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1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade Curriculum Recommendations and Best Prices

Curriculum Recommendations for 1st, 2nd, 3rd GradeToday I’m here with my curriculum recommendations for first, second, and third grade. I realize that I haven’t done curriculum recommendations for kindergarten yet, and I will do a post for that soon, but I didn’t use nearly as much curricula for kindergarten as for these other grades, so I’m going to start here.

I’ve said this before, but I have to say it again–I love all of our curricula!!! I don’t have anything that requires a lot of planning and prep work, and what we’ve used has not only taught my kids so many things, but it has also made them love learning. I can’t say enough good things about these books, which is why I’m here recommending them. (I haven’t been given anything free or paid anything to say this.) Also, these books don’t break the bank. I’ve been able to stick to a budget of right around $500 for my shopping for third grade this year (that’s for all books for the whole school year), and that includes things that I’ll use for multiple years and multiple kids. Plus, for third grade I’m using more books (and adding more subjects) than in previous years.

I’m not including all of our supplementary resources in this post (timeline song, library books, math manipulatives, etc.). This is just our main “texts.” I’ve also included links to where I’ve found the best prices. (If you’ve found better prices, please leave a comment letting us know where!) In some cases I’ll give two recommendations because we used two different things and loved both.

So, without further ado, here’s what I recommend for first grade, second grade, and third grade. (There are other great choices out there, of course, but this is what we’ve used and loved.)

1st Grade

  • Bible: Bible memory, catechism, and Bible stories (We do this during our in the evening.)
  • Spelling: All About Spelling Level 1 (I do think the price is worth it for spelling! This program makes kids love spelling and teaches spelling, as well as the phonics rules, so much better than traditional “spelling list” programs!)

2nd Grade

  • Bible: Bible memory, catechism, and Bible stories during
  • Handwriting: Handwriting Without Tears and Cursive Success (use a coupon or watch for sale)
  • Music: Suzuki string lessons, Alfred Music Flashcards, and piano lessons using Faber books
  • Art: Drawing with Children (continued from first grade)

3rd Grade

  • Bible: Memoria Press Christian Studies I (This is in addition to what we do during ; I chose to begin this curriculum because I wanted a very basic Bible program that would put the Bible stories into historical and geographical perspective, integrating with our other studies. This will be the first we’ve used it, but since the curriculum starts in third grade, I thought we’d give it a try this year. I’ll let you know how we like it.)
  • Grammar: and
  • Handwriting: StartWrite worksheets (search the internet for a current coupon code)
  • Recitation: poems chosen from Poetry for the Grammar Stage (above)
  • Music: Suzuki string lessons, Alfred Music Flashcards, piano lessons using Faber books, and An Introduction to the Classics CD’s for music appreciation (We got the whole set years ago with some deal, but I’m going to just choose some composers to study this year that go with our time period.)
  • Art: Drawing with Children (continued from first and second grade), Discovering Great Artists, and Art (for art appreciation combined with Discovering Great Artists; please note that Art will need parental supervision as not all pictures will be appropriate for all ages)
  • Lesson Plans: Third Grade Curriculum Lesson Plans (use coupon or watch for sale; I will have to adapt these for a few subjects, but it was worth my time to buy these for third grade since they’re very detailed)


About Becky Aniol

Becky holds a bachelor's degree in English literature and music, a master's degree in Christian education, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Christian education. She taught classical upper school grammar, literature, and history and lower school composition and grammar for two years, elementary school music for one year, and Kindermusik classes for four years before the birth of her children. She now loves staying home with her four children, Caleb, Kate, Christopher, and Caroline and homeschooling them classically.