Grade 3

A Time of Discovery and Transformation

At around age nine, children begin to think in a more independent and critical way. They sense that they will make their own way in the world one day, and are eager to learn about the practicalities of daily life.

Third graders grow vegetables, build shelters, and learn about time, measurements, and money. They work with their hands outside the classroom and explore the fundamentals of grammar and mathematics inside the classroom. Reading is practiced, writing is strengthened, and children learn to sing separate parts in rounds.

Stories of the Hebrew People

Students explore stories of the ancient Hebrew people through the time of Moses. These are stories of people seeking a home on Earth and building community, themes that resonate in particular with children of this age. Exploration of world religions are taken up in later grades, including Islam and Buddhism in fifth grade.


Language Arts

  • Basic parts of speech, punctuation, and simple tenses of verbs
  • Reading comprehension and writing practice
  • Stories of ancient and indigenous people


  • Long division and multiplication introduced
  • Practice with addition and subtraction and expanded use of place value
  • Weights and measurements
  • Monetary calculations


  • Study of farming, agriculture, including cultivation of grain, cycles of composting, crop rotation, and animal husbandry
  • Study of local natural resources

Social Studies

  • Introduction to an historical timeline through stories of Hebrew Bible
  • Geography introduced with question of how human beings learn to life on the earth.
  • Study of shelters through time and around the world with attention to indigenous people and to the natural resources of the immediate environment
  • Study of farming and agriculture
  • Systems of money and time explored


  • Verses, songs, and oral lessons strengthen comprehension and speaking
  • Understanding of complex commands
  • Use of complex vocabulary and in complete sentences


  • Introduction to the origin and evolution of Chinese characters using paintings and pictograms.
  • Introduce the concept of Chinese radicals as the foundation of other more complex Chinese characters.


  • Crochet: chain stitch, single and double stiches, and crochet in the round
  • Continued practice hand sewing


  • Introduction of the interval of the third and diatonic scale
  • Musical notation introduced
  • Exploration of instrument families, and singing in parts


  • Movements for vowels and consonants practiced in conjunction with spatial forms
  • Scale of C-major and the interval of the third introduced

Games & Gym

  • Historical games from around the world; tagging games; relay races; handball games; free and imitation movement activities; parachute games
  • Spatial Dynamic exercise and Bothmer Gymnastics; circus art activities; self-control games

Grade 3 Faculty

Corinne Fendell
Class Teacher

Febe Chacon

Christine Wang

Deborah LeDean
Handwork Assistant

Erin Kemp

Lisa Sargent

Mona Nemetz
Games and Gym

Monika Leitz

Karmin Guzder

Precision in Handwork

Children work with raw materials, such as silk, wool, and flax fiber. Third graders learn to crochet in the round using organic yet mathematical sequencing patterns. They create their own multi-colored wool hats and other rounded pieces such as market bags or hacky sacks.