Each week students will have 10 spelling words. These will be given on Monday. Spelling City is used for practicing definitions, spelling, etc. It is assigned every Monday and students work on it through Thursday. Friday mornings there is a test.
Every Monday there will be a Bible text from their Bible lesson. On Friday, students are tested on the Memory Verse. They may speak it or write it.
Math is assigned Monday through Friday. We use the ALEKS math program online. An average of 4 topics per class period should be completed on ALEKS. Assignments and supplemental work is provided from other texts.
Science is taught days/week. We endeavor to have at least one experiment or virtual experiment per month. One assignment a week is turned in. A test is given at the end of each unit.
Held Monday through Thursday and chapel, with the whole school is held Friday morning. There are group projects and exercises that is aimed at strengthening a student's relationship with Jesus as well as their skills at scripture application. The journal is also part of their Bible grade. Student week of prayer participation will also be a part of their Bible grade in 4th quarter.
Assigned two days a week for 45 minutes each day. This year we are studying world history and geography. There will be at least one written assignment per week. We will be working out of a text and have video clips from time to time where a written or oral assignment will be due. Some of the SS assignments may be creatively drawn and or written depending on student choice.
Pathways is our primary language Arts program. We also have spelling which is done on Spelling City. We have a chapter book we read together in class and have written assignments at various times. This will include writing, research, language, handwriting and a journal subject (weekly.) Each Pathways book takes about 1 month to complete. There are student assignments that vary according to the book. Usually one assignment a week. A Book Report is 15% of their grade and is due every month. The categories for book reports are listed in class. They can not get an A without a book report even if all other assignments are A's. An A student needs to be reading outside of class, always.
Students will have 40 minutes minimum of keyboarding per week. They should be at about 40-45 words per minute (95% accuracy) when they leave 8th grade. This does not count in their GPA.
On Monday morning there will be a blank check sheet posted. It will have be marked with a check mark as assignments are completed and turned in. There will be no grades on it. This is to let the students know if they have their work turned in and if they have earned free time in class on Friday. If their work is not completed, they do it during that time. Parents are free to come in and check the sheet.
A book report is due each month. They are based on CHERISH topics. For instance, in Sept., a book that points to Christlike behavior is the requirement.
Each student will have an assignment book. It is imperative that they maintain this. I find that the majority of students who do not maintain an assignment book do not get the grades they could because they are not organized and forget assignments. I will help them to do this in the first few weeks of school and will pick them up to check them at various times. I will put an "organization" grade on their report card which does not enter into their GPA but will give you feedback as to their ability to stay organized.
Art will be officially one hour per week, taught by a person who prepares lessons to give students insight into colors, shading, perspective, blanace, etc. The projects will be something they can work on the following week. Art grades are based on following instructions and obvious effort put into the piece. Most artwork is posted onto the bulletin boards outside the classrooms.
We will have one hour per week in cyber safety. This is a 3 year curriculum for grades 6-8. This year, we are on level 2 which includes: Online saftety, web searches, protecting online data, copyrights, public domain, wikipedia.
P.E. We will join 3-5 for P.E. using the SPARK Curriculum which focuses on fitness, health and cooperative play. We will have P.E. 4 days per week. We learn basic skills for football, volleyball, basketball, hockey.
This year, life skills will focus on career possibilities and manners in the way we treat others and in the way we show respect to offices, veterans, etc.