Everything you need to know about Third Grade Math with Confidence. Includes an overview of what your child will learn, a downloadable sample, answers to frequently asked questions, and buying information.
In this article, you’ll find all the information specific to Third Grade Math with Confidence:
- How the program and lessons are organized
- What your child will learn
- What you’ll need
- Placement advice
- Where to buy the books
For information about the series as a whole (or information on other grade levels), please see this article: Overview of Math with Confidence Homeschool Math Curriculum.
Wishing you all the best in your teaching! Happy Third Grade Math!
What’s the program’s format?
Third Grade Math with Confidence is a complete third-grade math program with three volumes: an Instructor Guide and two Student Workbooks.
- The Instructor Guide is the core of the program, with conversational and hands-on activities and games that teach the key skills and concepts.
- The two Student Workbooks (Part A and Part B ) provide lesson activities, practice, and review. Workbook Part A covers Units 1-8, and Workbook Part B covers Units 9-16.
What does a typical lesson look like?
Most pilot families spent an average of 25-35 minutes on each lesson, with 10-15 minutes of parent-led instruction and 15-20 minutes of independent work. However, this will vary depending on your teaching style and your child’s learning style—and whether you have any toddlers interrupting you!
Each lesson includes 3 parts:
- Memory Work and Warm-up. Each lesson begins with a few memory work review questions and a quick warm-up activity. The warm-up activity eases your child into math time and helps start the lesson on a confident and positive note.
- Lesson Activities with Parent. Next, you’ll use the scripted lesson plan and Lesson Activities page in the workbook to teach your child new concepts and skills. For example, you might roll dice to play a multiplication fact game, use a ruler to measure in quarter-inches, or calculate elapsed time for a pretend day camp schedule.
- Independent Practice. Last, your child will complete the Practice and Review workbook pages. On the Practice page, he’ll practice the new concept or skill you taught him. On the Review page, he’ll review previously-learned skills so that he retains them well.
Can I download a sample?
Yes indeed! You’ll find the full introduction, scope and sequence, and materials list, plus a variety of lessons from across the year so that you get a good sense of the program as a whole. Make sure to download both files so that you can see how the Instructor Guide complements the Student Workbook.
What will my child learn?
Third Grade Math with Confidence is a full-year, comprehensive curriculum that covers everything your child needs to learn in third grade. She’ll learn how to:
- Read, write, compare, and understand place value in numbers to 10,000
- Add and subtract numbers to 10,000
- Master multiplication facts (up to 10 times 10) and division facts (up to 100 divided by 10)
- Multiply one-digit numbers by multiples of 10
- Use addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to solve word problems (including two-step word problems)
- Find the area and perimeter of rectangles, squares, and shapes composed of rectangles
- Read, write, and compare fractions
- Identify simple equivalent fractions and add and subtract fractions with the like denominators
- Solve measurement problems involving elapsed time, length, weight, and capacity
- Identify right angles, rectangles, squares, and rhombuses
- Identify faces, edges, and vertices in 3-D shapes
What materials will I need?
I’ve kept the materials list as simple and budget-friendly as possible, just like in the earlier levels of Math with Confidence: base-ten blocks, counters, coins, play money, playing cards, dice, a clock with hands, fraction circles, a ruler, blank paper, a dry erase marker, and a few plastic page protectors. (I also recommend a binder with plastic page protectors for storing blackline masters and game boards.)
Is my child ready to start Third Grade Math with Confidence?
Your child is ready to start Third Grade Math with Confidence if she can:
- Count to 1,000 by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s.
- Read, write, and compare 3-digit numbers.
- Understand place-value in 3-digit numbers
- Know the addition and subtraction facts mostly be heart. (He should be able to recall the answers to most within 3 seconds of so.)
- Know how to use place-value strategies to solve mental math problems like 55+37, 36+8, 90-42, or 74-6
- Know how to add and subtract two and three-digit numbers with the standard written process. (You might know this method as “stack method” or “borrowing and carrying.”)
(Note that this is the bare minimum list of skills your child should know before starting Third Grade Math with Confidence. It is not a full list of everything covered in Second Grade Math with Confidence.)
If your child is not fluent with the addition and subtraction facts but knows the rest of the skills listed above,
he is probably ready to begin Third Grade Math with Confidence. Make sure to add 5 minutes of daily addition and subtraction facts practice to each lesson until your child becomes more fluent with the facts.
If you have more questions about placement, check out this article for more advice and answers to frequently asked questions:
How are enrichment activities and picture books incorporated?
Each unit includes an enrichment lesson with a picture book and real-life math application activity. These are completely optional, and you can include as many or as few as you want over the course of the year. Many of them are also available as read-alouds on Youtube.
Will there be other grades? Is Math with Confidence a full series?
Yes! Math with Confidence will be a comprehensive kindergarten through sixth grade math curriculum once it’s complete. See this article for the release dates and more information on other grades.