A reader had written to me asking what Grade 3 stories we were doing and so I am attempting to find some free stories that pertain to this year which have been helpful for us. I am not someone who does well reading online, so I usually purchase the books (used if possible - borrowed from the library is best), but I have found that many of the fables or snippets from folktales or fairytales have been perfect from these free online sites. The best one pertaining to stories used in Waldorf homes is from www.mainlesson.com.
So far, what we've found is that Grade 3 centers so much on the 9 year change (and I am beginning to experience it now with one of my twins, just as they turned 9 a month or so ago). So the Bible stories from the Old Testament are key and most of the time, can be woven in nicely into the other subjects. So much else of Grade 3 - with measurements of every sort seems to put us outside the 'traditional' classroom: experimenting with grains, farming, gardening, constructing basic dwellings, weaving together, baking, etc. It's just a really fun year!
As usual, we are going through and reading lots of books together. I will link a few of the ones we've like the best below:
Hurlbut's Story of the Bible
The Red Indian Fairy Book (a nice tie-in to Native dwellings)
The Wind in the Willows (found Toad to be a great 9 year change character for children to relate to - he means well, but has bouts of selfishness where he is concerned with his own ego and takes to fibbing when it serves him well. He is left feeling very much alone, though his friends continue to flock to his aid.)
The Secret Garden (this is a WONDERFUL book about a little girl who begins alone, hardened and cast out of her home due to circumstances. She comes to live with her uncle in England and blossoms through the promise of the Secret Garden. It is leading us into our gardening block now.)
The Jungle Book (works well for basic dwelling and survival skills.)
here is the Grade 3 list from Mainlesson.com
here is a link to Project Gutenberg who offers free quality books online
In Grade 3, you can also tackle cursive, turn your handwork into weaving projects that are practical and useful in everyday life (pot holders, place mats, purses or sacks for boys to carry things in, maybe even a book bag for those library trips), money, telling time, and we started spelling this year, too!
Some of the books we have read or are set to read (aside from Wind in the Willows and Secret Garden) are the following:
The Cat Who Went to Heaven
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Farmer Boy and the Little House Series
The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking
The Dragon of Two Hearts (from the Dragon Boy series)
Patter~Paws the Fox and Other Stories
Trumpets of Happiness and Other Stories
There is a wonderful post (one of many) on Carrie's blog The Parenting Passageway and she posted an extensive reading list here. Her blog is a wealth of knowledge that transcends across the board - not just to the waldorf circle!
This isn't nearly as much as I would like to share, but I hope it helps stir your thoughts just a bit as you plan out your 3rd Grade year. I always find myself getting antsy to start that planning in the spring for the next grade, forgetting that we still have lots of time left until the year's end!