We are starting our 3rd school grade of homeschool, but we are only in our 18th (ish) month of homeschooling. Weird, right? When we started, they were in 1st and 4th grade, we winged it, and it worked. When they started 2nd and 5th grade, I bought actual books and such. It worked WAAAYY better for me (hello answer keys!), but the boys were not thrilled with the choices. That leads us to 3rd and 6th grade. I think I have a handle on their learning styles and preferences. I think. I hope and pray I got some of it correct!
This year, the boys are using some of the same books! I’m excited that I am able to combine some of their subjects!!
Science – We are using Apologia’s Young Explorers Astronomy book. The boys will each have their own notebook to accomplish, but we can do all the activities together. Once they have finished Astronomy, we will move on to Sea Creatures!
History/Geography – This year, we are going to use Around the World in 180 Days. I’m excited to really get into geography and culture along with the history of the world. The book divides the work according to skill level. Tater will do more complicated work than Whiz, while studying the same text.
Spelling – Both boys are using Sequential Spelling this year. I like the very concise approach. Each day is a new list that builds on the previous days words. Whiz has already started Book 2 and his spelling has already improved! Tater will start Book 5 in August.
Bible – This year, I am separating the boys for this subject. They are both going to use Christian Liberty Press’ Studying God’s Word. Whiz will be using Book D, while Tater will use Book G.
Writing/Grammar – We’re going to use Winning with Writing and Growing with Grammar by JacKris Publishing. I’m not sure how this will go over with the boys. There are no pictures or fun antidotes; it’s just words. But, with ADHD, the less distraction, the better. Whiz will be in Level 3, while Tater will be in Level 6.
Music – Piano will be our focus this year. I have been able to teach the basics, but lessons will be coming soon!
Art – We will continue with me teaching art. I love art! Pinterest is a treasure trove of ideas!
Reading – We will be exploring various novels, short stories, and poems. Our first book will be “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.” We will move on to “The Courage of Sarah Noble,” “The Whipping Boy, “The Bears on Hemlock Mountain,” and “The Mouse and the Motorcycle.” We will also read some of the various non-fiction books on his shelf. Whiz will have various projects to accomplish while/after reading. It’s not all workbooks this year!
Math – This subject has always been a struggle. Teaching Textbooks was our choice for third grade. He will have his lecture, practice problems, and his daily assignment all on the computer. We did purchase the workbook for him so he can do his lessons away from the computer (which sometimes happens).
Reading – Like Whiz, Tater will be reading various novels. Some of his selection include “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” “Johnny Tremain,” “The Red Badge of Courage,” “A Wrinkle in Time,” and “A Cricket in Times Square.” We will also read a few poems, and non-fiction as well.
Math – We will continue to work through Bob Jones Pre-Algebra. We are currently on Chapter 3 – Solving Equations. We are going slllooowww. But that is a luxury we have as homeschoolers!
This year we are also joining a homeschool co-op for field trips and such. The boys will also attend a homeschool PE class for four hours a week. We have decided to take a year off (one whole year) from organized, competitive sports. Swimming has been great, but it was getting too competitive, too costly, and too time consuming. We want our kiddos to be kiddos and not consumed with the desire to win-win-win.
I also have a preschooler and a kiddo in public school this year too! The preschooler will work on basic preschool stuff (colors, shapes, cutting, pre-writing, numbers, play, play and more play). Again, Pinterest is a treasure trove of things for her to do! I don’t see the need to purchase curriculum at this point.
My public schooler will also be in 3rd grade this year. It’s going to be interesting! We will try and save our science activities and art until after he is home, in case he is interested.
That’s our plan! And it’s totally subject to change!