Australian Year Eight Homeschool Curriculum
My Homeschool is a literature rich, family friendly homeschool curriculum written for Australian children from kindergarten to high school.
High School Work Is Harder
I was at a homeschool meet up at the park when I met Jane. She was telling us how her daughter had just completed Year 8 science in three hours using an online educational program marketed to homeschoolers. Jane was saying how great this program was, how it met all the Australian Curriculum requirements for many subjects, and it was so easy for kids to complete. I asked Jane if she thought her child now had a good science education for her grade level. She looked at me a little stunned because she had only thought about ticking the boxes of registration and hadn’t considered the quality of the educational experience.
When I homeschooled my last child through Year 8 we really had some fun. But planning her lessons still required a thoughtful approach. I needed to get the curriculum mix right.
I knew after graduating three other children that these last years matter and I wanted to make sure I gave her an education that met the homeschool registration criteria, kept her options open for university, supported her moral and spiritual development, and let her explore her passions.
I know many parents want that as well, but with so many options it’s hard to narrow the curriculum down to a workable load that leaves space to explore and confidence that you are doing enough.
But I’ve found a solution.
When my children had graduated from my homeschool and gone to university, I launched My Homeschool so the Australian homeschooling community would have a Charlotte Mason inspired homeschool curriculum written exclusively for them. I’ve been able to find some very talented Australian authors who have written exclusively for our curriculum. Jo Lloyd, Margaret Taylor and Ian Brown are just some of them. We’ve all worked hard to make this curriculum family friendly, academically strong but also wholesome and inspiring.
Why Follow the Charlotte Mason Method?
We wanted you to have confidence that you were educating your child in a way that honoured their emotional, academic and spiritual needs, and give you shortcuts so you would easily pass registration.
We know how important it is to nurture your children’s hearts and minds as you educate them. The Charlotte Mason method gives us the framework to achieve these goals.
It’s Written For Australian Children
You won’t need to be Australianising our content. We have mapped our curriculum to the Australian standards for each state and territory and we’ve done it for you in a Charlotte Mason way.
- Australian literature and poetry.
- Australian spelling and grammar lessons for English,
- Foundation Font for our handwriting lessons,
- Australian examples for science, geography and history,
- Metric measurements and Australian money,
- Australian land forms, plants and animals for nature study,
- Famous Australian art works for picture study,
- Indigenous content and books in all grades.
But we don’t limit our curriculum to only Australian content.
We want your children to have a rich feast of ideas presented to them so we also include world history, foreign languages, classic literature and a range of resources that encourage your child to learn about the world around them.
We Wanted A Curriculum That Worked For Home Educators
Our curriculum writers have already done the juggle of homeschooling a few children at once.
- We knew how lovely and important it is to learn as a family so we made some lessons and read alouds possible to teach as a group.
- We reduced the time needed for formal academics by crafting our curriculum so our resources and books often teach multiple topics.
- We made each grade fit each state’s syllabus so you can get registered easily.
- We gave you a streamlined intentional curriculum so you could give your children a wholesome integrated education from kindergarten to high school.
- We made sure it was academically challenging so your children will have career options, and a pathway to university if needed.
- We put it all in one place so you weren’t hunting around looking for resources every time you wanted to begin lessons.
- We made it easy to access your lessons and planner when you were out and about or travelling just by picking up your smartphone.
We Want You To Homeschool Well!
Getting a curriculum is the first step. Teaching and getting registered are the next parts.
That is why we want to offer you more than educational products or book lists. We want to mentor you and support you on this journey. We have experienced home educators who have already travelled this path and when you hit a hurdle we want to help you figure out ways to find a solution.
We Do That In A Few Ways:
- We have a community forum where you can ask your homeschool questions and get some advice. You can also email us if you need to.
- Our free Homeschool Teaching 101 Course that comes with membership will give you an understanding on the teaching methods we use. We also have a coach to take you through this course.
- Our Getting Registered Course gives you tips on registration for your state.
- Each graded curriculum course has most of the documentation needed to help you make your registration application simple and quick. Note: We don't do your application for you.
Our homeschool curriculum is written to comply with all Australian states and territories. We give you a shortcut to help you get straight into giving your child a delightful and robust education without spending hours and hours researching, and tweaking unsuitable content. And we’ll make it easy for you to get registered because we’ve already done 75% of the documentation you need for your application.
Our Learning Platform
We use Moodle, a popular educational online learning platform to run our courses. In the early grades this is mostly a resource for the parent, in middle school and high school the children also use the platform as a part of their lessons.
You will need access to the My Homeschool learning platform to complete and watch some video lessons. A laptop, tablet, or desktop computer will work well. Your smartphone can be used for a quick review, or on the go, but it’s not the best option for online reading and watching videos long-term.
Whilst we are utilising this online platform for learning and include many of our recommended book titles for watching as a read-aloud, most of our lessons do require reading from a real book or a paper-based resource. Our notebooking activities use pencils and paper but if you wish for your child to have additional screen-based activities you could incorporate an online mathematics or foreign language resource as both of these subjects rely on plenty of practice for mastery.
Here’s a quick tour.
The mind “is nourished on ideas and absorbs facts only as they hang connected with the living ideas upon which they hang. Children educated upon some such lines as these respond in a surprising way, developing capacity, character, countenance, initiative and a sense of responsibility…The mind feeds on ideas and therefore children should have a generous curriculum.”
This Year Eight Homeschool Program:
- Uses living books and classic literature across the curriculum.
- Complies with all the Australian states and territories’ registration requirements.
- Provides weekly lesson plans and online checklists.
- Runs on a 4-day week calendar with the 5th day available for outings and enrichment activities.
- Trains your high schooler towards independent learning.
- Provides documentation to be used for registration.
- Uses Moodle, an online learning platform, to help organise and deliver lessons.
Course Costs & Enrolment
We have divided this course into two separate semesters:
- Semester One includes Term One and Two.
- Semester Two includes Term Three and Four.
There is no time limit on completion of a semester. You can begin our courses at any time in the year.
- $300 per semester plus a family membership subscription. All courses are purchased from within our My Homeschool Member’s site. Note: Only one subscription is needed per family.
- Additional living books are required to complete the course. These will cost less than $150.
- Printing of resources and additional stationary is also required.
Continued Membership Rewards
You will continue to have access to your purchased courses, and all the benefits of being a My Homeschool member, as long as you keep your subscription membership current. This means you can use the same graded course again for subsequent children.
The My Homeschool Yr. 8 programme has been a fantastic way for my son to progress through middle school. Michelle and Jo have covered a wide selection of subjects that develop analytical, observational and critical thinking skills while immersing the student in a feast of language, history, science and the arts, all while meeting the requirements of the Australian Curriculum. We have thoroughly enjoyed discussions around the dinner table on his history units, and are eagerly looking forward to progressing through the rest of the programme. I couldn’t have implemented such a well rounded programme if I had to collate the information myself. I love My Homeschool! Veronica
We have tried several styles of teaching but always seem to come back to the Charlotte Mason Method. This year, My Homeschool has provided a steady rhythm for our 13 year old. The work is set out on Moodle in a clear and concise way. This has made moving from being told what needs to be done, to being a self starter a very smooth transition. We have noticed that there has been just the right amount of stimulation, information and written work to keep him interested (in the past this has been challenging) and questioning things. History lessons have been topic of conversation over dinner and discoveries made during geography have been talked about endlessly with his dad who has geomorphology qualifications. The choice of literature is rich and the online links have been valuable resources.
We have been very happy with all that Year 8 has been and look forward to the rest of the year. I believe that this year, academically, has been his greatest leap forward.
I already have a very busy life? How much time will this involve?
My Homeschool follows the Charlotte Mason practice of shorter lessons so there is time for the student to follow other interests. Approximately three to four days per week is allocated to group study and reading aloud in the primary years. In high school we have written a four day schedule with Day 5 free for other planned educational activities. Your day will usually include consistent lesson time in the mornings, leaving afternoons free for natural learning and play. You can also get some of your jobs done and pursue other interests.
Is this course secular or Christian?
This curriculum aims to give parents confidence that they are educating their children with a worldview that honours the values of Christian education however our resources are not exclusively Christian. We have attempted to choose great resources and often a secular resource was the best option.
Education of the whole child is important to us and parents are encouraged to nurture their children’s spiritual, intellectual, emotional and social needs. Check out our article Is Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Christian?.
How do I teach multiple children?
Choice has been built into this curriculum to give you the flexibility you need for teaching multiple ages and adapting to the special needs and interests of your child/children. Some families choose to simply buy the appropriate Graded Course for each child, while others try to combine grades and teach multiple children using one course. You can choose what best suits your family.
This Is How You Enrol?
At My Homeschool we want to give you the curriculum we always wanted.
Many of our members report that our curriculum is just what they needed to educate in a Charlotte Mason way and feel confident that they are following their state’s registration requirements.
Become A Member now to Buy Your Course. You’ll get access to our learning platform where you can enrol in our course and get access to all these course materials. It will only take 15 minutes.
Studying Macbeth and reading it out loud with mum was fun. She, I think, is a bit of a purist and enjoyed reading it in old English and I read it out loud in today’s English. We laughed a lot. We don’t read everything out loud, we do one book a semester as an audio book. The law topics were really interesting and gave me a lot to think about. I still find English boring, I am a bit more of a science guy, but these lessons were not too bad. I really liked being able to look up the work for the day and then after morning basket, get stuck in. I think that this has been a great year so far.
I had a chat [with my son] about our year thus far using Year 8 his comments were as follows:
“Reading. Reading books and student lessons, and especially reading the history related suggestions. I also liked watching the videos as suggested in the student notes. The variety of resources has made it (learning) much more relaxed and this makes it easier to take in the information.”
We are very much enjoying the My Homeschool course.