Bible: Third Grade Bible curriculum is a study of the relationship of the Israelites to God during the period of the Judges, the life of King Saul and King
Language Arts: The Third Grade language program prepares students to effectively communicate God’s truth to others through written and spoken language as they gain understanding of the English language. Course content includes: literature appreciation, reading comprehension, word study skills, listening, speaking, grammar, composition, vocabulary, spelling, handwriting, following directions, and poetry. Programs to enhance learning include (but are not limited to): class skits, Accelerated Reader Program, Read-a-rama, story telling, book reports, reading to the elderly, poetry memorization, Spelling Bee, dictionary game, character visits, weekly journals…
Mathematics: The Third Grade mathematics program is designed to develop an appreciation for the orderliness of God’s creation by helping the students understand how the basic math skills and concepts work. Once the children understand this, they will master these skills and concepts through drill and practice. Course content includes: Basic facts, place value, two and three-digit addition and subtraction, time, measurement, geometry, multiplication concepts and facts, division concepts and facts, fractions and decimals, time and money, graphing and problem solving. Mathematics is reinforced through “Multiplication Rap”, Math Olympics, Mental Math and puzzles.
Science: The aim of the Third Grade science program is to develop an appreciation for God’s creation by fostering an attitude of curiosity, which will encourage the students to further study how scientific information relates to their lives. Course content includes: the human body-the nervous system and the sense organs, life science-world of plants, vertebrates, invertebrates, and animal habitats, and weather-the water cycle and storms. Students participate in science experiments, use manipulatives, dissect real specimens and are visited by “Dr. Science”.
Social Studies: History in Third Grade focuses on the lives of some great people in the history of America and how God gave courage, wisdom and understanding to these men and women. These people reveal the social, economic and political environment during various time periods in American history. Course content includes: Learning about people from the following time periods in American history: early explorers, Colonial and Independence, West expansion, Civil War, and present day. Various guest speakers come talk to the students, all students participate in a Wax Museum project, plays and hands-on art projects to enhance learning.
Spanish: Spanish for Third Grade reinforces previous curriculum at the same time introduces new skills necessary to acquiring a second language. The goal of this course is to develop fundamental skills required to read and write Spanish properly.
Music: Students attend Music once a week. This course is designed to instill each student with love and appreciation for music as a God-given form of expression. Previously learned concepts and skills are reviewed and built upon. The student’s add to their knowledge of music reading, writing and performing (singing and playing instruments). Listening exercises and activity songs are vital part of the course. All second graders participate in at least two memorized performances in front of an audience each school year. Recorder is introduced to supplement learning pitch.
Physical Education: Follow through with already acquired fitness building will be stressed by selection of activities with an increase in understanding of importance for the student. Motor skills and manipulative abilities combined with competitive situations will be added for the student. Understanding God’s desire for the student s physical well-being is the Biblical perspective. Students participate in Physical Education two days a week.
Library: This program is weekly and designed to promote a love and appreciation for reading and to introduce the student to various authors and their works. Students will learn to appreciate the resources in a library and their responsibility for caring for it. The focus of the library is knowledge, teaching and learning.
Art: Third Grade art classes meet once a week. A variety of projects are assigned focusing on the elements of design, line, color, shape, texture, pattern and repetition. The students are exposed to many types of media, such as paint, crayon, oil, pastel, watercolor, craft materials, etc. Historical and cultural art is integrated into the studio art lessons with an emphasis on the Impressionistic and Post Impressionistic Art periods.
Computer: This class will give the students an introduction to general technology skills at the elementary level. These skills include but are not limited to competency in the areas of: orientation to the computer, keyboarding, word processing, navigating the internet, and utilizing the computer for learning, presenting, and organizing information.