Students are engaged in the Bible through a thematic and chronological look at the Old and New Testaments with a particular focus on application of biblical principles. Because the Bible is the Word of God, it is the source of all instruction and memorization. The students also study the heroes of the Christian faith and historic hymns.
Students continue to work on the essential parts of speech including noun and verb usage. They also learn to properly capitalize, punctuate, and form plurals. They extend their ability to form sentences through training to think in a logical order and practice creative writing, friendly letters and thank you letters. They write book reports, keep a journal, and practice proper dictionary usage.
Reading aloud is important to help the students read with accuracy, pronounce words clearly and correctly with expression, and with good voice inflection. Comprehension is emphasized through questioning. Students will also read chapter books.
While Demonstrating correct pencil and paper positions, the students review proper cursive letter formation and practice writing Bible verses in cursive.
Along with weekly spelling tests, students practice writing dictated sentences. They learn dictionary and writing skills and word usage skills.
Using Singapore's Math in Focus, third grade students continue learning the fundamentals of traditional mathematics. Some of the most important concepts are mastering addition and subtraction facts up to 10,000 as well as basic multiplication and division facts. They will solve story problems, solve measurement problems, and recognize the place value of numbers. Other important concepts to be explored are fractions, customary and metric measurement, telling time, reading a thermometer, and working money problems.
The universe creates wonder in people. Students learn about the universe and also how they are illustrations of God’s wisdom, omnipotence, sovereignty, and benevolence. In earth science they look at rocks, minerals, soil, and the solar system. The life sciences they look at birds, cells, tissues, organs, animals with and without backbones, and the human skin. They also have the opportunity to explore the motion of work and the energy (sound) of the ear.
The students understanding of social studies grows through learning beginning history concepts and geography skills. They also learn about pilgrims, explorers, and the globe. Of special interest is the development of American culture and Indian life, including the basics of the physical and political geography of early America. They also look at the foundations of the United States government and the Constitution.
Music instruction is an important part of our program. The love for singing and the appreciation of music is emphasized in music class. They perform concerts each year where they learn to share the "song in their hearts". A basic foundation of music and love for music is emphasized.
Computers are a part of our school program, using tools such as educational software to develop familiarity with the computer and keyboarding skills. Progression of these skills is emphasized in each grade level.
In providing a well-rounded program, P.E. is offered one day each week, teaching the students activities that encourage coordination, cooperation and problem-solving as well as plenty of exercise.
Students are introduced to the Spanish language as they begin learning common words and phrases. Lessons emphasize development of vocabulary, listening comprehension and verbal communication skills.
Students are introduced to the world of art as they begin drawing using basic shapes (circle, straight line, rectangle, etc.). They also learn about pattern, texture, and color using a variety of mediums. These skills are developed throughout the years as they create various art projects. Students enjoy their time in this enrichment class.
Students are introduced to elements of the library system, with increasing research skill progression in subsequent grade levels. Students are able to check out books each week. Family members are all welcome to use the library!