Age 8 to 10
Design a new plant species. Evaluate the relationship between a Native American boy and a pioneer boy who are able to learn from each other in spite of their differences. Experiment with magnets and electricity. Learn about simple machines and examine how they are used by a colony of rats in Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.
At Moving Beyond the Page we believe that children learn when they are actively engaged in their learning. Beginning with the Age 8-10 level, we use many hands-on and engaging science kits to teach your child the science topics being covered. You cannot find a more hands-on science curriculum available for homeschoolers. Click here to jump down to the complete list of science kits.
The Age 8-10 level uses these and many more activities to thoroughly cover the state and national standards in science, social studies, and language arts. Add math for a complete and comprehensive homeschool curriculum.
The Age 8-10 curriculum constitutes one year of academic instruction.
- 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 third or 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
Concept 1: Interdependence
Unit 1. Little House in the Big Woods
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 2. The Power of People
Unit 2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Concept 3: Similarities and Differences
Unit 1. Stories from Africa and Asia
Unit 2. Rocks and Minerals
Unit 3. Charlotte in Giverny
Concept 4: Exploration and Survival
Unit 1. Animal Adaptations
Unit 3. Work, Tools, and Simple Machines
Unit 3. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
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.
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
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.
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.