Looking for 3rd grade homeschool curriculum ideas? You’re in the right place!
In our homeschool, 3rd – 4th grade brings a transition to more independent work. We also usually introduce studied dictation (Charlotte Mason style) and start letting them choose an elective activity here and there.
This year, my upcoming third grader will need some different considerations. Although he’s very sharp, he has a touch of dyslexia and a super short attention span. He also tends to be a very hands-on kid, with preferences toward the kinesthetic learning style.
Our approach has been to provide lots of physical play, free time, read alouds, and hands-on studies. At the same time, we work on his focus and learning needs during 1 hour of table time work that includes math and reading instruction. We go at his own pace and it has been working well for him!
Below I’m sharing what our 3rd grade homeschool curriculum choices are for him this coming year, as well as some of the ones we’ve used for my past 3rd graders that he’ll pick up in a year or two.
While my oldest kids use the whole Student Work and Habit Tracker, the younger ones just use the loop scheduling sheet from the planner. I laminate it and post it on the wall for easy tracking. They simply mark what they’ve done each day to help us all stay on track! You can also download free simplified loop schedule templates here. This is a great way to start teaching your kids to take ownership of their time management.
For language arts we do more of a Charlotte Mason approach. I really don’t prefer an all-in one language arts program for 3d grade homeschool curriculum. My kids are rarely at the same level in their reading, writing, spelling, etc., and I choose to delay formal instruction in some of those areas anyway. Instead, we focus on reading and narration skills, and then add bits here and there as needed.
- All About Reading – This kiddo is the only one we use this program with and I’m so thankful it’s available. For all my other kids I used and loved Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. It’s quick and gets the job done. But it didn’t work for him at all because of those dyslexia and issues I mentioned. AAR has been a gentle and effective solution for us. We’re working through level 2 and will get into level 3 this coming year. We take our time with this program, often splitting lessons across two days, and go back to use the readers for practice reading often. You can read my All About Reading review here.
- All About Spelling (maybe) – We already have level 1 and 2 because his younger brother used them (normally I don’t do spelling that early but he wanted to do school like his brother). I’m considering adding level 1 of AAS, a half of a lesson at a time, for my third grader. Although it focuses on spelling, it also will do a lot to reinforce what he learned in AAR 1 and 2. My main concern is attention span and time, so we’ll see if it works out! As always, we’ll go at his pace and adjust if needed.
- Narration – Narration is a huge part of our homeschool. It’s the Charlotte Mason practice of orally telling back what was just read / heard. Eventually it will include written narrations / notebooking. (Narration helps with pre-composition skills, speaking skills, retention of knowledge, and more.)
- A Reason for Handwriting – Advancing to the next book. This curriculum focuses on letter formation and Scripture copywork.
- BiblioPlan (Year 3 – Early Modern this year) is what we use for multi-level group learning of history, church history, geography, and literature. For my 3rd grader, that will involve listening to read alouds and audiobooks, using the coloring pages, their suggested hands-on projects, and orally narrating. We may use some of the scheduled books at his reading level for reading practice, too.
- Prairie Primer – When BiblioPlan gets to the time period in history that corresponds with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House series, we’ll be taking a break from nearly everything else to do an 3-4 month unit study together! We’ll be drawing activities and ideas from this Prairie Primer resource pack and whatever other fun resources I find online.
Science / STEM
- Nature Study – For science we don’t do independent or formal science until later grades. This year, we’ll continue doing nature studies on our own (you can see my planned rotation here) as well as using No Sweat Nature Study LIVE membership.
- STEM Challenges – I wanted to do this with him last year but really dropped the ball. I still think it would be a wonderful way for him to practice reading and following instructions, learn some fun STEM concepts, and do hands-on learning. This time I bought these fun cards that he’s excited about! We’ll do one or two a week. (I didn’t realize I purchased the seasonal ones – they have regular ones, too, and a Jr. set for younger kids.)
- Christian Light Education for Math – My preferred math curriculum if you’re looking for something straightforward and not online. Uses a spiral approach and lots of practice. Just delete extra problems if you think there’s too much.
- Bible Group Work – We do Bible Road Trip and Sound Words for Kids together. See more info in the “Group Work” section below.
- Bible Journal – My two daughters (10 and 11) are using the Bible Drawing Journal for their personal Bible time. My third grader asked to do something similar. I think the Bible Drawing Journals might be a bit much still for him so he’s going to use a composition book with drawing space so he can draw about our daily Bible study each day. I’ll also use this as an opportunity to introduce him to notebooking, having him write one sentence each day to go with his drawing. (Normally I ask for a sentence per grade level, but this is a great start!)
Other Group Work
- Sound Words for Kids: Lessons in Theology – My theology curriculum for ages pre-k and elementary. Once a week with some weekly memory review. For third grade it involves listening to me read the lesson, coloring, and doing one of the activity pages.
- Bible Road Trip – Our staple Bible curriculum that we’ve used for years. It’s excellent and can be used for pre-k through high school. It includes simple activities, Bible reading and discussion, and memory work.
Places, Please! Theatre – This is a subscription box for homeschool families that we enjoyed last year and will continue! It includes bi-monthly boxes full of a script, props, and more to help your kids work together to put on a play.
- Masterpiece Society Art – Once a week my daughter and the younger kids will enjoy a selection from the seasonal art projects, drawing lessons, or artist studies. You can find out more here: Individual Courses or Membership (this is what we have – it includes all the courses)
- Music in Our Homeschool – We use this as a group resource for hymns, preschool music, music for history, geography, and more. We do about one lesson a week.
- Simply Charlotte Mason for group time poetry study, picture study, and Shakespeare.
That’s it for 3rd grade homeschool curriculum! Keep in mind that many of these things aren’t done every day, but rather are on a loop schedule. It means we get to work through great materials without overloading our day!
What Else Would I Consider for 3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum?
- Science: NaturExplorers studies are great. Even just some fun read alouds and an experiment book like this one would work well.
- History: I really like literature-based history. If I wasn’t doing multi-level with BiblioPlan, I’d use Beautiful Feet Books. If I wanted a textbook style instead, I would consider Notgrass.
- Language Arts: Like I said, I don’t like complete language arts programs. If I wanted to pick one up, though, I would try Language Lessons for a Living Education or Grammar Galaxy, both of which I liked (but in the end didn’t feel I needed a complete curriculum) or I would try Learning Language Arts Through Literature.
- Art: I came across this art teaching book in our stash a while ago (buy it used) and I may incorporate it in our morning time. It’s a simple step-by-step art program that builds on basic elements like lines, colors, etc.
- Box curriculum? You can probably tell by now I’m eclectic and piece things together. Lol! But I’ve been asked what I’d pick for a box curriculum. If I was going to try something like that, I’d go with Heart of Dakota or My Father’s World.
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