded the PDF to my iPad and instantly realized how easy this is going to be. It comes complete with the art to study and some printables. For the music, I did need to purchase some CDs, but Harmony Fine Arts had clear lists of what to buy. The guide schedules all of the assignments so that I don’t have to spend a lot of time planning.
See HFA for a PDF with grades 5-8 and the artists and composers covered for each year. The “grades” are somewhat arbitrary, of course, so we chose the artists that we were most interested in studying.
John Singleton Copley, Jacques-Louis David, John Constable, Eugene Delacroix, Winslow Homer
Robert Schumann, Richard Wagner, Johann Strauss, Johannes Brahms, Georges Bizet, Edvard Grieg
Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra
Teaching Textbooks is working for Emma, so we are going forward with it. In fact, I feel confident that we will continue this material all the way through high school.
A monthly essay plus peer editing session with other local homeschoolers
Editor in Chief B2 & C1
Miscellaneous grammar activities that I make up as we go
4 poets, one each term, using the Poetry for Young People series: Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, Edna St. Millay, and Edgar Allan Poe
Adventure novels that we have on hand:
- The Trumpeter of Krakow
- The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
- Big Red
- Catherine Called Birdy
living books in two themes
- Constellations for Every Kid
- Exploring the Solar System: A History with 22 Activities
- Don’t Know Much About Space
- The Astronomy Book (Wonders of Creation Series)
- Oceans for Every Kid
- The Ocean Book: Aquarium and Seaside Activities and Ideas for All Ages
- Dragons of the Deep
- The Ocean Book
I take a crazy pride in the fact that we’ve never used a science textbook, preferring to stick with living books only. I fear that my resolve will crumble when it comes to high school, though. Fortunately Apologia has some great options.
I’m not sure where to fit these last two options into the academic areas, and really it doesn’t matter. (The beauty of homeschool!) I am eager for Emma to get some behind the scenes insight into how computers work with Homeschool Programming. And the logic curriculum is going to be perfect for her developing mind.
Of course, this list is not comprehensive. There are read alouds and other resources that I didn’t list here. But this post gives you a big overview of our plan. It is only a plan. I am always open to modifications. And I don’t get stressed about “being behind.”
Anyone else with an 8th grader this year? I’d love to hear how your curriculum choices compare with mine.
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