Rainbow Curriculum Starter Package - 3rd Gr.

Rainbow Curriculum Starter Package - 3rd Gr.


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Item #: RBW3RD
Grades: 3

These packages include academically strong courses in the four main subject areas - math, language arts, science, and social studies.


Saxon Math has been the homeschooler's good friend for over twenty years. Known for its thoroughness and comprehensive coverage of math topics, Saxon takes an incremental approach and builds in much review and repetition.

In the primary grades (K-3), it is manipulative-based and scripted (the teaching words are provided in a "script"). This means little preparation for the teacher - just open the teacher's manual and start reading through the lesson. The lessons encourage teacher-student interaction and you can expect them to take 30 - 45 min. You will need specific manipulatives to complete the course and we offer manipulative kits as required resources (and a separate purchase) with each grade level.

At the middle school level and higher, Saxon encourages the student to work more independently by addressing all instruction directly to the student. At the 8th grade level you can choose either a starter set with pre-algebra or an "upgrade" which includes Algebra 1. Our sets include texts, solutions manuals, answer keys, and tests.

Language Arts: Language Arts are covered by a variety of programs. These vary some by grade levels.

For grades K-2, we've included All About Reading, a multisensory phonics and reading program that also covers fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. All About Reading utilizes letter tile magnets, games and engaging readers for a reading program that is fun and engaging for most students. Zaner-Bloser Handwriting is also included, as is Spectrum Writing at grades 1 and 2.

For grades 4 - 6, we've chosen to include the Learning Language Arts Through Literature (LLATL) courses plus editing and spelling supplements. LLATL integrates all aspects of language arts instruction - composition, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary - with quality excerpts and book studies from classic children's literature. Books required for the course are included, and the answers are in the Teacher's Manuals. Easy Grammar for grades 4 and 5 provide easy to use grammar instruction.

At grade 6-8, we've included Essentials in Writing, a video-based writing and grammar program.

Spelling Workout is a phonics-based weekly-list spelling program and is included in all grade levels. Since answers are fairly predictable, we have not included Teacher's Manuals in the sets - purchase additionally, if desired.

Science: For science from a Christian perspective, Apologia products are hard to beat. With a line of products from K to grade 12, all facets of science are covered in a manner easy to implement in a homeschool setting, yet the student will be well prepared for college level work in the sciences after graduation. Known for home-friendly experiments (most supplies are household items) and interesting textual information, these courses are a favorite of seasoned homeschoolers. Our sets include the textbook, the notebook, a solutions manual, and a set of tests for each course. Lab kits for the courses are available as a separate purchase but are not included in the sets.

History: For history, the popular Story of the World series is the backbone of the packages for grades 1-5. Over four volumes, author Susan Wise Bauer presents history in a story-like format in bite-sized chunks appropriate for one sitting. Accompanying activity book adds review questions, supplemental reading suggestions, map activities, coloring pages, and project suggestions. Grade 3 features an American history from Notgrass - Star Spangled Story.

Three offerings from the Notgrass family focus on history in grades 6, 7, and 8. Good readability, daily lesson plans, Bible study, map and timeline study, extensive reading lists, and even creative writing and suggestions for family activities are included in these courses.

You can follow links below the package graphics for complete reviews of each of the included products.

Category Description for Rainbow Curriculum Starter Packages:

"I need your 7th grade curriculum package." How often we've heard similar pleas, but didn't have a package option to offer. Now we do! With the new homeschooler in mind, we wanted them to be easy to jump into and get started. They are! We also wanted them to be solid and strong in academics. They are! And we wanted them to utilize a variety of homeschooling products, so you would have a better idea of what works well for you and your students. They do! Can you tell we're just a bit excited about these packages? They include products we have used in our own schooling. They include products that have a proven track record in terms of success. They include products that are effective with a variety of learning styles.

We offer four series of packages for grades K - 8.

  • Starter Packages include some items with a Christian perspective.
  • Economy Starter Packages include budget curriculum choices some of which are items with a Christian perspective.
  • Secular Packages are similar to our Starter Packages but do NOT include any items with Christian perspective.
  • Standards-Based Packages include courses from mainline curriculum publishers that are aligned to state and national standards.

As you progress in your homeschool experience, you will get a better feel for the types of materials that work best for you and your students. But for now, our main goal in putting together these sets is to make it easy for you to get started. We want you to be able to Homeschool with Confidence! ~ Janice

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I chose for our curriculum
Cara C on Mar 8, 2022
Christian world view
Susan S on Jul 21, 2020
I chose for our curriculum
Cara C on Mar 8, 2022
good price and complete curriculum..
Sandra on Aug 18, 2021
Christian world view
Susan S on Jul 21, 2020
new to home schooling and it looked like everything I will be needing for my soon to be 3rd grade son
Trina R on Apr 18, 2016
good price and complete curriculum..
Sandra on Aug 18, 2021
new to home schooling and it looked like everything I will be needing for my soon to be 3rd grade son
Trina R on Apr 18, 2016
Hi, Do i need to buy extra parents curriculum?
Sandra on Aug 18, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I bought this curriculum package last year and it included everything I needed to teach. The parent/teacher edition was included. Very easy to follow with little preparation.
This looks like a good starter kit. How would I go about making sure my son had credit for completing each grade? Is there anyway you could put me in touch with people who are currently using this curriculum?
Karina on Jun 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: You will want to check your state's homeschooling laws. They vary from state to state. Typically, "credit" for completion of a year is something that you and your homeschool assign. You will probably want to keep a portfolio (i.e. selection) of his work and a list of courses completed, at the very least. If your student is going back into the school system after your homeschooling year, then you will want to check with the school to see what "proof" they will want/need to show you completed your year.

This package does include full-year courses for the four basic subject areas - math, language arts, science, and social studies.

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HI, Besides the Exploring Creation text and journal can you tell me if there's anything else religious in this kit?
A shopper on Aug 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, Our Star-Spangled Story package (which includes both curriculum books and literature books) also include Christian content.
Why aren't penmanship and language arts included in the 3rd grade starter kit?
Pamela on Feb 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Probably an oversight on our part. I would suggest adding Easy Grammar Grade 3 (#37834 - Teacher and #37835 - Student) as well as Horizons Penmanship (#13279 - Set or #13282 - Student book).
Will this be everything my child needs for the full 3rd grade school year?
A shopper on Jul 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This Starter Set includes complete curriculum products for math, language arts, science, and social studies. The Kingfisher Illustrated History Encyclopedia (#63618) is a required resource. Yes, this set will provide a complete year of academic instruction.
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