What Your 3rd Grader Needs To Know Author:E. D. Hirsch Jr. Grade by grade, these groundbreaking and successful books provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of a good education for first to sixth graders.
B & W photographs, linecuts, and maps throughout; two-color printing.
This is a great book for parents of traditional school children to make sure they are learning what they should be in their school environment. As a home schooler, I didn't find this book as helpful as I hoped. It's definitely geared toward traditionally-schooled children and their families.
Note: There are some parts in the series that are definitely from an evolutionist point-of-view. This may or may not have an impact on your decision to use this book.
We homeschool and I got this book to make sure my daughter is on track. She just finished third grade and we are going through the book this summer to go over things she is a little weak on as well as things we missed or didn't discuss as much as we probably should have. It's organized nicely as far as topics and has a lot of information in it. I also got the 4th grade edition as well to help me plan for the upcoming school year.