WOW... you have chosen to homeschool your eighth grader. Great decision...but now you have to determine the best way to accomplish that task. The homeschool curriculum that you choose will play a vital role in your success.
Homeschooling is one of the fastest growing methods of educating children in America. Yet, the good news for homeschoolers is that with all that growth - the curriculum options are growing too! There is a lot of great curriculums for homeschool families to choose from. From online homeschooling to textbook/workbook based education, there really is something for every learning style out there.
The next important step for you to take in your homeschool journey is to determine what type of learning style your child has. Once you determine this, you can then select a curriculum that your child will likely have success with. But remember, you are in charge of their education now. If you don't like a curriculum, and it isn't meeting your needs - change! Don't wait until you get discouraged and want to quit... find another curriculum that does work for your 8th grader!