***Monkey Academy***

3rd Grade Curriculum


Phonics – Plaid phonics
Spelling – Spelling power
Grammar – First language lessons for the WTM 1&2
Vocabulary – Wordly wise 3
Writing – Writing with Ease: Narration includes vocabulary, copywork, and memory work
Math – Saxon 3 (previously used Math-U-See beta…too many tears)
French – Nallenart: L’art de Lire level 1
Science – Lapbooks: Dinosaurs/Animals/Insects/The human body
Geography – (Canada) will get done later once Science is complete
History – M. B Synge – On the shores of the great sea; Hillyer – A child’s history of the world; Ancient Egypt, Greek, Rome
Art – How to teach art to children

This schedule is adapted from Ambleside online year 1 listing which follows Charlotte Mason’s philosophy. In the midst of my curriculum research I had not planned on following a curriculum. But I’ve read a lot on CM and decided this would be the year to implement her methods. It’s definitely a change for us. The language is more challenging but I think in the long run it will pay off.

I’m not following their history time line since I wanted to begin with ancients. So we’re starting with ancient Egypt.

I also use some curriculum material from Classical education but believe the CM approach is for us.

Literature: Read alouds
Peter Pan: J.M. Barrie
Charlotte’s web: EB White
Alice in Wonderland: L Carroll
The Wizard of Oz: L. Frank Baum
The courage of Sarah Noble
Little house in the big woods: L. Ingall Wilder
St. George and the Dragon: M. Hodges
Tales from Shakespear: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

Reading schedule

Term 1 (September-December):

Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin
The Sword of Damocles
Damon and Pythias
A Laconic Answer
The Brave Three Hundred
Alexander and Bucephalus
Diogenes the Wise Man
The Story of Regulus
Cornelia’s Jewels
Horatius at the Bridge
The Story of Cincinnatus
Androclus and the Lion
King Alfred and the Beggar
The Story of William Tell
Arnold Winkelried

On the Shores of the Great Sea: MB Synge
The Home of Abraham
Into Africa
An Old Trade-Route
Joseph in Egypt
The Story of the Nile Flood
In a Strange Land
The Children of Israel
Back to the Fatherland
The First Merchant Fleet
Conquerors of the Sea
Early Pioneers
Hiram, King of Tyre
King Solomon’s Fleet
The Story of Carthage
Out of the Shadowland
The Story of the Argonauts

Paddle to the sea by Holling C. Holling (Ch.1-9)


The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter
The Fox and the Grapes/The bundle of sticks
The Ass and his Driver/The Oxen and the Wheels
The Shepard boy and the Wolf/The Lion and the Mouse
The Gnat and the Bull/The Plane Tree
The Farmer and the Stork/The Sheep and the Pig
The Frogs who Wished for a King/The Oak and the Reeds
The Boys and the Frogs/The Crow and the Pitcher
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse/ Hercules and the Wagoner
The Eagle and the Jackdaw/ Tortoise and the Ducks

The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
Why the Sea Is Salt (5 pages)
Prince Darling (12 pages)
Toads and Diamonds (a selfish girl dies in the woods) (4 pages)
Snow-white and Rose red (a bear kills an evil gnome) (7 pages)

Just so stories: by Rudyard Kipling
How the Whale got his throat
How the Camel got his hump
How the Rhinoceros got his skin
How the Leopard got his spots

A Child’s garden of verses by Robert Louis Stevenson



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