Third Grade: Week One Wrap-Up

I’m hoping to write more consistently about our homeschool experiences this year, by way of a weekly wrap-up. Instead of giving a summary of everything we’ve done in a given week, though, I’m going to share curriculum I particularly like using, or a good story from the week, or a field trip we’ve had…that sort of thing.

Now that we’ve finished our first week of third grade, I have a better feel for some of the new materials we’re using this year. So far, I’m very impressed with the curriculum I purchased from Beautiful Feet Books.

I really love the History of Science. The whole approach to this program is great. Turkey and Bunny are reading, (and from a pretty wide selection of books, too!), and discussing, drawing, mapping, doing copywork, and creating a timeline. It’s such a great variety of activities that it doesn’t feel boring like some other programs tend to. Turkey and Bunny, (and, I confess, their teacher), have really enjoyed learning about Archimedes and his world this week–we’re looking forward to learn more about ancient Greek scientists next week!

The History of the Horse is very similar in layout. Readings from a wide variety of sources, drawing, (we have a whole book dedicated to learning how to draw horses), copywork, etc. I know it’s kind of a strange topic to study in school, but I thought it would be a fun elective. It’s an interesting combination of history, zoology, and literature. Even Ladybug, who is way too young for the notebooking activities, is enjoying following along in the books, (especially the Handbook of Horses, which has lots of great photos), because she loves horses.

I really wish I could try out some of Beautiful Feet’s general history programs. From what I understand, however, they teach a Providential view of American history, and I won’t be teaching that in our school. I am hoping to use their History of Classical Music program in a few years, though, which I’ve heard is just as good, if not better, than the two we’re using this year!

5 thoughts on “Third Grade: Week One Wrap-Up

  1. Hi Amanda, I just found your blog! Thanks for you kind words about BFB. Would you mind if we posted this on our Facebook page? I am so happy you’re enjoying the curriculum!
    Beautiful Feet Books

  2. We’re using BF History of Science this year as well! It’s great so far. I’d love to get my hands on the History of Music one as well, maybe next year if budget allows.
    I’ll be following your blog to see your experiences with the BF curricula!

  3. I’m really excited about the History of Music program–I’m planning on slowly assembling all of the necessary materials over the next few years, so we’ll be able to use it around fifth or sixth grade.

    I love the science! I’m (somewhat) embarrassed to admit that I’ve even learned a lot already in the first four and a half weeks of school. And my children are enthralled with Archimedes–I’m really glad I took a chance on trying something new!

  4. debbie says:

    We are using Beautiful Feet geography.we are enjoying it a lot. I also have the history of science for next year. I love learning with my kids.

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