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What to Expect in Grade 3

  • Morning assemblies with the whole school featuring prayer, devotion, praise songs, birthday celebrations and announcements.
  • Chapel each Wednesday featuring singing, Bible recitation and a message or special presentation.
  • Participation in a “Family Group,” a K-6 mix of students led by 6th graders. These groups meet weekly for prayer, game or devotional activity.
  • Daily Bible instruction using Veritas Press Judges through 2nd Kings
  • Weekly scripture memorization including Psalm 139
  • Daily reading/literature: Spalding and Shurley programs. Books include Pippi Longstocking, Stuart Little, D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Charlotte’s Web, Little Pilgrim’s Progress, and Black Ships Before Troy: A Children’s Iliad.
  • Spelling: Spalding – a multi-sensory phonics program
  • Grammar/Writing – Shurley. Students learn all eight parts of speech as well as use direct and indirect objects. Our writing genre includes: expository, descriptive, informative, narrative, report writing, and creative writing. Students use cursive throughout the year.
  • Daily math: Saxon including multiplication and division
  • History: Instruction using Veritas Press – New Testament, Greece & Rome.  We memorize poems about Greek and Roman history.  Timeline chant featuring important dates and world events from our time period.  Our year culminates in a living history museum which features figures from the ancient world.  We also meet major philosophers like Plato, Socrates and Aristotle as we journey through history.
  • Geography: We study the U.S. and world through a hands-on approach of individual maps, globes, and atlases
  • Science: Answers in Genesis curriculum/The Universe will help students explore the heavens through a God centered, Bible-based approach.
  • Latin instruction two days per week
  • Music, including learning how to play the recorder
  • Art and physical education two times per week
  • Library once per week
  • Daily snack from home; daily lunch and recess
  • Annual participation in Field Day, Christmas program, Grandparent presentations and  a third grade led chapel service.
  • Service Project: Making holiday cards for clients served by Westlake Meals on Wheels.
  • Field Trips and Special Activities:  Cleveland Zoo, Walking tour of downtown Cleveland identifying Greek & Roman influences, Planetarium, Wax Museum book report day, Cuddle-Up-And-Read party, and special movies which accompany our literature books