We claim to be “year-round” homeschoolers, but with the recent addition of a baby to our family, school has been sporadic at best this summer. Now that summer is coming to an end (the local school system starts back up next week), it’s time to get serious about having school on a regular basis again.
Our Third Grade Curriculum
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We are excited to be adding a couple new subjects to our homeschool curriculum this year in addition to the ones we’ve been working through over the past two years.
We are transitioning from AOP’s Horizons Math to Saxon Math this year. Jenny will be starting the year in Saxon Math 3, though I have a feeling she’ll be in Saxon Math 5/4 before the year is over based on her current progress.
Though I haven’t had her tested recently, I believe Jenny is reading at a 5th or 6th grade level (with comprehension). We aren’t using a reading curriculum this year (and haven’t in the past), but I will have Jenny complete notebooking pages on several of the books she reads this year as a way of tracking her progress and comprehension of what she is reading.
Jenny has already begun working through the Who is God? notebooking journal and is thoroughly enjoying it!
I had been on the fence about which curriculum to use last year, and I ended up a level too low for where Jenny needed to be. I’m anticipating that I’ll have to do some “catching up” by skipping ahead this year, but I’d rather play catch up and challenge Jenny than have curriculum that is too easy for her.
This will be the first year that we’ll be (officially) doing science in our homeschool, and we’ll be using a combination of curriculum.
Jenny has started (and is loving) Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Astronomy. She is using the Astronomy Notebooking Journal to help with comprehension and retention. We will also be using Bright Ideas Press’ newest science book, Christian Kids Explore Creation Science, throughout the year.
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