Fall 2012 (3rd)

Great Fun Children’s School
2012 Curriculum
Third Grade / age 8

Mission: Cultivate academic skills, multicultural awareness, and a joyful resilience, nurturing connections in a community of increasing love and complexity.


  • Books-on-tape (cd), daily. The Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale, No Talking by Andrew Clements, Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff, Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis, Nancy Drew: Dressed to Steal by Carolyn Keene, Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover (Gallagher Girls) by Ally Carter, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, Pollyanna by Eleanor Hodgman Porter, A Wizard Named Nell and The Wizard’s Apprentice (The Keepers, Book One and Two) by Jackie French Koller, The Giant Slayer by Iain Lawrence, Where the Moutain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery by Nancy Springer, Magyk (Septimus Heap, Book One) by Angie Sage, The Emerald Atlas (Books of Beginning, Book One), by John Stephens, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, The Mark of Athena (Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus, Book Three), The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly, The Three Musketeers (unabridged) by Alexandre Dumas, The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, and others.
  • Phonics Pathways by Dolores G. Hiskes. (For spelling), pp.51-126.
  • Writing With Ease by Susan Wise Bauer, Workbook Level One (first grade), Lessons 23-36(end), and Workbook Level Two (second grade), Lessons 1-13. (26 weeks of suggested lessons compacted into 16 weeks.)
  • Independent reading, about one chapter/day, 532pp total: Flyte (Septimus Heap, Book Two) by Angie Sage
  • Literature Studies Class (ages 8-10), 1x/week, at Words into Worlds, focus on California Young Reader Medal nominees.
  • Building Language (word roots), Music of the Spheres (elements of poetry), and Grammar Island, by Michael Clay Thompson.
  • What Your Fourth Grader Needs to Know by E.D. Hirsch, Jr. Language Arts sections, pp. 42-84.


  • Singapore Math, CA Standards Edition, 5A, and 5B to page 43.
  • Life of Fred: Fractions, and Life of Fred: Decimals and Percents, by Stanley Schmidt.
  • Beast Academy, 3A, p 78-86.
  • Building Thinking Skills, Level 2 (grades 4-6), Chapters 1-3, by The Critical Thinking Co.
  • The Number Devil, by Hans Magnus Enzensberger.
  • Berkeley Math Circle, Elementary II (grades 3 & 4), one hour/week.
  • Computer Literacy: self-guided projects on MIT ScratchLogo Workshop using MSWLogo, lessons 1-4 (October) and 5 (December).

History & Geography

  • Story of the World, Volume III: Early Modern Times, by Susan Wise Bauer, supplemented by library books suggested in the companion Activity Book. Chapters 12-18 .


  • Interactive Science for Inquiring Minds, Lower Secondary,  (grade 7), Panpac Education (singaporemath.com). Chapters 8-15 of Volume A, and continuing with chapters 16-19 of Volume B. (Textbook only, no labs.)
  • QuantumCamp class (Forensics/Chemistry, grade 3 & 4 class), 2hrs/wk.
  • 4-H Project classes: Chemistry 1x/mo, Junior Master Gardening 1x/mo, Sausal Creek Restoration Environmental Stewardship 1x/mo.

World Languages

  • Mandarin Chinese: focus on reading and writing characters. 3-4 characters/week.  My First Chinese Words (BetterChinese.com), lessons 8-10.


Values, Religion, & Character

  • Weekly Sunday school at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists

Phys Ed

  • Soccer with Albany Berkeley Soccer Club, 3x/week.
  • Gymnastics at UC Village Rec Center, 1x/week.

Friends! Attachment parenting. Classes and group activities, structured and unstructured, same-age and multi-age, cousins, groupmates and neighbors. ACHC housing cooperative, BFUU religious congregation. Weekly Park Day with SFBUN and Homegrown Kids at local playgrounds; also active in  BAGHS (2x/mo), Girl Scouts (2x/mo), and East Hills 4-H (4x/mo).