The Ultimate Guide To Homeschooling Third Grade (2021)
I can not believe I am already talking about homeschooling third grad already! Where has the time gone?!?
Please keep in mind that this is the plan and we all know nothing ever goes according to plan. That being said, I always do a mid-year and end-of-the-year update video on my YouTube channel. Make sure you are subscribed so you don’t miss it.
Table of contents
- Everything You Need To Homeschool Your Third Grader
- Third Grade Homeschool Curriculum and Resource Picks
- Our One Thing for the Third Grade Year
- Our Third Grade Homeschool Routine
- Subscriptions and Memberships To Help You Homeschool Third Grade
- Read Alouds And Independent Books For Third Grade
- Games For Third Grade Learning
- Yes, You Can Homeschool Third Grade!
- Related Blog Posts
Everything You Need To Homeschool Your Third Grader
I have compiled everything we used throughout Emily third grade year to give you a comprehensive look at homeschooling third grade. As always, please remember that this is what works for us. Your child may need some tweaks and adjustments and that’s ok!
This is simply a place to start and get you excited for your child’s third grade homeschool year!
Third Grade Homeschool Curriculum and Resource Picks
These curriculum choices reflect our continued shift to play based and interest led learning. But, please keep in mind that we will be dabbling in these resources and not necessarily completing all of them in their entirety. We choose to use multiple resources to teach language arts and math goals. While following our daughters interests for the other subjects.
Language and Math For Homeschooling Third Grade
Third Grade Geography, History, and Science
For history we will be doing at least one Who Was Unit Study a month. But I am hoping for more than that.
For geography and science we will be bouncing back and forth between Traveling the Parks and Traveling the World. I will also be putting together a simple zoology study for her that I will share at a later date.
For government and economics we will be using the Tuttle Twins book series and game.
Our One Thing for the Third Grade Year
Each school year I choose one thing to focus on. I find that by prioritizing one thing for a year it becomes a habit by the end of the year. We have focused on things like reading aloud, gameschooling, and poetry teatime in the past.
This year we will be focusing on art by request. To help set myself up for success I made sure to have some fun resources on hand.
While we don’t follow it exactly I love having What Your Third Grader Needs to Know on hand for references.
Our Third Grade Homeschool Routine
My plan for the upcoming school year is for us to maintain a general routine to our day. I am so excited to have found these adorable magnets from LoveyList that I can easily display on the fridge for a visual reminder of what each day will hold.
That routine will loosely be:
Once we have completed five days of school work we will take the sixth day off for what I am calling a fun/enrichment day. On that sixth school day we will have fun enjoying things like poetry teatime, art projects, and science experiments together.
Subscriptions and Memberships To Help You Homeschool Third Grade
Subscriptions and memberships we will be utilizing include Writings from the Wild, Letters from Afar, Heritage Letters, Universal Yums, KiwiCo Tinker Crate, Around the World Stories, SQUILT, No Sweat Nature Study, Chalk Pastel, Yellow Spot Sun, and Masterpiece Society.
If our co-op is able to resume this school year we will also be using Exploring Nature with Children.
Read Alouds And Independent Books For Third Grade
Our homeschool is largely comprised of books and games. Reading aloud plays a very crucial role in our homeschool. Most of our days begin and end with me reading aloud to Emily.
These are the books we enjoyed throughout her third grade year.
I will be specifically sharing the chapter books we enjoyed throughout the year. But, we also read a lot of picture books in addition to chapter books. The majority of the picture books we read each year can be found on Read Aloud Revival’s a year of picture books list.
A very large portion of what we read was book series. We tend to get invested when the story keeps going and we were more excited to race through a book knowing there was another one waiting.
It seems like there is a mourning period (at least for us) when a book ends. So maybe we just like series because there is less mourning that way.
The Magic Misfits Complete CollectionMr. Lemoncello’s Library Books 1-4 (Boxed Set)The Land of Stories Complete Paperback Gift SetPages & Co.: The BookwanderersPages & Co.: The Lost Fairy TalesPages & Co.: The Map of StoriesThe Vanderbeekers of 141st StreetThe Vanderbeekers and the Hidden GardenThe Vanderbeekers Lost and FoundThe One and Only IvanThe One and Only BobThe Secret ZooThe Secret Zoo: Secrets and ShadowsThe Secret Zoo: Riddles and DangerThe Secret Zoo: Traps and SpectersThe Secret Zoo: Raids and RescuesThe Green EmberEmber FallsEmber RisingEmber’s EndA Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of HumansA Dragon’s Guide to Making Your Human SmarterA Dragon’s Guide to Making Perfect WishesFlora and Ulysses: The Illuminated AdventuresA Pinch of MagicYear of Miss AgnesHow to Eat Fried WormsJames and the Giant Peach
Emily loves to read. her favorite spot in the whole house is her little book nook corner. She loves when her cat Nala comes and curls up with her for story time.
Zoey and Sassafras BooksPet Rescue Adventures Kitten Tales CollectionPet Rescue Adventures Puppy Tales CollectionDinosaur Cove CollectionKylie Jean Queen CollectionUpside-Down Magic SetClover’s LuckThe Enchanted EggThe Missing MagicThe Magnificent Makers #1The Magnificent Makers #2The Magnificent Makers #3The Magnificent Makers #4Pip Barlett’s Guide to Magical CreaturesPip Bartlett’s Guide to Unicorn TrainingPip Bartlett’s Guide to Sea MonstersThe Magic Mirror: A Branches BookThe Stolen Slipper: A Branches BookThe Snoring Princess: A Branches BookThe Missing Dwarf: A Branches BookUnicorn Princesses Books 1-3Unicorn Princesses Books 4-6Unicorn Princesse Books 7-9Kitty and the Moonlight RescueKitty and the Tiger TreasureKitty and the Sky Garden AdventureKitty and the Treetop ChaseKitty and the Great Lantern Race
Keeping Track Of What We Read
If you are looking for a way to easily keep track of the books you read in your homeschool, I highly suggest the GoodReads app.
GoodReads let you have as many “shelves” as you’d like. I have one for every homeschool year so far. You can scan the books and add them to your shelves with ease.
Games For Third Grade Learning
To say we play a lot of games in our homeschool would be an understatement.
We are what you would call gameschoolers for sure. I make it a point to incorporate games into our days as much as possible. One way I do that is to use them in place of busy work.
Instead of learning about something Emily is uninterested in out of a boring textbook we can do something like play a fun hands-on game while we learn more about one of her favorite things: cats. Plus while we play we’d be connecting too.
Because I know we’re not alone, and many of you would love to add games to your days as well, I have put together a list of our most played games during our first grade year.
Top 15 Games for Third Grade
Upwords – The higher you stack, the higher you score! In Upwords, each player starts with 7 letter tiles. Play words across or down to make new words or stack on top of tiles to change a word! Earn points for every tile put down.
Scrabble – Scrabble, the classic crossword game, is full-on fun for friends and family. You can feel the excitement begin as soon as you rack up your letters, choose a great word, and hope to land on a triple-word score.
Boggle – Earn points by spotting words your friends don’t before time runs out. Shake the grid to mix up the letter cubes. Then lift the lid and flip the timer. Players have 90 seconds to write down as many words as they can find on the grid before time is up.
Super Sleuth – Detective-themed vocabulary game with 180+ mysteries to solve. Practice synonyms, antonyms, homophones, and multiple-meaning words.
Quiddler – A kid-friendly word game that is fun for the whole family! All ages can play this fast-paced game because even short words like at, of, and zoo, can lead to a win!
Zangle – Brain-twisting, shape-building fun, with 3 ways to play! Turn-Style, Speedster and Solitaire. Created by the inventor of SET!
Prime Climb – Learn and master multiplication, division, factorization and prime number concepts by combining colors. Multiply by combining colors; divide by removing colors. The colors on the Prime Climb board give us a way to see every number as a combination of the numbers it is made of (its factors)!
Dragon Times – Dragon Times is an adventure, fantasy card game suitable for ages 6 and up. The game helps children practice and memorize the multiplication facts in a fun and exciting way.
Proof – Proof! is an award-winning, fast, fun, and addicting math game that the whole family can enjoy! Work that mental math magic as you race to find creative equations hidden among nine number cards. Keep what you find and collect the most cards to win!
Fraction Formula – It’s a race to “1”! You draw fraction cards and drop the matching cylinders into their tubes to get as close to “1” as possible, without going over.
Cover Your Assets – The goal of the Cover Your Assets game is to acquire $1,000,000 in assets, and the first one millionaire wins.
Trekking the Parks – Trekking the National Parks is a spirited family board game that lets players experience the U.S. National Parks in a fun and competitive way. Players compete for points by claiming Park Cards and collecting trail stones as they race across the country experiencing the wonders at each of these magnificent landscapes.
Way Back When in History -Journey through time with the Way Back When in History fun and educational board game. Players travel through five time periods in early America: Explorers, 13 Colonies, American Revolution, Constitution and the Civil War.
Valence – In Valence Plus, you’ll build elite Science Ninja teams out of elements from the periodic table to find molecules and win the game! But be careful – opponents might attack you with acid squads, reducing your bases to worthless salt and water!
Exploding Kittens – xploding kittens is the perfect card game for adults, teens and kids who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats. Exploding Kittens is a highly-strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian roulette.
Yes, You Can Homeschool Third Grade!
The reality is that I questioned myself all the time during our third grade year. Most homeschooling moms do!
But, I want you to know that homeschooling third grade is not only an educational option, it’s a wonderful approach to you child’s education.
Watch this third grade homeschool playlist to see a indepth look at how our second grade homeschool year went.