Third grade is an exciting age of becoming a more independent student. Students continue to grow spiritually by learning more about God's grace, mercy, and love by focusing on the key concepts of Law and Gospel, confession, repentance, and forgiveness. Memory work is given to assist in grasping these concepts with a heavy concentration upon the Ten Commandments. Students continue to develop and cultivate their reading skills, especially vocabulary and comprehension. Specific strategies include retelling, identifying the main idea, questioning, reading for specific detail, etc. Students will learn to listen to and retell stories through reading and are encouraged to form ideas, opinions, and feelings about specific pieces of writing.
Within the structure of Writers Workshop, students learn to build habits and develop strategies that proficient writers used on a daily basis. Students learn about writing techniques that are common to narrative, informative, and opinion writing. They further develop and strengthen their writing by cycling through the process of planning, revising, editing, and publicly sharing their opinions with a real audience. Third grade math has a heavy emphasis upon multiplication, division, fractions, area, perimeter, and graphing. Our inquiry-based Battle Creek Science Curriculum focuses upon motion, light and sound, the Earth's natural resources, and an organism's growth and survival. Third grade social studies is primarily devoted to learning about Michigan's geography, government, economics, and history.
"Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and all that move in them!" Psalm 69:34
Do your children have a certain movie that they enjoy so much that they will tend to watch it over and over and over again? When my oldest son was a young boy, he was obsessed with Peter Pan, and when given the opportunity to select a movie, that was ALWAYS his choice.
It just so happened that my sister and her family visited during the Peter Pan extravaganza, and after a few days, my brother-in-law requested if he could borrow our car. When he returned, he handed Joshua a bag filled with numerous other children's movies, and with a smile said, "Josh, every boy needs to learn that he will one day need to leave Neverland. Maybe you could start a little early and take a little break from Peter Pan while we're here?"
Perhaps you are all grown up, but this Friday and Saturday, you will have the opportunity to return to Neverland and reunite with Peter Pan and the lost boys as St. Matthew Lutheran School proudly presents Peter Pan Jr.