My 3rd grader. He can be stubborn, and super sweet. He would much rather be outside playing than “doing school”. He is also smart-as-a-whip when he puts his mind to it. For him, I look for curriculum that will challenge him, but I also keep brevity in mind:-)
CLE Language Arts 3 – simple and concise, but thorough. I want a “get it done” program that is still rigorous. This fits the bill. We use it in entirety except the spelling portion. For spelling, I was so torn between All About Spelling and Apples & Pears. We are going to try Apples & Pears first. I use it with my older daughter for spelling and we find it to be quick and effective. Should it not be a good fit, we will switch to All About Spelling.
Write From Ancient History – Level 1 – I love this! It is important to me that we practice copywork, narration, and soon dictation. My son will be a little less enthused, but that’s ok. This is when I remind him that some things just take work…but they are worthwhile:-) We will only work on this 2-3 times a week. Hopefully, the interesting stories (which he will love) will carry him through having to hold a pencil;-)
New American Cursive – another Memoria Press product that we love! After my kids finish manuscript writing, I like to switch them from Handwriting without Tears to New American Cursive. We will be finishing up book 1 and moving on to book 2 this year.
We are trying something new this year! We are influenced by Classical and Charlotte Mason methodologies. I think that Simply Charlotte Mason’s – Matthew-Acts & Ancient Rome is going to be a perfect fit for us. Our favorite way to learn history is through reading lots of great books! Some extra bible and geography thrown in will be an added bonus.
This is also new! What can I say. We love to switch things up. It keeps life interesting. I have heard amazing things about this science and I am excited that it will coordinate somewhat with our history studies.
We’ll be using CLE Bible 3. We will also be working through some more concentrated studies on specific topics. We are starting Because I Said So next week, which is a study on obedience. Mama is EXCITED about that one! I also want to complete My Brother’s Keeper: Sibling Bible Study this year.
I am so excited for my son’s 3rd grade year! Do you have a 3rd grader? What is your favorite 3rd grade resource?
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