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Math is where Little Fish really struggles. He finished Level B and started Level C of Rightstart Math this past year. Level C aligns more with second grade and early third grade. Like his brother, Little Fish has difficulty with visual processing skills, which impacts his math development.
If you are interested in this curriculum and want to see where you should start, their placement test is very helpful.
3rd Grade Spelling
Little Fish finished Level 3 about mid-year and is most of the way through Level 4. His spelling skills had been weak due to his difficulty with visual memory, but this program has really made spelling an area of strength for him. To read more about why this program has worked so well for him, check out Homeschool Spelling Curriculum that Makes Sense.
3rd Grade Reading
This year, Little Fish read a few Roald Dahl books and several Who Was? books. With the Dahl books, we really spent time practicing his reading comprehension skills, developing his knowledge of descriptive language, building his vocabulary, and improving his understanding of grammar.
You can see some of the activities we did while reading James and the Giant Peach here. We also spent a lot of time learning vocabulary with this particular book:
Little Fish also worked through a Reading Comprehension workbook because I wanted him to have some practice finishing an entire task independently. He also needed to work on connecting pieces of information as this is an area of challenge for him. This reading comprehension workbook was a good way for him to work on those skills in a subject he enjoys.
3rd Grade Writing
Little Fish finished Level C of his writing program this year and started Level D. He continued to progress with support and this has been a good program for him due to the level of structure it gives him. He enjoys that the activities are fun and games are incorporated.
Cursive: Handwriting Without Tears
Little Fish completed the Handwriting Without Tears: Cursive Workbook. He did well with this book and we are continuing to practice cursive with some copy worksheets that I have purchased or found.
3rd Grade Geography
Little Fish enjoyed learning about different states this year. Check out Fun and Easy Ways to Learn the US States to see the resources we used. We may continue this fall with the states we have not covered, yet.
3rd Grade History
Little Fish picked what he wanted to learn about for history this year. We started with a unit study about the Ice Age and then moved on to Native Americans. We learned about different tribes and read On This Long Journey about the Trail of Tears. Then, he shifted gears and went on to studying some artists, such as DaVinci and Claude Monet and black history such as Dr. King and Rosa Parks.
3rd Grade Science
We finished our R.E.A.L Science Odyssey Physics curriculum in March, which is designed for 3rd through 6th grades. Little Fish participated much better this year with this program than he did last year. He enjoyed it greatly and often experiments with what he has learned during his play time.
We started the middle school Biology Curriculum from R.E.A.L Science Odyssey when we finished as I had bought this for Big Fish for this school year. This is definitely a level up in how the information is presented and what is expected on worksheets and lab sheets. Little Fish has been able to participate with some extra support. And it continues to have lots of hands on activities, which is what he loves.
I did start a set of Biology Vocabulary Concept of the Day cards to make sure the boys were really understanding and remembering what we were learning. They are available for purchase here if you would like them to support a biology program of your choosing:
To learn more about the physics curriculum we finished in March read Teaching Physics to Your Children.
So we didn’t do much art again this year. Sigh… This is always the subject that falls off our schedule! Little Fish did do some drawing videos from Art for Kids Hub. There is always next year, right?!
Music was not on our original plan for this year, but Little Fish enjoyed his State Songs Course during geography so much that we decided to add some more. We enrolled in the Music In Our Homeschool Plus program, which provides monthly music lessons as well as open access to all of their elementary music courses! Little Fish has enjoyed these greatly!
Have you used any of this curriculum or have others you have loved for 3rd grade? Comment below!
If you are interested in seeing our curriculum choices from the year before or Big Fish’s curriculum from this year, check out: