Make sure your child is not tired or hungry so that he or she can focus all attention on learning. Also try to keep the lessons consistent with what is being learned in school. A quick chat with the teacher or signing up for an online newsletter from the classroom are ways to keep tabs on the lesson plans.
Since 3rd grade math relies on the concepts that were learned during kindergarten, first and second grades, don't be afraid to start your child at a lower level.
The homeschooling education should include a strong textbook foundation as well as a thorough instructor and lesson plan. The home school education should not be exclusively based on education of the instructor or limited to a curriculum purchased.
When your child is ready, move on to pencil and paper. Build confidence by letting your preschooler trace simple lines and shapes, then proceed to letters. You can eventually teach your child to write his name by letting him trace or copy it daily. If your child needs help remembering how to spell her name, practice with fridge magnets, letter tiles or alphabet blocks.