So it’s homeschool curriculum week here at Mama’s Learning Corner! I’m sharing what curriculum and projects I’m using with all 4 of my kiddos during this school year.
Today, I’m sharing what my 3rd grader and I will be working on during the 2015-2016 school year.
As I said in my son’s 5th Grade post, I’ll share how I plan for our school year in another post, which includes how I set goals for my children.
One of my goals for my 3rd grader is to encourage her love of reading and provide her with excellent historical fiction, which she adores!
She’s been an average to later reader, and I am beyond thrilled that she sees reading historical fiction as fun. *insert happy mama heart here*
So considering that is one of my main goals for her, here are the subjects and topics we will work on together.
3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Plans
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I’m very excited about everything my 8 year old and I will work on this year! She’s just a precious girl, and it’s such a gift to be her mama and teacher.
→ Rod & Staff Grade 3 English – Last year, my daughter worked through most of Rod & Staff Grade 2, however we took a small break to work through a Little House in the Big Woods Lapbook. It was well worth the break, as we both loved it!
Even though she didn’t complete Grade 2 English because of our lapbook detour, I’m going to go ahead and start her in Grade 3. Last year was our first year with Rod & Staff, and I am amazed at how much Clara learned. She enjoys more formal workbook/textbook type work, so this is a great fit for her for many reasons.
→ All About Spelling Level 2 – My daughter needs lots of spelling reinforcement, so we work on spelling 5 days a week. I’d rather go slow and steady with her to make sure she understands the concepts, rather than speed through.
I have a brand new method for using All About Spelling so it’s not quite so teacher-intensive. I do have 4 children to school, after all. I can’t wait to share it with y’all!’
My 3rd grader will not yet use a formal writing program. She’ll work on each of the writing exercises provided in Rod & Staff English.
→ Handwriting and Copywork – Through the first half of the school year, I am going to pull sentences and paragraphs from our science or history studies so she can continue practicing her printing.
After Christmas, she’ll start cursive using Handwriting Without Tears’ Cursive Handwriting.
Clara has about half of Singapore Math 2B to finish up, and then she’ll complete 3A and 3B before the school year is over.
The Home Instructor’s Guide is a must, so if you’re considering Singapore Math, make sure you add that to your cart. It has a tremendous amount of teaching helps, math games, and other ideas to solidify the concepts.
Subjects We Will Study Together – Bible, History, Science
As I mentioned in my post about 5th Grade Curriculum, we study history together using Tapestry of Grace. This year, we will cycle back through Year 1: Creation to Ancient Rome.
Tapestry can be difficult for a homeschool mama to wrap her brain around, as there’s a big learning curve. But once you do, it’s such a blessing to study the same time period of history on different learning levels.
My 3rd grader is going to work on a mix of Upper and Lower Grammar Levels and complete a hands-on project every 1-2 weeks. She’ll also complete the written literature assignment.
I am so exited about the Bible curriculum I found for us to work through this year: Explorer’s Bible Study! We will be working through Luke and the Book of Acts.
Each day, we will read the Scripture together in our Bible time and discuss it. My 10 and 8 year old both have ESV Bibles, and we take turns reading aloud.
After we discuss, every one asks questions, etc., my 3rd grader will work on the application questions found in her Explorer’s Bible Study guide.
Answering the questions is also a great way to work on her writing skills.
Lastly, comes Science!
I want to combine all three of my girls (8, 6, and 4 1/2) for science, but I can’t quite find what I want for our studies.
I want to use living books, have an occasional hands-on activity or experiment, learn vocabulary, and do a small amount of writing.
Finding this type of curriculum has proven to be a difficult task, since most are written for independent 2nd graders and up. But I still have a 1st grader and K4 child that want to study with us.
Because I can’t find exactly what I want, I’m creating a science curriculum for us – what an endeavor! It’s been very time consuming, but I’m thrilled with what the girls and I are going to learn this year.
The girls want to study animals (especially my 6 year old!), so I’m putting together an animal study based on the biomes in which those animals live.
I absolutely can’t wait! My girls are going to LOVE it!
What is your 3rd grader studying this year? What are her interests?
I’ll update the curriculum choices for each of the following grades as I publish them:
Interested in curriculum we’ve used in the past?
♥ Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2014-2015 – 4th Grade, 2nd Grade, Kindergarten, and Preschool
♥ Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2012-2013 – 2nd Grade and Kindergarten
♥ 3rd Grade Curriculum (2013-2014)
♥ First Grade Curriculum (2013-2014)
♥ Preschool and Kindergarten Curriculum (2013-2014)