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Our Homeschooling Curriculum For 8th Grade

Choosing curriculum for a child with learning difficulties and different academic levels.

I love curriculum, probably too much.  I love books and textbooks and school supplies. All of it. I have to remember to stay focused on what we NEED vs. what I want to buy.


My daughter is 13 and is chronologically in 8th grade, but academically she is all over the place! Here are our choices for this school year. Many times, though, we end up looking for bird calls, frog mating songs and Presidents that died of dysentery. 😉 But if she asks a question, we always google it if I don’t know the answer – she learns far more that way than just reading a textbook. That said, we do have guidelines as to what needs to be accomplished. I’d say we’re somewhere between lifeschooling & homeschooling. I am really trying to get out of the public school mentality. That sort of structure isn’t what works for us. We will be focusing on life skill as well as academics – sometimes more often than not.


She has Dyscalculia and is at about 2nd grade math right now. We’ve been using Horizons Math which has worked out really well. I’m trying to get the basics down pat before we move on and the workbooks & drills with Horizon are great. She still has moments where she gets very frustrated and angry, so we limit how much math we do at one time. She is very much a hands-on learner.

Language Arts

We will be using Apologia Writers & Readers in Residence for Language Arts. My daughter is about 7th grade reading level but she isn’t big on reading. Although she really enjoys manga and graphic novels. But, we are going to try reading a variety of types of books this year including:

  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Sarah, Plain & Tall
  • Boy Band of the Apocalypse
  • Drama
  • Ava & Pip
  • Miss Rumphius
  • Introvert Doodles

I’ve included the picture book to get her practicing reading aloud again. We used to read Junie B Jones books ALL.THE.TIME when she was 9 or 10. But we’ve gotten away from doing that so I am planning on reintroducing reading aloud.

Writing will be mainly essays and book reports. My daughter is super literal and has a hard time inferring. This year I have some new resources to hopefully aid me in helping her put her thoughts into words and interpreting what she’s read.


For science we are using Masterbooks The New Book of Weather and Homeschool Giveaways Weather notebooking.  We also have a subscription to Kiwi Co. STEM kit – which she loves. Though I’m debating on using Creation Crate instead. We’ll see.

Social Studies

Social studies we are continuing studying US History including geography, state capitals, and the US Constitution. We have been using America’s Story and Learn Our History. Nothing super intensive.


We’re going to do painting & art journaling including gratitude and scripture writing. And a quick unit study on Frederick Morgan from Enrichment Studies. We’re using The Good & The Beautiful’s typing course.

My daughter LOVES drawing and she is crazy good at it, so I try to incorporate that into everything we do – not just in Art.

Personal thoughts on this school year’s homeschooling

But in all honesty, this is just my plan, we’ll see how it works out. If we do all the things, great! If not, great! It’s all about flexibility and going at our own pace. She is so different from my other three kids (I homeschooled my oldest back in 2000-2002, but he went to public school in 2nd grade and my two middle kids did solely public school.) She struggled with Selective Mutism for 7 years from age 3 to age 10 and it made school difficult (she attended public school from K-5th grade.) She has consistently done below average work since about 2nd grade and despite promises from teachers for more help, it never happened. We used Connections Academy online public school for 6th grade and it was A W F U L.  So I’ve been trying to pick up the pieces from a system that failed her. She doesn’t fit into the average public school student model – and that’s okay, everyone learns differently.  I’m dealing with health issues as well so our homeschool isn’t much like “school” at times!

Can anyone else relate? I’d love to hear your story!

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