AmblesideOnline - Year 8 Overview

"Let us try, however imperfectly, to make education a science of relationships--in other words, try in one subject or another to let the children work upon living ideas. In this field small efforts are honoured with great rewards, and we perceive that the education we are giving exceeds all that we intended or imagined."
Charlotte Mason, Volume 3, p. 163

A Basic Overview of Year 8


  • Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua
  • Psalms
  • Proverbs
  • Matthew


  • Plutarch's Lives
  • Ourselves
  • Utopia
  • Whatever Happened to Justice


  • 1400s-1688 (Renaissance and Reformation)
  • Elizabethan England
  • King Charles
  • Oliver Cromwell
  • Timeline
  • Book of Centuries


  • Kon Tiki
  • Columbus

Science and Math

  • Living science books in botany, astronomy, molecules, chemistry
  • Circulatory System
  • Nature Writings
  • Nature Study
  • Math

Language Arts

  • Copywork
  • Dictation
  • Oral and Written Narration
  • Recitation
  • Grammar


  • Shakespeare
  • Donne, Milton, Spenser
  • Westward Ho!, The Holy War, and more...

Foreign Language

  • Modern Language
  • Latin

Music and Arts

  • Hymns and Folk Songs
  • Artist/Picture Study
  • Composer
  • Drawing and Handicrafts

Year 8 is a step up in difficulty. Students continue studying Plutarch's Lives as well as a Shakespeare play each term. They will continue with daily copywork, as well as studied dictation and grammar study. Every scheduled reading will still be narrated, either orally or in writing. Written narration should increase to more often than once a week, serving as further preparation for composition. Foreign language study continues as begun in previous years, alongside the study of Latin.

Choose a Course of Study for Year 8:


I want a basic, stripped down version, without a lot of options to choose from and a bit of a lighter load.
Year 8 Curriculum, Basic/Lite Version
36-Week Schedule

AmblesideOnline's free Charlotte Mason homeschool curriculum prepares children for a life of rich relationships with God, humanity, and the natural world.
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