Year 8

English

If your child has done LLATL Green then they can go on to Learning Language Arts Through Literature Gray. If they have just done Language Lessons from Australian History Book 3, you can do either LLATL Green or Gray.  Vocabulary Building exercises bring meaning to vocabulary in context making it useful in everyday language. Also included is a five week Writing Unit designed to prepare students for high school writing and research as well as continued study in prefixes, suffixes, and roots words. Four book studies are designed to expand your child's understanding through various activities involving reading and writing skills. Teacher and Student Ebooks $51.

Grammar

By this age your child should have enough grammar, however, some students benefit from a light review. If you want to get away from a formal grammar program and would like an easy, fuss-free way to brush up on grammar concepts, our ebook Grammar Through Copywork is a Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum using classic literature to teach grammar concepts. With this method, there is also the opportunity to improve spelling and written expression by providing excellent models, so it's always a win-win. This book will provide lessons from beginners right through to advanced grammar. $21.

More copywork for this age can be done from Copywork from Classic Literature. $11.

Maths

New Maths Counts Book 2  follows a normal academic pace and covers algebraic expansions and factorizations; algebraic fractions, equations and inequalities; cartesian coordinates and linear graphs; proportions and map scales; simultaneous linear equations; triangles, polygons and congruence; area of cones, pyramids and spheres; statistics and simple probability. Appealing full colour text with answers in the back, $50.

New Syllabus Secondary Maths Book 2 (Year 8) continues with a more accelerated pace. See product description for concepts covered. Textbook and Teacher's Resource Book Set $135. Workbook and Workbook Solutions Set $65.

Science

If you follow the normal sequence for Apologia's highschool science and have done their General Science course, the next book is Exploring Creation with Physical Science. However some children find this a rather challenging book, and so if your child is more inclined towards life science you can do Exploring Creation with Biology. The Biology book does require a bit more memorization of terms and defintions. Textbook, Student Notebook, Solutions and Tests (these three $237), companion CD's and audio MP3 CD are all available for both courses. DVD Lectures are available for Biology.

Science and Maths

Life of Fred Pre Algebra 0 with Physics is where maths and science meet. (Do this book before LOF Pre Alg Biology.)  A great companion to Apologia's Exploring Creation with Physical Science.   

Life of Fred Pre Algebra 1 with Biology is a great book to have on hand if you are studying Biology, or if you haven't studied it yet. Your child will learn pre algebra concepts as he learns about Biology. No human reproduction and no evolution. 

The third book in this series is Life of Fred Pre Algebra 2 with Economics. You will learn a sure fire way to create 100% employment; the difference between socialism and communism; the difference between freedom and liberty; that every person has a job that he/she can do at a comparative advantage than all other people; proof of Ricardo's Law of Comparative Advantage as well as... how to do word problems, how to solve algebraic equations and much more in getting ready for algebra! 

Copywork

Copywork from Classic Literature is ideal for this grade level. $11.50

If your child has already done Copywork from Classic Literature, they might like to try Copywork from the Reformers and Puritans which is excellent for training in reading difficult or challenging literature and will help mature your child's writing style and reading ability. It is a good idea to read the passages yourself and engage your child in discussion of the content to avoid it going in one ear and out the other. This book would also make a good companion to any English program. Passages are from a clear Protestant viewpoint. FREE - please email for a copy.

Joelle Grubb