7,200+ Confident Readers and Spellers
8th Grade Homeschool Reading and Spelling Curriculum
(At-Home and Online)
Summer Reading Program 2023
Scholar Within’s Bonnie Terry, M.Ed., BCET has been featured on
Help Your 8th Grader Improve Comprehension, Read Faster, and Spell Flawlessly
- Self-paced, step-by-step at-home and online lessons
- Carefully selected reading selections and questions
- Grade-appropriate spelling lessons
- Research-proven reading fluency training
- 8th-grade reading comprehension activities that improve memory skills
- Vocabulary building activities
- Word-attack card games that get the whole family involved
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What parents are saying
“My daughter has not only increased her words per minute but also has improved her comprehension.”
– Mary M.
“The video spelling and phonics lessons are like having a private tutor in our home.”
– Wendy R.
“The games were really enjoyable! We even played them AFTER the lesson was over for the day.”
– Natalie M.
8th-Grade Homeschool Reading and Spelling Curriculum
Hand Selected 8th-Grade Reading Comprehension Selections
Each week, your child will read two engaging 8th-grade reading comprehension selections, both fiction and non-fiction. We’ve chosen the best reading selections that will open your son or daughter’s world of reading.
Your child will learn how to talk about and summarize the stories they have read. The best eighth reading comprehension curriculum includes both fiction and non-fiction. This allows your child to learn to compare and contrast ideas and information as well as think creatively.
Tap to Read – Read-Aloud Technology from Scholar Within
Does your child ever get frustrated with trying to read or sound out a word that they are unfamiliar with? With Tap to Read, your child can instantly hear the proper pronunciations of words by simply tapping or clicking on the word to hear it aloud. They can also work on their reading fluency and speed by pressing play and following along.
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Note-taking and Writing Skills
Scholar Within’s 8th-grade reading comprehension program is more than just reading! Your child will learn to take notes from what they have read and use those notes later.
So many students just stare at blank sheets of paper when they are asked to take notes. As a result, we have custom fill-in-the-blank graphic organizer note-taking forms that make it easy to take notes and organize ideas. It is so much easier to fill out a graphic organizer form than to use a blank piece of paper to take notes.
The action of note-taking improves your child’s memory skills. Your eighth-grader will become a better thinker as they improve their note-taking and writing skills.
Build Long-Term Memory Skills
Critical to the 8th-grade reading curriculum is improving overall reading comprehension and factual knowledge base. As your knowledge base improves, reading comprehension improves.
Your child will answer questions about the passages they read in the program a day or two after they read the selection. Using the 8th-grade reading comprehension worksheets, your child will learn to remember and recall what they have read.
Your child will learn to review their notes and write summaries of them. Your child learns the process they will use for years to come to have success in school and in life.
Learn spelling and word attack skills.
Your entering eighth-grader will learn how to spell by spelling patterns through our interactive video lessons.
This specific method teaches your 8th-grader the structure of the English language. This activity improves your 8th-graders ability to not only decode larger words but also improves their reading comprehension as they become more familiar with advanced words.
Your kids will learn and practice the phonetic patterns of English through each lesson, spelling activity worksheets, puzzles, and games.
Each week, your child will learn to spell ten new words according to their phonetic spelling patterns.
Reading Fluency Training Boosts 8th-Grade Comprehension Skills
By the time your child is in the 8th grade, reading comprehension is key to their success. One of the best tips for improving comprehension, in addition to note-taking, is to improve their reading fluency.
Reading fluency training is one of the most important strategies used to build your child’s success with reading. This is your child’s ability to read with speed and accuracy without conscious attention to the mechanics of reading. This is a critical skill as your child moves into the upper grades and the reading material becomes longer and more complicated.
Our research-proven reading fluency drills work on training your eyes to move more efficiently and smoothly left to right. They also improve your kids’ visual processing speed, or how fast they can retrieve and process what they see. You and your kids will love seeing their improvement each day.
Boost Word Attack Skills and Play Vocabulary Card Games
Each week your child will play a card game that will work on their word identification skills or comprehension and vocabulary skills. Both word identification and comprehension skills improve when you play with words. The more comfortable you become with word relationships, the easier it is for you to comprehend what you read. This is why we include reading card games. Your child will love these games and want to play them over and over again.
Develop Planning Skills that Stick
Scholar Within’s 8th-grade reading comprehension program also includes executive function skill activities. These are the decision-making and planning skills that we all need in our daily lives. Your child will use fill-in-the-blank daily to-do worksheets and planning calendars to schedule out their days.
Your child will decide when they will do certain activities, and they will estimate how long each activity will take. After the activity is completed, they will reflect on how long it actually took and will start to build their time awareness and planning skills. Your child will strengthen their working memory, flexible thinking, and organization skills.
Research-driven, results-proven curriculum
Every component of our 8th-grade reading program is research-based and is specifically designed to boost your child’s reading and spelling skills.
The program has been created by learning expert and board-certified educational therapist Bonnie Terry, M.Ed. Bonnie Terry put together her 35+ years of working hands-on with children of all learning styles and abilities into this step-by-step program.
You and your kids will see results each week.
Develop a Love of Reading
Your child will gain confidence in their reading ability and understanding of what they have read.
Your child will make substantial gains with these effective research-based techniques. Your child will be able to complete their assignments more quickly and easily. They will gain confidence and develop a lifelong love or reading and learning.
Your child will do a variety of activities that teach and strengthen all of these skills. Your child will love doing the activities in the program and will want to do them again and again.
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Reviews from Parents
J Jennifer A.
Fabulous reading program! We enrolled our daughter over the summer. It was so wonderful we decided to continue using the program during the school year.
R Rachelle M.
I have two children who just completed 8 weeks of the reading and spelling program. My oldest is dyslexic and I’ve been looking for a spelling program that is geared towards older kids since she is in 8th grade and many of the other spelling programs we’ve done feel like they are for younger children. My daughter appreciated that the lessons were straightforward in teaching the patterns through sight, sound and writing. Her spelling confidence and ability grew tremendously. My youngest benefited from the reading fluency drills and reading comprehension activities. Both enjoyed the games and puzzles. We look forward to continuing with the program into the fall as homeschoolers.
M Mary M.
We love the reading and spelling program. My daughter has not only increased her words per minute but also has expanded her comprehension. She is learning valuable note taking strategies and has drastically improved her spelling. She also enjoys the content! We are excited to see her growth.
N Natalie M.
This program really helped my daughters (grade 3 and grade 2) with reading comprehension! It gave us as parents the tools we needed to ask the right questions to help them too! Also, the games were really enjoyable! We even played them AFTER the lesson was over for the day. We were very impressed with the variety of activities and tools available with this program.
A Amy D.
My daughter is begging me to do your reading program again to strengthen her skills. The guides for note-taking and how to pick out important information was only second to the fun activities each day last year. We look forward to seeing what’s in store for this year!
L Lisa G.
Thank you for partnering with me to help my daughters improve their reading skills. They are really enjoying your program and are excited about becoming more confident readers. I am loving it already! I signed up my twin daughters, who are homeschooled.
W Wendi L.
My children took the Scholar Within reading program. I was impressed with how user-friendly and intuitive the program is.
S Sabrina D.
The Monday exercise of reading and taking notes followed with questions on those selections on Wednesday is a really great help for my kids. This lets them work on their comprehension skills. It has made a big difference! The whole program has been a good experience for us. Thank you very much!
N Niiro T.
Even when I’m not sure how to reason/explain to my son about a reading comprehension answer, all I have to do is ask you. You are so good at giving quick replies that are easy for me to tell my son. Thank you!
G Gracie K.
Ma’am, you are a blessing. I am on my 2nd year as a kindergarten teacher and your technique eased my doubts about being effective towards teaching children who have zero spelling and reading skills.
M Margie K.
My son couldn’t write or spell. Our lives changed when we found your system. It was just what we needed. It was a 100% turnaround! I noticed the improvement immediately, but it became more dramatic as time went on. He came home with smiles. He started liking school. He became a confident learner. In fact, by the time he was in 4th grade, he was at the top of his class.
C Calvin T.
We really loved the program. Thanks so much for all of the neat assignments and games to enhance executive function skills.
S Sky B.
Your videos make it so easy for my kids to actually see and hear how letters and sounds come together to make words. They are improving my kids’ spelling and reading skills. Such a bonus! And, they love playing the games, too.
K Kameron F.
Thanks for your help throughout this process. You are so responsive whenever I have a question or concern. I see activities on the different levels for my kids which makes them easy to follow. This has been an awesome experience for our family.
J Jennifer P.
My son is doing well and shows improvements with the reading drills each day. He is also doing well with all the work that is presented. His overall work is improving too. He’s even able to find spelling errors now. Woohoo!
C Cynthia B.
I really do like the reading fluency drills. They are making a difference for my son. They are so easy to fit into our day. The thing we didn’t like was all the printing we had to do each week.
K Karla C.
I am very grateful for having found Scholar Within. As a homeschooling mom, I am always in search of good materials that fit the needs of my children. Scholar Within has been especially beneficial for my 7th grader, his greatest challenges have been spelling, and clarity while reading out loud. I was amazed at the way in which Scholar Within combines phonics, spelling, and reading comprehension. My son has advanced significantly in these areas since we started using the program. He loves the reading selections and finds them very educative and interesting.
Great program. I highly recommend it to any parent.
R Regina A.
The videos made all the difference in the world. The spelling videos showed me step by step the structure. You really made spelling easy for my kids. I just keep working with the video, the spelling, the way you explain it, they watch it over and over. It really sinks in. Your materials help build their self-esteem up. They’re short quick activities. You can get so much done in half an hour.
W Wendy F.
We are really liking the summer reading program. I appreciate that you moved my daughter’s level to make the program even more effective for her. Thanks so much.
M Megan W.
I did find the videos and activities interesting. There was a bit too much printing for me.
C Cathy H.
Jake is doing well and enjoying the program. I’m so pleased with how he has improved and that he likes doing our sessions! Thanks so much!
K Katherine W.
My son’s first drill trend is definitely going in the right direction. His words per minute increased by 17%, and his mistakes decreased, and this is only the first week. I can’t believe he had that much progress already. Thank you for this program and thanks so much for being available for questions, too!
T Tricia L.
Last summer my 3 kids were enrolled in both Scholar Within and another major reading program. Scholar Within had more fun activities and games and really focused on building the underlying skills to really prepare for the upcoming year. The other program didn’t build skills in the same way and was less interactive in my home.
C Christine P.
Your program has so many great things in it. The plan for an excursion was a brilliant idea! We made a trip to the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis and to the Science Museum in St. Louis. I have seen improvements and I have gained insight into how my daughter reads and processes (or lack thereof) the reading assignments. Thank you so very much! The whole-brain approach to improving reading has been very insightful.
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