3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

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My daughter is 8 and going into 3rd grade this year. Below are the 3rd grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made for Ladybug! Changes may come, but this is the plan for now!

Curious to see what she did in the past?

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3rd Grade Subjects

We will not be doing all of these every day. Follow along with us and I will share throughout the year so you can see how it all fits in!


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Math ~ She will be using Teaching Textbooks 4 this year. We had a great experience with TT 3 so this was an obvious choice. We will continue to use Spielgaben to reinforce certain math concepts in a hands-on way. I hope to bring Life of Fred back in since we both love it.

Reading ~ See our 3rd grade reading list here. She will also be using this Reading Comprehension Workbook.

Spelling ~ All About Spelling Level 3 ~ we used level 1 & 2 and it works well for her so we will be moving on to level 3!

Grammar ~ We will be using Growing with Grammar Level 3 and Grammar Galaxy. we loved the read-aloud portion of First Language Lessons 1 & 2 and Grammar Galaxy has this aspect that I love. GWG is my favorite workbook-style grammar book. 

Science ~ My husband teaches our kids science and he chose Apologia Astronomy for Ladybug and Krash. They are all thrilled and I am just thrilled that he teaches science! Ladybug will also be taking a science class at her weekly homeschool enrichment through our homeschool group.

Writing ~ I chose to switch all of my kids to IEW after having a good experience with my oldest last year. Ladybug will begin with IEW Bible Heroes.

Vocabulary ~ She will use a Spectrum workbook for the first time. I liked using this with Krash so I got her the 3rd grade book

Art ~ She LOVES art! At home we will use Home Art Studio and I signed her up for an enrichment art class with our local homeschool group that she will attend once a week. She also might take an evening art class. This is definitely her thing so we want to nurture her in this area since it is totally NOT my thing.

Geography ~ She will be using a combination of resources with a focus on United States geography. I will share more details in another post! 

History ~ Ladybug will join Krash for world history. We are using the same plan as last year…just continuing on!

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3rd Grade Reading List

3rd Grade Book List

Last year we used visual reading lists for the first time and it was SO helpful! I chose to do this again for this upcoming homeschool year and today I am sharing my daughter’s 3rd grade reading list.

I used many sources to find books I thought she might enjoy and that I wanted her to try. I have not read all of these, but looked at reviews and am comfortable with giving these a try.  After deciding on many book choices for her, I created a page with each cover so she can browse and choose her next book easily. We do not own all of these so I have her choose and I put the book on hold at the library!

3rd Grade Book List

My daughter can read and comprehend beyond a 3rd grade level, but she still enjoys books focused towards the younger crowd. I try to balance this and spent lots of time on this list! She would read Critter Club and Magic Puppy all day long, and I still allow her to read anything she chooses alongside of books I choose. We also always have a basket of picture books she chooses from the library too! You are never too old for picture books!

Below you can see Amazon links to all of the books on this list {click over to the blog if you are reading in email}.


I have a few downloads you are welcome to use if you’d like. First, here is a copy of the book choice page featuring the books I chose for her. If you want to create your own visual list, it is easy!  Just grab the book cover images online somewhere {I used Amazon} and then copy them into a document and resize how you want!  I use PowerPoint to create my documents, I like their positioning tools the best.

Here is a blank reading record like hers. I just have her write the title, author and rate the book 1-10 based on her opinion.


Here’s another reading log we have used.  It is very similar to the one we are using now.


See our Book Lists Pinterest board here!

See some of our other book list posts below. Our new 6th grade list is coming soon!

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USA Geography Plan for 3rd Grade

I wasn’t completely sure what I was going to do for geography with Ladybug for her upcoming 3rd grade homeschool year. Recently I decided to focus on United States Geography! She was exposed to this at younger ages and still remembers much of it but I never expected mastery from her. This year we will aim for more mastery of the states, locations, capitals and abbreviations.

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I am thrilled to have an all new resource: Ultimate U.S. Geography Learning Games and Resources to add to our USA Geography collection this year!


I have chosen to use several of the resources in this set, but not all since we have some of our own. I absolutely love the State Capital Clip cards and the UNO game!

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I am also planning to use some of the other worksheets included in the set.

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I  plan to integrate out other USA Geography resources into our homeschool plan too. We will use our Peel, Play & Learn map, our USA Geography PowerPoint, games, States & Capitals Worksheets and other fun resources.

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Homeschool Grammar Plans for 3rd Grade

I love finding new curriculum, and recently I found something new that I LOVE! I have been trying it out with my daughter to see if it’s a good fit and it is SUCH a good fit, we are just moving right along instead of waiting until fall to begin! She loves it!

Our new addition is Grammar Galaxy!

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This curriculum is totally different than anything I have seen and I am certain that is the reason she is hooked. She LOVES me reading aloud to her which is a main component to this program. This is not something you can hand your child and send them off to do it independently.

There are two different portions, one is the Mission Manual and one is the book which I have on my iPad. I read the chapter to her and then we go to the Mission Manual together and do the “work” which is described as a mission – making it seem less like work and more like fun!

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For next year we will be using Grammar Galaxy {if she doesn’t finish it this summer} and will continue with Growing with Grammar {level 3}. GWG is a traditional workbook and her more independent grammar workbook. I like the combo, but you absolutely could just use Grammar Galaxy alone! It exposes so much more than just grammar.

Grammar Galaxy: Nebula, the first in a series of language arts texts for first to sixth graders, teaches:

  • reading skill development
  • literary concepts
  • vocabulary
  • spelling
  • grammar
  • composition and
  • speaking

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3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review

3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review

The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose!  I will be sharing a series of posts with you; evaluating our choices in each grade level and our group subjects.

Next, 3rd grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 3rd Grade Curriculum Choices post.

3rd grade is the year when school gets a little more intense, and it was also the year K’s gymnastics training schedule got more intense.  Thankfully we were able to find a new groove after we moved and he did most of his individual schoolwork on 2 days each week!  He did some subjects every day {math was an everyday subject} but the intense individual schooling happened on Tuesday and Thursday when he was home most of the day from the gym.

Below I will give a small review of each subject, if you have more specific questions about anything, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer!

Spelling ~ All About Spelling

This curriculum works well for him.  We finished level 2 {left over from the previous year} and 3 this year. One big change we made this year was doing his lessons with the board on the table like this, instead of upright.  For some reason, this really helped him and he was much easier to work with after this change.  We will be continuing on with All About Spelling Level 4 next year.

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Grammar ~ Growing with Grammar 2 and First Language Lessons 1

Both were great fits for him, I am really pleased with the choices I made.  We will be continuing on with both programs for 4th grade.  I chose to use FLL level 1 with him because he has some auditory processing delays and I wanted a solid oral program.  I was really slack with grammar in the early grades with him, so I needed to back up a bit.

He completed Growing with Grammar level 2 which was a good level for him. This is more of a workbook format, which he greatly prefers.  I loved both.

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Vocabulary ~ Vocabulary Connections C

The animals made it bearable.  This wasn’t his favorite subject, but he didn’t dislike it as much as his brother did. He worked with Daddy on this one after we moved, and it was a good fit for him.  He needs some extra work with comprehension and thinking skills, which this provides along with vocabulary development.  I haven’t decided if I will order the next level for him yet, I am researching other options right now {looking at Wordly Wise 3000 Online, & Spectrum Vocabulary 4 so far}.

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Writing ~ Write Shop D

Again, I was a slacker with writing.  We did 4 lessons, and he enjoyed all but the actual writing part – ha ha!  I like the curriculum and we plan to complete it this coming school year.

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Science ~ Apologia Exploring Creation with Botany

My best friend taught him with her son for the first half of the year before we moved.  He loved it! I have no interest in teaching science at all and although I love Apologia, the elementary series looks overwhelming to me.  Thankfully my friend loved teaching it to our boys!

Once we moved, I wanted him to continue with basic science reading, so we got out Pac’s old 3rd grade science book and Daddy read to him a few times per week.  This worked well.

Math ~ Teaching Textbooks 4 & Life of Fred

Both of these were great fits for Krash.  Teaching Textbooks was a great fit BUT we realized mid-year that he really benefited from Daddy teaching him the lesson from the manual prior to going to the computer.  So, that’s what we do.  He needs the interaction prior to the computer teaching.

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Life of Fred was a nice solid oral review, which he needs.  He completed books A-D with us reading to him. We will continue if we decide to purchase more, it’s a cost issue.


At the beginning of the year I had him read aloud to me daily to practice fluency.  We used PacMan’s old Calvert readers from 3rd grade.  He also read chapter books on his own, and I let him choose them.

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We enjoyed reading Smiling Hill Farm together.

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Want to see more of 3rd grade in action? Browse through our wrap-up posts, they are listed in order here and there’s a section for each of my kids in each post.


Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for Kindergarten and our All Together subjects.  I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 8th grade, 4th grade, 1st grade and All Together subjects.

We already shared our 7th Grade Year-End Review here.

7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review