Beginning your 3rd grade year, in my opinion, is one that can be fun and enjoyable to both the child and parent. Unlike the earlier grades, where most of your time went into teaching your child to read and write, this year can be a rewarding time where your child can explore their interests. Yes, they will still have language arts and math along with science and history, but why not combine them together to make it more interesting for your child. Many children at this age can fast forward in many subjects, like math, because they might just have a natural talent for it or are able to soak in the information at a faster rate.Thus leaving them more time to explore new subjects or programs. This is the year where children can start to branch out on their own a little more, always a great thing for children to learn at any age.- Self reliance.
Whether you are just starting your homeschooling journey or you have been on this well traveled road since the beginning, trying to navigate through the choices that are out there can be overwhelming, to say the least. But before you even get into the curriculum choices, I think that you should start by researching how to homeschool books. The library is a source of knowledge for those seeking to homeschool, and can provide even the most knowledgeable homeschoolers new ideas on how to accomplish this significant year. Equally important for both the student and parent is finding a homeschooling group that can help you both find curricula that will work for you and extracurricular activities that will you both a much deserved break.
Whether you decide after reading the mountain of “How To” books, to use an online program/school, out of the box type curricula, or a more eclectic style of homeschooling. Remember the choice is ours to do what works best for your family, my first year I spent a lot of money on trying any and every thing that was suggested to me. A costly mistake to say the least! But now with a couple of years under my belt, I know what works for each of my boys. Thus saving us time and money! So don’t be afraid to research and borrow books from the library and other homeschooling families.