Homeschool planning for grade 3

Start your homeschool year off right with our homeschool curriculum planning guide for grade 3.

Once your grade 3 child is well on the way with reading, at around age 7-8 he will likely start to devour books. This is the beginning of teaching himself as he now holds the key to knowledge – reading. Our homeschool planning guide for grade 3 gives you some great options to make the most of this stage.

If your grade 3 child is your eldest you may now also have a younger one who is ready to learn to read and your time and attention is being stretched. Learning to combine your teaching time for multiple children at once is one way to save time, for example, a read-aloud time.

Grade 3 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 provide beginning grammar, poetry, narration and copywork exercises as well as read-aloud material all while also studying Australian history. You’ll also find artist studies that give you art appreciation. These courses provide work for multiple levels, making homeschool planning easier on you if you are teaching more than one child.

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. A good gauge is if your child has consistently neat printing or their writing is speeding up and deteriorating. Changing to cursive will slow them down. The Art of Cursive 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.

English and History

Language Lessons from Australian History Book 1 teaches English skills such as beginning grammar, poetry, copywork, narration and picture study all while also studying Australian History. It’s aimed at 6-8-year-old children and uses many Charlotte Mason style elements. 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. You get two subjects done at once with this program and it is also available in two other levels so you can use it with your other children up to age 13.

If your child has completed LLATL Red he/she will be ready to go on to Language Lessons from Australian History Book 1. Please read the product page for more information. Note: this program does not include spelling instruction.

Maths

New Syllabus Primary Maths 2nd Edition Grade 3 is our preferred maths program. See here for product information about New Syllabus Primary Maths.

For more information, check how Singapore maths compares to the Australian Curriculum.

New to Singapore maths? You can learn more in our article What is Singapore maths?

Maths manipulatives are a great tool to use for the primary grades and we have several handy items that will make teaching maths easier for both you and your child.

Science

You can choose Science in the Beginning or Science in the Ancient World depending on your interests and what period you are studying for history. They are written specifically for homeschooling families and the design can assist with homeschool planning.

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 record your child’s observations and finds. 

If your grade 3 child is into collecting rocks, leaves, flowers, insects and other bits of nature, make the most of it by helping them to organise their collection. Teach them to identify and label the items.

History

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 grade 3 and provide a very affordable way to add some Australian history to your homeschool schedule.

English

Using Learning Language Arts Through Literature Yellow your child will do four book studies. 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.

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. Lessons combine learning cursive with picture study. Another two-in-one curriculum!

Grammar

Grade 3 is the ideal time for solid teaching of grammar. Our ebook Grammar Through Copywork is a Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum using classic literature to teach grammar concepts. This method also provides the opportunity to improve spelling and written expression by using excellent models, so it’s 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 alongside another language program.

Social Studies

Living books are much more engaging and enjoyable than textbooks and a superior way for children to learn. With Beautiful Feet’s geography course, Around the World with Picture Books Part 2, children learn about different cultures through reading great literature.

It covers Europe and South America. (Part 1 covers Africa, Asia, Australia and Antarctica.)

Along with geographical elements, maps and flags, children learn about the people, animals, food, etc of other countries. But it doesn’t stop there, it also includes nature study, folktales, fables, music, art, poetry and history. An interesting and well-rounded program.

There are two guides for this course, each covering different parts of the world – choose either.

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