Our Eighth Grade Program focuses on children that are thirteen to fourteen years old. Our program has a Social Studies course that starts with a unit on geography, then covers exploration and settlement of both the United States and Canada through modern times. Science begins with basics such as atomic structure and measurement, students learn about air, the atmosphere, water, the hydrosphere, the lithosphere, weather, motion, Newton’s laws of motion, gravity, magnetism, and electricity.
Students continue to grow in their reading and math skills, including a focus on essential principles of algebra, coordinate graphing, probability, statistics, functions, and other important areas of mathematics!
8th grade includes:
Principles of Mathematics – Book 2
In Book 2, the focus is on the essential principles of algebra, coordinate graphing, probability, statistics, functions, and other important areas of mathematics.
Reading – Where Roads Diverege
Based on the reader Where Roads Diverge, this course centers around life choices. Many of the stories present eighth graders with examples of people who faced diverging roads, and how their choices affected themselves and others.
The five major themes are “The Right Kind of People,” “Every Good Gift,” “The Gifts of Love,” “Hold Fast Your Dreams,” and “Integrity.” Two or three lessons a week provide work for the whole year.
English 8 has 124 lessons divided into 11 chapters. The first two chapters deal with sentence elements and sentence structure. Objective complements, elliptical sentences, and compound-complex sentences are introduced.
Chapter 3 teaches concepts about capitalization and punctuation. Dashes, parentheses, and brackets are introduced.
Chapters 4-10 focus on the parts of speech. These chapters re-enforce what has been taught in earlier grades and introduce retained objects, dangling participles, and relative adverbs. Problem words are discussed, and there’s plenty of sentence diagramming.
Chapter 11 deals with using reference helps and the public library. Composition lessons introduce persuasive arguments and teach effective sentences, paragraph construction, proofreading, outlines, story writing, sentences, paragraph construction, proofreading, outlines, story writing, and poetry at deeper levels. Over one-third of the book deals with composition.
Spelling – Book 8
34 weekly lessons. Regular lessons present 20 new words, 5 review words, and 4 sections of exercises.
Part “A” acquaints the student with some Latin or Greek roots and their appearance in our words. Etymologies are studied with the help of a dictionary included in the back of the textbook. Near the end of the course, a few lessons teach words that show Spanish, German, and French influences in our language. Part “B” of each lesson exercises building words with affixes. Part “C” practices phonics details taught in earlier courses of this series. Part “D” is a series of studies on semantics and the history of the English language.
Bible – God’s Redeemed Family
Grade 8 covers the New Testament from Romans to Revelation. Outlines are given for each of these books. This course emphasizes the value and necessity of the church and how God’s people are to serve Him and relate to others. Solutions to problems are outlined, and edification and encouragement are presented. Subjective questions require students to think carefully.
Understanding North American History
Understanding North American History starts with a unit on geography, then exploration and settlement of both the United States and Canada through modern times.
Art With a Purpose
Artpac 8 is focused entirely on pen and ink techniques, and includes instruction in the following art skills:
- Using short lines to create a fuzzy effect
- Creating woodgrain with wavy lines
- Shading by varying both the density and frequency of the lines
Eleven-year-old Elijah lives in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves near the American border. Elijah is the first child in the settlement to be born free, so he grows up without the firsthand experiences of slavery that his parents and the other settlers had to endure.
Exploring Creation – Physical Science
Physical Science begins with basics such as atomic structure and measurement, students also learn about air, the atmosphere, water, the hydrosphere, the lithosphere, weather, motion, Newton’s laws of motion, gravity, magnetism, and electricity.
Space is provided in the Student Notebook for On Your Own and Study Guide questions and for developing Lab Reports. Graphic organizers to help with concept development and Module Summaries are provided for each module. Digging Deeper sections give the student the opportunity to strengthen critical thinking skills.
This kit contains: safety goggles, baking soda, 9-volt battery, insulated wire, scissors, clear tape, yarn, pencils, antacid tablets, cotton balls, thermometer, candles, plastic bags, matches, yeast, balloon, test tubes, paper towels, Epsom salts, paper cup, comb, pens, sugar, table salt, cooking oil, olive oil, paper clip, toilet paper, dish soap, wax crayon, white cotton string, cornstarch, 1.5 volt battery, 3-inch nail, cardboard, stopwatch, measuring tape, index card, aluminum pie pan, marble, eraser, small block of wood, sandpaper, ruler, rubber stopper, aluminum foil, black marker, thread, washers, balls, Styrofoam cup lip, plastic wrap, rice, flat mirror, protractor, white paper, flashlight w/batteries, and black construction paper.
8th grade with alternate math includes:
Algebra 1 Kit
Algebra 1 covers graphing, simultaneous equations, exponents, polynomials, unit multipliers, and more.
Tuition billed seperately ($28 a month for 10 months).