Third Grade

Note: Class teachers of combined classes have adjusted the traditional main lesson block schedule with thoughtful consideration to meet the ages within and the children within their class.  Depending on the needs of an individual child, and the homeschooling plan the family is following, more study may be needed at home to compliment the classes chosen at Spring River. Talk to your teacher or the program director for more information.

As the children in the third grade enter their ninth year, they start to see the world differently. No longer are they content to be a part of life without doubts and questions. A nine-year old can feel him/herself growing up and separating from his/her parents, and becoming part of the outer world. The child becomes more independent, and begins to question all that was previously taken for granted. The third grade curriculum is designed to meets the child’s new interests and concerns at this age.

The third grade curriculum provides the student with the opportunity to learn about three essential, practical requirements for all of humankind—how we work with nature to provide ourselves with food, clothing, and shelter.

Main Lesson Subjects (covered daily in 3 hour sessions, 2 or 4 days per week)

  • Math: Higher multiplication tables; division; weight, measure, money and time; review of all four processes; multiplication; problem solving; place value to 10,000s; estimating; mental math; word problems

  • Language Arts: Elements of grammar (nouns, verbs, adjectives); continuing cursive; punctuation; spelling; compositions; stories from ancient history; decoding and sight word recognition; building fluency through regular practice (oral and silent reading); comprehension through story recall.

  • Natural Science: Garden and nature studies

  • History & Social Studies: Study of practical life (farming, housing, clothing); stories from ancient history

  • Visual & Performing Arts: Form drawing, painting, drawing, singing.

Enrichment Subjects: (1-5 days per week)

  • Handwork: Crocheting (mathematical patterns, working in the round)

  • Living Science: To cultivate a sense of awe in the students regarding science and the natural world around them using experiences with scientific concepts, observations, and experiments to form meaningful impressions that can building onto future experiments and deeper learning. Focus: Local Fauna, animals of the season.

  • Forest School: A four hour outdoor, experiential nature immersion class

  • World Language: Continuing foreign language study of Spanish with oral dialogue, dramatization, songs, games and simple written work

  • Visual & Performing Arts: Drama 

  • Movement/Physical Education/Games: Stepping & balance, yoga, song and movement combined. Circus Art is sometimes included in this block.

During the year, your child's teacher will plan field trips to enhance what's being taught in class. Advance notice will be given and we encourage parents to plan to attend whenever possible.

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