Wednesday, July 25, 2012

8th Grade Course Requirements

The beauty of homeschooling is freedom... wouldn't you agree? Sure... but within that there is room for accountability. Come on... everyone needs it. I know I do! I have been a teacher for over 15 years (not counting homeschooling) and I get lazy! I need accountability to make me - make my children learn what they need to learn.

With that said, if your eighth grader plans on going to college there will be certain courses that he/she will need to take in order to fully prepare them for their future education. With this in mind, looking over what courses are generally accepted to prepare high schoolers for college... we can look at what courses an 8th grader would need to prepare them for high school.

Typically their courses include:
Language Arts (try to include some SAT prep vocabulary words)
Pre Algebra ( if your student could do Algebra this year, that would allow them to go on to higher maths during high school)
Social Studies
Science (If you start your student on a high school level science now, they can again take more complex college prep courses later)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Prepared for College?

Do you ever wonder if you are really preparing your child for college? Do you ever wonder if there is something that you are missing? Some people think that high school preparation is plenty, and they may be right. Yet, I believe that starting in Junior with some college preparation is worth it. Everyone goes to high school, so when you get there you may as well make it count toward college.

Even in eighth grade, I encourage my children to think about what they want to do in the future. I tell them to look at their lives, what they like to do, what they are passionate about and where their interests lie. They should examine their lives to determine where their strengths lie and what they would be suitable doing. They can make plans and a schedule to help them organize what they need to do over the next four years.

Just thinking about the future at this time, will help them to get on the right track.