The third grade curriculum has a strong practical orientation because at nine, children often begin to think of their future, wondering what it is like to live on their own. This point of view is engaged through lessons in each subject with a clear relevance to children’s budding independence.
In math, third graders work with time, money, and measurement. In literature, stories of the Hebrew people through the time of Moses speak to the concept embarking on one’s own. This is their first lesson about one of the major world religions, all of which they will have been introduced to by eighth grade. In social studies, third graders learn about the history of local indigenous people and how they lived and built shelters. The history of farming and food production is explored through stories and hands-on experiences.
Students participate in a variety of projects involving transforming raw materials into finished products. They use the environment around the campus to build a shelter out of natural materials capable of protecting them from the elements. Each child researches the lives of a group of people in which they have an interest and writes a report. For this lesson they also create a model of their subject’s traditional shelter. These lessons lay the foundation for future conversations about economy, the environment, and architecture.
To learn more, email the Admissions Office or call: 410-367-6808, ext. 202