Sunday, May 20, 2012

Are you a techie?

Homeschool learning is full of freedom. Freedom to homeschool as we wish, freedom to homeschool what we wish, and freedom to dress in our pajamas for school... if we wish. Homeschool learning can be maximized to be so much fun. Some people have found that homeschooling online really gives an added dimension to homeschooling.
At our house we would resoundingly agree. We use some homeschooling textbooks, some homeschool videos, I teach some courses, and then we use an online 8th grade curriculum. As you know our blog is all about online homeschooling. It really brings an added dimension. Having a rainy boring day, get a bit techy and do some extra online work. There are tons of free online resources, lots of great educational games, and many interesting things that can all contribute to your eighth graders learning potential!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

What should my eighth grader study?

A lot of homeschooling families wonder just what 8th graders study at "regular" schools. Others just don't care or think it isn't a big deal to know what others are learning - if their child is learning and advancing. I have an opinion somewhere in the middle. I want to know what others are learning, but then I will set the pace for my child where I think they should be. Just knowing what others are studying, lets me have a faint idea if my kids are above or below their peers in school. I don't let this information rule me, I use it as I see fit.
As I plan my eighth graders course of study, I always try to make sure that my children are doing above and beyond what typical schoolers do. I mean, why shouldn't they? They have a lot more time on their hands and they have one on one access to their teacher.
The following is a typical listing of the minimum requirements for 8th grade study.
1)physical science
2)social studies including
  • Our American culture

  • U. S. political system

  • U. S. economic system

  • U. S. government

  • U. S. geography

  • 3) Pre-algebra
    4)Language Arts
    • include drama
    • literature
    • grammar
    • spelling
    5)Health and Safety