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!

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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.


Reading

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



Monthly Homeschool Wrap-Up April 2015

Another month of learning!  Below you will find highlights from our April homeschool fun! It is a VERY skimpy post.  Everything got done, but photos were lacking when I went back through to gather photos for this post! 

Monthly Homeschool Wrap Up April 2015 Kindergarten, 3rd Grade, 7th Grade

You can see our detailed curriculum posts by clicking on the graphics below.

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All Together School

We have a wide grade and age range between our three kids, but I am thrilled to say that we have found quite a few subjects to learn all together! 

I have no photos of our together learning time, but we continue to do Mystery of History, YWAM’s Heroes of History – Ben Franklin is almost done, and World Geography together {using Children’s Atlas of God’s World and our printables here}.

Daddy often tag teams the younger two, since he does specific subjects with each of them.  I love seeing him work with our kids!

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The kids loved doing the projects from our ImaginatveU review!  See all that we did here!

Egg Drop Challenge from ImaginativeU


7th Grade

PacMan is almost entirely independent this year thus making him the least photographed child.

He did a cool lung project with Apologia Science and I happened to snap a photo!

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I bought his 8th grade literature guide already so we got an early start.  I chose Sonlight’s American Historical Literature 130 to use for his reading only.  We will work through these books together and have already begun Peace Child. I didn’t use any sort of guide or program for 7th grade and missed it, which is why I chose to use a more intense literature program next. 


3rd Grade

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He is pretty excited to have a few subjects done for 3rd grade! Teaching Textbooks Math 4 is DONE and so is Vocabulary Connections!

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All About Spelling Level 3 is also complete! 

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We are reading Smiling Hill Farm {which we own thanks to doing Calvert with Pac in 3rd grade} together.  He can totally read it on his own but loves me reading to him.  Every few chapters I make him read to me.

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Kindergarten

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I do specific posts for much of Ladybug’s Kindergarten.  Here’s direct links to the posts showing her in action during April {click on the graphic to see the posts}. It has been a much slower month for us.  Honestly I’ve spent more time with the boys helping them finish up knowing I will school with her through the summer.

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She also has other Kindergarten fun that we don’t blog specifically about, and I will include in the wrap up posts here!

We are still using our work drawer method. I set up 6 drawers for her, and printed her some new dinosaur labels, which she loves. I made a very simple rotation plan for myself : 1 – AAR, 2 – Literature Unit, 3 – You Can Read {rotate between sight words and word family}, 4 – RLRS, 5 – Daily Literacy Page, 6 – spelling workbook.

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Daddy is now in charge of box 5 & 6 and has been working on her daily literacy paper and spelling workbook with her. She isn’t always thrilled but he does an awesome job and I am so thankful he is playing a part in her homeschooling!

We are moving right along with All About Reading Level 1 and she still LOVES it.   She recently completed the 2nd book and is well through the third now!

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Reading is a favorite hobby of hers and that makes my heart happy {my boys weren’t like this}. She loves for me to collect a random stack of books and surprise her on my bed.  She sits there and reads through them all!  We also finally went to the library for the first time since we moved, and now have a library books only area which she loves!

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You can also see much of our everyday homeschool life on Instagram!

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Old Wrap Up posts from this year are below!

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Monthly Homeschool Wrap-Up March 2015

Another month of learning!  Below you will find highlights from our March homeschool fun!

Monthly Homeschool Wrap Up March 2015

You can see our detailed curriculum posts by clicking on the graphics below.

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All Together School

We have a wide grade and age range between our three kids, but I am thrilled to say that we have found quite a few subjects to learn all together! 

We do the following subjects all together, and I will share mini updates below!

 

Mystery of History

Our Mystery of History time together continues to be a favorite of mine.  We do lessons 3 days a week, and then work on our timeline and review on the 4th day.

We recently began using the blank notebooking pages together, all three kids are loving them!  I love how they work for each child, despite the age differences. Below you can see a collage we shared on Instagram showing my dry erase board notes as well as a shot of each child’s page. Top right is Ladybug {K}, bottom left is Krash {3rd}, and bottom right is Pac {7th}.

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Another fun thing we did recently was listed to the Maestro Classic’s Tortoise and the Hare after we studied Aesop’s Fables.

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U.S. History ~ Ben Franklin

We use YWAM’s Heroes of History as our U.S. History foundation. It is novel based and a perfect fit for us.  We finished William Penn recently and are now reading Ben Franklin. We all LOVE these books and this way of learning together. We read together 2-3 times per week, and the kids all get to play with something quietly while we read. Lately we have been able to sit out on the porch and read!

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World Geography

We finished the book Passport to the World!  I also shared our geography country cards printables here!   We have moved on to using Children’s Atlas of God’s World! I shared our printables and how we are using them along with our book here!

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North America Printables


7th Grade

PacMan is almost entirely independent this year thus making him the least photographed child.

The one photo I did have from this past month was a shot of him doing his Teaching Textbooks Pre Algebra. Daddy oversees this too and helps when needed.

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We finished reading The Hiding Place together.

Everything else is moving along, with the end in sight.  He has completed his vocabulary book and is itching to be finished with spelling and grammar.  He is close.  Science and math will last into the summer, but he is anxious to be done with the rest, for now!


3rd Grade

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All About Spelling continues to work really well for him.  We are well into level 3, and he is really absorbing the rules. We plan to finish level 3 and use level 4 next year.

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Working on vocabulary with the dog makes it much more enjoyable.

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He finished The Wright Brothers and really enjoyed it.  Below he was working on a book report using a printable I got here.

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Kindergarten

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I do specific posts for much of Ladybug’s Kindergarten.  Here’s direct links to the posts showing her in action during March {click on the graphic to see the posts}.

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Bible Verse Printables M is for Mighty Ephesians 610  Bible Verse Printables N is for Neighbor  Bible Verse Printables Letter O Psalm 11944

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She also has other Kindergarten fun that we don’t blog specifically about, and I will include in the wrap up posts here!

Lately we have been back to our work drawer method. I set up 6 drawers for her, and printed her some new dinosaur labels, which she loves. I made a very simple rotation plan for myself : 1 – AAR, 2 – Literature Unit, 3 – You Can Read {rotate between sight words and word family}, 4 – RLRS, 5 – Daily Literacy Page, 6 – spelling workbook.

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Daddy is now in charge of box 5 & 6 and has been working on her daily literacy paper and spelling workbook with her. She isn’t always thrilled but he does an awesome job and I am so thankful he is playing a part in her homeschooling!

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Last summer I got this spelling workbook using points I had from Zulily, and it turned out to be the perfect fit for her right now.  She just began using it in March.  I am not quite ready for her to do All About Spelling 1 yet, so this is great for right now!  She really likes this book which makes it even better!

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In our last monthly wrap up I shared a bit about why and how we are using both All About Reading and Logic of English Foundations, you can read that here.

We are moving right along with All About Reading Level 1 and she LOVES it.  Really loves it.  We are up to lesson and moving quickly because she begs for more than one lesson a day and she loves the stories and usually wants to read ahead!

The little activities with each unit are fun for her and she enjoys them.

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She still doesn’t love the fluency pages but they work and she likes playing our “get a fruit snack” game while we use them. I am not a big fan of rewards of food during school and rarely do this, but in some cases I do and this is one of them.  She gets a snack anyway when we are done, so we just use the snack to make it more fun! She collects her snack one section at a time. Here’s more ideas for making the AAR fluency pages more fun!

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In March she completed the first reader and was so proud!  We are now almost done with the 2nd reader already!

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We came back to our Logic of English Foundations lessons picking up around lesson 30, when LOE focuses more on blends.  She really loves the mini books with the pictures to glue down so she was excited to see them back again!

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You can also see much of our everyday homeschool life on Instagram!

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Old Wrap Up posts from this year are below!

Monthly-Homeschool-Wrap-Up-K-3rd-and[2]  Monthly-Homeschool-Kindergarten-Wrap[2] 

January-2015-Homeschool-Wrap-Up41  Monthly Homeschool Wrap Up February 2015

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