This is a suggested outline of how to organise your curriculum for Year Three. Curriculum choice varies depending on the individual child and specific family's homeschooling needs. So feel free to change it as it suits you.
This guideline has been written with consideration of the Australian National Curriculum and the methods of Charlotte Mason.
Outcome Checklists for particular subjects have been provided to help you plan and keep records. These are set out in graded stages rather than specific years so when you look at them don't panic you have two years to complete them.
Homeschooling Downunder Grade Five Resources
Continue with scripture reading and choose some books from out Christian Children's Books list.
Intermediate Language Lessons-Part 2, Emma Serl is language, literacy and literature resource. This resouce can eaily be completed in a year when you complete 3-4 lessons per week.
LANGUAGE & LITERACY
Continue cursive copywork. Use our copywork resources or passages chosen from their other reading material such as the Australian poetry book.
These cursive resources Year 5
A good grammar and punctuation reference is useful at this stage. I recommend The Briefest English and Punctuation Guide Ever!
Spelling can be taught during weekly dictation. with Downunder Dictation. This resource will also make sure that your child covers a variety of text types. It includes reports, proceedures, explanations, narratives, recounts, descriptionss, poetry, folk songs and letters.
Dictation is included with Intermediate Language Lessons-Part 1, Emma Serl.
Our copywork resources include excerpts from good quality literature.
The optional reading suggested with Australian history will give your child a feel for that time in history.
*Out of print books. Try the library !
Poetry recital and memorisation can be a good way to practice some public speaking. We organise Poetry Recitals with our local homeschool group. It's been really fun.Classic Australian Poems by Christopher Cheng and Gregory Rogers
Classics and Persausive Texts
Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb are a good introduction to the stories of Shakepeare in a story format. Being familiar with these stories now will help your child understand the plays when they are studied in high school.
The Fallacy Detective by Hans and Nathaniel Bluedorn is another good resource for looking at persuasive speech and critical thinking. This resource can be read over two years.
Read Aloud Suggestions List
Add some Australian literature to your child's reading. Here are some Australia novel ideas to choose from. This can also compliment your history study.
Look through our Living Booklists for some ideas.
The Australian National Curriculum teaches the science disciplines biology, chemistry, earth and space (geology & astronomy) and physical science (physics). Within each school year a portion of the each science strand is chosen for study. Science teaching is broken down into science understanding, science skills and human endeavour. The curriculum states that these topics are interrelated and that scheduling of topics can be taught at the teacher’s discretion.
For science we have enjoyed the Apologia Exploring Creation series by Jeannie Fullbright. These books are best done as read alouds in the early primary and in late primary school they can be done independently. The notebooks are not necessary. Choose one book per year to complete from Year Three to Year Six.
The topics that I recommend are:
Note: Since geology covers the theory of evolution we suggest that you choose a resource that you have considered for yourself. We like books from Creation Ministries
Australian History begins from Year 4.
The Australian National Curriculum covers the history of Australia in three sections:
is the history of Australia from first contacts to modern times. You can read this over a year or split it up ito sections. Australian History Notebook can be used with this resource to help you notebook. This notebook comes with notebooking pages specifically set out for Our Sunburnt Country. Children of this age may not be confident in written narrations or chapter summaries so you may need to write some of their narrations down or ask them to illustrate some pictures.
Studies Australia's history through short biographies on all of Australia's prime ministers. You will also be teaching your introducing your children to the role of government and civics.
Physical Science and Nature Study
Some Australian geography is covered within the history of Australia.
Discover Downunder by Jo Lloyd et al. is also excellent for Australian geography is you haven't used it yet.
A Bush Calendar by Amy Mack is a nature study book early 1900's. This book is a case study of a local environment. My Bush Calendar Logbook acts as the inspiration for your own data collection in your local environment.
The English Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden works beautifully with A Bush Calendar. It will also help you study some of the features of England which is part of the World Geography requirement for Year 5.
National Geographic Kids - World Atlas is mostly maps and pictures. It's an absolute bargain and we like it!
Charlotte expected children to be able to draw quite complex maps by the time they were 12 years old.
For more geography ideas see here.
For this period of history the pictures of Tom Roberts and Fredrick McCubbin offer images of early Australian history. Use these pictures to study Australian colonial Life. You can see more artists here.
For more Art and Music suggestions see here.