3rd Grade Year-End Review

3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year End Review

The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose! I will be sharing a series of posts with you; evaluating our choices in each grade level from this homeschool year.

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First up, 3rd grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 3rd Grade Curriculum Choices post.

3rd Grade Subjects

Below I will give a small review of each subject, if you have more specific questions about anything, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer!

Math ~ Teaching Textbooks 4, Spielgaben, Life of Fred

Teaching Textbooks 4 was her main math curriculum and it was a perfect fit for her. I highly recommend starting with TT from the beginning, which is usually 2nd or 3rd grade. She will be moving onto TT 5 next year for 4th grade! We will be using the new 3.0 online version, read about it here!

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We loved using Spielgaben to supplement our math lessons and will definitely continue with this. Spielgaben was particularly helpful in bringing a hands-on aspect to some of the more difficult concepts.

Organizing Data with Spielgaben Different types of Triangles with Spielgaben Math Fraction Fun with Spielgaben

We LOVE Life of Fred but sadly we didn’t read as much as we wanted to. I am not giving up though, I just got lazy.

Reading ~ Reading Comprehension 3rd Grade & Book List

See our end of year book list update here!

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Once again, this workbook was a great fit for her. She enjoys it and I love that she has something to work on mostly independently. This one was significantly more difficult than the 2nd grade one we used last year though!

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Writing & Bible ~ IEW Bible Heroes

We both love Bible Heroes! I decided to take it slow with her since this was her first exposure to IEW. We got through about 3/4 of the book, and will finish at the start of next year. This particular book is for younger kids, but it is easily adaptable to her grade.

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Grammar ~ Grammar Galaxy and Growing with Grammar 3

We began the year with great intentions but petered out during the second half of the year. We really LOVE grammar Galaxy, but didn’t stick with it sadly. Totally my fault. We did get through most of Growing with Grammar Level 3. GWG is a great grammar program and I used it with my two younger kids this year. I am still deciding on grammar for 4th grade.

Spelling ~ All About Spelling Level 3

All About Spelling continues to be a good fit for my kids!

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Vocabulary ~  Spectrum 3rd

Not her favorite, but not her least favorite. I love the variety of activities this workbook exposes her to.

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Geography ~ USA

This was a great year to focus on the USA and we used a combination of Road Trip USA as well as my states and capitals worksheets. We also kept track of our journey with our USA wall map.

I did a live Facebook video at the beginning of last year that showed the inside of her notebook {and her brother’s notebook}.

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Science ~ Apologia Human Anatomy {enrichment class}

I just love all that she learned this year without me!! She did a homeschool enrichment program once a week and this was one of her classes. They used Apologia Human Anatomy as the base for the curriculum.

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History ~ Veritas Press New Testament Greece & Rome {enrichment class}

She loved her history class, also taken as an enrichment class once a week. She brought home this HUGE notebook full of all she learned!

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Art  ~ Enrichment class

Her final enrichment class was art and she loved it!

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Cursive ~ Memoria Press Cursive 1

I wanted a simple workbook for her to use to keep up her cursive practice since she doesn’t choose to write in cursive naturally. I used Logic of English Cursive to teach her a few years ago but decided on the Memoria Press workbook for review. She liked the book and did it on her own. I am fairly certain I will get book 2 for her for next year.

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Extra – A Content Heart Junior

I loved doing this with her and she loved it too. We didn’t finish the whole book so we will continue together.

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Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for 6th and 10th soon. I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for the upcoming homeschool year for 4th, 7th and 11th grade!

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Homeschool Curriculum Reviews and Choices

3rd Grade Reading List ~ Update

As we close up our homeschool year I wanted to share the books my daughter, who just finished 3rd grade, ended up reading this year!  At the beginning of the year I shared this list with you, which was the list I created to launch from. In that post you can download her exact reading guide, shown in the photo below.



This girl loves to read. I can’t keep up with her. She chose to read MANY of the books on the list and MANY that weren’t on the list! Below you can see her final ratings of each book from the list! I have her put a dot sticker with her 1-10 rating when she finishes a book. We also kept a written list for books not pictured.

Click each image to enlarge.

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Books from a series are not all listed, these are the names in case I didn’t write it out above!

  • Wings of Fire
  • Sophie Mouse
  • Shelter Pet Squad
  • The Menagerie
  • Pet Rescue Club
  • Dog Diaries
  • Ranger in Time
  • Ragweed, Poppy, Poppy & Rye, Ereth’s Birthday, Poppy’s Return, Poppy & Ereth
  • Toys Go Out, Toys Come Home, Toy Dance Party
  • The Mouse & The Motorcycle, Runaway Ralph, Ralph S. Mouse
  • Leila & Nugget Mystery
  • Dragon Keepers
  • Zoey & Sassafras

Below you can see the books on Amazon {jump to blog if reading in email}

3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

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My daughter is 8 and going into 3rd grade this year. Below are the 3rd grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made for Ladybug! Changes may come, but this is the plan for now!

Curious to see what she did in the past?

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3rd Grade Subjects

We will not be doing all of these every day. Follow along with us and I will share throughout the year so you can see how it all fits in!


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More Thoughts

Math ~ She will be using Teaching Textbooks 4 this year. We had a great experience with TT 3 so this was an obvious choice. We will continue to use Spielgaben to reinforce certain math concepts in a hands-on way. I hope to bring Life of Fred back in since we both love it.

Reading ~ See our 3rd grade reading list here. She will also be using this Reading Comprehension Workbook.

Spelling ~ All About Spelling Level 3 ~ we used level 1 & 2 and it works well for her so we will be moving on to level 3!

Grammar ~ We will be using Growing with Grammar Level 3 and Grammar Galaxy. we loved the read-aloud portion of First Language Lessons 1 & 2 and Grammar Galaxy has this aspect that I love. GWG is my favorite workbook-style grammar book. 

Science ~ My husband teaches our kids science and he chose Apologia Astronomy for Ladybug and Krash. They are all thrilled and I am just thrilled that he teaches science! Ladybug will also be taking a science class at her weekly homeschool enrichment through our homeschool group.

Writing ~ I chose to switch all of my kids to IEW after having a good experience with my oldest last year. Ladybug will begin with IEW Bible Heroes.

Vocabulary ~ She will use a Spectrum workbook for the first time. I liked using this with Krash so I got her the 3rd grade book

Art ~ She LOVES art! At home we will use Home Art Studio and I signed her up for an enrichment art class with our local homeschool group that she will attend once a week. She also might take an evening art class. This is definitely her thing so we want to nurture her in this area since it is totally NOT my thing.

Geography ~ She will be using a combination of resources with a focus on United States geography. I will share more details in another post! 

History ~ Ladybug will join Krash for world history. We are using the same plan as last year…just continuing on!

The Visual Version

TT 4AAS 3IEW Bible Heroes

3rd Grade Book Listgrammar-galaxy  GWG 3Apologia AstronomySpectrum Vocabulary 3Reading Comprehension 3rd

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3rd Grade Reading List

3rd Grade Book List

Last year we used visual reading lists for the first time and it was SO helpful! I chose to do this again for this upcoming homeschool year and today I am sharing my daughter’s 3rd grade reading list.

I used many sources to find books I thought she might enjoy and that I wanted her to try. I have not read all of these, but looked at reviews and am comfortable with giving these a try.  After deciding on many book choices for her, I created a page with each cover so she can browse and choose her next book easily. We do not own all of these so I have her choose and I put the book on hold at the library!

3rd Grade Book List

My daughter can read and comprehend beyond a 3rd grade level, but she still enjoys books focused towards the younger crowd. I try to balance this and spent lots of time on this list! She would read Critter Club and Magic Puppy all day long, and I still allow her to read anything she chooses alongside of books I choose. We also always have a basket of picture books she chooses from the library too! You are never too old for picture books!

Below you can see Amazon links to all of the books on this list {click over to the blog if you are reading in email}.


I have a few downloads you are welcome to use if you’d like. First, here is a copy of the book choice page featuring the books I chose for her. If you want to create your own visual list, it is easy!  Just grab the book cover images online somewhere {I used Amazon} and then copy them into a document and resize how you want!  I use PowerPoint to create my documents, I like their positioning tools the best.

Here is a blank reading record like hers. I just have her write the title, author and rate the book 1-10 based on her opinion.


Here’s another reading log we have used.  It is very similar to the one we are using now.


See our Book Lists Pinterest board here!

See some of our other book list posts below. Our new 6th grade list is coming soon!

Slide17  2nd Grade Homeschool Reading Plan  1st Grade Library Book Favorites

USA Geography Plan for 3rd Grade

I wasn’t completely sure what I was going to do for geography with Ladybug for her upcoming 3rd grade homeschool year. Recently I decided to focus on United States Geography! She was exposed to this at younger ages and still remembers much of it but I never expected mastery from her. This year we will aim for more mastery of the states, locations, capitals and abbreviations.

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I am thrilled to have an all new resource: Ultimate U.S. Geography Learning Games and Resources to add to our USA Geography collection this year!


I have chosen to use several of the resources in this set, but not all since we have some of our own. I absolutely love the State Capital Clip cards and the UNO game!

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I am also planning to use some of the other worksheets included in the set.

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I  plan to integrate out other USA Geography resources into our homeschool plan too. We will use our Peel, Play & Learn map, our USA Geography PowerPoint, games, States & Capitals Worksheets and other fun resources.

USA Map FB Hands on USA States and Capitals FunUSA States and Capitals Worksheets USA PowerPoint