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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Year 3 - The Plan

My 7 year old would be in Year 3 if he went to school. Remarkably able at maths, but having had significant speech issues (pretty much speaking clearly all the time now, though), my third child benefits from having a curriculum that both enables him to be stretched where he needs to be, and to have additional help where he needs it too.

Here is what I have planned for the coming year:

Bible:

XTB Bible notes.

Bible Time. I plan to start working through the Bible with him and his younger sister, as I have with my older two.

In addition, we will have family devotions led by Michael over breakfast. We are also reading through the Bible with him 1 chapter a night. At the moment, we are reading through Isaiah with him.

(See here for more about how we teach the Bible to our children, and here for how we read through the whole Bible with each of our children.)

English:

Rod & Staff Building Christian English 3, Beginning Wisely
Writing with Ease 1
Set Reading
All About Reading Level 4
All About Spelling (I have written about All About Reading and All About Spelling here.)

Maths:

Singapore Maths 3B
Beast Academy
MathsWhizz (until his subscription runs out - he's ready to move on now, really)
Mental Maths

History:

The Story of the World 2 - The Middle Ages: From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance

(I have written about this curriculum here)


IT

Programming (Code.org)
Touch typing

Art

An art project once a week (sometimes as part of our history programme).
We plan to use lessons from ArtAchieve for at least some weeks.

Science

Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding Vol.1 (I've written about this here.)
Exploring Nature with Children (New for this year.)

Books for Year 3

This is the formal work I have planned. In addition, there is our home education group where we are focusing on different countries (geography!), trips out to museums and other places of interest, and swimming lessons.

This will be quite a step up for him from last year, but I think he's ready to do more. His reading has improved dramatically over the last year, so we will have finished the All About Reading series by the end of the first term if all goes well, which will take the pressure off in his English. Beast Academy is a new addition, which I think will enable him to take the maths he's already doing a little further. He's very excited about extra maths!

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