Can my sweet girl really be entering the third grade this year? Yep! She sure is, and I’ve got some great stuff planned for her.
Math ~ Horizons 3 (Our last year in Horizons before switching to Saxon 54 next year, and my last year in Horizons for ever. )
Science ~ Elemental Science – Biology with the accompanying lapbook (This one is new, and I am very excited about it. I wanted to purchase it last year, but was at my spending limit. This year, I am combining subjects and re-using old curriculum enough to be able to fit this one in.)
History~ Portraits of American Girlhood (History with the American girls) – This is also new. Emma is so excited about this one, and I must admit that I am, too. I’ll post more about this one later.
Reading – She will read 30 minutes a day from her third grade required reading list. I’m still working on her list for this year, but I will post it when I’m done.
Literature – I’ll pick books from Teaching Character Through Literature and Sonlight 3 and 4/5. This is different from the ‘free reading’ in that we discuss these books, and I have her answer comprehension questions, write reports, or do projects.
Grammar – First Language Lessons 3 – We have used FLL for the past two years, and I’m looking forward to using it this year.
Writing – Writing With Ease Level 3 and writing across the curriculum – We dropped out of Level 2 mid-way through the year, but I’m determined to finish level 3. We both enjoy this, but it always seemed to get pushed aside on busy days. I will also have her write for science, history, and literature.
Handwriting – A Reason for Handwriting Cursive – She’s not looking forward to learning to write in cursive, but I’m not making it optional.
Latin – Latin for Children Primer A with DVD’s – I tried to veto Latin this year in favor of Spanish, and she was adamant that we had to keep Latin – no matter what!
Logic – Mind Benders – I have a few old books that I’ll have her work through.
Fine Arts – History of Classical Music, Harmony Fine Arts Art Appreciation Grade 4, Sketch Tuesday, Art Pac 3 (Emma loves the crafts in these books as much as she loves creating her own art.), and lots and lots of sewing!!
Outside classes – Emma will continue with her dance lessons. She takes tap, jazz, and ballet. She also competes on a competitive team. This year, she opted to drop gymnastics in favor of doing her very first competitive solo in dance.
I can’t wait to see what this year has in store!!