My Year 8 homeschool curriculum 2015

Here are my Year 8 homeschool curriculum plans for 2015. I’ve planned this course of study with the Australian National Curriculum  in mind. Year 8 is Stage 4 in the NSW Board of Studies Syllabus. That has meant that I treated Year 7 and 8 as a block. You can read my Year 7 Round Up to see how the two tie together.

This is an eclectic combination of resources. I’m still going to be using many ideas from Charlotte Mason but I’ll still use a few textbooks. I’ll tweak my textbooks to me more CM friendly. Notebooking, dictation, narration, map work, art appreciation are still the methods I’ll use as the backbone of my lessons.

Everything has been ordered but I’m still waiting for things to arrive. The plan could change somewhat but we will be ready to start in late January.

This the last time I have to plan for a 13 year old! I’ve been homeschooling since before she was born and I’m still loving all the planning (and purchasing).

Year 8 Homeschool Curriculum Resource List


  • Bible Reading daily
  • Inspirational reader each term: The Prayer of Jabez (Term One) others TBA
  • See Middle Ages book list as well


  • Math Online Year 8 – they have a homeschool discount.
  • Mathmagic by Childcraft – living math reader


  • IEW Writing Intensive Course C Term 1 & 2 (Co op Study)
  • Grammar of Poetry, Video Course DVD (I bought the Teachers manual and the student workbook. I was advised the DVD isn’t necessary. I haven’t seen it yet)
  • Winston Grammar- Term 1-2
  • English Literature for Girls and Boys by Marshall
  • Themed historical writing lessons and narrations (see reading schedule)
  • Lessons in writing in different types of genres in other subjects
  • Poetry Anthology
  • Shakespeare Hamlet – Bell Shakespeare Performance (Co op study read Term 3-4)
  • Read aloud classic novel – The Black Arrow RL Stevenson


Handwriting Calligraphy – Latin Copy Work Genesis One

I’m using this resource for a few reasons:

  • The calligraphy and Latin relates to the medieval period we are studying
  • Latin copywork improves general handwriting
  • Latin as a foreign language helps develop an awareness of the origins of many English words.

Science and Nature Study

Year 8 Homeschool Curriculum – Literature Based Unit Study

Middle Ages Study


My Stage 4 History Outcomes.

The unit studies in Romans, Reformers and Revolutionaries includes: in-depth studies of Mediterranean world (Romans), Western and Islamic World (Vikings, Medieval Europe, Ottoman Empire and Renaissance), Expanding Contacts (Mongol expansion, Spanish conquest, Colonization and contact history) and much more.

We will be using our Book of Centuries, narrations with notebooking, and Living Books.


  • Art classes with qualified art teacher Lake Mack. TBA
  • Piano Lessons
  • Girls Choir

Physical Education and Personal Development

  • Continue teaching as needed personal development skills.
  • History readings also part of personal development and philosophy.
  • Dance Classes
  • Apologia Human Anatomy also explores issues about how fearfully and wonderfully made man is.

Year 8 Homeschool Curriculum Reading Schedule 2015

My 13 year old daughter is a not voracious reader. She does what is allocated but doesn’t go looking for more.  In an effort to get more books into her I’m getting a few audio books for her to do while she occupies her hands with her creative pursuits.

I’ll keep adding to this list as the year goes on.

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

See how I organise her work using high school workboxes.


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