3rd Third Grade Curriculum

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Third Grade Curriculum

Bible

Biblical Study & Prayer:
We will be using World Bible School online bible study.  We will begin studying scripture; emphasizing prayer and the importance of a relationship with God.  We will study scripture based upon the following methods:

  • The P’s Study Method:  People (direct statement, character of the people), Purpose (direct statement, key words and repeated phrases, count the number of times a word or phrase is repeated), Problems (direct statement, telephone effect-one-sided conversation), Principles, and Promises
  • The SOAP Method: Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer
  • The Question Method: Who, Where, When, What, Why, and How?

We will learn how to navigate the Bible; locating the testaments and books of the Bible. We will utilize digital methods of biblical research using Logos and BibleGateway.com. We started Concord Cunningham: The Scripture Sleuth 1 by Mat Halverson. We are having so much fun solving mysteries while learning to navigate The Bible!

  • Bible (NIV version)
  • NIV Unabridged and Dramatized Bible Audiobook
  • Plants Grown Up by Pam Forster; Bible Skills pages 125-132
  • The Beginner’s Bible: Timeless Children’s Stories by ZonderKidz
  • The Children’s Illustrated Bible by Selina Hastings
  • A First Bible Story Book by Mary Hoffman
  • How to Study the Bible by
  • God’s Names by Sally Michael
  • Concord Cunningham series

Biblical History:
This year we will use Tapestry of Grace to survey and contextualize Bible history. We will begin a Bible notebook, map, and timeline using:

  • Hands On History The Old Testament by Homeschool in the Woods
  • Hands on History The New Testament by Homeschool in the Woods
  • What the Bible is All About for Young Explorers by Frances Blankenbaker
  • What the Bible is All About: Reproducible Maps, Charts, Timelines, and Illustrations by Frances Blankenbaker

Biblical Worldview:
We are going to begin the What We Believe: Biblical Worldview of God and Truth series by John Hay and David Webb

  • Who Is God?: Audiobook, Notebooking Journal, and Coloring Book
  • Who Am I?: Audiobook, Notebooking Journal, and Coloring Book
  • Who Is My Neighbor?: Audiobook, Notebooking Journal, and Coloring Book
  • What On Earth Can I Do?: Audiobook, Notebooking Journal, and Coloring Book

We will also be using a few beloved titles:

  • Leading Little Ones to God: A Child’s Book of Bible Teachings by Marian M. Schoolland
  • God Loves His Precious Children: Safe in the Arms of the Good Shepard by Jim and Elizabeth George
  • God Morning, God by Davis Carman
  • A Light for My Path: An ABC Book Based on Psalm 119 by Davis Carman

Character Development:

We will begin a character and values notebooking journal using:

  • For Instruction in Righteousness: A Topical Reference Guide for Biblical Training by Pam Forster
  • Plants Grown Up by Pam Forster
  • Polished Cornerstones by Pam Forster
  • The Book of Virtues for by William J. Bennett
  • The Book of Virtues for Young People by William J. Bennett
  • Book of Virtues Study curriculum by the Shiver Academy

We will also be using a few beloved titles:

  • God’s Wisdom for Little Boys: Character-Building Fun from Proverbs by Jim and Elizabeth George
  • God’s Wisdom for Little Girls: Virtues and Fun from Proverbs 31 by Elizabeth George

Discipleship:
We will be reading selected stories about disciples and missionaries from around the world.

Hymn Study

Hymns for a Kid’s Heart; Volume 3 by Bobbie Wolgemuth and Joni Eareckson Tada

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History and Historical Geography
We will continue World history.

Tapestry of Grace Year 3 Digital Edition
Story of the World, Volume 3

We will also begin studying American history.  We will begin a US History and Geography notebook, map, and timeline.

Colonial America:

Tapestry of Grace Year 3 Digital Edition
Story of the World, Volume 3
America the Beautiful by Notgrass
America from the Beginning: A US History Curriculum Set by Joshua Franklin and Debbie Lawrence
Uncle Sam and You by Notgrass
Time Travelers History Study: Colonial Life by Homeschool in the Woods

The American Revolution:

Tapestry of Grace Year 3 Digital Edition
Story of the World, Volume 3
America the Beautiful by Notgrass
America from the Beginning: A US History Curriculum Set by Joshua Franklin and Debbie Lawrence
Uncle Sam and You by Notgrass
Time Travelers History Study: The American Revolution by Homeschool in the Woods

Early USA:

Tapestry of Grace Year 3 Digital Edition
Story of the World, Volume 3
America the Beautiful by Notgrass
America from the Beginning: A US History Curriculum Set by Joshua Franklin and Debbie Lawrence
Uncle Sam and You by Notgrass
Time Travelers History Study: The American Revolution by Homeschool in the Woods

Early 19th Century:
We will be covering Lewis & Clark, manifest destiny, westward expansion, pioneers, Oregon Trail, pony express, the 49ers & gold rush.

Tapestry of Grace Year 3 Digital Edition
Story of the World, Volume 3
America the Beautiful by Notgrass
America from the Beginning: A US History Curriculum Set by Joshua Franklin and Debbie Lawrence
Uncle Sam and You by Notgrass
Time Travelers History Study: The Early 19th Century by Homeschool in the Woods

Texas History:
We will also begin studying Texas history.  We will travel through history by taking Texas road trips following the history of our great state.  We will begin a Texas history notebook, map, and timeline; in which we will be keeping a travel journal.

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Geography Skills
We will be studying USA Geography this year.  We will begin a US History and Geography notebook, map, and timeline.

We will be using:
Road Trip USA by Confessions of a Homeschooler

READ ALOUD: Seabird by Holling C . Holling

READ ALOUD: Minn of the Mississippi by Holling C . Holling

READ ALOUD: Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling C . Holling

READ ALOUD: Tree in the Trail by Holling C . Holling

And to sharpen our geography skills we will be using:
Evan-Moor Daily Geography Practice: Grade 3

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Language Arts
We will continue using All About Learning Press curriculum for spelling and reading. This is my favorite curriculum for reading and spelling. We have had much success with this program! Yay!

Phonics and Reading:
All About Reading Level 3

Spelling:
All About Spelling Level 3

Grammar:
First Language Lessons Level 1 by Jessie Wise (Peace Hill Press)
First Language Lessons Level 2 by Jessie Wise (Peace Hill Press)
First Language Lessons Level 3 by Jessie Wise (Peace Hill Press)
First Language Lessons Level 3 Student Workbook by Jessie Wise (Peace Hill Press)

Writing:
Writing Strands 1
Writing Strands 2
Writing Strands 3
Writing Stands Evaluating Writing
The Complete Writer: Writing with Ease by Susan Wise Bauer (Peace Hill Press)
The Complete Writer: Writing with Ease Student Workbook Level 1 by Susan Wise Bauer (Peace Hill Press)
The Complete Writer: Writing with Ease Student Workbook Level 2 by Susan Wise Bauer (Peace Hill Press)
The Complete Writer: Writing with Ease Student Workbook Level 3 by Susan Wise Bauer (Peace Hill Press)
BraveWriter

We use 1/2″ raised ruled writing paper for all lessons. This is great for tactile learners!
Mead See and Feel Learn to Write Raised Ruling

Handwriting:
We use Handwriting Without Tears Wet-Dry-Try app for letter formation instruction and we practice actual grip and handling with a slate and chalk. We practice application of these skills in our spelling and writing lessons.
Handwriting Without Tears Slate Chalkboard

Crayola Non-toxic White Chalk and Colored Chalk Bundle

Vocabulary

Wordly Wise 3000 Book 3 Word List (We don’t use the books; the list is available free online. Use the list and look up words in the dictionary.)
Dictionary


Math
Teaching Textbooks Math 3

Learning Resources Cuisenaire Rods Connecting Set

Learning Resources Primary Bucket Balance
Learning Resources Cuisenaire Rods Connecting Set

Learning Resources Hexagram Weights Set

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Science
We will continue using God’s Design for Science; moving on to the following:

God’s Design for Chemistry: Properties of Atoms & Molecules
God’s Design for Chemistry: Properties of Matter
God’s Design for Chemistry: Chemistry of Ecology

We will be using the following as supplements:
Considering God’s Creation by

We will continue working on nature and outdoors skills.

Audubon Field Guides
Bird Watching
Nature Journal and Field Guide
Gardening

We will be using the following as supplements:
Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock

I need to find a good Christian-based biography series. Something like this: http://www.ywampublishing.com, but more extensive, including science. We will study this information again in 6th grade.

We will continue Lego Mindstorms.

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Foreign Language
We will be using the online language program, Mango Languages, to learn Spanish: Latin American dialect and Chinese: Mandarin dialect.  This program is available for free online through our local library.

I will be researching the following Latin resources:  Minimus Pupil’s Book: Starting Out In Latin w/ teacher guide, Minimus Secundus Pupil’s Book: Moving On In Latin w/ teacher guide, Getting Started with Latin: Beginning Latin for Homeschoolers and Self-Taught Students of Any Age

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Visual Art Skills
We will discuss God as the ultimate creator.  We will be implementing visual art skills as it pertains to our history studies.  We will be using Artistic Pursuits Book 1 and Book 2 for our hands on art lessons.  Basic drawing skills will be covered in the Draw-Write-Now: A Drawing and Handwriting Course for Kids program that we are using in handwriting.

I will use the following websites for drawing lessons:
http://www.youtube.com/user/MarkKistler
http://drawinglessonsfortheyoungartist.blogspot.jp/

Craft Skills
We will continue Fly-Tying Class at Sportsman’s Finest.

Visual Art History and Appreciation – ITEMS TO PURCHASE
We will be studying visual art as it pertains to our history studies.  We will be reading the Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists by Mike Venezia series (43 in series).  I am interested in Anholt’s Artists as an introduction to the famous masters and using the corresponding activity book (8 in series), but undecided as the series is small.

Sandro Botticelli, Pieter Bruegel, Alexander Calder, Mary Cassatt, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Leonardo Da Vinci, Salvador Dali, Edgar Degas, Eugene Delacroix, El Greco, Paul Gauguin, Giotto di Bondone, Francisco Goya, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Frida Kahlo, Paul Klee, Dorthea Lange, Jacob Lawrence, Roy Lichtenstein, Roy Magritte, Henri Matisse, Michaelangelo, Monet, Grandma Moses, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Horace Pippin, Camille Pissarro, Jackson Pollock, Raphael Sanzio, Rembrandt, Fredric Remington, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Faith Ringgold, Diego Rivera, Norman Rockwell, Henri Rousseau, Georges Suerat, Titian, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Velázquez, Johannes Vermeer, Andy Warhol, James McNeill Whistler, and Grant Wood.

We will begin an Art Appreciation Notebook using Artists by Homeschool in the Woods and Artists by Confessions of a Homeschooler.

PURCHASING:
Art and craft supplies
Book Series

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Music Skills
We will be implementing music skills as it pertains to our history studies.  We will continue listening to and learning various songs.  We will be using free lessons online for the following:  Beginning Harmonica, Beginning Recorder, Beginning Piano, and Beginning Guitar.

Music History and Appreciation
We will be studying music as it pertains to our history studies.  We will be reading the Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Composers by Mike Venezia series (14 in series).  I need to purchase the books throughout the year, as needed.  We will be listening to musical compositions from the composers using iTunes.

We will begin a Music Appreciation Notebook using Composers by Homeschool in the Woods and Composers by Confessions of a Homeschooler.

PURCHASING:
Guitar
Book Series

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Sports
Individual:  Lakeway Taekwondo
Large Group:  LTYA Soccer
Small Group:  LTYA Tennis
Possibly: Positive Baseball, Flipnastics Gymnastics, Nitro Swimming

We will continue learning simple yoga poses in The ABCs of Yoga for Kids by Teresa Anne Power.  We will continue hunting and fishing with Daddy; possibly taking a hunter education class and a short introduction to archery class.  We will watch videos of fencing to measure interest level.

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Freeplay
Art:  We will continue using the fun and creative Usborne activity books.  I need to purchase The Usborne Complete Book of Drawing.  We will be using the following iPad art apps for digital media:  Art Set, Wasabi Paint, and Paper

Music:  We will continue to explore and ‘play’ with our musical instrument collection.

Books:
Dangerous Book for Boys by Hal Iggulden
Dangerous Book for Girls by

Websites:
Mission Explore

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