Well my 3rd grade lessons came today! I am really excited, now that I got to see them in person. I would have liked to have more information from FACE before I ordered, like sample pages and a list of topics covered, but I called, so I knew what to expect. Here’s my take at first glance.
Opening with BPA in general and BPA 3rd grade was helpful. I wanted to know what they expect of 3rd graders in their school just as a point of reference. Getting Ready for 3rd grade had even more info. Then they have a bunch of stuff I don’t use: school supply list, classroom constitution, report card and such. Their list of required resources and optional resources (with their abbreviations) is something I will refer to as well.
The lesson plans are comprehensive for the following subjects: Bible, Bible as Reader, English, Literature, His-Story, geography and science. The supplemental info in the back has overviews for all the subjects and also ones for art, music and PE. They included some graphic organizers, presentation ideas and more to make things easier. And I enjoyed “Cultivating the Love of Learning in Third Grade.”
Their lessons are organized by week. They offer a principle, leading idea, materials for the lessons, lesson content and student work. They offer quarterly reading instruction and overviews for math but it is not covered. We use Ray’s anyway so that’s not important.
I am at a place now that I believe I can modify as I need to as the year progresses. I feel no pressure to complete everything in the lesson, or even in the way they suggest. But I am thankful they offer these to help me proveide an excellent education to my children without wearing myself out. As the year progresses I hope to offer updates on how thigns are going.