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I have a dreamer too and am trying to figure out third grade right now as well. Here's some idea of things I'm looking at. Brave writer, Mcruffy Math or Beast Academy, Sassafras Science Adventures. Hope that helps a little. We've used sassafras a little and beast academy and he's enjoyed both.

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My dreamer dd responds to anything put in story, creative form: The Sentence Family (HUGE hit), MCT Language Arts (so-so. She loves the poetry,vocab, and writing assignments, but the grammar is just okay), Sassafras Science (HUGE hit), and K12 Literature 3 (Another big hit. She loves the stories and the very simple discussions we have about them from the teacher's guide.). We also school with a Charlotte Mason bent which really encourages learning through books and literature so she definitely like the CM style of instruction.


We're starting Beast Academy in a couple of weeks and I see it being a hit as well as long as her perfectionist part doesn't make her hate it because it's difficult for her. I'm thinking about trying Writing Tales 2 next year as well since it seems to follow the path of the curriculum mentioned above.

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I've found that a different approach helps my dreamer girl. It isn't entirely a curriculum choice, but making curriculum work for her. First of all, major interaction with me. She likes it whenever I can involve small, noncompetitive games or her stuffed animals, etc. into lessons.


For her core subjects like handwriting, math, english, spelling...we choose to get in, get out, and just get it done pretty quickly and with generally no frills. We occasionally add ideas those above or make up silly sentences for english. But for the most part, we make the lessons short, sweet, and direct. While she loves stories and games, she also doesn't like to be "tricked" into learning. We started The Sentence Family and while she liked the story, as soon as it came to the "learning" part of it, she shut it out.


After the core things are done, then we really let loose. We like to focus her creativity into reading real stories together. Lots and lots of read-alouds. We are very excited about history next year where we are going to be doing a very literature heavy approach to American History. Our read-alouds aren't always tied to things we are learning. We read them for the story and for hearing language in different ways. She loves art time, experiments, watching videos, and nature walks together. We play games many afternoons. The tend to have a bit of strategy or learning application involved, but not always.


I found that when I tried to make every lesson for every subject "fun", school lasted much too long and she didn't get to do more free-spirited activities. It would cut into our reading time, or our art time, or time to go to the library and read about something different.

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