Hey guys! Today I’m sharing our 2016-2017 8th Grade homeschool curriculum with you. I know I’m a little late in sharing this, but it took longer for me to decide what we’re doing this year and to get some of the curriculum ordered.  I’ll also be sharing our other curriculum picks for grades 2, 5, and 7 soon as well.


This year continuing to focus on more independent work skills. As students get into 6th, 7th, and 8th grades I think it’s important for them to learn more independent study skills and scheduling their own workloads into manageable sections. We started introducing more independent work over the last couple of years, she will continue on with that again this year.

So to see what my 8th grader will be doing this year watch our 2016-2017 8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum video here!

8th Grade Curriculum:

Options: We participate in a once a week options program through our local school district. They offer a variety of classes that help supplement our homeschooling. It also provides the kids with a fun day where they get to see their friends and participate in a classroom environment. Here is a list of her classes this year:

  • Cooking
  • Robotics
  • Choir/Music
  • Drama/Ted Talks

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Links mentioned in the video:

And that’s it for our 8th grade curriculum line up this year! I’ll try to do a mid-year update to let you all know how it’s going. We’re trying some new curriculum this year, so that’s always exciting!

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  1. Top of the morning to you!

    First, I want to thank you for ALL the hard work you put into your blog to help people like myself lives easier!

    I have multiple grades 1st, 4th and 6th graders whom I want to start the IEW Curriculum. However, after going on their website, I was little confused as to what I actiually needed.

    Can you please give me suggestions on what I need to get so Im not purchasing duplicate copies.

    Thank you for your time and attention.

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    Mrs. Blocker

    Mrs. Blocker
  2. Hi Erica, I was wondering about the IEW Writing that you use. Do you have the students do writing everyday or do you break it up to so many days a week? I have a struggling writer. Thank you

    1. We do writing 4 times per week at this stage. Last year we only did it twice a week. If you have a struggling writer I would probably break it up into a couple of times per week instead of every day 🙂

  3. Hi Erica,
    Thank you for all your tips! What are some ways you are having your 8th grader plan her own schedule? My oldest is also in 8th grade and am trying to teach him to be independent as well.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Leilane,
      I don’t really supplement for higher grades, but for lower grades like 2nd I tend to add in a time/money supplement and then usually in 3rd grade we add in free printable math multiplication drill worksheets just to make sure they have their times tables memorized 🙂

  4. Hi Erica,

    How are you able to enroll in the Options program at your school District? My school district mentioned that it does not offer any programs for homeschoolers. Will your daughter be going during the school day? Thank you!

    1. Hi Rebekah,
      They go once a week to Options, they are considered enrolled in the public school system, so that allows them to go to the options program. Just check with your local school district to see how to enroll for your area.

  5. Hi Erica,
    First, thank you so much for the time you put into sharing your thoughts and experiences with curriculum. It’s a huge help! I was wondering how you and your kiddos like bookshark? Any likes or dislikes? I’m looking into using it next year for my soon-to-be 9th grader.

    Klarchen Walck
    1. They’re okay, the kids don’t love all of the stories and I just go through reviews to make sure content is okay. We also read some other things besides this, but it gives us a good selection. That said, I get them free on loan from our options program. If I had to buy them I probably wouldn’t do it.

  6. I believe I saw in one post a geography curriculum? May have been one you developed? What stood out to me were all the hands-on activities that were a part of the program. Can you point me in the right direction as to what that was? Thanks!


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