AmblesideOnline: Year 8

"Let us try, however imperfectly, to make education a science of relationships--in other words, try in one subject or another to let the children work upon living ideas. In this field small efforts are honoured with great rewards, and we perceive that the education we are giving exceeds all that we intended or imagined."

Charlotte Mason, Volume 3, p. 163

Year 8 is a step up in difficulty. Students continue studying Plutarch's Lives as well as a Shakespearean play each term. They will continue with daily copywork, as well as studied dictation and grammar study. Every scheduled reading will still be narrated, either orally or in writing. Written narration should increase to more often than once a week, serving as further preparation for composition. Foreign language study continues as begun in previous years, alongside the study of Latin.

Complete Course of Study for Year 8

BASIC: I just want to see what I need - a basic, stripped down version, without a lot of options to choose from and a bit of a lighter load.
Year 8 Curriculum, Basic/Lite Version
and its 36-Week Schedule

WITH OPTIONS: I want to see all of my options and be able to make choices.
Year 8 Curriculum, Detailed
and its 36-Week Schedule

A Basic Overview of Year 8
BibleHistoryGeographyScience and Math
Judges, Ruth, Samuel, I Kings, Ecclesiastes

1400's-1688 (Renaissance and Reformation)

Elizabethan England

King Charles

Oliver Cromwell
Kon Tiki


Living science books in botany, astronomy, molecules, chemistry

Circulatory System

Nature Writings

Nature Study

Plutarch's Lives



Whatever Happened to Justice
Language ArtsLiteratureForeign LanguageMusic and Arts

Oral and Written Narration



Donne, Milton, Spenser

Westward Ho!, The Holy War, and more. . .
Modern Language

Hymns and Folk Songs

Artist/picture study


Drawing and Handicrafts