Third graders begin each day with the students in kindergarten, first, second, and fourth grades for devotions led by a teacher. Students are eager to start their day in God’s Word, as a reminder of how much they are loved and cared for. During this time, the students practice songs, hymns, and Bible verses, and learn to put God’s love, mercy, and grace into action.

The Third and Fourth Grades join together for instruction in Bible, focusing on Bible literacy and discipleship. Each unit is centered on a Bible story or stories, progressing in chronological order, which serves as a reference point for the theme of the unit. Beginning with creation, and ending with Jesus leaving His disciples to return to heaven, we will cover God’s promises and faithfulness to Israel in the Old Testament, and Jesus’ birth, ministry, death, and resurrection. Students will also gain a new familiarity with reading the Bible, as well as being witnesses for God in their lives.

Saxon phonics and MacMillan/McGraw Hill reading are used to develop all language arts skills, building on what our students have learned in previous grades. They extend their knowledge and use of word coding, and begin to read for content and understanding. They also use Accelerated Readers to reinforce comprehension skills. Saxon Math is the text series they will use to continue their study of math, with an emphasis on basic math facts and procedures. Science and social studies units are thematic, and taught using videos, trade books, and a wide variety of resources. Projects and activities are designed to reinforce learning and allow students an opportunity to share.

All third graders have both a vocal and instrumental class each week. Third graders learn the basics of the recorder during instrumental class, and general music theory in the vocal class.

Physical Education is an important part of the curriculum, as active healthy students are better learners. Students have Phys. Ed. classes every day.

To learn more about our Third Grade Program, visit the curriculum overview page on our Third Grade Website.