Grade 3 Curriculum

Our Wholehearted Homeschool (2)

History and Geography 

In our previous year, we had a focus on European History, and for this coming year we’re going to look into Ancient History into more depth.

We are adding these references books to use this year, and also for future years.

Ancient History titles and resources:

Other History and Geography


English (Language Arts)

  1. Writing with Ease – level 2 (continued, then move onto level 3)
  2. All About Spelling – level 2 (continued, then move onto level 3)
  3. Handwriting Without Tears – Cursive Handwriting

Grade 3 Readers 

(See Grade 4 or 5 if your child is reading at that level, but check the maturity of the content first)



The Arts

Music Appreciation

Art Appreciation

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It means I can change things as I go, if need be, and add things in too.  I wholeheartedly recommend making this investment, and saving yourself all the time hunting for freebies!  You will enjoy these pages for many years in your homeschooling.

Art Skills

  • Artistic Pursuits Grades K-3: Book 2
    This is a beautiful program combining art history with hands-on activities.  It’s a little on the pricey side, but I’ve found it’s well worth the investment for a  year’s worth of art projects.  For this first book, we’ve had to purchase a few supplies including some soft pastels, watercolour paper, and self-hardening clay.  We planned to do this in 2013 but weren’t able to.  It’s on the list for 2014.



What makes us a Charlotte Mason ‘inspired’ homeschool? Have a read of this post on Our Charlotte Mason Homeschooland these are the principles we mostly follow. Note however, that we aren’t going to use all aspects of a method if they don’t work for us though, so we prefer take a flexible approach as well!

What makes us a Classical ‘leaning’ homechool? Some might say that because we aren’t following the trivuim exactly then we aren’t Classical. However, I like to think we can take the best out of a method and make it work for us. We’re a little Classical in that we’re moving through stage one of learning rules of grammar, spelling, and phonics, also stories of history and literature, and the building blocks of Maths, and so forth. This is setting us up for the next stage of learning, which is developing analytical thinking, and how things fit into a framework. The final stage we aren’t near yet, but is what is known as the ‘rhetoric’ stage. A Classical education is language-focused, and all knowledge is inter-related.

What makes us Eclectic? Quite simply, we are using the aspects of different methods that suit our family. Sometimes we do unit studies and lapbooks that aren’t on our official schedule, or take a delight-directed approach where the children have found something they enjoy learning and we find a way of tailoring our learning accordingly. We don’t plan to become a slave to any particular method or philosophy, as adding that sort of pressure doesn’t help anyone! The idea is, learning is supposed to be enjoyable, and we keep the overall end goal in mind, which is that our children have a rich education and childhood, and are also well-equipped for life in what they chose for themselves to do.

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4 thoughts on “Grade 3 Curriculum

  1. Victoria Post author

    The way the blocks work is you use them with the cards. So you copy/build the patterns according to the layout on the cards. Does that make sense? A similar product is Mighty Minds, which uses small tiles which are laid on cards, with increasing difficulty as you work through them.

  2. Lisa

    Hello; lovely blog! I found you wanting to see more of how people educate in a wholehearted child way. Very thorough, thank you.

    And now I’m interested in your curriculum. Do you have a 2015 yet? Do you have it planned out in a yearly and weekly span yet? I would love to take a peek at yours. I’m a homeschool planning drop-out 🙁

    1. Victoria Post author

      Thanks Lisa! Did you take a look above under ‘Homeschool Toolbox’? There’s a 5-part series I did last year on Wholehearted Homeschooling, and how we implement the Clarksons philosophy in our homeschool.
      Yes, still working on that curriculum! I know what I’m doing this year but need to get a post together. It’s mostly a continuation of last year, but we’ll be doing more project learning and lapbooks. I found that some things became too repetitive last year, so we’ll making sure we keep some more variety in there. ‘Homeschool in the Woods’ do some fantastic project paks and lapbooks for history.
      The plan this year is to go from each child having to complete a certain amount of work, to switching a timetable where, for example, they do half an hour of Math and get done as much as they can in that time. That way, we keep things moving and the variety in there, instead of some subjects dragging out and then the fun stuff like art we run out of time for!
      Anyway, that’s just a few thoughts for now. 🙂
      What ages are your children?
      – Victoria

  3. golisacho

    Yes, I read your excellent review and sharing about the Clarkson’s book. I am currently reading it and highlighting like mad.
    My kids are 10,8,6 and nearly 2. We have also used Sonlight since Kindy, though we did have a year back in public school. But I am having so much trouble figuring out how to fit in the 4 kids into a workable schedule, and also needing ideas for what we might be able to do switch up some things that I’m finding difficult with the kids right now. So I have found your post every helpful and encouraging, thanks!


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