August 1, 2016

Third Grade Curriculum

My youngest is 8 years old and going into Third Grade. He is very excited to be homeschooled and this is the curriculum I chose for 2016-2017 school year.

I chose Saxon for our Math as I felt it would give them both a good review of some of the items they know plus introduce new information. It also stayed away from the Common Core aspect which I was wanting to stay away from as much as possible. 

I picked this as I liked the layout of how the teaching was done and how the lessons were laid out. I feel it will be very easy for me to teach and they will be learning a lot this year.

History- America From the Beginning (Shared Curriculum)
This is an area that my kids have not receive much information on. Our public school didn't seem to teach much History so I wanted to find a program that would start from the beginning and really show them our History.

This was a fun area to search through as I knew I wanted to teach my boys about creation and I wanted a Science program that didn't teach about evolution as it is not something we believe in. I wanted them to learn about Science from a Godly point of view and I felt this program was the right one for us. We will be learning about plants, animals, and the human body this year. 

Literature- Classic Literature, Volume 1 (Shared Curriculum)
I knew I wanted to do read-a-loud type curriculum with my boys this year as it would give us a fun sit down time to really go through classic books. I found Confessions of a Homeschooler's Literature Units to be perfect for what I was wanting to achieve. It give them a Lapbook to work on and activities to go along with the book as we read. 

Geography- Road Trip USA (Shared Curriculum)
This is going to be something new for my Third Grader as he knows where the United States is but he doesn't know anything about the states and capitals or where each state is. I feel this will be fun to introduce and teach about each state! 

This is a subject that is no longer taught at public school in our State. So I am excited about teaching it because I feel it is still needed even with how technological our society is, kids need to learn how to sign their name and write in cursive. 

This was an area I questioned on if I really needed. So I looked through some of my sons past papers from the year before at public school. I read through them to realize that he had not been taught how to write proper sentences or even how to be creative in his writing. So I researched through several curriculum and found this one to be the one I liked the best. 

I chose this because it is mainly reading comprehension. This is an area that both of my boys struggle with. So I chose it to work with them and to reinforce how to comprehend what they have read. 

Spelling- Grade 3 List
I knew this was an area that my son is really good at so I didn't want to get to difficult with how he has already been learning spelling from past years. So I chose the basic Third Grade Spelling list that was free and that is what we are using this year. 

Art- World's Greatest Artist, Volume 1 (Shared Curriculum)
Art is extremely important to me as I love to create new things using different art techniques. I am a very crafty person and both of my children enjoy Art also. I wanted to find a curriculum that would teach them different techniques and Art history all together. This one has it all so I knew it was the perfect pick!

This is an area that I am still trying to figure out. We have talked about doing piano or recorders. We just haven't decided as of yet. I will update when we decide. 

You will notice some of the choices say Shared Curriculum. These are subjects that we will work together on as they work well for grades 3 to 5.  I felt it was important to include times to work together as I am hoping to help my children bond, as well as learn. 

This is what we are starting with this year! I will do a look back at what we though of them at the end of the school year! 

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