Age 8 to 10

Age 8-10 Videos

Learn more about the Age 8-10 level, see what makes it unique, and look at many of the projects you will finish over the year.
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Unboxing Age 8-10
See everything that is included in the Age 8-10 Full Year Package.
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What Will Your 9-Year-Old Do This Year?

Will she read...

  • eleven novels and a book of Native American short stories;
  • nine books that explore the geography, culture, and traditional stories from other lands;
  • five books related to the early history of the Americas and the US Government;
  • five books that investigate rocks and minerals, electricity, animal adaptations, and force and motion; and
  • five books that explore place value, fractions, and geometry?

Will she complete 12 major writing assignments that include...

  • personal letters,
  • business letters,
  • speeches,
  • descriptive paragraphs,
  • persuasive arguments,
  • short stories,
  • newspaper articles,
  • poetry, and
  • a book chapter?

Will she experiment with...

  • different types of soil while varying plant growing conditions,
  • outdoor composting techniques,
  • ecosystems made in jars,
  • magnets and magnetic fields and shields,
  • electric conductors and insulators,
  • batteries and motors,
  • friction and forces,
  • a balloon rocket,
  • the properties of rocks,
  • shortening and ice water to appreciate the adaptations of polar bears to their environment, and
  • simple machines like wedges, planes, screws, and pulleys to make work easier?

Will she make...

  • memories square dancing with her friends,
  • a pioneer dinner for your family,
  • airplane wings to demonstrate lift,
  • a quilt with squares from countries all over Asia,
  • a nutcracker from a European country,
  • a fraction and a decimal board game,
  • a map of an imaginary geometry town,
  • a compass with a sewing needle and a piece of cork, and
  • a world explorers card game?

She will do all this and more if she uses the Age 8-10 level this year.


  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books at a 4th or 5th grade reading level
  • Able to write an organized paragraph
  • Usually used by children in fourth grade


  • Can add and subtract four-digit numbers
  • Able to multiply fluently within 100
  • Can identify, create, and compare simple fractions
  • Able to explain and find perimeter and area of simple polygons
  • Usually used by children in the fourth grade

What's New and Different for Age 8-10

The Age 8-10 level of curriculum covers science, social studies, and language arts. In language arts, this takes the form of literature units. This enables your child to learn all of his language arts content in an engaging format that centers around interesting stories and characters. We continue to tie in science and social studies, but instead of doing this within each lesson, we do it thematically. When children study Native Americans in social studies, they will be reading a book that relates a story of interactions between early American settlers and Native Americans. When they are learning about simple machines in science, they read a story that shows the use of these tools by a race of genetically modified rodents. As students learn about the cultures of Asia, Europe, and Africa, they will be reading stories from those cultures.

The list below shows how each of the science and social studies units line up with the language arts units.

Science and Social Studies
Language Arts
Concept 1: Interdependence
Unit 1. Dirt and Plants
Unit 1. Little House in the Big Woods
Unit 2. Native Americans
Unit 2. The Sign of the Beaver
Unit 3. Ecosystems and Ecology
Unit 3. Native American Animal Stories
Concept 2: Force and Power
Unit 1. Magnetism and Electricity
Unit 1. Ben and Me
Unit 2. The Power of People
Unit 2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Unit 3. Forces of Nature
Unit 3. The BFG
Concept 3: Similarities and Differences
Unit 1. Africa and Asia
Unit 1. Stories from Africa and Asia
Unit 2. Rocks and Minerals
Unit 2. Holes
Unit 3. Europe
Unit 3. Stories from Europe
Concept 4: Exploration and Survival
Unit 1. Animal Adaptations
Unit 1. Abel's Island
Unit 2. Early Explorers
Unit 2. Pedro's Journal
Unit 3. Work, Tools, and Simple Machines
Unit 3. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Math Units
Unit 1. Place Value to 1,000,000
Unit 2. The Four Operations
Unit 3. Geometry
Unit 4. Multi-Digit Multiplication
Unit 5. Fractions
Unit 6. Multi-Digit Division
Unit 7. Decimals
Unit 8. Measurement
Unit 9. Skills Review

In the Age 8-10 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.

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 8-10 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 8-10 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.

Science Kits and Manipulatives

The Age 8-10 curriculum provides a number of hands-on science kits and manipulatives. These kits will provide your child with a hands-on experience that is unparalleled in any homeschool curriculum. With Moving Beyond the Page, hands-on learning is not an afterthought. Not only do we design our curriculum for hands-on learners, we also provide materials to take the hassle out of gathering materials.

8-10 - Math - Materials Kit

  • deck of playing cards,
  • fine point dry-erase markers,
  • geared clock,
  • index cards,
  • laminated place value chart,
  • number cards,
  • whiteboard,
  • counters,
  • dice,
  • laminated 1-100 number grid,
  • multiplication flashcards, and
  • 19 more items...
8-10 - Semester 1 - Science Kit

  • 6-inch square of thin cloth,
  • chalk powder,
  • clay soil,
  • construction paper,
  • gallon zip top bag,
  • grass seed,
  • gravel,
  • index cards,
  • large rubber band,
  • lima beans,
  • magnifying glass, and
  • 80 more items...
8-10 - Semester 2 - Science Kit

This kit is a combination of what used to be shipped in two separate kits. Prior to August of 2022, the second semester of Age 8-10 was shipped with a Similarities and Differences kit and an Exploration and Survival kit. Those two kits are now combined in a single kit that covers the entire semester.

  • 2 Styrofoam balls,
  • 3 plastic bags,
  • birdseed,
  • butterfly pattern pages,
  • clay,
  • clothespin,
  • construction paper,
  • cotton,
  • felt,
  • googly eyes,
  • paper lunch sack, and
  • 53 more items...
Age 8-10: Timeline of History

This package includes just the manipulatives needed for the Age 8-10 social studies program. It is usually purchased with the Age 8-10 Full Year Social Studies Package -- Curriculum Only.

Dig A Dino T-Rex

The adventure begins ... grab your hammer, chisel and brush (very important tools for a paleontologist). Then dig out the parts of the skeleton. Finally, assemble the bones, using the pictures and directions!

Pocket Sled Kite Kit - Individually Wrapped

This package includes just the manipulatives needed for the Age 8-10 language arts program. It is usually purchased with the Age 8-10 Full Year Language Arts Package - Curriculum Only.

What Else Do I Need?

Many children at this level are ready to begin learning cursive handwriting. Moving Beyond the Page does not teach cursive handwriting, so if this is something you need at this level, you will need to add a cursive handwriting program.

The Age 8-10 Full Year Curriculum Package covers science, social studies, and language arts. When purchased with a math program, you will have a comprehensive curriculum for your child.


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 8-10 Curriculum Samples

Our sample center now includes the first two weeks of lessons, for every subject, in every age level. All of the required literature and our incredible manipulative kits are included in our full year packages.