Homeschooling 8th Grade: Schedule, Curriculum & Plans

Homeschooling 8th grade… I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit nervous when it comes to homeschooling during the junior high years. It’s all about preparing them for the high school years -- that means study skills, learning to take notes, and maybe even taking a few high school level classes to get a jump on those high school credits.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit nervous when it comes to homeschooling 8th grade and homeschooling the junior high years. It’s all about preparing them for the high school years at this point. That means study skills, learning to take notes, and maybe even taking a few high school level classes to get a jump on those high school credits.

8th Grade Homeschool Goals

Before I start clicking ‘purchase’ on our curriculum shopping list, I like to plan my goals for the year. When life gets busy those homeschool goals give us an anchor -- we know what to focus on and what we can set aside for a little bit. This is always one of my first planning steps every year -- don't skip this step in your yearly homeschool planning process!

With high school looming on the horizon, my goals are focused on getting my daughter ready for those years. That means focusing on getting her ready for high school level math, working on writing skills, learning to annotate a novel, taking notes from a textbook, and including a few courses that will count towards high school credit.

Of course, we'll cover more subjects than what's included on that list, but if we need to modify our plans or adjust anything I know exactly where our focus will stay, even if other things need to change.

8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum 

Once I've worked out our goals for the year, it's time to start buying our books!

We’ve been homeschooling since the beginning and I can honestly say it gets easier every year. Every year is different but, when we find what works, we stick with it -- and that makes shopping for homeschool curriculum easier every year.

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Here’s what’s on our 8th-grade homeschool curriculum bookshelf:

Our 8th-grade homeschool curriculum -- read the post to learn what you need to cover before high school!

Come back in November to see what our 8th-grade homeschool schedule looks like!

Related: Homeschooling 7th Grade


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Homeschooling 8th Grade

These junior high years are the perfect time to start preparing kids for high school level work. Working on note-taking, study skills, longer writing assignments, and getting them up to speed in math will serve them well for the upcoming years.

I’d love to know about your experience homeschooling 8th grade. Leave a comment below and tell me what you think is the most important thing to teach before starting the high school years.

Related: The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Middle School

Tonia L

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