Once you’ve finished teaching phonics and your grade 3 child is well on the way with reading, you will notice at around age 7-8 your child may start to devour books. This is when he will begin learning how to teach himself as he now holds the key to knowledge – reading. If your child of this age is your eldest you may now have a younger one who is ready to learn to read and so your time and attention is being stretched. Reading aloud is one way you can combine your time spent with each child, so continue to do that – at least it makes you sit down for a while!
This is a great time to start Science in the Beginning by Dr Jay Wile. History can be covered with Language Lessons from Australian History Book 1, which will also give you beginning grammar, poetry, narration and copywork exercises as well as read aloud material all while also studying Australian history. Artist studies are also included which gives you art appreciation. Though it contains 160 lessons, enough for a year’s work, some people use it over two years, which is worth considering as you plan ahead.
Some children are ready to transition to cursive writing at this age, but it will be entirely up to you to decide when that should be and why. It’s a good idea to have your child printing neatly for a while before you teach cursive, but you will notice that they will pick up speed as they become more competent. If your child’s writing starts getting messy, then changing to cursive will slow them down to produce more legible writing. The Art of Cursive is a lovely program which teaches cursive along with picture study (and therefore art appreciation) and if you want more writing practice this may also be done using Grammar Through Copywork.
Grade 3 Option 1
Language Lessons from Australian History Book 1 , aimed at 6-8 year old children, uses many Charlotte Mason style elements as it teaches English skills such as beginning grammar, poetry, copywork, narration and picture study all while also studying Australian History. The way history is taught in this program is very appealing to children as they listen to you read the stories from Our Australian Story and do the work set for them. With this book you get two subjects done at once – very good idea! If your child has completed LLATL Red he/she will be ready to go on to this book. Please read the product page for more information. Note: this program does not include spelling instruction.
This age is the right time to get into full swing with teaching grammar. Our ebook Grammar Through Copywork is a Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum using classic literature to teach grammar concepts. With this method, there is also the opportunity to improve spelling and written expression by providing excellent models, so it’s always a win-win. There is no need to use this book if you are already doing Language Lessons from Australian History, unless you need more copywork. It can be used as a stand alone grammar book or along side another language program.
Handwriting and Copywork
Age 8-10 is a good age to begin cursive writing with The Art of Cursive Introductory Book. This book transitions the child from printing to cursive and comes in two different fonts: Manuscript Cursive and Modern Italic. This book also provides the opportunity for picture study.
Nature study is perfect for this age and The Wonderland of Nature is a relaxed way to study science and gets your kids exploring. Keeping a nature journal is also an enjoyable activity to help cement what you’re reading.
Grade 3 Option 2
Written for a 36 week school year including a Teacher’s Book written in a conversational format making it easy to use with little or no preparation time for the teacher, LLATL teaches English concepts within the context of good literature, (as opposed to an isolated concept), thereby showing its importance and relevance through real application.
Age 8-10 is a good age to begin cursive writing with The Art of Cursive Introductory Book. This book transitions the child from printing to cursive.
Lapbooks are a great way to study history for this age. Our ANZAC Day Lapbook or Who’s on the Money Lapbook are just right for this age and provide a very affordable way to add some Australian history to your schedule.