Grade Eight Skills and Topics


Your eighth-grader is beginning to determine who they will be as people. Guide them carefully in their uncertainty with a checklist to help support both you and your student.


Uncertain about what to teach your eighth grader?

Eighth grade is the year many homeschooling parents get nervous. And yet, this is the year of tremendous opportunity.  Students in eighth grade are versatile, independent, and curious, with strong ideas of what they like without prejudice about what they dislike.

Eighth grade is when to capitalize on the openness and skills of your student.  They no longer need support in foundational skills of reading, penmanship and arithmetic, but they are ready to take on the challenges of persuasion, investigation and presentation.

It’s time to open up the world to your eighth grader, and having a guide for this year is a necessity. Topics are more complex and increasingly challenging, so it’s important to choose tools and supports to help not only your student learn but for you to be able to teach! Keeping track of it all can be difficult.

Where do you even begin?  And what if no single curriculum has exactly what you and your student needs?

If you’re like me, you’ve got a family that doesn’t fit into any box. A one-size-fits-all curriculum never suited me or my children. So their charts and checklists didn’t fit either! I had to create my own.

I researched appropriate child development, and sampled many different scopes and sequences from a variety of publishers. Then I distilled these topics and skills into what I felt was a systematic approach to education. For my Grade Eight scope and sequence, you’ll get the list of skills and topics suitable for eighth graders (age ~12-14).


This transitional year to high school is a year of choices. As you prepare your students for secondary school, the focus is on the pre-requisites they need to tackle higher education. Now is when you’ll want to start guiding their interests and narrowing down to the topics, skills and concepts that will see them through to adulthood.

Eighth grade is when your student is asked to think about their future selves. Who do they want to be? What do they want to do? Your new or soon-to-be teen is creating their own identity and their own purpose. For some, it’s easy and clear. For others, they are unsure.  And this uncertainty creates a sense of shifting foundations.  They need security, guidance, and reassurance that it’s ok to not know just yet.  Give them 240 minutes of daily habitual seatwork (approximately 4 hours), in 30-40 minute sessions, with room to talk it out.

Use this systematic list as a starting place for your shopping. You’ll find the right materials that will suit both you and your child.

What you Find inside

What you won’t get here is how to teach these skills or topics. You are free to find the curriculum, books, experiences or teachers for each skill or topic as suits your child best. You are not locked into any particular method of teaching!

Use your own judgement for finding the appropriate methods for teaching. There’s no one way! This seventh grade curriculum checklist will simply give you a guide, so you aren’t lost in all the various options out there. Now you can be organized and feel like you’ve got a handle on this homeschooling thing.


Customization Guide

Using a scope and sequence such as this means that you can take advantage of the beautiful flexibility that homeschooling offers. It’s easy to figure out where there may be gaps in your child’s education. And it’s just as easy to challenge them where they are more advanced.  When you have a coherent checklist, there’s no “behind” or “ahead”, there’s just the next step on the path.

This is your map to your child’s education. When you’re starting out, you want to start right. So get ready for Eighth Grade with the Grade Eight Scope and Sequence.


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