Third-grade students read as a class rather than in reading circles. They read twice each day, once in the morning and then again in the afternoon. During the 1st reading class, students will reread pages they read for homework the night before. For the 1st 10 lessons, phonics is thoroughly reviewed in AM Reading class; then phonics concepts are applied to reading all year. In addition to readers containing a variety of stories, students will use Read and Think Skill Sheets, a book with selections designed to increase their speed and comprehension.
Third-grade language is an introduction to English. Students learn the basics of capitalization, punctuation, forming plurals, noun/verb usage, etc. Students also have the opportunity to apply what they are learning to creative writing. As part of creative writing, they will keep a journal and learn to write book reports.
Spelling and Poetry
Spelling and Poetry provide students with a new list of spelling words to learn weekly. Students learn a variety of good poetry selected for their beauty of language, aesthetic appeal, literary greatness or character-building qualities.
Penmanship is important for third-grade students to master cursive writing skills. Each day, students practice penmanship in their Cursive Writing Skill book in order to reinforce good writing habits.
Daily self-paced seat work provides essential practice in arithmetic, spelling, penmanship, phonics, creative writing, and language. The Seatwork Curriculum correlates all of these areas and gives specific assignments for each day.
Third graders learn fundamentals of traditional arithmetic. The greatest emphasis is on mastering multiplication and division tables. Students also learn how to solve story problems with more than one step/ how to solve measurements problems. Classes include daily speed drills and weekly tests.