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Formal Reading curriculum 3rd-5th


#1

Hi. I will have 3rd and 5th grade boys next year, and it will be our first year homeschooling. I think we’ll use Essentials in Writing which will cover grammar and writing. And I’m thinking Spelling You See for spelling and handwriting. Should I use a formal reading curriculum such as BJU reading? Any other subjects that fall under language arts that I’m overlooking? (Vocab?)
I’ll also have a kindergartener but will be starting him out with AAR.


#2

You could add literature units that would cover comprehension and vocabulary. We use the literature units from this website for my 3rd grader. Memoria press has good literature units too.


#3

For reading, we use Abeka Think & Learn Skillsheets starting in grade 3 once a week. It’s a short passage and then there are questions about it. They say to time the kids, but we don’t time. I’m looking for comprehension and accuracy at this point. I also have a book list I come up with for each grade and they read the 10 books or whatever it is throughout the year. This way, weekly I check accuracy, but the rest of the time, I am just glad they’re reading and enjoying it. My goal is to have them enjoy reading, and I have found programs don’t facilitate that. (A bonus of my method of picking book lists for the year is that I can choose ones that interest each kid, and they don’t have to be the same books. So, they generally do enjoy reading. Sometimes we do a project for the books too, so I can see what they get out of the books by how the project is.)


#4

If they are both beyond AAR 4, this article has a lot of ideas on what you can do next: https://blog.allaboutlearningpress.com/after-all-about-reading/

We enjoyed Sonlight readers a lot here.


#5

This year we are using BJU Reading, my boys (3rd and 5th) like it. Next year we will be doing more of a Literature based curriculum. I think it depends on the child…my boys love reading so I think they will enjoy the change.