Hi everyone! I’ve had a lot of requests to see what my 8th grader’s homeschool day looks like. So today I’m sharing her schedule with you. Keep in mind, this is a flexible schedule. Some days a subject might take her longer than others. And so she may finish a little earlier, or later depending on her workload for the day. She currently has an average of 4-5 hours of school per day, plus sports in the afternoons. So far this schedule is working well for her.
Now I know I have homework listed on her schedule, and some of you are probably wondering about that. She uses this time to catch up on any work she didn’t finish during the day, as well as work on her writing assignments. We’re doing IEW Writing and we’ll usually watch the video during class on the first day, sometimes it takes two days to complete longer videos. Then she’ll get a writing assignment that will be due later in the week or the following week depending. So she uses her homework time to work on those assignments.
She will also occasionally have homework from her options program, and so she can work on it during her homework time as well.
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Here’s our Basic 8th Grade Schedule:
- 8:30am – Breakfast
- 9:00am – Bible
- 9:15am – Math
- 9:30am – English
- 10:40am – Spelling
- 11:00am – Art/Drawing (Mon), Writing (T-TH)
- 12:00pm – Lunch
- 12:45pm – Typing
- 1:00pm – Literature
- 1:30pm – History
- 2:00pm – Science
- 2:45pm – Homework
- 4:30pm – Swimming
Strawberry Shortcake also participates in our weekly options program and this year she gets to do cooking, problem solving/game theory, robotics, and choir. It should be a fun year for her.
If you’d like to see what specific curriculum she’s using this year, make sure to check out our 2016-2017 8th grade curriculum post!
Check out our other homeschool daily schedules here!
These are just the basic schedules that have worked for us over the years. Of course your schedule will vary based on the curriculum you’re using, and what fits the needs of your family best.
Great schedule! Do you spell out what is to be done each day?
Yes, they get a weekly assignment sheet that is more specific, so they check off items each day as they complete them.
Awesome!! I’m seriously thinking of homeschooling my 5th grader and your blog has helped me with a lot of questions I have. Scheduling was one.
Erica just wonder where you get all the supplies you get for chalk painting including brushes
You can find them online, but we have a local store here that I went to so I could see all of the colors in person. You might do an internet search to see if you have a chalk paint store in your area 🙂
Hi Erica! Just wondering would be posting an updated schedule for the other grades as well?
Hi Erica! Love your blog! I’m curious about the “options” program. Is this a co-op? Does your daughter participate outside of your house? Thanks for your help!
Yes, we do a once a week program that takes place outside of our home. They mostly do elective classes, they change each year depending on what they offer.
We also have a day in our week where the kids to classes outside of the home. I struggle with Abeka to complete their curriculum (for History/Science for your 7th/8th graders) while doing a 4 day a week program. How do you manage that?
We do not usually complete the entire Abeka curriculum each year because we do a 4 day work week as well. It depends on the subject as to how we get through it. For the older kids doing History, it is too much work to double up on assignments, and so we just went through and chose which chapters we wanted to complete and did our schedule that way. That does mean we’re missing a few chapters, but we’ll pick them up in a later year. For my younger one I usually skip worksheets here and there as they duplicate in topics that she’s doing well in. It’s a little more abstract to do it that way, but it works for us.
In the past we have done our work in the morning from 10-1 but this year with added activities, I need the kids to get more work done two days a week than other days. In the past we have really struggled with getting the kids and myself back to work after lunch. Any tips? TIA
Ya, we have that same problem! It also depends on when we eat lunch. If we eat around 11 it’s easier to get back to work. Some days the kids choose to just finish school and eat around 1 or so instead. It just depends on the day. I would suggest starting at 9 instead of 10. It’s always easier to get things done in the morning than in the afternoon we’ve found 🙂
Hey I’m homeschooled 8th grade and my planner is the exact same just not the swimming
Erica, I’m new to homeschooling and have an 8th grader. I was curious as to the difference between English and Literature? I’ll be doing spelling and vocabulary together and then am using a program that has a lot of reading on timeless classics both fiction and nonfiction and poetry. I considered that to be part of English. So I’m wondering if I’m missing something since you have both English and Literature on your daily schedule. Thanks
English is more grammar, verbs, nouns, punctuation, sentence formation. Literature is reading/analyzing/reporting on classic literature pieces.
I see that you leave 15 minutes for math. Does she complete all of her math during that amount of time?