"All Set for 8th Grade" Complete Curriculum
Continue with the exciting US history and literature studies during the 8th grade. You'll be using Books 6-11, along with the wonderful historical fiction novels in the literature pack below, to bring American history to life for your teen! Writing assignments can be themed on your history studies. This is a great year, preparing for high school, and getting a foundation as an American!
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After you finish Wordsmith, advance to this self-directed program for building and polishing practical writing skills. You will learn to organize and classify ideas, write letters to suit any occasion, and organize your original ideas into excellent compositions. Includes study skills, note-taking, summarizing, brush-up on mechanics, technical skills, paragraphing, and more. The final unit in the book teaches essay writing. Paperback, 93 pages, for ages 14 and up.
Vocabulary Cartoons, Book 2
Vocabulary Cartoons has revolutionized learning vocabulary words in my homeschool! Everybody likes cartoon drawings, so there isn't any coaxing to get kids going on this book. Besides a humorous visual cartoon, there is an often silly "sound-alike" clue. There are also several sentences using the word so you get the feel of it. Plus, an easy pronunciation guide. I am learning right along with my kids, and find myself relying on the memory clues. For example, the word "capacious" means roomy and spacious. I learned the word while quizzing my kids on Vocabulary Cartoons, and I later encountered it in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, describing a room in a mansion. Instantly I saw in my mind's eye the drawing of a skinny boy with a huge cap on, a cap that was spacious. A capacious cap! Vocabulary words are taken from the SAT test, which gives me a measure of confidence that they are words worth knowing. Each unit is divided into 10 words, with a full page for each word. The words in each lesson are grouped in a logical way, such as all the words with the same prefix . . . more.
Editor in Chief, Book B1
Here's an exciting way to perfect those English skills. Each entry in this write-in workbook is a brief story accompanied by a picture. But watch out, it is trickier than it seems. Each story contains several errors in punctuation, grammar, usage, etc. These workbooks are sure to develop a sharp editing eye. All answers and explanations are in the back of the book, so your child can correct his own work. These books are challenging and fun!
Apologia Physical Science Text + Solutions Manual
Physical Science covers weather, the atmosphere, structure of the earth, motion, Newton's laws, gravity, and physics. Explores myths created by environmentalists (which I find necessary and much appreciated!). Hands-on experiments use household supplies. Even if you don't feel confident teaching science to your children, you will find the help you need in these books designed especially for homeschoolers. Written by a former university professor who is Christian, these textbooks are presented in conversational style, as if the author is having a good talk with the reader. Concepts are easy to understand, and good experiments can easily be performed at home. Each course comes as a 2-book set: the hardcover textbook and a paperback solutions/test manual. These are the bestselling science books among homeschoolers! Companion CD available (sold separately). Each course has 12-16 modules, which can be paced for 2 weeks each, for a complete school years study. The curriculum is backed by free question/answer support in case you need tutoring. Current 2nd edition.
Saxon Algebra 1/2: Complete Set
I wish all curriculum choices were as easy as this! Saxon has proven to have the best mathematics text available today. Every school in the U.S. that has used them has raised college board scores 20% and has tripled Calculus enrollment, has doubled Physics enrollment and has reduced the number of kids on the slow track by over 50%. The reason? Normal math books introduce a new concept with each chapter, then drop that topic as the next chapter goes on to something new. This week, it's multiplication; next week it is fractions, and I can't remember multiplication! In Saxon books, the concepts are practiced daily, over and over, until they are fully automatic and math becomes easier and more enjoyable. Complete Set includes a non-consumable hardcover Textbook, Tests and Answer Key. Hardcover textbook has approx 125 lessons plus additional topics. Answers to odd numbered problems are in the back of the book. Approximately 500 pages. Tests and Answer Key included. The Solutions Manual (sold separately) gives step-by-step solutions to all the practices and problems. Current 3rd edition.
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D.I.V.E. CD for Saxon Algebra 1/2
Imagine your homeschool without Mom having to be the math teacher! Imagine your children going quietly to the computer with their Saxon math book and having a gentle, soft spoken male tutor explain the lesson's concept and working the practice problems on the chalkboard just for them. Imagine no more frustration and tears because things are so very well explained, and they can be re-explained as many times as needed in the same patient tone of voice! You don't have to imagine any longer, because this is exactly what D.I.V.E. Into Math has done for my homeschool! Hurrah! D.I.V.E. means "Digital Interactive Video Education," and what your student will see is the computer screen transformed into a chalkboard and the teacher's chalk writing appearing as he talks and works the problems. I balked at spending $50 to explain an already pricey math book, until I used this fabulous program. Now I say: "It is worth every penny!" I haven't taught math in my homeschool for 2 years now and my children are doing better in math than they ever have before! Note: you will need the matching Saxon textbook (of the same edition) to use this program. Each level Includes one or two CD-ROMS teaching every lesson in the book! This DIVE CD plays on Mac and Windows 98 and higher operating systems, including Vista. Current 3rd edition.
A History of US: Volumes 6-10 + Volume 11 (Sourcebook) Set
Who doesn't love a good story? These unique books will make a history-lover out of you and your children! I read them just for fun. Author Joy Hakim was distressed when her 7th grade daughter thought public school history was dull, and she set out to make it interesting for her. This incredible award-winning series is the result! Masterful storyteller, Joy, weaves the exciting adventures that make up the history of our nation so that they read like a novel. You wont find these unique stories and photos elsewhere. I cant imagine a college course containing anything more. I initially thought these books were too much of an investment for history, but once I started reading, I was hooked. They are definitely worth the money. (Not written from a Christian perspective, so you will find some cave man type info in the first book, and bits of Woman's Lib throughout.) Paperback books, color photos, approximately 200 pages each, for ages 11 to adult. Riveting reading your children are going to love American History! Current 3rd Edition. Note: If you are following my curriculum recommendations, you'll use Book 1-5 of this set plus Book 11 during 7th grade, and Book 6-11 during 8th grade.
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