Ava has been schooled in our home since the beginning, just like her brother. Unlike her brother, and their sister before them, Ava has been schooled differently. She is the most “unschooled” child of the three of them. She is also the youngest . This is what our 3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum for 2014-2015 looks like.
Last year for 2nd Grade we started moving into a more structured routine with Ava. She began using a math (Singapore Math), spelling (Soaring with Spelling), and grammar (Growing with Grammar)curriculum. We kept with a more unschooling approach for history and science spending much of our time following her interests with me creating unit studies for many things along the way. Along with these subjects she dabbled in art, piano, keyboarding and Spanish.
This year we are again traveling into a little more structure and adding a structure curriculum in for science and history/geography. Both the science and history/geography will be done alongside her brother (6th grade) because they offer multi-level features.
3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum
We are continuing with the grammar and spelling from last year and adding in cursive handwriting practice.
- Growing with Grammar Level 3
- Soaring with Spelling Level 3
- Handwriting Without Tears Grade 3 Cursive
We are continuing on with Singapore Math this year.
Singapore Math Primary Mathematics – US Edition 3B
I have used the Trail Guide curriculum in the past. When I first started homeschooling my oldest was in second grade and we used the US Geography one. It spurred a desire in her to travel across the country to see specific things. This year I will be using the world geography one with both Ava and Jayden together.
This will be our first year trying a formal science curriculum. Ava and our son Jayden (6th grade) will be doing this together. I love that we can do this because they can share the textbook, but use different level notebooking journals. We will do the experiments and reading together which will allow me to work with both of them simultaneously.
- Exploring Creation with Chemistry & Physics from Apologia
- Along with the textbook Ava will be using the Junior Notebooking Journal
This year we have the opportunity to try out Middlebury Interactive Spanish. You can see some of our experience with the Elementary Middlebury Interactive Spanish (Review Coming Soon).
Music & Art:
We have used so many of the chalk pastel tutorials and books from Southern Hodge Podge. Not only have we directly used the projects offered but Ava has loved using pastels (both oil and chalk) for her own artistic endeavors. We plan on continuing to use these as part of our homeschool art.
Previous Pastel Projects
- A Simple Start in Christmas Chalk Pastels
- Winter Olympics Art with Chalk Pastels
- Spring Chalk Pastels Art Tutorial
- Coming Soon Beach Art Pastels
Ava took up playing the piano this past year using Magic Keys Book One and will continue on with this for 3rd grade.
While we did cover the orchestra some in that curriculum, we are going to try and review the orchestra this year including instrument groups, specific instruments, and listening exercises with the plan I had set out for last year.
- Instruments of the Orchestra Study – FREE Orchestra Stage Pieces This also includes a link to a musical instruments workbook that we will be using.
- Orchestra Study Guide with Lapbook
Ava is using a new keyboarding program this year. We have been given the opportunity to try TypeKids. See our review of TypeKids.com (Coming later in August).
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