I started a new school year with my girls at the end of May. While I love our new year-round homeschool schedule, I’ve been distracted, and I recently realized that I haven’t yet shared our curriculum choices with you!
Before I begin, though, I want to let you know that my homeschooling eBook is NOW available! Make sure to pick up your copy today!
So without further delay, here’s our homeschool curriculum choices for Grade 3!
Our Grade 3 Curriculum Choices
Last year we switched Language Arts curriculum halfway through the year. I felt my daughter was in need of a change. We used Bob Jones English and my daughter loved it. Since we switched halfway through the year, we will complete Bob Jones English 2: Writing and Grammar before we switch to Bob Jones English 3.
For spelling, we are working through the Dolch sight words lists. I found FREE downloadable flashcards on this site HERE.
We also love our literacy-based activities. I create original literacy-based plans, or I will schedule a week from Five in a Row. We do our literacy-based programming once every six weeks.
Also, after searching for a couple of years, we finally found the best dictionary ever! We love the newly updated Scholastic Children’s Dictionary. It’s colourful and has many interesting entries throughout.
We also have another novel study planned for the year. We’ll be delving into The Courage of Sarah Noble.
She also still adores the Life of Fred curriculum. If you’re not familiar with Life of Fred, it’s a story about Fred and his doll, Kingie. Fred is five years old, highly intelligent and teaches at Kittens University. Every chapter has a Fred adventure, and there are short quizzes at the end of the chapter to test comprehension of the lessons taught.
I love this curriculum because it teaches more than math. Science, social studies, and language arts insights are woven into the text too.
Last year, we did not align with Social Studies, and we decided not to align with the Alberta curriculum once again. We enjoyed The Story of the World, so we’ll be continuing with that again this year. We have the book, the curriculum guide, the narrated CD set, as well as the tests and answer key.
My daughter loves all the hands-on activities that are included in the curriculum. From creating special artwork to making unique recipes, to exploring geography, to learning history; this curriculum is a winner!
We just started the Exploring Canada book which is made by On The Mark. There are plenty of worksheets, 3 reproducible storybooks about Canada, and map skills activities.
We also read the biographies of amazing historical figures. We especially love the “Who Is?” series.
Since Grade 1, we’ve enjoyed the Experiential Education Science Units from The Natural Learning Centre. We’re using them again this year.
We already completed the Animal Life Cycles unit. We raised butterflies! It was a fabulous experience. We obtained our butterfly kits from Butterfly Wings and Wishes.
Health is such an easy subject to teach because its lessons are embedded in our everyday living. We use some curriculum prompts and ideas, though.
Health is another subject in which we use the Experiential Education Units from The Natural Learning Centre.
Every year we’ve done an artist study. In Grade 1, we studied Paul Klee. In Grade 2, we studied Maud Lewis. This year, we will be studying Emily Carr.
Outside of our artist study, we do regular drawings in our drawing journals, painting, collages, clay sculpture, and assorted 3D artwork.
My daughter will also attend weekly art lessons from September to November.
We plan a half-hour physical education lesson every day. My girls may do Kid’s Yoga, WiiFit, Zumba Kids, or Dance Kids. Outside of that, we have regular outings for bike riding, community walks, and active times at the playground. My oldest daughter also attends a 2-hour Kung-Fu class once a week and will be taking swimming lessons in October.
Practical Life Skills
Teaching practical living skills is one of my favourite activities I do with my children. I educate my girls while grocery shopping with them. I include them in cooking and baking. I also schedule times to sew with them. This year I’m hoping to include more home and car maintenance tasks in our practical life skills lessons.
That’s our grade three homeschool curriculum choices for the 2015-2016 school year!
If you’re curious about our curriculum choices for Grade 1 & 2, you can check them out here: