Middle School Curriculum Choices 2015-2016


Middle School Curriculum Choices 2015-2016

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Isaac is our 8th grader this year. Probably the biggest difference for him will be the level of work we expect. 8th grade kicks things up a notch in order to transition to high school level work by the end of the year. Our Middle School Curriculum Choices 2015-2016:

8th Grade Curriculum Choices

Implementing Middle School Curriculum

Isaac will be working on more than those four pieces of curriculum would suggest. Art and music are part of his program along with some project areas. His learning time will consist of the following in addition to the four main subject areas above:

  • RC Plane Flying– He is a member of the local flying club and has three planes he flies and maintains. Two of them he can fly at the park behind our house and the other one is large enough to need an air field. That’s his newest acquisition and he’s quickly becoming an expert.
  • Model Rocketry– Isaac builds his own rockets from kits (some are more ready to fly than others) and launches them.
  • Daily Reading Aloud– Both as the reader and the listener. We read The Lord of the Rings together and take turns reading. Additionally, we read as a family.
  • Speech Practice– He has a history of severe apraxia and we are working on trimming up his R sounds. He gets weekly one on one speech therapy for articulation. I think he’ll be dismissed by summer’s end, but practice will continue. The sounds are there, but they require great effort from him.
  • Reading– Lots of reading is in store. Right now he’s immersed in a 14 book series by Robert Jordan called The Wheel of Time. In fact, his older brother and sister and his dad are all reading the series.

Other Middle School Posts at Blog, She Wrote

How to Engage Your Teens with Books

It’s hard to believe that, although we have one middle schooler this year, we are parenting and homeschooling three teens right now. Here are a few posts on homeschooling middle school.

Teaching Middle & High School Language Arts– Resources and information on how we approach language arts for our secondary students.

Homeschooling Middle & High School Fine Arts– Music and art in middle school

Homeschooling Middle & High School Math– We are Life of Fred users especially for upper level math. Learn about our strategy for teaching math in middle school.

Literary Adventures– Book fun for middle school or any age. Find a fun book which challenges your middle schooler and get started!

The Snake Project– This was our daughter’s 8th grade science two years ago and it was a fabulous example of what happens when you let a project develop and challenge a student.



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  1. Thanks for sharing your year. We have an eighth grader as well and look to begin Life of Fred Pre-Algebra too. But, we have yet to find science material that the kids really love. I noticed that you’re a former biology teacher, could you some share the criteria you use for choosing science material? So far, we’re sticking with project based learning and citizen science projects in this area. Thank you.

    1. Hey Michelle,
      If you have another specific question from the other posts, let me know!

  2. Hey!!! Great blog post! I was wondering how you are liking Winter Promise’s Quest for the Ancients. How long does it typically take to do per day? I’m wanting to use this but am wanting to make sure my kid’s won’t get overwhelmed with a ton of reading. We LOVE reading and do a Charlotte Mason type of homeschool, but I just wanted to see about average time and spacing. I looked at the samples online and it shows a week where the extra read alouds are planned, so I was hoping for some insight from someone using it.

    I hope that made sense! I totally just rambled. Thanks in advance, Jane

    1. Hi Jane,
      Funny you should ask this question because I asked my daughter this just Friday. There’s a portion we do together and a portion they do on their own. The independent part can take anywhere from a half hour to an hour or more depending on what is being asked of them. The portion together takes a bit of time because of the read aloud. 20 page chapters are a time chunk!

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