Ways to Practice Spelling For Grade 3

Ways to Practice Spelling For Grade 3

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We needed ways to practice spelling. This was an area of struggle for my daughter and up until now I’ve learned that although she’s learned spelling rules which have been helpful, she also learns through repetition. 

I’m now really seeing how my daughter learns and so is she. We’re at a place in our homeschool where we’re able to talk about various homeschool curriculums, what they offer, the goal and what she thinks she can commit to. By this, we’re able to determine whether we’ll invest the money and the time to achieve the goal.

I had a look at the Evan-Moor Building Spelling Skills Grade 3 E-book, and had my daughter look at it, too. She was able to feel confident about giving it a try, so we did. I reached out to Evan-Moor and they gave me this product in exchange for my honest review.

Help your child retain how to spell words with the Evan-Moor Building Spelling Skills Grade 3 E-Book

How My Daughter Learns

My daughter appreciates learning why words are spelled the way they are. Though the rules are not enough to hold a word’s spelling for her. She needs more. She needs repetition.

Incorporating PRACTICE is an absolute must when it comes to spelling. Just like learning to read requires repetition, everything else does too, including spelling. Well, at least it does for my daughter.

So, we looked for ways to practice spelling without it feeling too mundane. (Let’s face it, word lists aren’t that much fun). Another important item on my daughter’s wishlist, was that it needed to have some fun elements.

Fun elements involved different ways to incorporate spelling without it feeling like spelling. Activities, exercises or games are the perfect compliment for her learning style. 

Help your child retain how to spell words with the Evan-Moor Building Spelling Skills Grade 3 E-Book
Ways To Practice Spelling For Grade 3
Ways To Practice Spelling For Grade 3

What We Like About Building Spelling Skills

  • Variety – each day’s assignment was different and each week’s involved different elements
  • Amount – easily doable each day
  • Practice – lots of repetition in different ways
  • Printable – we could review a portion of a day’s lesson again if needed by printing it out
  • Inexpensive

What We Left Out

Some portions of exercises we left out.

This had nothing to do with the program itself, except that we had other work that day that required a lot of writing.

This is the best part of homeschooling – you know what you’re doing for the day. So, don’t do it all. Just because a book has a portion in it that you’re doing in a different way that day, doubling up can be too much. 

Ways To Practice Spelling For Grade 3
Ways To Practice Spelling For Grade 3
Ways To Practice Spelling For Grade 3

What We Think About Building Spelling Skills

I really like being able to ask my daughter what she thinks about a program. I can see how much it’s helping her and she can give her honest feedback, too.

My daughters thoughts – she like this style of program. Although spelling is not her favourite subject, she knows she needs repetition to master it. As a result, she highly recommends the program because it involves different exercises and it’s helped her remember how words are spelled.

My thoughts – my daughter was able to retain words that she was spelling. She doesn’t always think about the rules when she spells (and neither do I). My daughter is very much like me. So although she doesn’t quite understand that she’s a visual learner through seeing words and remembering how something is spelled by how it looks, my guess, is that she’s like me. So we’ll continue to use this program because it’s been effective.

Ways To Practice Spelling For Grade 3

Check It Out!

I highly recommend you check out Evan-Moor’s Building Spelling Skills. They have samples of their product which is really helpful to gauge which grade is appropriate and if your child would like it!

2019-2020 Grade 1 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

2019-2020 Grade 1 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

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Here we are, entering the new year and I’m excited to share with you our 2019-2020 grade 1 homeschool curriculum picks!

Being that my daughter is in grade 3, preparing for grade 1 and the curriculum choices seem easier, but my son definitely has a different learning style than my daughter. So I’m wondering if the same homeschool choices that we went with for my daughter in grade 1 will be okay for my son. The only way to find out, is to do it!

Combining Learning

One thing I like to do is combine learning where I can. My children are just 2 grades apart which makes learning the same thing altogether (for certain subjects) adaptable and doable.

With my children being in the elementary grades, my involvement is heavier and more hands-on. This is totally fine, but I need to plan accordingly and combine learning to avoid my potential burnout with too much curriculum.

Fueling Curiosity

I haven’t included everything that we’ll be doing in our grade 1 homeschool curriculum picks as I tend to add more materials along the way as needed.

This summer I read the book, The Brave Learner by Julie Bogart, and it really enlightened my perspective in homeschooling and children when it comes to exploring a topic as curiosity stricks a child and digging deep until the flame is no longer there. I will be more intentional in this area as I feel this is truly what education is all about. It’s not about fitting into a box, creating a template of people and leaving them to enter workforce and community.

Homeschool is about fostering a love for learning while helping our children find their God-given gifts to share with the world and impact others with the love of Jesus by their character and actions.

That said, I will choose to fan the flame of curiosity this next year!

2019-2020 Grade 1 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Grade 1 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

My little guy will be learning alot as he will be taking in what my grade daughter is as well!

 

Language Arts

Math

Science

Social Studies

2019-2020 Grade 1 Homeschool Curriculum Picks
2019-2020 Grade 1 Homeschool Curriculum Picks
2019-2020 Grade 1 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Art

Music

  • Piano Lessons
  • Drum video tutorials on Youtube

Bible

Health

  • Fitness – BMX, swimming, some physical education challenges at home and other activities as they come up in the year.
  • Food – Talk about healthy food choices in our everyday life during shopping, meal preparation and snacks.
  • Bodies/Mind – Recognize how much time to spend on devices, moving is good for the body including stretching and strengthening it.
  • Relationships/Friendships – Talk about these areas as they come up.
  • Safety – Talk about naturally as they come up.

Planning your homeschool curriculum is easier than you think! I use a Google Sheets year-at-a-glance planning calendar, and I’m happy to share it with you for FREE! Be sure to grab it below.

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Have you used any of these curriculums above? If so, which one?

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

2019-2020 Grade 3 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

2019-2020 Grade 3 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

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I’m so excited to share with you our 2019-2020 grade 3 homeschool curriculum picks!

I LOVE the process of choosing curriculum – which for me is finding out and keeping tabs throughout the past year on all that’s out there and the possibilities. If our choices of curriculum can help you in any way with your choices, than I’m so happy I’ve shared it with you!

Combining Learning

First of all, where I can, I’m combine learning. My children aren’t that far apart in age, so to have materials that are designed for a grade 3 child can easily be adapted for a grade 1 child.

One thing I don’t want to do is become anxious and stressed out about having materials for every child in every grade and the pressure I put on myself to get it all done. This means only one thing for me and it’s burnout.

My children are at the age where I’m heavily involved and hands-on, which is totally fine, but recognizing it and acknowledging it is part of knowing that you can’t do it all.

Fueling Curiosity

What is excluded in my grade 3 homeschool curriculum picks for the year are all the other materials I naturally add along the way.

I struggle with feeling like I’m out of control and not having my children finish a particular curriculum or that we’re not going to get it done on time. But after reading Julie Bogart’s book, The Brave Learner this summer, it’s given me the confidence to fuel my children’s learning by the curiousity they display about a certain topic. This year, I WILL choose to fan the flame of curiosity.

Let’s also be real here – I want to keep to the curriculum and not loose ground so that we’ll finish by May AND I’ve checked all the boxes. That said, WHY we homeschool, the beauty and benefit of this lifestyle isn’t about keeping to a box or a formula and being held within its parameters; it’s about a fluidness to learning when hunger is deep. It’s about permission to explore a topic by means of library books, videos, documentaries, field trips, etc. until the topic is exhausted and the flame has sizzled (as far as my kids are concerned).

Fueling my children’s curiosity is definitely what I’m doing different this year.

2019-2020 Grade 3 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Grade 3 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

So, here we go – the feast of rich learning we are diving into for this upcoming year…

Language Arts

Math

Science

Social Studies

2019-2020 Grade 3 Homeschool Curriculum Picks
2019-2020 Grade 3 Homeschool Curriculum Picks
2019-2020 Grade 3 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Art

Music

  • Piano Lessons

Bible

Health

  • Fitness – Dance, swimming, some physical education challenges at home and other activities as they come up in the year.
  • Food – Talk about healthy food choices in our everyday life during shopping, meal preparation and snacks.
  • Bodies/Mind – Recognize how much time to spend on devices, moving is good for the body including stretching and strengthening it.
  • Relationships/Friendships – Talk about these areas as they come up.
  • Safety – Talk about naturally as they come up.

Planning your homeschool curriculum is easier than you think! I use a Google Sheets year-at-a-glance planning calendar, and I’m happy to share it with you for FREE! Be sure to grab it below.

Get Your FREE Google Sheets Year-At-A-Glance Homeschool Planner Below

Have you used any of these curriculums above? If so, which one?

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

REVIEW: Evan-Moor How To Teach Art To Children

REVIEW: Evan-Moor How To Teach Art To Children

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I’ve actually wanted to get my hands on Evan-Moor How To Teach Art To Children for a while now. First, because it’s for Grades 1-6. I have children within those grades this year. And the second reason is that it covers a wide range of art elements teaching it progressively.

Although we’ve done other art programs with my daughter who is now in grade 3, my son who’s in grade 1 is at the beginning stages of learning about art. And this year, I’m catering art to my son while the older one will review what she’s learned and I’m sure she’ll learn more along the way!

How to Teach Art to Children is an easy open-and-go curriculum with 96 projects, step-by-step instructions, art appreciation and ease for you and fun for the kids! #evan-moor #evanmoor #homeschoolcurriculum #homeschoolart

I had the privilege of receiving a copy of Evan-Moor How To Teach Art To Children Enhanced E-book free with my honest review.

What This Curriculum Contains:

  • FREE downloadable e-book about art and artists
  • Material list (most, if not all these things are in our homes already!)
  • Words to know (vocabulary is important!)
  • 2 parts: Learning About The Elements Of Art and Using The Elements Of Art.
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • 96 projects
  • 159 pages

What I did notice about the curriculum is that there’s no schedule or lesson plan to follow. This wasn’t a deterent for me as I like to go with the flow as far as art is concerned. With 96 projects, you can do an art lesson once a week for 2-3 years while never repeating yourself.

This curriculum is the perfect open-and-go format where a lesson is short and simple, (one page typically) and to the point.

Part One: Learning About The Elements Of Art

This portion helps your children learn all about the seven basic elements of art:

  • line
  • shape
  • color
  • value
  • texture
  • form
  • space

Part Two: Using The Elements Of Art

This portions focuses on 23 famous artists, cultures, and types of art. It’s accompanied by an activity for kids to experience the style of each artist.

What Is Included In Each Lesson?

I love a good illustration to help me understand what the project is about, and this e-book is not short on diagrams! 

Each lesson contains:

  • an overview of what your children will be learning
  • materials list
  • step-by-step instructions for completing the project

This curriculum really couldn’t be any more simple!

How We’ll Be Using How To Teach Art To Children

In terms of our homeschool schedule, art is part of our afternoon loop. We incorporate it as part of our Brave Writer lifestyle and it’s been placed on Day 5 – our most relaxed day!

Now I’m not opposed to doing art more. It certainly is a subject we enjoy easily, so if we need to change things up in our atmosphere, whether it’s been a big emotion kind of day or an intensive type of learning day, art is a great place to bring us all together (and some snacks help too).

Printing This Curriculum

I love the idea of receiving digital e-books, especially in cases where I don’t want to print them. Instead, I keep them stored on my tablet or laptop for ease.

Now in this case, I printed it for you so that you could have a glimpse at the curriculum. That said, I would not recommend printing this e-book to save on ink and paper. The color is great for visual appeal and general helpfulness to show projects, but not necessary for printing as a whole.

Who Is This Curriculum For?

Not all curriculums are for every child or family. Perhaps if you’re looking for who this curriculum is for, I’ll put it this way. It’s a curriculum designed for:

  • homeschool families who have multiple children in multiple grades
  • open-and-go style of format
  • an inexpensive purchase (including the e-book itself and materials needed)
  • art fundamentals building on each concept.

To get your copy or have a look at Evan-Moor How To Teach Art To Children curriculum, visit their site here.

Have you used the Evan-Moor How To Teach Art To Children before? If so, how did you like it? Did this review help you? Let me know!

Anchored in Christ
Melanie

REVIEW: Evan-Moor Daily Science Grade 3

REVIEW: Evan-Moor Daily Science Grade 3

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I’m so excited to be using Evan-Moor Daily Science Grade 3 this upcoming year with both my grade 3 daughter and grade 1 son. We had such a wonderful experience last year when I purchased the Daily Science grade 2!

Evan-Moor Daily Science Grade 3 is open-and-go with short lessons, packed full of information, including vocabulary, copywriting, hands-on activities and more! #evan-moor #evanmoor #homeschoolcurriculum #homeschoolscience

I had the privilege of receiving a copy of Evan-Moor Daily Science Grade 3 Enhanced E-book free with my honest review.

About Evan-Moor Daily Science Grade 3

Here’s what you need to know about the curriculum:

6 Big Ideas (or Units)

There are 6 topics being covered over 5 weeks. The topics included in each unit are living things, plants, fossils, air, light and electricity.

The first 4 weeks explore each topic, while the fifth week is a unit review that includes comprehension, visual literacy, hands-on activity and vocabulary.

Unit Introduction

  • Teacher Background – gives you information on a topic before you cover it with your children. This can help bring confidence to what you’ll be studying.
  • Unit Overview – before beginning the big idea (unit), this overview helps you see what will be covered each week along with the vocabulary.

Weekly Lessons

At the beginning of each weekly lesson is a more in-depth look for you at what will be covered each day, including vocabulary, materials, and the presentation of ideas and concepts.

  • Days 1-4 – daily Lessons ask a question and provide an in-depth look at the answer. As part of the daily lessons over a 4-day period, the lessons include written work, comprehension, vocabulary, critical thinking, visual literacy and oral language practice.
  • Day 5 – reviews the week’s lessons.

Answer Key

If you’re feeling stumped on the answers, there is a handy answer key at the back of the book.

Printable E-Book

I choose to get printable e-books whenever it’s most suitable. With an online printing subscription that I have, a laminator and comb binding machine, we can make printing and binding a breeze!

What We Really Like About Evan-Moor Daily Science

  • Short lessons. Each lesson is full of information, and it’s not wordy. Kids don’t have to sit still for a long duration and feel overwhelmed by what they just learned.
  • Vocabulary. This is perfect for copywork and memorization.
  • Hands-on activities. My children like to experience what they learn wherever possible, so these activities help enrich and enlighten what they’ve digested over the 4 weeks.
  • Printable e-book. I get to choose if we print it out or not.

How We’ll Use Evan-Moor Daily Science

My children and I love information and it’s important to me that we practically apply, explore or dig in further discovering each unit.

I really like that the lessons are short. It allows us the ability to expand, dig in and explore more as we feel we’d like to. This includes drawing, talking, writing, watching and experiencing what we learned first-hand. So, I’ll have my kids each create a science notebook/nature journal where they can draw, color and write.

Additionally, we’ll pull out more books and videos from the library that go alongside each unit. I want my children to be given every opportunity to investigate their learning. So if we need to take longer on a particular unit, we will!

I’ll also have my kids work on vocabulary in oral and written format for the purpose of copywork and spelling. I’ll also have them narrate to me what they just learned.

To get your copy or have a look at Evan-Moor Daily Science Grade 3 curriculum, visit their site here.

Have you used Evan-Moor Daily Science curriculum before? I’d love to hear about your experience. Was this review helpful?

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

7 Helpful Tips On How To Choose Homeschool Curriculum

7 Helpful Tips On How To Choose Homeschool Curriculum

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Choosing homeschool curriculum is exciting for some and yet stressful for others. Find out some of the ways I personally use in how to choose homeschool curriculum for my kids and our family!

A New Season

Each year with our kids brings a new season.

What worked last year may not work this year. Maybe your kids are now preparing for post-secondary education. Or you’re hitting a roadblock when it comes to your child’s desire to learn and it’s felt like a chore lately. Maybe one of the curriculum’s chosen just didn’t fit your child’s needs. Or perhaps, you’re tired and feeling burned out.

No matter what, choosing homeschool curriculum can feel like a daunting task. But if we see that we’re able to provide our children with amazing resources and an education that fuels who God has designed them to be, it truly a privilege to homeschool.

7 Helpful Tips on How To Choose Homeschool Curriculum + FREE Homeschool Plan Checklist

7 Helpful Tips For Choosing Homeschool Curriculum

Sometimes throughout the year, I’ve learned about a curriculum and know in my heart that it’s the one I need to buy when it’s time. At other times, I hear about curriculum that I’m finding out that others are doing and feel interested, yet unsure. This then requires me to go on a hunt to find out more information.

Below are 7 helpful tips for choosing homeschool curriculum:

TIP #1: Prayer

This is a must for me. I believe that as we turn our hearts toward what the Lord that He shows and reveals His heart for us and our children. I also love to pray intentional prayers over my children, our homeschooling endeavours and our homeschool plan. God has us on a journey individually and together as a family, so it’s important to yield our ideas and exchange them for the Lord’s.

TIP #2: Homeschool Blogs and Websites

There are so many amazing and encouraging homeschool moms that are helpful in their ideas with curriculum including curriculum reviews, working with their children, homeschool organization, homemaking and more.

Lots of homeschool blogs and websites also offer great resources either for free, at a steep discount or reasonably priced.

TIP #3: Online or Physical Homeschool Stores

Scroll through online homeschool shops or if you can take a visit to a physical store (sans kids), do it! Touch and feel the books and glance through them.

TIP #4: Conferences

Whether it’s an online conference or you’re able to physically attend a conference, there are so many great curriculums you can check out and look into with the vendor hall.

TIP #5: Homeschool Communities

Join Facebook homeschool groups or get together with other local homeschool moms where you can ask questions or get recommendations or experiences using the curriculum.

TIP #6: Hashtags

Homeschool moms and homeschool mom bloggers create hashtags on Instagram which turn out to be great resources when looking for curriculum ideas.

TIP #7: Video Reviews

If you have a curriculum you’re thinking about using, search youtube to see if there’s a review or an in-depth look at it. This is as close to going to a physical store as possible.

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What are some ways you go about researching and choosing homeschool curriculum? Share any tips you have below!

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie