The third and fourth grade class has Bible together. Through fourth grade, the elementary classes use the A Beka flashcard Bible stories series. In addition to learning spiritual content through these narratives, students are spiritually challenged with Scriptural applications from each lesson. Units in this rotation include the Salvation Series, Parables, Samuel, David, Elijah, Elisha, and Daniel. During the year the class memorizes Hebrews 11. Bible class also includes learning new hymns each month. This curriculum will be taught during the 2010 – 2011 school year. Weekly chapel services and special presentations at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter by the local CEF director supplement the Bible curriculum. Twice each year students visit Balanced Care Nursing Home and share Scripture and hymns they have learned.
Reading comprehension becomes increasingly important in third grade. Students are taught comprehension strategies and encouraged to become more independent readers using A Beka reading books. Vocabulary study and oral reading are also part of reading class. Third graders complete a book project or short report each month on a book of their own choosing. For example, in October, students read a biography and then dress as their character and present interesting facts and important accomplishments of their person. Other projects include making pop-up books, book wheels, and dioramas to illustrate their books. Students are especially challenged to read during two reading contests each year. During May they complete a page long written book report.
Third graders study proper use of the English language in order to communicate effectively. Students use Language 3 by A Beka. Units in the third grade language curriculum include sentences, capitalization, punctuation (periods, question marks, exclamation points, and commas), dictionary skills, forming plurals, forming contractions, word usage, recognizing synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms, writing friendly letters, nouns, verbs, including diagramming subjects and verbs, and creative writing activities.
Third graders review the formation of lower case cursive letters and learn to write the cursive upper case letters using various materials including A Beka.
Students use Spelling Grade 3 by ACSI Purposeful Design Publications to expand their spelling abilities. Students participate in a variety of activities to increase their knowledge of letter-sound relationships. Exercises include phonics practice, learning syllabication rules, proofreading practice, dictionary practice, writing activities, and more. Several vocabulary words are added to each spelling lesson.