Hi friends! Today I’m sharing What’s in the Workbox  for my 8th grader’s homeschool workload. I have her full curriculum listed below as well if you’re interested in any of the things that I mention in the video.

I also have reviews for most of the curriculum we’re using this year on my YouTube channel so make sure to check that out if you want to see anything in more detail.

Ready to see what she does each day? Take a look in my What’s in the Workbox: 8th Grade Homeschool 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. Hi! Thank you for your blog. I really enjoy following you and learning things to help my homeschooling journey. I really love the workboxes. I noticed your IKEA desk setup seems to have changed from the 4 together now being separated out? I was wondering if you could do an update on how your homeschool area is set up now or if I’ve maybe missed it if you’ve already done one? Thank you!

    1. Hi! Yes we moved things around a bit at the beginning of this year just for a change of pace. I used the same drawers and chairs I had before, and then we had some smaller desks that my girls were using for sewing. My son is using half of the square desk we used to have and the other half went to the sewing area for the girls. I’ll try to do an update tour for everyone as I’ve had a lot of requests 🙂

  2. Hi, may I ask what level in fix it grammar and IEW you are using? I have a 7th grader this year doing Nose Tree (since this was our first year with IEW grammar) and he is also using IEW B for writing. My plan is to do IEW B continuation next year for 8th and continue with book 2 in the grammar series.

    Jennifer-anne creekmore
    1. We just started this year with The Nose Tree and moved into Robin Hood a few months ago. I would just continue with the level you’re on and the IEW you’re on and you should be fine.

  3. Hi Erica! I watched your workbox videos for all your kids and would like to know how you teach History? I am undecided as to how to teach it next year for my 2nd, 4th, and 6th grader. Do you teach it as a group or do they each have books on their own level and do it independently?

    Mary Ann
    1. This year we’re doing independent levels mainly so my older two can get used to reading, taking notes, studying, etc. for high school. That said, I read with my 2nd grader and we do her lessons together. My 5th grader does her own reading and studying as well. I will probably go back to the Homeschool in the Woods Time traveler units next year for my younger two next year just for fun. But for the older kids we’re doing independent studies on purpose to help prepare them for High School.

    1. Hi Cindy,
      I think BJU Press is a great English program, however I didn’t feel like my kids were really retaining the info very well when it came test time. We are trying IEW Fix It! This year and we really like it. We just finished testing and so we’ll see how it goes 🙂

  4. I just purchased Fix It Grammar, The Nose Tree after your recommendation. However after flipping thru the book, I am concerned that it might be too easy for her. Were you completely happy with that level and will you reuse them for your next 8th grader? Do you have any tips for “slowing your student down”? My daughter is so excited for classes and lessons to start, she wants to start it now l and work multiple lessons a day. Again, guidance is greatly, greatly appreciated. Thank you again.

    Rachel Hatch
    1. Hi, yes we are happy with IEW Fix It Grammar and will continue to use it. If your student is older and going through Nose Tree first that’s okay, you might just want to have them go through it a bit faster than you would a younger student. See what is reasonable for their workload and go from there.


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