Originally, we were trying out the Charlotte Mason curriculum. It’s a great plan, and I love her philosophies on education. You can find out more about what we were trying here: http://oldfashionededucation.com/. While I do recommend it, the Charlotte Mason method is not working for us. With this in mind, I decided to create a new curriculum that will work better with our children. For our 8th grader, this is what I’ve come up with. Feel free to use this, editing or changing as needed so it fits better with your family’s needs!
If you’d like to keep track of the days (as many states require) I created a simple, easy to use 180 Day Tracker. I have often had a difficult time planning actual dates, so I switched to just keeping track of how many of the standard 180 days I had completed. This approach worked much better for us.
Without any further ado, here’s the following Day 1 of our 8th grade curriculum!
We will be using a textbook from ck12. Today, begin with section 1-1, “Analyzing Graphs”. Do the exercises at the end of the section. If you’re looking for a more advanced math option, begin Lesson 1 in this free Algebra course.
Write a journal entry from writing prompt #1.
Lessons 1 – 5 from Daily Grammar.
We are using a vocabulary list from vocabulary.com. Have your child do the first activity to “Learn this list” (you’ll have to sign up for a free account).
We will be reading To Kill a Mockingbird, using these study questions for both discussion and book report papers. I expect my 8th grader to read 2 chapters a day (she loves to read), but you can alter the schedule to fit your child’s needs.
Read all of section 1 on the US History site, including sections a-d. Answer the discussion questions on the bottom of the first page.
Begin reading chapter 1 of Life Science. Section 1-1 should be read today, and your child should take notes while reading.
Lesson 1 of Power Typing.
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