Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Our Third Grade Curriculum ~ FIAR




Today's topic on Schoolhouse Review Crew's Back-to-Homeschool Blog Hop is Curriculum. Being a literature-based unit study freak, Five in a Row is the perfect curriculum for us ... when we use it.

I also do a lot of building of my own unit studies, and I like to "backwards" plan unit studies. What this means is that I search for local events, plays, movies, etc., that interest us. Then I build a literature-based unit off that event. So, the first thing I did in planning for the school year was to calendar all of the events I already know about that could have a fun unit study attached to it ... THEN I supplemented our school year with Five in a Row units. It works great!

Although FIAR has many different levels to it's units (Social Studies, Geography, Science, Art, Math), we will have separate, daily studies in some other areas:

All About Spelling
Easy Grammar
Copywork (based on the unit we are doing, usually a poem or a quote)
Handwriting Without Tears ~ Cursive Writing
WriteShop Primary
Math Enhancement Programme (MEP)
Usborne Treasury of Art
Nature with Barb at Handbook of Nature Study and natural exploration

As you can see, writing is a big deal to me. We do many of these things daily, and concentrate on Art and Nature studies on Friday.

We are looking forward to a fun year of learning.

If you need some other curriculum ideas, see what other Crew members are using by clicking on the links below.

3 comments:

  1. Love how you plan your studies around the events. Awesome!

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  2. We're obviously in the same frame of mind....I'm actually sitting at my computer planning FIAR for this year and making lists of field trips! Funny.

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  3. Oh, Nicole, don't worry about the e-mail. (For some reason I couldn't e-mail through your profile...) My son will be home one more year. (The charter school has postponed opening until next fall.)

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