Age 6 to 8

Age 6-8 Videos

Learn more about the Age 6-8 level, see what makes it unique, and look at many of the projects you will finish over the year.
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Get your hands dirty investigating solids and liquids. Create your own animal and describe how its design aids in its survival. Develop an appreciation for cultures by reading "Cinderella" stories from around the world. Explore constellations and the phases of the moon.

The Age 6-8 curriculum constitutes one year of academic instruction in science, social studies, language arts, and math. All you need to add is a reading program, and we recommend ABeCeDarian Reading Program Level B.

In the 6-8 year-old curriculum, your child will explore all subject areas using a hands-on and investigative approach. Oftentimes, homeschoolers are only taught reading, writing, and math during the early years, but a truly comprehensive curriculum will expose them to science and social studies as well. These subjects can be the most engaging and exciting for a young child. The curriculum is also filled with quality literature to enjoy with your child.


Language Arts

  • Able to read and comprehend simple picture books
  • Able to write simple sentences independently
  • Usually used by children in second grade


  • Knows addition and subtraction facts to 10
  • Understands place value to the tens
  • Can add and subtract two-digit numbers
  • Usually used by children in the second grade

Beyond Standards

Because all lessons are based on state and national standards, your child will learn all of the necessary skills for his age. Your child will continue to be challenged to read and write at a higher level.

Summary of Skills

The links below will take you to the Summary of Skills for each of the concepts that make up the Age 6-8 curriculum. The Summary of Skills is a list of the state and national standards that are covered within Moving Beyond the Page. This list can be useful for your own planning purposes, but it is also quite helpful when submitting required documentation to fulfill state and local reporting requirements.

Age 6-8 Common Core Alignment

Our curriculum has excellent coverage of the Common Core standards for ELA and Math.

  • English Language Arts
    Review our alignment with the Common Core Standards for Language Arts.
  • Math
    Review our alignment with the Common Core Standards for Math.

What Else Do I Need?

While we do have many phonics and whole language experiences built into each unit, our curriculum does not teach the mechanics of reading. Many gifted 6-8 year old children know how to read, and there are many varying theories on how to best teach a child how to read. For these reasons we have chosen not to “teach” your child to read in our curriculum, allowing you to decide on a reading program that fits your philosophy and your child’s learning style if your child is not already reading. The best program that we have found is ABeCeDarian Reading Program Level B.


Moving Beyond the Page is easy to use without a formal schedule. Just finish one lesson each day from each of the subject areas, and you will finish in about the same time as a traditional school year.

If you prefer to plan your year out more explicitly, you can choose from one of the following schedules. Any of these schedules can also be used for a year-round schedule.

Age 6-8 Curriculum Samples

Concept 1: Community

Unit 1 - Communities Around the World [S] [SS] [LA]

Lesson 3 - Goods and Services

Unit 2 - Citizenship [S] [SS] [LA]

Lesson 7 - Inventors

Unit 3 - Plants and Animals [S] [SS] [LA]

Lesson 2 - Animal Structure

Concept 2: Relationships

Unit 1 - Living Things and Their Environment [S] [SS] [LA]

Lesson 1 - Relationships Among Organisms

Unit 2 - The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane [S] [SS] [LA]

Lesson 10 - Illustrations

Unit 3 - Connecting with the Past [S] [SS] [LA]

Lesson 3 - Slavery and the Civil War

Concept 3: Culture

Unit 1 - Geography [S] [SS] [LA]

Lesson 2 - Cardinal Directions

Unit 2 - People Around the World [S] [SS] [LA]

Lesson 2 - Traditions

Unit 3 - Stories Around the World [S] [SS] [LA]

Lesson 6 - Cinderella Stories Around the World

Concept 4: Matter and Movement

Unit 1 - States of Matter [S] [SS] [LA]

Unit 2 - Earth [S] [SS] [LA]

Lesson 6 - Water, Water Everywhere

Unit 3 - Balance and Motion [S] [SS] [LA]

Lesson 1 - What Is Balance?


Unit 1 - Number Sense

Lesson 5 - Comparing Numbers

Unit 3 - Geometry

Lesson 3 - Polygon Attributes

Unit 6 - Place Value II

Lesson 5 - Adding Within 1000