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We call Ian our “little dropout.” Clearly, this boy has much better things to do than schoolwork. Yet, somehow he manages to learn above and beyond what I might expect of him. I am continually telling him that “this is the year I’m cracking down on you.” Why? Because this is his 3rd grade year – which means it’s the first year that I need to turn in a portfolio for him, and the first year that the state of PA requires him to be tested. I’m not the least bit worried about the test – he could likely ace it now. But, I want him to get used to having to write in a workbook from time to time!
We’ll be starting with Apologia’s What We Believe series this year, using both the text and the Junior Notebooking Journal for Who is God. (I’m very glad they came out with the Junior Notebooking Journals this year. The regular journals are great, but they are very writing-oriented and not really user-friendly for the little ones (or those who are reluctant writers).
As previously stated, Ian is not a fan of workbooks. He loves math, though, and could sit and do verbal math problems with me for HOURS. I wanted to find a math program that would FORCE him to have to sit down and do some math in a workbook. I spent time chatting with the A.C.E. representatives at SEVERAL conventions this Spring. I went back and forth over this one for a long time because it is NOT what I’d ever have considered using in the past. But, in the end, I went ahead with it. What can I say? I felt led. Don’t judge!
Years, ago, I had opportunity to review the books from Writing Tales – a composition and language arts curriculum by Amy Hastings Olsen. However, Gracie was already past the stage these books are geared to (3rd-5th grade) and Ian wasn’t yet ready for them. This year, I dug them out and we’re ready to go. I love that the exercises in the book are excerpts from literature pieces.
Ian started the Pentime 2 Transition book last year, but didn’t get all the way through it, so I”m going to have him finish that book up before moving on this year. I really like these books for elementary print/cursive.
But, since I bought Patriotic Penmanship for Gracie this year, I decided to go that route for Ian as well. Once he’s finished with his Pentime book, we’ll be moving on to the 3rd grade version.
I know a lot of people don’t teach phonics anymore, but it’s important to me. The past few years, Ian’s been using some phonics books that I picked up at a thrift store (which I’m sure were the same ones I used in school!) This year, I needed a new one. Ashley and I compared a few brands at the Rainbow Resource booth, and finally decided on MCP Plaid Phonics. I only bought the student book because if I can’t correct 3rd grade phonics without a teacher key, there’s something wrong!
We picked Spelling Workout C for this year. Funny story . . . originally, I accidentally picked up Spelling Workout F. Ian excels at spelling, so I’m pretty sure he actually could have managed, but the entire book is in cursive and he’s not had experience reading cursive. So, we put that book aside for later and bought the 3rd grade version.
We’ll be using Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Astronomy this year. We’ll be using the Junior Notebooking Journal with it as well. This is our first year doing an organized science course (as opposed to learning through nature, etc.) so I’m excited to see how it goes. We used this course years ago with the girls, so it will be fun to work through it again. Ashley actually offered to teach him!
I have just a few supplemental items on Ian’s shelf (so far).
- Building Thinking Skills Level 1
- The Great Global Puzzles Challenge with Google Earth
- The Verbal Math Lesson Level 2
I should have mentioned that we won’t be using any formal reading curriculum. Ian is a accelerated reader and reads a lot, so I’m not concerned he’s lacking anything in this area.
I feel like we have a well-rounded year planned out for him and I’m excited to get started.
***I’ll be linking this post up with Home & School Mosaics Compendium of Curriculum on August 8th.***