Philosophy & Curriculum
Third grade is considered a transition year. Students are learning to be more independent and responsible. The daily schedule combines teacher directed activities, cooperative group work, independent assignments, and hands on activities. While planned lessons cover all the core curriculum areas, the students’ faith life, writing skills, reading skills, and a solid math foundation are the most prominent focus. We try to instill responsibility for assignments, belongings, and behavior choices at this grade level.
The religion curriculum is designed to teach students about key concepts of faith such as Law, Gospel, confession, repentance, forgiveness, and grace. The lessons are based on selected, sequential Bible stories that span from Genesis through Paul’s ministry. Each lesson centers on the cross of Christ and is grounded in the Word of God. The third grade will be responsible for one Chapel service throughout the year. Students are required to memorize weekly Bible verses that relate to what we are learning in class.
The third grade curriculum combines Reading, English, Handwriting, and Spelling to make up the Language Arts program. There is an emphasis on comprehension and vocabulary. Third grade students also work on phonics, creative writing, editing, grammar, genres in literature, and cursive handwriting. Themes, book studies, journaling, projects, and poetry are also used to enhance the reading curriculum. Accelerated Reader is used daily.
Science is taught from a Christian perspective and includes topics on Life, Earth, and Physical sciences. Children also increase their understanding and knowledge of the scientific methods by performing experiments. Third grader students are required to conduct one science project at home. We will use an internet based school video site from the Discovery Channel to enhance science units with videos, diagrams, and pictures.
The third grade math curriculum focuses on place value, addition and subtraction, measurement, time, money, multiplication, fractions, division, and various other skills. We use a combination of hands-on activities, drills, songs, problem solving, games, worksheets, and drills to learn key concepts.
Third grade students focus on the six geographical regions of Arkansas, Revolutionary War, founding fathers and important figures in American history, Arkansas history, Native American tribes of Arkansas, Civil War history, early settlers and pioneer life, and symbols of America. Students research and construct a homestead of one of the Arkansas Indian tribe.
Computer skills are developed in the computer lab. In the third grade, students will focus on keyboarding skills. They learn to use word processing to type class papers and reports. The “Type to Learn” software is implemented in the third quarter as an introduction to proper typing skills. We use the internet for research.
Elementary students learn the elements and principles of art through a multitude of fun projects using different media. Students learn about various types of paint, clay work, colored pencil and even the simple drawing pencil. Students are encouraged to do their best, and above all, have fun while praising God with our works of art.
Students in lower elementary are exposed to the language with games, songs and reinforcement exercises. Upper elementary students work to speak and understand the language in simple to intermediate level conversations. All students get an exposure to the culture of many of the Spanish-speaking countries in the world.
Students study instruments, composers, and simple music theory. Folk songs and hymn studies are also explored. Children learn to follow a director during choir and may perform at First Lutheran Church during the school year. All grades participate in the Christmas concert and Operetta.