Third grade is a transitional year where students start to be graded on a regular A - F scale in preparation for the upper elementary grades. We focus on increasing reading comprehension and timed exercises, as well as the study of American History. Writing becomes an important part of the English curriculum, as well as Spelling. In Science we cover all aspects of God's creation. Reading comprehension, growth in phonics skills, and timed reading exercises increase reading skills. Bible focuses on helping students develop a Christian worldview. Students are taught about the meaning of baptism and are given the opportunity to participate in baptism in the Spring. History focuses on a chronological approach to American history, which helps students remember important dates and events, as well as gives them the right kind of heroes and valuable models of good character. Students also study the states and locations. Language focuses on capitalization; punctuation; correct sentences; proper word usage; using synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms; and recognizing nouns and verbs are emphasized. Dictionary skills, journal entries, and creative writing skills are also developed.
In Math, students focus on multiplication and division; story problems up to four steps; Roman numerals; averaging numbers; standard measures; equations; and adding, subtracting, and reducing fractions. An abundance of review problems is provided as well as supplementary problems to be used in a variety of ways to meet individual needs. Science covers the most special part of God’s creation, man, third graders learn about the human body, with an emphasis on the sense organs and how they work. Students then explore the world of plants, and later, the world of animals, becoming familiar with invertebrates and vertebrates and how to classify them. In spelling, we have a weekly spelling test and related activities, a glossary of vocabulary words, and selected poetry.