Our 3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Picks

This summer, we have camped, traveled and explored Texas, but all good things must come to an end. 😉 This fall, I’m setting off to a new adventure, I will be homeschooling my 3rd grader. I’m excited and nervous about our upcoming year, and I think it’s going to be a memory maker!

I’ve been researching and attending conventions preparing for this day for 5 years. We will have “structured” class Monday through Thursday with Friday open for “Life Lessons” and exploration. When life moves in a certain direction, so Real Posh Mom seems to follow. You can expect more homeschool posts from me, as I plan to share more of our journey with you. I hope you like that idea!

Want to know what our curriculum plans are for the year? I’m sharing our 3rd grade homeschool curriculum picks!3rd Grade Curriculum Language Arts
Spell to Write and Read

Vocabulary
Latina Christiana 1

Foreign Language
Spanish

Grammar
Daily Grams
Easy Grammar

Composition
Institute of Excellence in Writing

Reading and Literature
Reading and literature is definitely an area where we have so much freedom as homeschoolers, and I plan on fully embracing it this year. We’ll be using Honey for a Child’s Heart for our literature journey, and I will be sure to keep you posted on our reading and activities!

Math
We have used MathUSee for lower grade levels. It is a great curriculum, especially for the child that is visual and loved tactile learning. But, this year we are trying Singapore Math. It’s comprehensive and gives a solid foundation in math.

Science
I cannot say enough great things about Apologia. We love their science curriculum and will be working our way through Exploring Creation with Astronomy and Exploring Creation with Botany.

Social Studies
Preparing for our overseas move, we will be studying Around the World in 180 Days.

PE, Art, Music & Other Electives
Local gym studios and private lessons will round out our electives.

What are you most excited about this school year?

Happy Birthday to Jane!

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775, and in her 41-year life produced literary works that have touched many people lives, like mine. I started reading Jane Austen when I was 10 years old. Pride and Prejudice was my first. I didn’t read it for a class. In fact, I discovered it on the bookshelf of my late great-aunt. The title intrigued me. After reading the first sentence, I was hooked, and my love affair with Jane Austen began. To celebrate Jane Austen’s birthday, here are some highlights that I love from her writings:

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.” – Northanger Abbey

“It is only a novel… or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language.” – Northanger Abbey

“A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” – Pride & Prejudice

“All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable one: you need not covet it), is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone!” – Persuasion

“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever.” – Persuasion

Next time you are looking for a book to put on your Kindle, download one of Jane Austen’s timeless books.

All-time Favorite Kids’ Books

All-time Favorite Kids’ Books
A Starter Library for Kids Big & Small

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst
  • Amelia Bedelia, by Peggy Parish
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Where Do you See?, by Eric Carle
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin Jr.
  • Corduroy, by Don Freeman
  • Curious George, by H.A. Rey & Margret Rey
  • Everybody Poops, by Taro Gomi
  • Fancy Nancy, by Jane O’Connor
  • Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose, by Scott Gustafson
  • The Going to Bed Book, by Sandra Boynton
  • The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein
  • Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney
  • The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn
  • The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper
  • On the Night You Were Born, by Nancy Tillman
  • Peekaboo Kisses, by Barney Saltzberg
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
  • Where is Baby’s Belly Button, by Karen Katz
  • Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak