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Third Grade


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.


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.  At Spring River, the parents are ultimately in charge of their children's education, and the school is here to supplement and support.

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 meet 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 

  • 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: Nature study; Nature walks in all seasons to forest and beach areas. 

  • 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 build onto future experiments and deeper learning. Focus: Trees, local fauna, and flora/seasonal

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

  • Visual & Performing Arts: Form drawing and drama. Each class will be practicing and performing a class play or presentation tied to the curriculum which is shared with class families.


Special Subjects: 

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

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

  • Visual & Performing Arts: Music; painting;  modeling with beeswax and clay.

  • Nature Immersion:  All-weather hikes and immersion in the forest & beach areas.

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