Being the oldest child in a homeschooling family means being the guinea pig for homeschooling curriculums and materials. So far, if something hasn’t work with Luke, I haven’t tried it with Sam. And if we have found some thing that works with Luke, we try it on Sam as well. With that said, Sam’s homeschool matierals are similar to what Luke will be using next year. If you missed the post on what we will be using for Luke in 5th grade next year, check it out here.
So here is the plan for Sam, who will be in 3rd grade next year:
Math: Teaching Textbooks Math 4
This will be Sam’s second year using TT. Their curriculum begins at the 3rd grade level; Sam took the placement test last year and tested into the 3rd grade level, so this year he will move onto Math 4. We both love the independence aspect of this curriculum.
Last year Sam used Wordly Wise 3000 for vocabulary. But like I mentioned in another post, I just wasn’t happy with the worldly views throughout. The only reason he’s not doing the same curriculum as his older brother is because Vocabulary from Classical Roots starts in 4th grade. So in the meantime, we are just going to use Spectrum.
Sam will be finishing up his last ETC book. He will also be doing independent reading and reading aloud to mom from a list of books that mom puts together. A reading log that tracks books read and amount of time spent reading will be kept. You can check out our 3rd grade reading list here.
Literature: Sam will be doing the Progeny Press guides for the following books along with his big brother – The Big Wave, Stone Fox, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and The Whipping Boy
We have used several of these guides over the past few years. I really love their Christian perspective and scripture references. I think they do a very thorough job in covering many different aspects of literature study.
Science: a homemade study on the human body and Apologia’s book on Botany
This will be our third year using Apologia for science! We love it! We hit the jackpot with this one! I love how the books are centered around God! We will be studying Botany this year. We won’t be starting the botany book until January because we are going to use one of the alternative schedules for colder climates. So in the meantime, we will study the human body using Usborne books, lapbooks, hands-on projects and other fun things I find.
History: The Mystery of History Volume 1 – Creation to the Resurrection
I have struggled to find a history curriculum that I like ever since we started homeschooling 5 years ago. We have tried Story of the World, TruthQuest, WinterPromise, Christian Liberty Press, The Story of the USA and Beautiful Feet. We are still looking for “The One” when it comes to history. I’m really hoping we find that in MOH. I have had my eye on it for several years, but never decided to go with it until this year.
Health: Health and Safety Curriculum – Primary level
Since our state requires that we teach health each year, I wanted to find a simple, easy curriculum. I have found this one to be just that. It has 3 different levels, and this year we will be using the middle level.
Each year I get the kids a simple workbook on geography that they can do independently. I mostly use these books to brush up on their map skills. We do a bulk of our geography during our history studies. This year I decided to try out the Spectrum geography books.
In the past, the kids have taken piano lessons. Next year, piano lessons just aren’t in the budget so we will be focusing on composers.
Art: How to Teach Art to Children
In the past, the kids have done their art class at our church’s co-op. This year we will not be participating in co-op, so I need to take on the task of teaching art. I wanted something that would cover a wide age-range since I will teach all the kids together, something that teaches the elements of art, and something easy to use.
PE: Hockey, Lacrosse, and Gymnastics
Logic: Mind Benders Books 3 & 4 by The Critical Thinking Company
I like to have the kids do some logic/critical thinking exercises throughout the year. This year we will be using Mind Benders.
Latin: Prima Latin
This will be our first year studying Latin. I’m hoping that the 5 years of Latin I took in high school will make teaching it a little less intimidating. I chose this curriculum based on reviews I read and I’m hoping it will help reinforce our vocabulary, grammar, and English language studies.
Bible: Studying God’s Word E: Genesis – Ruth and Train Up a Child Bible studies
Sam will be using these for his Bible studies. He will mostly work independently, but I will help him get going at the start of the year. We have used Studying God’s Word from the beginning and I stumbled upon the Train Up a Child series a few years ago and really liked. We will have family Bible and devotional time before we start our school day.
Women Living Well Wednesdays @ Women Living Well
Big Family Friday @ Holy Spirit-Led Homeschooling
Modest Mondays @ The Modest Mom
Lots of great ideas here, thanks!
Kara Chupp says
okay…so I keep hearing about this “Mystery of History” curriculum…need to check it out!
So many of the others are ones that I LOVE…love “Explode the Code” 🙂
Patty @ Coming Up Roses says
We are doing a ton of the same curriculum’s for third grade! So exciting.
We found Apologia this year- doing Astronomy right now. We LOVE it! I agree, definitely hit the jackpot!
We are using MoH this year and feel it’s on the same level as Apologia! Another jackpot hit for us! Hope you like it as well!
My Life as a Mom says
I love reading what others are using for curriculum. We are starting Apologia this year. Enjoyed reading this post! http://www.toshowthemjesus.con