This post has been waaaay overdue and I apologized for that! But I still want to share with you our 3rd grade November wrap up so here it goes.
To view our curriculum choices for this year, go here.
We continue to use and love All About Reading Level 4. We only do 2 lessons per week which is nice. Mr. M also enjoys the little activities that goes with each lesson just like his little brother. And of course, we practice read-aloud everyday.
We have been using All About Spelling to learn rules and techniques to help Mr. M segment words to be able to spell it properly. And for extra words and practice spelling we supplement AAS program with Soaring with Spelling. I think both works together really well. His spelling skills is not right there yet, although he is not doing bad. I believe it all comes down to confidence which is where his little brother helps him with! Every time he has a word he needs to spell, he says “I don’t know how to spell that, can you please help me?” I usually encourage him to try by getting him to chunk the big words into small syllables. His normal reaction would be to complain. But then his little brother will jump in and challenge him by saying he can spell it and proceed to try. And that will usually gets him to try harder!
We chose to use Growing with Grammar this year to help him with his grammar. This program is pretty independent and so he usually works on his own. So far he’s been doing pretty good. His worksheets show if he understood the new lesson and concept or if he needed some assistance. And if he needs more help, we just go over it together and that usually is enough to get him over the hump.
A couple of weeks into our homeschool after our 6 weeks break, we’ve finally managed to get started with Writeshop! To be honest, it was more me who wasn’t ready to dive into it because this program requires a little bit more prep to be done before you can start. So needless to say, I got overwhelmed! But I pulled myself together, prepped a couple of things (not everything that they have suggested to prep) and gave it a try!
We are using Writeshop Primary B level since this is our first time to use it and chose to follow the 2 weeks schedule for each lesson. The verdict so far, he is actually doing pretty good with his writing! I am amazed! So that meant, we skipped on a couple of suggested activities just because I didn’t think that he needed it.
We are going to continue to follow the 2 weeks schedule and give it more time. But we might end up switching to the 1 week schedule per lesson if he is doing really well with it. We’ll wait and see.
The more he practices with his cursive handwriting, the better he is getting. And that’s how it should be, right?! We are using Abeka Handwriting with Phonics 2 – Cursive.
We are using Math U See Gamma and couldn’t be more happy with this program. We started using it ever since we started homeschooling and both our boys are doing really well so far.
Mr. M has already been doing pretty impressive with his basic math and this year the program has added the multiplication also. Obviously he hasn’t mastered that but he continues to do well with his math, so we’re happy.
He doesn’t normally uses the blocks as he prefers to do it all in his mind but with multiplication I encourage him to use it for visual learning as well and that’s helping him make sense of it.
We also supplement with Canadian Money Activities to learn Canadian currency.
We continue to go through with our history learning about the medieval times through History Odyssey slowly but surely. The boys usually do history with their Dad because he is the history buff in the family so he makes it more interesting for them. This program is great as it combines reading and hands-on activities together which helps to reinforce what they’ve read. They have mapping activities, drawing, coloring and crafts suggested on the side also. But we don’t get to all of them at times though it’s still great to know that the idea is there available for us to use if we want it.
I have to show you Mr. M’s drawing of the viking ship here because I was pretty proud of his work! We are using Draw Write Now to help our boys learn how to draw and they love it. As you can see in the photo below he is doing a pretty good job.
We are also using Canada, My Country by Donna Ward to learn about Canadian geography, history, symbols and more. In this lesson, the boys were trying to locate Thunder Bay in the map of Canada. Afterwards they practice some more basic mapping skills by doing activities from Canada Map Book 1 (Mr. M) & My Very First Primary Map Book (Mr. S).
We are loving The Sassafras Science adventures! We are learning science through the stories of fun and exciting adventures of 2 kids who are out to discover and learn science as well! And let me tell you, I am enjoying the stories as much as the kids are! We are currently learning about Zoology. At the same time the program is also being complimented with lapbooking which is a great way to get the kids focused on what we are learning.
We are also reading and learning about the old testament of the bible through The Story of the Bible Vol. 1.
For our arts, we use Home Arts Studio. But to be honest with you, I kind of dropped the ball on this one. It always happens with us. We usually starts strong but as we move along and more things happen, we get busy, we start to drop things slowly. I wish I could say that I’m more diligent but that’s just not true. This is the reality of our homeschooling.
Another one that we kind of neglected is his typing program. I’m not saying that the program doesn’t work, we use Typing Instructor for Kids by the way. I know that Mr. M loves his typing lessons. It’s just that we get focused on other things and activities outside the house. But we’ll try to get back to it again because it’s a nice and fun addition to our homeschooling time as well.
Mr. M also finished a season of swimming lessons and earned his yellow belt for his Taekwondo!
Last month, we also managed to attend the celebration of The Remembrance Day. This was our first time! I didn’t know they do this (I am a Filipino you see). But it was a great experience and one that we will try to learn more about and participates in!
And that sums up all of our November! I hope you enjoyed this post!
If you missed my Kindergarten November wrap up, check it here.
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