I posted a while back about 3rd grade language arts suggestions. I appreciate that by the way. I know just what I like for all subjects, but I cannot decide on language arts. Let me warn you, I am ALL OVER THE PLACE with language arts.
I warned you. lol
For second grade we did Abeka for phonics. Loved it. I heard it was great for learning to read and I agree, but I also am quite sure I don't want to use Abeka for anything except phonics. For 2nd, we have been using Abeka for spelling. DS is a great speller and I am looking at Spelling Power for next year because he just doesn't need lots of practice with spelling it doesn't seem. I see this cuts out what he already knows, so he doesn't waste time there. So, for third, this is what I'm thinking...
I don't see he will need anymore phonics.
For third I think we will work through the literature guides of either Memoria Press, Progeny Press or Veritas Press. We may work through them together verbally to cut out the written busy work of them.
Spelling - I'm thinking Spelling Power
Handwriting - I think we will try out Zaner-Bloser Cursive
Now, I'm down to grammar and writing. I tried out BJU 2 this year and dropped it. I didn't enjoy teaching it. I like the student side of it, but the teacher's guide wasn't my favorite. I'm not a strong writer and even on a second grade level, it made me nervous teaching him to write. Dh is a great writer, so I told him if we do BJU English 3, he must teach the writing chapters or we might do DL, but I hate spending so much money on DL.
I have finally looked at the not so "school-y" curriculum (I love the curriculum that looks like school, but am finally seeing how this kind of sucks the life out of our homeschool). I finally have looked at FLL and WWE and am considering this. He will be a third grader, would he start on level 3 or would he need to start from the beginning of level 1?
I have always craved an all in one and have had homeschool friends lately suggest CLE and Lifepacs. I was always told these were really light and not thorough. Thoughts on this?
What do I want? I do not know? I want to make his 3rd grade year to be gentle and enjoyable. School has not been super fun for us this year. He is super smart and capable of anything I have him do, but if it is not needed, I don't want a lot of busy work for him. I want to make 3rd grade enjoyable for both of us. I want to keep him up to grade level. I want it to be that if he enrolls in public or private school at any time he wouldn't be severely behind. I don't have plans for this anytime soon, but I just want him to keep up. He is also a very young kid for his grade level. His birthday is our state's cut-off date, September 30th. So, he will be 7 for the first 2 months of our school year and then 8 for the rest of third grade, if this affects your suggestions any. If he had been born 22 hours later he would be a second grader for next school year. I really wish I hadn't jumped into school right away with him at 4. Sigh.
Now, that was me rambling and I'm quite distracted at the moment, so if you need clarification on anything or have any questions for me, let me know.
ALso, I will have a 1at grader, 3 year old and 1 year old so the less I have to do to teach, the better it is for me.