THIRD GRADE DEVELOPMENT
During the course of the next two years there is a developmental turning point. It is as though the child walks a new path, where clarity of understanding dawns as a new world. The fantasy life begins to fade and the child begins to see the world as it is. It is a time for questioning, wondering and criticism. The curriculum takes Hebrew Bible stories as literary reference to the human condition. As human beings make their way in the world through these stories, the student learns about self sufficiency in the form of farming/gardening, shelter/house-building, and the use of various fibers for clothing. Reading, writing in cursive, writing letters and stories and grammar are developed. Using math in the practical aspects of measurement, such as; house building, or making clothing, adds to the repertoire of the basic math skills. An overnight field trip where the students plow with oxen and horses is an example of how the curriculum helps to meet the awakening student with practical and real activities. This change in awareness allows for new skills to develop. In the third grade year the children learn to play recorders and violin.
THIRD GRADE CURRICULUM
Natural and Social Sciences
FRENCH AND GERMAN
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