If there is one thing I’ve learned my first few years of homeschooling, it’s that there is no one right way to do this. Every child has different learning styles, every mom has different teaching styles, and each homeschool method has merit. I’ve also learned that there is a learning curve in trying to find your own homeschool groove. Picking a curriculum is no different.
Through all the experimenting, or I mean learning…..I’ve come to accept the fact that I have no real homeschool style. We definitely fall into the eclectic category around here, but with a strong leaning toward the Charlotte Mason method.
Why is that information important? Because I’m about to share with you our curriculum choices for third grade. I’m simply sharing so you can see what works for us. If what you’re doing is working for you, please don’t take this list and feel like you need to change anything. This is simply a peek into our homeschool world. But, if your homeschool is a mix like ours, or if your child learns like Grasshopper you might find some options here for you!
If you haven’t been previously following me, you should know that Grasshopper has ADHD, anxiety, and dyslexia. Our curriculum choices reflect these learning challenges.
Reading & Spelling Curriculum
When it comes to reading and spelling programs for dyslexic children, an Orton Gillingham program is a must. We’ve chosen All About Reading and All About Spelling. These programs are similar in style. The teacher’s manual gives step by step instructions right down to exactly what to say. It’s truly a go at your own pace curriculum which is perfect for struggling readers/spellers.
I also love how these programs incorporate a multi-sensory approach with their interactive kit (one kit will get you through both programs). The interactive kit also makes it a perfect choice for your students who need to be moving around a bit.
For math we will be using Teaching Textbooks. Being Grasshopper struggles with dyslexia, I can’t really give him independent work yet. By using Teaching Textbooks he can do math class independently. A short lesson is given on the computer and then your child works through the lesson problems. Hints are offered to help your students, and they are given two chances to get the answer correct. Another parent friendly feature is that they do the grading for you.
I will say if you go with Teaching Textbooks to make sure you take their placement test before ordering. They do go at a bit of a slower pace so it’s not uncommon for a child to test into a grade level ahead. For instance, Grasshopper is going into third grade this year, but he’ll be using Math 4.
This will be our first year using an official grammar program. The reason for this delay is primarily due to the dyslexia. I know reading and spelling are a huge struggle for Grasshopper. I wanted to help him have a stronger foundation in these areas before throwing grammar into the mix.
Textbook styles don’t speak to Grasshopper’s learning style, so I was really excited to find a Charlotte Mason style grammar program in Grammar Galaxy. When I learned that this curriculum was written with ADHD kids in mind, I knew I hit the jackpot!
Grammar Galaxy starts each lesson with a story. There are then “missions” your child will complete as a grammar guardian. I’ll be honest, grammar doesn’t excite me, but this looks like fun! I’ve heard so many rave reviews. I can’t wait to get started.
History, Bible, & Literature
These three subjects are all grouped together because we’re making the switch to Sonlight this year! Guys, I’m pretty excited about this one. I’ve had my eye on Sonlight for a few years, but I had apprehension of doing such a heavy literature based program with an ADHD child. Last year however, I learned that with the right books and fidget tools Grasshopper really enjoyed read aloud time. You can read more detail on our switching to a literature based curriculum here.
Grasshopper was pretty insistent that we study American history next year. With that in mind, I chose Level D. This comes with books (lots of books!) read alouds and readers for your child to read on their own. It also comes with a Bible. The instructor’s guide gives you everything you need for the lesson plans. Each day there are suggested Bible readings, how much you should be reading for each book, and discussion questions to go along with the reading. If you decide to go with Sonlight, enter code AM20418854 for $5 off your first order over $50!
Last year we used Sonlight science as a way to get our feet wet with Sonlight without diving in completely. Grasshopper really enjoyed it, and I did too (in spite of my lack of love for science). This year we will be studying Geology, Meteorology, and Mechanical Technology in Level C. It looks fun and I know Grasshopper will love it!