My Homeschool Year Three Course
Are you looking for something special for your child’s homeschool program? Well, what we have planned for Year Three is an absolutely delightful Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum.
We want your child’s homeschool education to be a joyful experience for you and your child.
To make it easier, we’ve done the planning so you can be confident you are giving your child a well-rounded education and that you comply with Australia’s homeschool registration requirements.
To encourage a passion and motivation for learning, we’ve adopted a literature rich philosophy which has avoided worksheets and textbooks whenever possible.
Our family learning schedule includes: thoughtful conversations, classic read alouds, narrations, poetry, picture study, science and nature journaling, notebooking and art lessons. Independent work includes English, math, copywork and age appropriate readers.
These resources can be downloaded or accessed online. You can print off these documents or keep them in your virtual cupboard.
- Detailed Scope and Sequence and Yearly Plan Year 3: Use for registration application, includes Australian Curriculum codes and NESA outcomes.
- Introduction to Teaching Year 3: A home educator’s guide that shows you how to teaching this grade.
- 36 Weeks of Lesson Plans: An online and printable PDF version of each week’s activities, reading schedules and lesson notes.
- Primary Language Lessons Year 3: An English resource combining literature lessons with copywork, spelling, dictation, narrations, picture study, observations, poetry, writing and grammar.
- Garden Verse Copywork: Foundation Font Printing
- Blinky Bill Cursive: An introduction to cursive writing.
- Mother Goose Cursive: Foundation Font First Cursive
- Tales and Tarradidles by the Perfessor and Alter Ego: A fun Australian poetry book about animals.
- The Wonderland of Nature Journal: Discovery pages linked to our living science book The Wonderland of Nature.
- Charlotte Mason Elementary Geography: A Contemporary Guide An earth science resource discussing the physical geography of the world.
- Middle Ages Timeline: Includes Romans, Vikings and knights.
- Alexander and the Jews Moodle Book.
- Times of Christ History Lessons.
- Healthy Conversations Checklist: A guide for teaching personal development, health and physical education.
- Art Appreciation Course: Provided free with subscription
- Music Appreciation Course: Provided free with subscription
- And a few other bits and bobs including video links and suggested enrichment activities.
What Isn’t Provided
We don’t provide a math program but we’ve got some suggestions, so you can pick a resource that suits your child’s style and ability.
Foreign language lessons are also at your own discretion but we’ll give you some tips.
Download Course Outline
We’ve put a comprehensive outline and weekly lesson sample guide for you to download and read.
Year Three Details
Our aim was to find a good balance between Charlotte Mason’s ideas and the registration requirements of a modern day Australian curriculum.
Efficient planning means that we’ve streamlined lessons to give your child a rich learning experience without making you feel guilty or overloaded. This means you’ll still have time to go on delight directed learning adventures.
36 Week Cycle
Our Year Two programs is set out in a 4 term/36 week cycle that can be spread over 3 to 4 days (10 – 14 hours per week). To give you some breathing space, we’ve allocated the last week of each term to: special projects, catch-up lessons and assessments.
But you as the homeschooling parent you can pace your child’s learning according to their abilities and needs.
Keeping track of your progress is also easy with our weekly schedules available in an online or printable format.
Registration is made simple with our Yearly Planning Template and detailed Scope and Sequence.
We also provide certificates and portfolio prompts that will make documentation and continued registration a cinch.
At the end of each term there is a downloadable report of work achieved over the term. Parents add comments and assessments of their child’s progress in each area of learning.
Online Learning Platform
One of the most exciting features of My Homeschool is the online learning platform we are using. You can access your course from your PC, Mac, Tablet or even your phone.
Moodle is an Australian designed software that is used by many school, universities, colleges and educational institutions around the world. My Homeschool has been built on this platform. You can download an app for your smart phone or iPhone and that means your whole course is at your fingertips. This is great for learning on the go.
Since this is a literature rich course we need you to buy or borrow some living books.
A few of these resources are available as free online versions – as indicated with an asterisk (*).
Most of the Australian picture books will also be found at a local library.
These items are not provided but are needed for the course. It is estimated these will cost less than $200 in total.
Additional Books and Resources
- *Own choice math curriculum
- Child’s History of the World by Hillyer (also used Year 2 – 4)
- The Wonderland of Nature by Nuri Mass (also used Years 1-3)
- World Atlas (Used 2-6)
- World Map
- *Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carol
- The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
- Castle by David Macaulay
- *Viking Tales by Jennie Hall
- The Word Spy by Ursula Dubosarsky
- Stationery supplies.
Non Member’s Price
Year Three Price: $380 plus $15 per month membership subscription
Course membership is activated once you purchase your first course; the initial course price includes your monthly membership subscription fee. Membership remains active as long as you stay subscribed. It gives you access to the My Homeschool Learning Platform the curriculum course you purchased and our enrichment courses. The membership can only be used for the family subscribed. The membership may not be used for non-family members.
You only need to purchase one course at this price.
Membership Year Three Price: $380 once off payment.
After you become a member you are entitled to purchase additional courses without the additional subscription fee. Links to subscription free course are only accessed from within the My Homeschool Learning Platform. Discounted course links can be accessed from the home page after logging in.
This is a once of price that gives you access to the course for as long as your subscription remains current.
Family Time, Oral Narrations and Read Alouds
Own Choice scripture and family devotional
Novel: Alice in Wonderland Chapter 1
History Narration: Alexander and the Jews – Chapter 1
Science Narration: Wonderland of Nature Sample p. 5 – 9
On Your Own Subjects
Handwriting: Garden Verse Copywork – Bed in Summer
Own Choice Math Curriculum (we give some suggestions)
Own reader (We give some suggestions)
Map Work and Notebooking Activities
History Timeline Folder – Alexander the Great (356 -325 BC)
Classic Read Aloud
Free Reading /library visit
Music Lesson Practice
Listen to term composer
Foreign Language Study
Week Nine – Assessment and review
Discuss celebrations that occur throughout the year. Discuss ways they might categorise the celebrations such as: religious, national, historical or raising awareness.
Make a notebooking page and add to your portfolio. (This is a good one to show for re-registration)
- New Year
- Australia Day
- Anzac Day
- Flag Day
- Naidoc Week
- Sorry Day
- Reconciliation Week
- Harmony Week
- Chinese New Year
Are there any other celebrations that you celebrate as a family?
Assessment & Review:
Collect samples of work for portfolio. (For Queensland students follow the HEU guidelines. I suggest a writing example from Primary Language Lessons 3, a math sample with fully worked out problem, a photo of the timeline in its current state and a page from their history notebook).
Look through Healthy Conversations Checklist to see if you can check off any topics.
Catch up on any unfinished work.
Print off Term 1 Report. Look over child’s work and write an assessment of their progress—refer to each subject and record any extra curricula activities that you did this term. Place term report in portfolio.
Record child’s own reading in book log.
Check you have all the books needed for next term.
Wonderland of Nature
Bible: The Gospel of Mathew
Select a few books for child’s own reading Term Two.
Gravity is a Mystery by Franklyn M. Branley (Used in Year 1).
It’s Not School At Home
Family learning time is the heart of our Year Three program. This is not just a convenience, it is a rich time when the family gather to share in their learning journey together. It’s a bonding time. It may be just one child or you may have a few children you teach at the same time.
This program has been written by experienced home educators and we understand what it’s like to teach a few children at the same time! Find out more about us.
Children of the ages 8 and 9 are becoming more confident readers, they can work on their own, but still love to be working with you, they’re thinking about their lessons and discovering their own interests. We want to help you make these natural tendencies part of their learning experience.
A Literature Rich Curriculum Full Of Ideas
An idea is a living thing of the mind. It strikes, seizes and catches hold of us. Ideas form the basis of our inspiration. An idea can possess us. Without ideas education is dull. For that reason, we aren’t keen on worksheets, textbooks or comprehension tests. We’d rather you take your child on a learning journey.
At My Homeschool we want to use living literature, nature study, music and art as an instrument for nourshing your child’s mind. We don’t just care about following the Australian Curriculum (or a state syllabus), we also care about giving your child a rich education full of vitality and noble thoughts.
The mind “is nourished on ideas and absorbs facts only as they hang connected with the living ideas upon which they hang. Children educated upon some such lines as these respond in a surprising way, developing capacity, character, countenance, initiative and a sense of responsibility…The mind feeds on ideas and therefore children should have a generous curriculum.” Charlotte Mason
A Classical, Charlotte Mason inspired approach to learning is the philosophy behind our program. We help you tick the curriculum box and give your child a living education.
Your Year Three Little Scholars Will:
- Hear and read classic literature from Australia and around the world.
- Practice handwriting using copywork from Robert Louis Stevenson’s.
- Transition from printing to cursive writing.
- Continue learning simple narration, grammar and writing skills.
- Meander through world history with Alexander the Great, Jesus, Mohammed, the Vikings and the Knights. Read their tales and recording significant people on a timeline.
- Study science using the delightful book The Wonderland of Nature (CBCA Highly Commended Award). This book’s engaging narrative style is why it is a favourite amongst Australian Charlotte Mason homeschoolers.
Note: The Wonderland of Nature is a secular science book that was written by a woman who was passionate about nature and the wonder of it. Nuri Mass believed in the theory of evolution and there are scant references made to this throughout the book. It is very easy to leave out the evolutionary references, if desired. This book is also used as the springboard for our one year nature journaling project.
“Where science does not teach a child to wonder and admire, it perhaps has no educational value.” Charlotte Mason
- Geography will include an updated 21st century version of what Charlotte Mason used to teach her students about the our planet and the universe. It includes guided conversation, mapping, nature study and suggestions for the child who wants to explore further.
“Books dealing with science…should be of a literary character, and we would probably be more scientific as a people if we scrapped all the textbooks .” Charlotte Mason
Your day will usually include consistent lesson time in the mornings (3 to 4 days per week), leaving afternoons free for natural learning and play. You can also get some of your jobs done or go visiting!
Should I Skip History?
Unfortunately, the Australian Curriculum doesn’t teach any world history in primary school. However, we know children this age love this topic – the stories are epic – and history is fundamental to a Charlotte Mason education.
“It is necessary to know something of what has gone before in order to think justly of what is occurring to-day.” Charlotte Mason
We’ve made our history studies include other skills and content required within the Australian Curriculum. For example, we teach about “Built Environments” through castle architecture, comprehension is done while narrating history (telling back what was read to them), Aboriginal and Torres Strait themes are explored through art lessons, celebrations are discussed within the context of historical events, and historical fiction is part of our literature reading.
“In these early years, while there are no examinations ahead, and the children may yet go leisurely, let them get the spirit of history into them by reading, at least one old chronicle…” Charlotte Mason
This is the My Homeschool cycle for history studies:
- Ancient History—Year 2
- Ancient to Early Middle Ages—Year 3
- Late Middle Ages/Early Australian History—Year 4
- Australian History Overview—Year 5
- Modern Australian and World History —Year 6
Note: It will not matter if your child hasn’t covered Year 2 history prior to starting Year 3. The timeline will help them put the stories into context without confusing them with dates.
If you are teaching multiple primary children then it is often best to just follow one grade’s history schedule for all your children.