Grade Three is typically a time when children go through profound developmental changes that occur between 9-10 years of age. We refer to this time as the ‘nine year change’.The Grade Three curriculum brings a healing element to the psychological uncertainty the child feels at this time by teaching many practical life skills. These skills reassure the children that they will be able to take care of themselves one day.
- The stories in the Hebrew Scriptures reflect the child’s psychological experience. Like Adam and Eve, the children are leaving the paradise of childhood behind and having to go out into the world and discover how to live with other people and with the land.
- The study of farming and gardening, shelters, and textiles, provides practical knowledge, while hands-on activities with farming, gardening, food preparation, house building, and the weaving of cloth provide valuable direct experience. The grade three student tends to be exuberant and inspired by this work: planting and harvesting in the school garden, daily collection of compost throughout the school, baking and preserving produce from the garden, and a building project.
- Measurement and its evolution: taking measure of the world gives the children the confidence that they can manage it. Measuring length, width, weight and volume, charting time and handling money, all are important skills to possess.
Main Lesson Subject Blocks
- Language Arts (cursive writing, reading and writing through Hebrew stories)
- Arithmetic (continued work with the four processes, plus long division & multiplication, adding and subtracting columns)
- Measurement including time, money, volume, weight distance.
- Shelters and Home-building
Daily practice of singing, recorder playing, recitation, and mental math are incorporated into the main lesson. A curriculum-based play is also produced during this time over a period of several weeks (usually one play per year).
Reading practice, French, German, music (notation of rhythm & notes, singing and recorder, rounds), crafts/baking/gardening, painting, handwork (knitting and/or crocheting), games/physical education, form/ geometric drawing.
Field trips in Grade Three typically include day trips for seasonal and curriculum-based activities, such as visits to local farms, and typically an overnight farm/camping trip.