Our 3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices



My middle son is 8 and going into 3rd grade this year. Up until now, we have used Calvert as our base curriculum, you can read here why we chose to change.  Below are the 3rd grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made for Krash!

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3rd Grade Subjects

These are the subjects only Krash will be doing {the others are listed below in the group subject section}

Krash ~  3rd Grade, age 8

The visual version…

Botany  TT4  Vocab Connections CGrowing with Grammar 2  WS_Junior_D  elementary-kit  First Language Lessons  Home Art Studio

Group Subjects

I also I chose some subjects to do with all 3 of my children together, you’ll see these below.  My kids will be Kindergarten, 3rd grade and 7th grade so I will adjust these subjects to each child’s academic ability as far as my expectations.

    The visual version…

YWAM-Heroes-of-History-U.S.-History-[1] Draw your way through the Bible  Continent-Boxes_thumb9 Whats-in-the-Bible-DVDs-and-Coloring Geography-and-Cultures10 Young-Composers13

All Together Subjects Homeschool Curriculum Choices

All Together Subjects Homeschool Curriculum Choices



I am really excited to be able to teach many subjects to my kids all together this year!  Since we used Calvert prior to this year {see why we switched here}, it wasn’t easy to do this and I always wanted to.  Ladybug will be in Kindergarten, Krash in 3rd grade and PacMan in 7th grade.  Below are the homeschool curriculum choices I have made for us all to enjoy together.

 

Group Subjects

    The visual version…

YWAM Heroes of History U.S. History Curriculum[12] Draw your way through the Bible  Continent Boxes_thumb[9] What's in the Bible DVDs and Coloring Book[13] Geography and Cultures[10] Young Composers[13]

 

I do plan to complete Mystery of History 1 in one year, but the US History will be spread out over 2-3 years or more.  The other subjects have no stressful time line in my mind, I want to dive in and enjoy our learning together. What’s in the Bible DVDs are making a comeback, we use these as our lunch time learning.  Here’s an old post showing how we do it.  This year we have the brand new coloring book which I am thrilled about.  They sent us these to review, one for each of my kids and they will go along perfectly with the DVDs since all 3 of my kids love to color!

Stay tuned, I will be sharing what I have chosen for each of my children in addition to what you see in this post.

Out of the Zone ~ Lesson Plan Blog

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I have been meaning to share this for SO long now and finally remembered!  Pac Man and I have had something new going on for several months now and we both really enjoy it.

His lesson plan blog!

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For safety reasons, I will not be sharing the link of his blog as it is just for us, but I am going to share several screen shots to give you a tour and tell you how it works for us!

I still write paper lesson plans, basically the same way I have been doing all year long, now I just transfer them to his blog so he can see them on his computer.  I have changed the exact how I am doing the blog plans but it has evolved into a method that works for both of us.

Currently his daily plans look like this {except this is a finished day so they are crossed off}

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His favorite part about the blog posts-my notes.  He thrives on words and loves notes from anyone.  Knowing this is a love-tank filler for him, I write him a small encouraging note each day on his plans, here are a few…image

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Before we went to the straight lesson plan list shown above, I gave him a more structured list, like this:

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I no longer have to tell him what is with me and what should be done independently.  He is capable of figuring that out on his own and our new daily routine works well supporting his independence in this area.

With Calvert, students are assessed every 20 lessons, so when it is time to review, I write him review posts for each subject so he can glance over and we can work together on anything he has forgotten.

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I also utilize the blog sidebar and put any vocab words/spelling words up at the beginning of a new 20 lessons period so he can see what words he will need to know by the end…

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I created a link list for him of different website he goes to periodically, this is also on his blog sidebar. *Starfall is on there since he plays it with Ladybug ;-).

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I use Windows Live Writer and this method would be very frustrating without it.  I compose his posts in Live Writer and schedule them for the day they are to publish.  As his day goes on I can go in and mark things off-he really likes this {although sometimes I am really slack about it}.

Technical Details… We used a basic Blogger blog template: “Awesome Inc.”, I only switched colors and that’s it, everything else about his blog design is very simple-I just added in his favorite colors-green and blue!

To be honest I am slack sometimes and there will be weeks I don’t put his lessons up on his blog, they are always on paper but he LOVES when I put them on his blog.  I need to be 100% consistent with this because I know it is very motivating for him.

See more Out of the Zone posts here!

Out of the Zone ~ Alternative Spelling Practice

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Recently my husband and I caved on an issue we have held strong about for 4 years.  We are very open to change and just because we decide something doesn’t mean we can’t change our minds!  Our son has been begging for a Nintendo DS for about 4 years now and we finally felt it was an OK thing to have around.  We are a video game family-for sure, but we enjoy them together and were afraid the DS would hinder this.  So far, so good…we feel we made the right decision.  He loves it but it hasn’t been a “problem", in fact it has been VERY helpful with a bit of homeschool motivation!

We got him the DSi and it has a feature called Pictochat.  At first I thought this was ridiculous but have since changed my mind.  Not only has this been a fun way to write silly notes to each other {yes, Krash got a DS also-mainly for the bonding we knew it would bring them, and it HAS!!}, but I also found another use…SPELLING!

Yup, we are now using the Pictochat feature to practice spelling words together!!!  He thinks this is just GREAT and I love it!  IMG_5035He sits at his desk and I sit at mine.  I call out the words, he writes them and “sends” them to me.  I send back either a check or the corrected word.  Fun, simple, and I am happy to have found an extremely educational use for these new contraptions in our home!IMG_5031

I certainly don’t recommend buying your child a DS for this feature, but if you happen to already own 2 in your household, I thought I would share this fun use for them!! 

Mario Kart is also a VERY fun use…listening to them link up and play together is hilarious!!!  Total brother bonding!

See more Out of the Zone posts here!

Education Cubes Fun ~ Working with 2 Children

We have been using our new Education Cubes almost every day around here!  They are such a simple tool, that just adds an element of fun and interest to an otherwise possibly boring activity.  I am randomly coming up with ideas to use our cubes, so I will be sharing ideas here and Jenn will also be sharing our ideas and others on the Education Cubes site itself.  If you are using them also, be sure to let Jenn know so she can link to your posts too and we can all share ideas!

Both of my boys love the cubes, however they are 4 years apart {4 – pre K, 8 – 3rd grade} and finding ways to use the cubes with them together has been my challenge!  Recently I had an idea and it worked! 

I inserted the first 6 Raising Rock Stars Preschool letters into 1 cube and gave each boy a piece of paper.  We used special snowman paper and a special snowman pen this time to make it more fun.  The boys took turns rolling the cube.IMG_4683

Krash had to write the letter on his paper and Pac Man had to think of a word beginning with that letter and write it on his paper.IMG_4681

We did 8 rolls and it was just enough to have fun and not bore anyone!  It was a simple way to work with both children at the same time even though they are 4 years apart!  There was a lot of cheering for each other and high fives…working on supporting one another.  IMG_4687

Resources used…

  • Cubes
  • RRSP Review Printables {although you could easily use Jenns Upper Case ABC printables if you are an Education Cubes Member}.  Jenn is currently working on RRSP inserts for Education Cubes also!  My RRSP review printable almost fit nicely in the cubes, but Jenn is creating a set for the EC site also so they will fit perfectly!