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Complete Homeschool Curriculum - Eighth Grade

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Are you looking for a complete homeschool curriculum for your eighth grader? You'll find that Timberdoodle's Curriculum Kit engages the hands-on learner, reaches for academic excellence, and encourages a growing love for learning. We also stress critical thinking skills and working towards independent learning, to take the pressure off of you.

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2014 Scheduling Guide - Eighth Grade
Easy Grammar Ultimate 8 Teacher's
Word Roots B1
Sequential Spelling 7 Bundle
Writing with Skill 1 Student + Teacher
Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra
Building Thinking Skills 3 Figural
Pathway Readers 8
Gravity Maze
Exploring Physical Science + Notebook
Ollo Explorer Robotics
The Mystery of History 2
Thinking Putty
Spectrum Test Practice 8
Physical Science Multimedia CD
Elements of Science
Draw and Write Through History 3
The Mystery of History 2 Audio
Our Basic Curriculum Kits cover math, language arts, thinking skills, and geography. You'll want to add science and history.

Timberdoodle's Scheduling Helps Guide

This guide helps you to know which books to use when and how to schedule your school year. A weekly schedule is included to give you enough structure to make sure your child doesn't miss anything, without the stress of an overly specific plan that leaves no room for the give and take of real life.

See samples in the pictures above.

Most children dread grammar study because it is too complex. But Easy Grammar is just that--easy. Easy Grammar Ultimate is designed specifically to introduce and teach essential grammar concepts to older students, regardless of their previous grammar background. In just ten to fifteen minutes a day, your child will be functioning at his grade level and be competent to undertake any state or college prep tests. As a bonus, while your child practices his grammar skills, he will also be learning age-appropriate history, science, literature, geography, and so much more. Best of all? The lessons are very manageable, often taking as little as ten minutes to complete.

Easy Grammar Ultimate Grade 8 Teacher's Guide

Word Roots B1

The Word Roots series teaches children the meanings of prefixes, roots, and suffixes commonly used in English. Learning word elements dramatically improves spelling and the ability to decode unfamiliar words. Plus, it is now considered a mandatory topic in many states, so you'll want to be sure you cover it.

Your child will finish Sequential Spelling this year, completing level 7. Sequential Spelling is not only the most logical spelling program we've seen, but it is also one of the easiest to use. Simply read your child one list of words a day to write down, correcting any mistakes as you go. That's it! The sequences are based on building from easy words to advanced words, such as from all, to tall, stall, install, installment, and installation; this is an intuitive approach with no memorization required. If your student has not yet completed Sequential Spelling books 1-6, you will want to do them first.

Sequential Spelling

Writing with Skill

From firefighters writing reports to law-makers authoring legal documents, an ability to write clearly will serve your child for the rest of his life. This is why we take writing very seriously. We look for programs that are increasingly comprehensive as a student grows, but not overwhelming or intimidating to a student who has not yet mastered the art of writing. Writing with Skill is the perfect fit. It provides your child with detailed instructions on how to write basic narratives, outlines, metaphors, research writing, poems, and more. It is rigorous, without being too technical or tedious, and even uses selections from famous authors to teach the concepts! Writing with Skill is a comprehensive writing course conveniently segmented into thirty-six weeks of lessons. The included Writing with Skill Instructor Text provides step-by-step directions, answers, and even scripts to use for explaining any trouble areas to your child.

This year your child will continue with our favorite math program ever. Teaching Textbooks PreAlgebra is a full-year curriculum designed to be completed on the computer. The friendly lessons and automatic grading mean that this program will be a blessing to both you and your child! (Not sure if this is the correct level to start your child in? Have him take this free placement test and make sure.)

Teaching Textbooks PreAlgebra

Building Thinking Skills 3 Figural

These thinking skills books are among our favorites because of their tremendous scope. They develop four basic analytical skills (similarities/differences, sequences, classification, and analogies) through both figural and verbal problems. In addition, there are problems dealing with deductive reasoning, map skills, Venn diagrams, mental manipulation of two-dimensional objects, and much more.

(also includes everything in Basic Package)
Timberdoodle's Complete Curriculum Kits include everything listed above plus science, history, a brain game, a reader, and additional hands-on tools to add sparkle to your learning time.

Pathway Reader Eighth Grade

Designed to be used in Amish classrooms, these basal readers are solidly wholesome, with none of the fantasy that is commonplace in both Christian and secular readers. Because the Amish don't use electricity, you won't find stories dealing with the latest in films, computers, or TVs. Instead, the stories are centered on farm life, with horse auctions, harvests, and LARGE families. With simple typesetting and a few black-and-white sketches, these hardback books are not splashy, but are lovely in their simplicity.

One note: While we believe that reading is the single most important skill to foster in your eighth grader, you'll notice that we did not include many traditional readers. Don't let this puzzle you. Our experience is that the best way to help your child become an eager reader is to constantly supply him with reading materials that interest him. Future doctors may want to read up on anatomy, young explorers are drawn to the escapades of adventurers young and old, and the baby-lover in your family will be captivated by adoption stories. Assign reading if you must, but encourage it at all costs; a child who enjoys reading will find it easier to excel in every area.

You have never seen a logic-powered maze like Gravity Maze. Sure to put your child's visual perception and reasoning skills to the test, the colorful translucent towers must be arranged correctly to successfully carry the marble along its path to the right target. With 60 challenges, widely ranging in difficulty, Gravity Maze will give your child plenty of opportunities for spatial and planning skills.

Gravity maze

Exploring Creation with Physical Science

Exploring Creation with Physical Science is designed to be the last science course the student takes before high-school biology, covering the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton's Laws, gravity, and astrophysics. With many hands-on experiments using household chemicals and supplies this is an excellent course to get ready for a college-prep high school science curriculum. Perfect for answering questions from the textbook, writing lab notes, summarizing what is learned, creating diagrams, and more, the Physical Science Student Notebook helps your student develop the independent study skills he'll need in high school, and will reinforce and deepen his understanding of the text as he explores the workings of God's creation.

Ollo Explorer Educational Robot Kit - Twelve-Week Robotics Course!

Developed with robotics education in mind, the Ollo Explorer Educational Robot curriculum is complete with a reconfigurable robot (and eleven other models) to build and program. The modular building system, with innovative two-part rivets, allows you to build and take apart custom robots very quickly, and the rugged pieces will not break with repeated use. And unlike "brick" robotics sets, Ollo Explorer Educational Robot Kit's robust models stay together. Learning robotics has never been easier, more affordable, or more fun.

 OLLO Explorer Educational Robot Kit
 OLLO Explorer Educational Robot Kit

The Mystery of History II
The Mystery of History II

Written by homeschool mom Linda Hobar, this is one spectacular masterpiece. Not just a textbook, it is brimming with multi-age activities, book and video lists, memory helps, and timeline suggestions. Written in a conversational style, what appeals to us most about this program is its worldwide approach to history. The Mystery of History Volume II provides a historically-accurate, Bible-centered approach to learning about the Early Church and the Middle Ages from Pentecost to the printing press! The completely chronological lessons span the continents to shed new light on who walked the earth when God revealed Himself to mankind during this pivotal period of history. The user-friendly format presents three lessons per week, with hands-on activities, quizzes, tests, weekly timeline, mapping assignments, and a supplemental reading and resource list. Volume I is not required, but we do recommend that you complete it first. Call us if you'd like to switch volumes in this bundle.

When one of our children was a preschooler, we received the best advice a parent of a kinesthetic child could receive: Let her wiggle. And wiggle she did. I don't think she sat for schoolwork for many years. Thinking Putty offers your child a way to move without becoming a distraction. An impressive, adult-sized handful of high-quality, moldable putty, the non-toxic, non-gooey Thinking Putty will bounce, stretch, tear, drip, snap, even shatter. Finally, your little wiggler will be able to sit and listen!

Thinking Putty

Gourmet Scented Pencil

Smencils (Scented Pencils) are made from 100% recycled newspapers; you can even see the layers of recycled newspaper when you sharpen them! Individually packed in their own freshness tubes (made of corn-based biodegradable plastic), guaranteed to keep the delicious aromas fresh for two years. (One Smencil included with each Complete Curriculum).

Spectrum Test Practice offers a comprehensive and sequential way to practice the content areas offered on numerous standardized tests, plus access to online state-specific test practice. The up-to-date content reflects national standards and includes practice tests in reading, language arts, and math.

Spectrum Test Practice Grade 8

(also includes everything in Basic and Complete Packages)
Our Elite Curriculum Kits include all of the materials listed above along with even more bells and whistles: art, The Mystery of History II CDs, and best of all, a deluxe robotics course!

Exploring Creation with Physical Science Multimedia Companion CD

The Multi-media Companion CD-Rom is designed to be used with the Exploring Creation with Physical Science textbook. It contains pronunciations for the technical words in the course, animations used to explain some of the more difficult concepts, and videos of experiments that the student would not be able to do on his own.

Science this year is focused on reviewing all essential and general scientific concepts before proceeding to high school science. The more than 100 kid-friendly experiments in National Geographic Elements of Science explore the full spectrum of biology, chemistry, and physics and will show your children hands-on how these three core disciplines relate. The engaging, full-color, 112-page book, with its helpful, clear illustrations and well-written text, is organized into fifteen chapters that include investigations into Bernoulli's Principle, centrifugal force, rockets, electric motors, simple circuits, chemical reactions, camera obscura, prisms, the human body, and much more!

National Geographic Elements of Science

Draw and Write Through History 3

Because your child will likely retain more of what he learns when illustrating each time period, Draw and Write Through History is not mere busywork. Not only will your child be taught how to draw true historical figures and places with easy-to-follow, step-by-step, illustrated instructions, but at the end of each section a page of cursive copywork is given, summarizing the history lesson. Intriguing, bite-sized historical facts interspersed on the pages may even jump-start the most reluctant of readers into wanting to learn more. Draw and Write Through History 3: The Vikings, the Middle Ages, & the Renaissance covers the time period from the Vikings to the Middle Ages and lightly touches on the Renaissance. Learn to draw a Viking ship and longhouse, a castle, a catapult, a princess, a knight, a dragon, Robin Hood, a greyhound dog, a samurai, a pagoda, a musketeer, and more!

Featuring the same content as The Mystery of History book, this convenient audio book allows your child to listen in the car, while knitting, or any other time when his ears are freer than his hands!

The Mystery of History II CDs

Award Winners
  • Pathway Reader - 2012 Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards First Place

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CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3yrs.

Customer Review:

Review posted by Maria M., 7/29/14:
"This curriculum has my daughter very excited to start 8th grade after upcoming our family vacation. We have used other curriculums in the past and this one has her the most excited. Your science kits and the other little extras are perfect. I will definitely consider using the other curriculums for 9th through 12th grades. She was labelled a self directed learner in her last school and we may have to go through the rest of high school at an accelerated pace which makes your website perfect for our needs. We can get the next curriculum whenever she is ready to go on the the next grade. I like that there is accessibility to other grade levels so I can provide her with remedial materials for any academic need she may have. I home schooled my 2 older children at a time when there was not this much flexibility of course materials. This will make teaching our last child MUCH MUCH easier on her and me."

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