8th Grade Homeschool Overview
History options from different angles
Sonlight has found that good books are not limited to a narrow age range, therefore, for your 8th grade year of study, you have lots of options. You can choose from part 2 of lower level American History; the Eastern Hemisphere; World History; the History of Science; or an in-depth look at American History from Columbus to the present. Any one of these programs will provide an excellent year of study.
8th Grade History
This year you have lots of options to study, but, it doesn't have to be overwhelming. Are you hoping to combine your student with a younger sibling? Are they ready for high school work? Are you looking to study cultures from the other side of the world? You can successfully use any of these as your history base for the year.
If you choose:
Intro to American History, you'll work through the 2nd half of American History, from the Civil War to the present.
The Eastern Hemisphere, you'll have the opportunity to explore Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the South Pacific. A stand out program from Sonlight, this one year study covers a part of the world where a huge percentage of the world's population, and ninety percent of all unevangelized people, call home.
Ancient History, you'll examine the connected flow of human history, from creation through the 1600s; the 1600s to the present, or, a combined year from creation to the present around the world.
History of Science, you'll explore scientific thought throughout history and to the present, including different perspectives so your students can engage with a curious mind.
American History, you'll be going deeper into your study of American History. You'll get a backstage pass to see the players of our history as real people.
8th Grade Lesson Plans
By 8th grade your student is likely ready to exhibit some independence, in that vein, you may remain as involved as you like, but if your students are ready, they can follow the Instructor's Guide and direct their own daily studies.
Sonlight's Instructor's Guides (IG) provide a book-by-book, and subject-by-subject schedule, and include things like notes, maps, and activity sheets. They are a tool to help you be confident in your teaching and offer the help you need along the way.
If you choose one of our high school programs, such as Sonlight 100, the format of the guide shifts to separate parent and student guides, so they are able to do their work more independently. The student guide replaces activity sheets and offers them a schedule, as well as notes, information, and questions for them.
IGs are included with your History / Bible / Literature or All-Subjects Package, as well as Sonlight's Science and Language Arts programs and can be used for record keeping, a daily schedule, notes, or any combination of the three.
8th Grade Literature and Language Arts
This year in 8th grade, your children will have many opportunities to develop into well-rounded writers with a blend of grammar, mechanics, and creative instruction. From haiku to the research paper, from gerunds to participles, from writing a superb literary hook to avoiding fragments, students gain tools to become more effective communicators.
At this level, Language Arts instruction and assignments are linked to the History / Bible / Literature program, which means that every assignment reinforces what your children are learning about as they read.
With the start of high school levels, such as Sonlight 100, we no longer study just Language Arts, and, it's no longer tied with our History. Our Language Arts study is now under the title of Literature.
As we move away from grammar work and general writing instruction, the focus this year is now literary analysis, comprehension and deeper thought questions. What do symbols mean? Was this character right or wrong?
Your student will learn literary terms, words like fore-shadowing and character development, even as they think through the ethical questions. They will continue to have writing assignments, along with some instruction.
If you suspect your student needs more help in grammar, check out our grammar programs, here.
We also offer optional vocabulary and analogies, a critical thinking skills workbook which can assist with SAT scores and communication generally. Check out our vocabulary section here, and analogies here.
If your student would benefit from another level, check out all of Sonlight's Language Arts options here.
8th Grade Science
One great option for 8th grade science is Sonlight’s Science H – Technology. This 4-day only program introduces students to some of today’s hottest career markets: robotics, conservation, energy, engineering (dams and canals), and technology. If the thought of building solar robots or windmills excites your student, this may be the choice for you. Covering topics such as the world’s energy sources, wind and solar power, climate change, and revolutionary innovations that changed the course of the modern world, this program is ideal for students who are interested in STEM fields.
If you choose to use History of Science as your 8th grade History course, you will want to use the corresponding science program. Science J brings the astonishing History of Science concepts into your home and provides an excellent foundation for future engineers, architects, mathematicians, physicists, and inventors.
It's often easiest to match your history and science levels together, but you can mix and match and still get our best discount of 20%.
Choose the matching 8th Grade Science level or browse other available Science programs to find the best program for your family this year. It's often easiest to match your history and science together, but you can mix and match and still get our best discount of 20%.
8th Grade Math
Sonlight includes Math-U-See's Algebra 1 in our 8th Grade All-Subjects Package. Algebra 1 covers topics like graphing, simultaneous equations, exponents, polynomials, and unit multipliers. Your student will learn about commutative and associative properties, the order of operations, solving for an unknown with one variable, the distributive property, the slope-intercept formula and finding the slope-intercept formula with different givens among other things.
While Math-U-See is included in Sonlight's All-Subjects Package, if you are interested in another program, you can easily trade in a different math program and still receive our best 20% discount. Learn about all of your 7th Grade Math options here.
Ways to Buy
Two ways to choose your 8th Grade curriculum
Put together a customized program OR select the recommended everything-you-need package. Compare your choices and pick the path you want. Either way, a wonderful adventure in learning awaits you and your family.
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Use with one or more children. Add subjects as needed.
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Start with History
Choose one of the options below.
Select the program that covers the history focus you'd like to use this year. Because you'll teach with real books, each Sonlight program works with a range of ages and allows you to teach multiple children together. View the full curriculum scope & sequence for additional information.
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