I am new to this homeschooling journey, but I am ready and willing to what ever it takes to continue my son's advancement in his education. We actually just started after the new years. It all started when we had to move due to a relocation for my job, and the schooling here is horrible when it comes to dicipline and teaching the children vs. categorizing the kids and saying they need counseling and meds because the teachers are too lazy to be involved with the kids...anyhoo my son passed the talented and gifted testing and this area placed him in a regular class with not enough work, then tried to say he had behavior issues when all he wanted to do was more work (they wouldnt give it to him because it wasnt in the lesson plans). So after reasearching this for 3mo I decided that he cannot go into the new year upset, stressed, and mislead. So if anyone has any suggestions on where to start, or examples of different avenues please share.
Welcome to the group. I have been homeschooling my 8 y/o, 5 and 3 y/o for a couple years but still learning and trying new things. My 8 y/o was in kindergarten for 3/4 of the year and is still "un"-learning the school techniques. I got my best help and advice from joining local yahoo groups. We have a great homeschool community but it is isolating so a lot of the "mentor" moms have been so helpful. My only advice is to not let yourself get overwhelmed or bogged down and to remember why you started this. Have fun with your son and try new things. When we first started I asked my boys what they wanted to learn about and we did unit studies, we'd go to the library, check out books, read together. I would also check out your state laws and http://www.hslda.org/ can be a great reference point. Try to find the style of learning your son likes best and adapt what he needs to learn to that style. Good luck & congrats!
Calvert & Oak Meadow are good box curriculums. Publishers Pearson & Houghton Mifflin have great subject books & Pearson even has a homeschool page. If you google 3rd grade homeschool you'll find lots of links to resources. Start keeping a bookmark folder for things you like. Also do a search on Amazon.
There's so many options out there. We use Oak Meadow, but I often supplement with things I find online. Definitely try to hook up with a homeschool group in your area, they can be a great source of help and support