Third grade is a grade of transition. In third grade we not only learn to read words and sentences, but comprehend what we read. The language arts program is strongly integrated with social studies and science. We begin not only reading for pleasure, but also reading for information. We also find a love for writing in third grade. We learn to write topic and concluding sentences. We learn to support our ideas and opinions with evidence.
Cursive writing is introduced. In math multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals are emphasized. Native Americans and the Westward Movement are the most important social studies chapters. In science we learn about living things, forces and motion, weather, climate and life cycles and traits. Art is often integrated with these subjects.
The children grow spiritually by planning school Masses and doing readings, Responsorial Psalms, gifts, etc. The Rosary is the theme of their annual retreat.
One of our favorite field trips is to the Centennial Heritage Museum. The tour provides an experience reflective of life in Orange County at the turn of the century. The children experience a variety of participatory activities that focus on 19th century daily living skills, clothing, inventions, entertainment, education, agriculture, and architecture.