My eight-year-old’s 3rd grade homeschool curriculum. Everything you need for an incredible 3rd grade homeschool year. Art, English, Science, Math, History, and more!
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Lily’s 3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum
Lily is an eight-year-old who loves to hands-on learning. She is very crafty, and she enjoys stories, storytelling, and pretend play.
3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum: Art
Art is an easy subject for Lily, and one she would engage in all day long if she could! She spends a lot to time drawing, but fiber arts are her personal favorites. She loves to turn old clothing into creative outfits, just as Emma did at this same age. She is learning how to needle felt. On the musical side of things, Lily takes violin lessons and sings in a local choir.
Lily takes an art in the park class through our charter school, where she gets to create art out in nature. Sometimes she makes things to bring home, like a painting or leaf rubbings or a dream catcher, but most of the art is made using nature and is left in nature.
3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum: English
This year, I’m focusing on Lily gaining reading fluency and immersing herself in a range of books. Lily is a huge Raina Telgemeier fan; it’s harder to engage her in books that are not graphic novels. She did race through the Diary of a Sixth Grade Ninja series. She reads out loud to Anna a fair amount, which helps her develop reading fluency. Reading books over and over to her kindergarten-age sister gives Lily the chance to grasp the finer details of a plot, while also working on emotional expression as she reads.
Lily does the copywork sections of Spelling U See, which doubles as a very loose US History course. I pick out different exercises from 6 Trait Writing and Critical and Creative Thinking. She’s written a few short stories, as well as essays on history topics.
Lily spends a lot of time narrating pretend play with Anna. This helps with plot and character development – benefiting her reading comprehension as well as her writing. She also uses Story Cubes to make up stories.
I’m still looking for a good essay writing based curriculum for third grade. Let me know if you have any recommendations!
3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum: History
We’ve done a little bit of a lot of different things for history this year! I got a three month History Unboxed subscription. These kits are really neat if caregivers are prepared to sit down and go through them in detail with kids; otherwise they are too hard for a third grader. 12-year-old Emma mostly does her portion of the subscription on her own. The Americana Spelling U See curriculum gives Lily a broad arc of U.S. History. She’s reading lots of history-based non fiction picture books. She and Emma both enjoyed a Fashions in History course we found on SchoolhouseTeachers.com.
Again, I haven’t found a history curriculum we truly love. I tried Story of the World, but found it wasn’t as engaging as I would have hoped.
3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum: Math
I consider math a critical 21st century skill, so I was enormously relieved to find a mathematics curriculum that I can wholeheartedly endorse. The Beast Academy text books are written as graphic novels – perfect for Lily! Besides being colorful and fun, these books teach children to think like mathematicians. The problems can be challenging, but I feel confident that Lily is building a solid foundation in mathematical thinking that will serve her throughout her life.
3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum: Science
Lily takes a science class through our charter school where she is learning about animals all over the world. At home, she is working her way through the Dr. Bonyfide anatomy workbook, which she mostly enjoys.
The school year isn’t over yet, and I’m always looking for recommendations! What are your favorite third grade homeschool curriculum resources? Please share recommendations on my Facebook page, or tag me on Instagram.