3rd Grade Homeschooling Overview
In your first of many transitional phases of education, third grade is when a student is considered to have moved from “lower elementary” to “upper elementary.” When homeschooling, those transitions won’t feel as obvious, but you will probably notice a shift in how independently your student is able to work and the basic skills they have mastered at this stage. Instead of focusing on learning to read, write, and do math, third grade lessons begin allowing students to use those skills as launchpads for more complex educational tasks.
Third grade homeschoolers are often quite tech-savvy. It can be advantageous to allow your student to use those skills in their day-to-day studies. Your third grader can benefit from practice in writing papers in a word processor, designing simple drawings in an art app or desktop program, and playing online learning games that supplement the subjects he or she is currently studying.
A typical course of study for third grade homeschoolers includes language arts , math, social studies, and science. To view a comprehensive list of the types of lessons that are included in a 3rd grade homeschool curriculum, explore Time4Learning’s scope and sequence page.
Ten Tips for Homeschooling 3rd Grade
- If you are homeschooling more than one child, it helps to shift between one-on-one instruction and activities they can accomplish independently so that you are able to give each student the attention they need.
- Your state’s department of education website can be an invaluable resource for what a typical course of study for your child’s grade level includes. This should only serve as a comparative tool, however, since ultimately, a homeschool student’s coursework is determined by the student and parent.
- Planning lessons for 3rd grade can be as involved or as simple as you want it to be. Some homeschool parents find that they need to plan out most every detail of their homeschool day or week, while other parents are fine with jotting down some general things they want to cover and letting the flow of the day dictate how they get lessons accomplished.
- Homeschool cooperatives (also called “co-ops”) can be a unique way for your child to take 1 or more classes in a group setting that are aligned to his or her particular interests.
- Don’t get so focused on the academic goals of your homeschool year that you forget to enjoy just learning together.
- The more choice your 3rd grader has in their day, the more likely they are to be engaged in their learning. Consider giving your student choices on when, where, and how to accomplish their day-to-day work.
- Homeschoolers don’t have to study every subject every day. Some homeschoolers focus on one subject per day, some do specific subjects on specific days, and some use a block schedule approach with different subjects at different times of the year.
- Unless you are planning to put your child right back into school after a year of homeschooling, you may find that grading your child’s assignments is far less important in homeschool than it was in traditional school. Parents often discover that they are able to accurately assess how well their child is learning without the use of a grading scale.
- Depending on your child’s dominant learning style, they may be attracted to a specific type of curriculum. For example, auditory learners may retain material more easily when presented in podcast form. Hands-on learners can make sense of math instruction that includes manipulatives.
- Resist the temptation to compare your homeschooling methods or your child’s progress with other homeschoolers. In fact, one of the brightest benefits of homeschooling is finding a learning path that is unique to your family.
3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum
Time4Learning’s 3rd grade homeschool program has been refined through years of feedback from educators, parents and students. Subjects are presented with web-based software organized into multimedia chapters composed of interactive lessons, printable worksheets and graded activities. Third graders are guided through the online activities at their own pace by an automated software system.
For third graders, Time4Learning provides language arts, math, science and social studies. Students also get access to an online playground. Kids love the funny sound effects and quirky cartoon characters delivering the material. Animated, interactive lessons feel more like video games than learning exercises.
Homeschool in 3rd grade at Time4Learning includes multiple benefits for parents and students:
- Detailed lesson content so that parents can explore lessons in advance
- A secure, ad-free online learning environment
- The ability for students to access their lessons on a computer or a mobile device (via the Puffin Academy app)
- An automated system that grades lessons and keeps reports for homeschool portfolio usage
- The option for parents to set grade levels independently for each subject
- Flexibility to use the curriculum as the core of their homeschool or as a supplement to other programs
Have other questions about homeschooling 3rd grade? Visit our 3rd grade homeschool information page for an overview of everything Time4Learning has to offer your student.