8th Grade

Our Eighth Grade Program focuses on children that are thirteen to fourteen years old. Our program has a Social Studies course covers the Age of Explorers through the modern day and students learn all about the wars, revolutions, and culture changes that defined these times. Science uncovers the incredible fields of archaeology and geology through engaging text, fascinating illustrations, worksheets, and activities.  

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!

Many of the items in this package are non-consumable, if the original items are kept then additional children going through this level would have an enrollment fee of $140. The full year fee would be $420.

8th grade includes:

Standard of Purity

Designed for young adults (note that this does not mean just young ladies), the study starts with dictionary definitions of the “P” word (and related words) then progresses to a biblical study of all aspects of the topic. There is a continual emphasis on guarding one’s heart and, subsequently, one’s behavior and looking to the Lord for guidance and strength. Designed as a consumable, space is provided for writing biblical answers as well as personal responses to the Bible verses and copywork. Written from a biblically conservative viewpoint, some difficult topics are covered – lust, adultery, modesty/appearance, physical/emotional purity, and dealing with temptation (such as found in music, reading material, friends).

 

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.

Writing Strands: Intermediate 2

Designed for students who have completed Writing Strands Intermediate 1 or are in grades 5 – 9, depending on skill level. Focuses on skills such as organization, narration, and argumentation. Students will identify and create attitudes in narrative voice; recognize the points of an argument and writing a successful argument; develop a narrative voice for fiction writing; punctuate dialogue and create speech patterns for characters; organize a description by seeing objects as groups of parts; and write concise insightful business letters. Literature lessons include basic literary elements, themes, genres, point of view (limited, objective, omniscient, third person, first person, tense, participant, observer, plural/singular, and second person), dialogue, tone, foreshadowing, and mood. 

Courage to Run (Harriet Tubman) Daughters of Faith

Harriet Tubman is well-known for helping over 300 slaves escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad. This book, however, focuses more on her lesser-known childhood, and shows readers the daily tests of faith and courage she overcame to mold her into the woman we remember her for.

Brother Andrew (CHT&N)

When he became God’s smuggler, Brother Andrew was already familiar with risk. As a boy, the intrepid Andrew van der Bijl joined the Dutch Resistance against the Nazi occupation. As a young man, he fought eagerly in the Dutch East Indies – until the horror of war turned the adventure seeker to a life of alcohol and desperation.

Redeemed by God, the Dutchman became a daring messenger of hope, smuggling Scripture through closed borders and equipping persecuted Christians behind the Iron Curtain. Today Brother Andrew and the ministry of Open Doors continue to shine the light of Christ in the world’s darkest places. (1928- ).

 

Corrie Ten Boom (CHT&N)

Suddenly, Corrie’s ordered life was lost in the insanity of war. With bravery and compassion, her family and countless other Dutch citizens risked everything to extend God’s hand to those innocents marked for certain execution in a world gone mad.
 
Corrie ten Boom’s life of determination, faith, and forgiveness in the face of unimaginable brutality and hardship is a stunning testimony of the sustaining power of God (1892-1983).

 

Hudson Taylor (CHT&N)

Hudson survived his perilous maiden voyage to his beloved China. With his heart set in determined obedience to God, and trusting the provision of the One who had called him, Hudson overcame persecution and almost overwhelming personal losses to bring God’s truth to the “ripe harvest fields” of China.
 
Today, Hudson Taylor’s story continues to challenge and inspire believers young and old to carry the anchoring gospel message, regardless of personal trial or hardships, to those who are adrift and without hope. (1832-1905).

 

Easy Grammar Ultimate Series Grade 8 

The Ultimate Series functions as a continuation of the instruction and mastery found in Easy Grammar. The course is divided into 180 daily 10 minute lessons but these are teaching lessons as well as review lessons. Each of these lessons provides the familiar capitalization, punctuation, and sentence combining exercises. The remaining two exercises per lesson vary. Content includes parts of speech, phrases/clauses, analogies, sentence fragments/run-ons, prefixes/suffixes/roots, dictionary, spelling, simple/compound/complex sentences. In each daily lesson, there is instruction associated with at least one of the exercises. Students are to read and discuss the instruction, complete the exercises, and participate in a discussion of the answers. Consistent with mastery learning, concepts are introduced, expanded and reviewed. The Teacher Book includes reproducible student pages with answers in the back. The Student Book is not reproducible and includes only the student pages. The Test Booklet which is reproducible provides one assessment for every 10 lessons. Pages are perforated with answers for each on the facing page to the assessment. In other words, each test page has answers to the following test on the back. 

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.

Pentime Cursive Grade 8

This program is designed to teach children handwriting with a minimum of assistance.

World’s Story 3: Modern Age Set

Students will study the Age of Explorers through the modern day and learn all about the wars, revolutions, and culture changes that defined these times.

 

General Science 2: Survey of Geology and Archaeology Set

Uncover the incredible fields of archaeology and geology through engaging text, fascinating illustrations, worksheets and activities in this unique General Science 2 course! Through ancient ruins, caves, fossils, and geology your student will study the world through a Biblical worldview and discover the handiwork of their Creator as they explore scientific facts, principles, and their application to our lives.

In General Science 2 your student will:

  • Create bricks and a teacup, classify rocks, observe erosion, develop research and analysis skills, and more
  • Explore geology, caves, fossils, and archaeology
  • Discover the climate, geologic processes, and features of caves and karst rocks
  • Learn about the different kinds of rocks fossils are found in coal and oil formation
  • Investigate how the flood affected fossil formation
  • Explore the varied features of the Earth’s surface – from plains to peaks
  • and so much more!

General Science 2 Curriculum Pack Includes:

General Science 2 Teacher Guide

  • Suggested Daily Schedule—saving you time!
  • Worksheets
  • Quizzes & Tests
  • Answer Key

The Cave Book

Explore deep into the hidden wonders beneath the surface as cave expert Dr. Emil Silvestru guides your student on an illuminating and educational journey through the mysterious world of caves. Discover the beautiful formations, thriving ecology, unique animals, and fragile balance of this little-seen ecosystem in caves from around the globe as your student:

  • Learns a creationary model of how caves form
  • Discovers the history of how caves have been used by humans for shelter and worship
  • Creates a stone axe and learns about early tools
  • Investigates unusual animals that make caves their home

The Fossil Book

Fossils have fascinated humans for centuries. From the smallest diatoms to the largest dinosaurs, finding a fossil is an exciting and rewarding experience. But where did they come from, and how long have they been around? Your student will discover the answers to this and more as they:

  • Begin their own fossil collection
  • Learn what kinds of fossils are commonly found, the age of fossils, and how to identify them
  • Explore how scientists find and preserve fossils
  • Discover how the flood affected fossil formation
  • Analyze the difference between evolutionists’ and creationists’ views on fossils

The Geology Book

Rocks firmly anchored to the ground and rocks floating through space fascinate us. Jewelry, houses, and roads are just some of the ways we use what has been made from geologic processes to advance civilization. Your student will discover varied features of the Earth’s surface – from plains to peaks as they:

  • Learn what really carved the Grand Canyon
  • Discover how thick the Earth’s crust is
  • Explore how sedimentary deposition occurs through water, wind, and ice
  • Observe the effects of erosion
  • Investigate the powerful effects of volcanic activity
  • Analyze radioisotope and carbon dating

The Archaeology Book

The Archaeology Book guides your student on an exciting exploration of history and ancient cultures! They’ll learn both the techniques of the archaeologist and the accounts of some of the richest discoveries of the Middle East that demonstrate the accuracy and historicity of the Bible as your student unearths:

  • How archaeologists know what life was like in the past
  • Why broken pottery can tell more than gold or treasure can
  • History of ancient cultures, including the Hittites, Babylonians, and Egyptians
  • The early development of the alphabet and its impact on discovery
  • The numerous archaeological finds that confirm biblical history
  • Why the Dead Sea scrolls are considered such a vital breakthrough

Amazing Crystal Garden

Grow your own crystal garden with this little kit. With adult supervision, simply place the rocks from the kit into a dish, pour distilled white vinegar over the rocks, and wait for crystals to form. Crystals will begin to grow within two days, but they could take up to two weeks to finish forming. Add food coloring for added pizzazz!

Fossils Earth Science Kit

Learning about fossils is a lot more fun if you can get a sample in your hand. Who has time to go out and collect them? Packaged neatly, this set of 9 specimens will intrigue your learners as they learn about fossils. The included guide book offers additional information on the specimens in this kit ” sea urchin, white clam, gastropod, crinoid stem, brachiopod, ammonite, sand dollar, shark tooth, and coral. Each fossil ranges in size from ½ to 1 ” a good size to see details. The guide book also includes a word scramble and word find for a little bit of fossil-word fun.

Art With a Purpose

Artpac 8 is focused entirely on pen and ink techniques, and includes instruction in the following art skills:

  • Silhouettes
  • Using short lines to create a fuzzy effect
  • Creating woodgrain with wavy lines
  • Shading by varying both the density and frequency of the lines
  • Crosshatching
  • Stippling

Pigma Micron Plastic Nib (assorted 8 piece set)

Sakura has enhanced the Pigma Micron experience with a new pen for everyday writing! Introducing Pigma Micron PN – the durable plastic nib provides skip-free writing in eight popular Pigma ink colors. A fine or medium line width (0.4 – 0.5mm) can be achieved, based on your personal writing pressure. The polyacetal nib structure allows for smooth ink-flow whether writing fast or slow, for right or left-handed users, and for writing at an angle. Ideal for use on paper.

Story of Chopin in Words and Music CD

No quality education would be complete without a study of the greatest names in musical history.

Story of Dvorak in Words and Music CD

DID YOU KNOW…

Dvorak was and important representative of nationalism, though his works have universal appeal.

Success did not spoil Dvorak. He remained a basically simple man all his life and usually added ‘Thank God’ at the end of his scores.

Dvorak was passionately fond of railroad trains ad spent much time studying locomotives. He also took a great interest in ocean-going ships.

Dvorak spent two years as a director of the National Conservatory in New York City.

Story of Strauss in Words and Music CD

DID YOU KNOW…

The Waltz King’s father was “The Father of the Waltz.”

Two of Strauss’ brothers were also successful composers of dance music.

Strauss visited the United States to conduct monster concerts involving many thousands of performers.

In his hand the waltz took on symphonic proportions.

8th grade with alternate math includes:

Algebra 1 Kit

Algebra 1 covers graphing, simultaneous equations, exponents, polynomials, unit multipliers, and more.

8th grade with alternate science includes:

Exploring Creation with Physical Science

The text discusses such topics as the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newtons Laws, gravity, and astrophysics. The author especially concentrates on the myths generated by the hysterical environmentalist movement. There are many hands-on experiments to do, and they all use household chemicals and supplies. It is an excellent course for preparing the student to take a college-prep high school science curriculum.

Physical Science Lab Kit

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.

You will still need to gather some items to round out the supply list, but this kit makes the shopping easier.

Feed My Sheep DVD Bundle

This bestselling 4-year curriculum is a comprehensive art text and workbook containing over 250 generously illustrated step-by-step lessons. While over 100 lessons deal with drawing, Barry has branched out into other areas as well, including color, penmanship, art appreciation, measurement, and painting. Most of the student’s work is done in the book, but the painting lessons use sturdy posterboard cards (referred to as “paint packs”) which come with the book. Includes book with paint cards, 7-DVD set and art supplies including: acrylic paint set w/ brushes, pen, kneaded eraser, 12 colored pencils w/ sharpener, and 4 drawing pencils.

This item is recommended for grades 5 – 12 and can count as high school credit for high school students.

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