I have been homeschooling my oldest daughter for four and a half years now and my preschooler son for a year and a half. I started homeschool preschool with my oldest when she was 2.5 years old. After two years of preschool work, she started kindergarten when she was 4.5 years old. She completed all her kindergarten level work by the following May, so I graduated her to first grade in June. She finished all her first-grade level work the following March, so she began second grade in April. She just finished her second-grade level work and has begun third grade. Because my daughter is ahead in many subjects, some of the materials that she and I use for third grade are marketed for fourth grade. If you are interested in any of the materials, easily find copies on Amazon via my affiliate links.
In addition to specific subjects, I included one general third grade workbook in my third grade curriculum to provide my daughter with additional practice in mathematics and language arts as well as practice in taking standardized tests: Test Prep Workbook: Math/Language Arts (Third Grade).
My daughter completed the third level of the McGraw-Hill Reading series during second grade. I liked the textbooks and accompanying workbook. However, I could no longer find the series at a reasonable price. I therefore have switched to the Treasures series for fourth, fifth, and sixth grade. I also found the accompanying Practice Book, Grammar, and Spelling available online as free downloads.
For writing, I chose The Grammar & Writing Book: Grade 3, which is a 266-page grammar and writing book that expands on the information learned in the second grade edition through grammar instruction and practice, writing craft and models, and writing and grammar test preparation. The 30 lessons cover a variety of grammar and writing topics appropriate for third grade students including sentences, word order, parts of speech, punctuation, and paragraphs.
I also included Grammar and Punctuation, Grade 3 in our writing lessons as supplement practice on important grammar and punctuation rules. The black-and-white workbook covers 25 grammatical and punctuation topics including conjunctions, parts of speech, subject-verb agreement, present and past tenses, commas, and quotation marks that build on the topics learned in the second grade edition. Each section includes four pages of instruction and activities for a total of 25 instructional pages and 75 practice pages. I use the workbook as extra practice for concepts covered in The Grammar & Writing Book.
I am also continuing lessons on handwriting within our writing lessons. My daughter continues to learn cursive writing using the second half of The Brainy Book of Handwriting as well as Cursive Writing (Practice Makes Perfect), Learning to Write Cursive, and Cursive Writing. I also created my own handwriting worksheets with the Startwrite program.
Rather than continuing with word lists for spelling, my daughter and I began doing word study using Structured Word Inquiry. Each week she and I chose a base word or two to study. I am also using the InSight Words (Volume 1, Volume 2, Supplement, and Inflections) from Linguist-Educator Exchange.
For third grade math lessons, I selected Singapore Math Level 3 (US Edition) including the Home Instructor’s Guide (3A, 3B). The two textbooks in Level 3 teach mathematical concepts, and the workbooks provide additional independent practice. The US Edition has been minimally modified from the original Singapore edition to teach American money and include American English spellings. The textbooks follow a unique pattern of moving from hands-on demonstrations to picture drawings (concrete examples with pictures) and finally to the abstract (numbers and symbols) in a natural, easy-to-understand progression. The program aims to teach children to learn to think mathematically rather than just being able to solve math problems.
- Brainy Book of Time and Money
- DK Workbooks: Money Math, Third Grade
- Common Core Third Grade Workbook: Multiplication
- Common Core Third Grade Workbook: Division
- Clever Factory Multiplication & Division Word Problems (Grades 3-4)
- Hello Kitty Multiplication and Division Math Learning Activity Workbook by Bendon
For science lessons, I selected the textbook Harcourt Science: Grade 3 and the accompanying workbook and lab manual. The 720-page textbook contains six units that cover the topics of plants and animals, environments, Earth science, weather and space, matter and energy, and forces and motion. Each unit is broken down into smaller chapters and lessons. I especially like the questions at the end of each lesson, which allow my daughter to reflect on the information learned. consumable workbook reinforces the information from each lesson through vocabulary sheets, quick study guides, and writing practice. The consumable lab manual allows my daughter to work more on investigative scientific inquiry on her own.
After finishing the grade 2 social studies textbook and workbook, my daughter moved on to the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Our Communities Grade 3 textbook and the accompanying workbook. The 295-page hardback book covers various social studies topics such as community, geography, history, and culture. The text is easy enough for my daughter to read on her own but engaging enough to keep her attention and provide adequate information on each topic. The accompanying 72-page workbook is essential for reinforcing the lessons in the textbook and covers vocabulary, writing, and other activities.
After completing the Ancient Civilizations activity book during first grade and Native Americans during second grade, my daughter and I moved on to History Pockets: Life in Plymouth Colonies, Grades 1-3. The activity book covers the Voyage to the New World, The New World, Building a Village, Home Sweet Home, The Family, Working in Plymouth Colony, Going to School, and What Did the Pilgrims Give Us. Each reproducible section contains words to know, information booklet complete with illustrations, arts and crafts projects, and writing activities. My daughter and I again completed each section over one or two days with a culminating portfolio to show her study of the Plymouth Colony.
For health lessons, I opted to continue using the same textbook series, Harcourt Health & Fitness: Grade 3 and the accompanying workbook. The 344-page hardback book covers health topics including your growing body, caring for your body, caring for your teeth, food for fitness, keeping fit and active, avoiding danger, staying safe, staying well, medicines and drugs, your feelings, your family, and caring for your neighborhood. The accompanying workbook provides practice that reinforces the information from each lesson. Most of the worksheet pages cover two or three lessons per page.
For art lessons, I continued using An Eye for Art: Focusing on Great Artists and Their Work. The 180-page full-color book introduces children to more than 50 great artists and their works, representing a wide array of artistic styles and techniques. Each chapter provides biographical and background information on a specific artist followed by fun activity ideas to expand on the lesson. The book is further categorized into themes ranging from studying nature and observing everyday life to breaking traditions and telling stories. My daughter enjoyed listening to the information and looking at the images of the artwork and then completing the activity for each artist. My three-year-old son also participated in the activities during his preschool lessons.
I am most excited about our third grade music curriculum. I am using two adult-level books to guide our study of music history: HarperCollins College Outline: History of Western Music and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Music History. I am using the books in conjunction with YouTube videos and songs on various music platforms to teach my children about the history of music in the Western world.
My daughter continues taking Spanish classes through a homeschool co-op. She also continues using Rosetta Stone. To help her practice her second language skills even more, I continued to incorporate The Complete Book of Spanish, Grades 1-3 into our first grade curriculum. Recommended for students in first through third grade, the 416-page full-color workbook covers topics such as numbers, letters, parts of speech, expressions, days of the week, months of the year, family terms, and community terms. My daughter worked on one or two pages a few times a week as supplement to her language class.
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