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3rd Grade Curriculum 2014 – 2015

IMG_0240We’re back at it, although later than I would have liked; I am still in planning mode. Rather than starting on August 16, like we’ve done in the past, we will be starting right after Labor Day. Last year we attempted to do six-weeks on and six-weeks off, but failed miserably. We started off strong, but once we took a break things just never get back on track. Much had to do with severe financial stress that plagued us. You can read about that in the Summer issue of home | school | life Magazine. I worried that we did not learn anything and that I had dropped the ball. Hard! However, after a careful review,  we learned so much! All of us!

This year, I decided to try something a little different. My husband pretty much gives me free reign to plan the year, so he was on board when I told him my ideas. In the past, I tried to organize everything down to the day. This year I compiled a list of goals and then found the materials that I wanted to use to help us reach those goals. I will share the goals at a later date. You will find the materials that I’ve chosen after the break.

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Language Arts

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Books We’re Reading

I absolutely love the blog, I Capture the Rowhouse, and Farrar’s frequent posts about what her family is reading inspired me to share similarly here.We read a lot and I really want a better way of keeping a record of what we are reading. As I look for a way that works for our family, […]

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Tools to Teach Preschoolers and Kindergarteners to Read

She’s reading! That’s right; my daughter began reading about a month ago and it has opened up a whole new world for us as a family. Seriously, I finally feel like we can actually do this homeschooling thing now! Truth be told, I have known that she could read longer than she has known. She […]

History and Geography

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Secular Activities for Teaching Pre-History

Pre-History is the study of the world before there was written language/documentation. By its most basic definition, it is secular – although I have seen some religious bloggers use religion to teach PreHistory. However, because we teach from an evolutionary point of view, it was important that not only do we focus on Pre-History for a full […]

Making Beads

A Very Delayed Post About Homemade Wampum Beads

We began studying World and American History  in September with an introduction to early civilizations and early means of trade. Specifically, we talked about the Iroquois American Indian tribe and their use of the Wampum Bead as a method for trade. Then we made our own homemade version. Here’s how: Recipe 2 c. flour 1 c. salt […]

Math

Science

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Step By Step: Building a Volcano

We are learning all about PreHistory and I've decided to include as many activities as possible because I love arts and crafts. The Tornado was very interested in how volcanoes formed land, so after Continue Reading

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Planning in the midst of Chaos

Let me back track a little to give you an idea of what our lives are like now. I actually design websites and do social media consulting for a living. For the last year, I was the social media manager Continue Reading

Arts and Crafts

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Coloring Pages

There is so much to update here. So much! I promise to do so soon.I designed this along with about 3 more pages to help keep my daughter busy while I was working and cooking during the Thanksgiving holiday. So why the complicated design? We have looked at complex shapes and experimenting with Continue Reading

Physical Education

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A Modern Day Treasure Hunt Learning Experience

I heard about geocaching a while back from another homeschooler with whom I am somewhat familiar. He mentioned that he and his family were very much into this treasure hunting activity but I wrote it off as it was the middle of winter and sounded like something only very eccentric people did for Continue Reading

Curriculum

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3rd Grade Curriculum 2014 – 2015

We're back at it, although later than I would have liked; I am still in planning mode. Rather than starting on August 16, like we've done in the past, we will be starting right after Labor Day. Last year we attempted to do six-weeks on and six-weeks off, but failed miserably. We started off strong, Continue Reading

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