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Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade signifies the end of the class teacher years. At Spring River, many of our 8th Grade students have been with the same teacher since 1st grade, as part of the founding class of our school.  This relationship and the curriculum of the middle school years will be brought to a culmination over the course of this final year before high school.

A new stage of development is beginning, one in which critical thinking will be the primary learning mode and where the generalist teacher of the grades will give way to the specialized instruction required by the high school student. In many ways Eighth Grade is a bridge, completing the second seven-year stage of childhood and establishing a foundation for the third seven-year stage which will lead into adulthood.

The end of the Middle School years is generally marked by a series of culminating events that may include individual project reports, a significant drama production, and a class trip.

 

This class will be combined with 7th grade in school year 2022-23.  Class teachers of combined classes have adjusted the traditional main lesson block schedule with thoughtful consideration to meet the ages within and the children within their class. Depending on the needs of an individual child, and the homeschooling plan the family is following, more study may be needed at home to compliment the classes chosen at Spring River. Talk to your teacher or the program director for more information.  At Spring River, the parents are ultimately in charge of their children's education, and the school is here to supplement and support.

In eighth grade, the following curriculum components are introduced:

Main Lesson Subjects: covered daily (5, 3, and 2 day options)

  • Math: Algebra; Polynomials; Study of Radicals; Geometry continues into the three-dimensional (Platonic solids); the binary system to tie in with the study of technology and computers

  • Language Arts: Independent writing in a range of styles with an emphasis on revising through several drafts; poetry; structure and parts of speech; critical thinking through the study of literature and informational texts; class books and independent reading.

  • Science: Human Anatomy; Physics (study of current electricity, thermal & visual physics); organic chemistry; aerodynamics, hydraulics, and magnetism; meteorology including the impact of human activity on the weather.

  • History & Social Studies: Reformation, the French, American and Industrial Revolutions.  America History up through the modern day.

  • Geography: Measurement of the entire earth; continents of Asia, Australis and the Oceana Region; drawing maps, creating research reports and travel diaries.

  • Visual and Performing ArtsForm drawing and drama. Each class will be practicing and performing a class play or presentation tied to the curriculum which is shared with class families.

Special Subjects (weekly)

  • World Language: Continuing instruction in Spanish with reading and writing, grammatical study and language structure, and historical and cultural study.

  • Visual Arts: visual arts may  include art history; calligraphy; clay modeling; sculpting; perspective drawing; principles of drawing; painting.

  • Handwork: Machine Sewing (if possible) and embroidery, woodworking, needle felting, weaving.

  • Nature Immersion: Themed Nature Quest