“It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.”
– René Descartes
Third grade is an exciting year at Carlthorp School. While enjoying themselves, third graders focus on developing personal responsibility, independence, and learning basic study habits.
The third grade American Indian social studies curriculum frames the year. With trips to the Chumash Museum, third graders begin to broaden their understanding of American history. The Tribe Report allows the children to show their mastery of the writing process and also introduces them to formal aspects of a research paper. The completion of this report is the proudest moment of the year.
Third graders are ready for Current Events! Finding topical articles in the newspaper or children’s news magazines, the students learn to digest information and present it in their own words in front of the class. By the end of the year, the children are confident and composed in front of an audience as you can see when they present a musical revue, Ode to the Code.
Small-group study in English, math, and reading helps to prepare the children for the upcoming challenges of fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. Trips to the Art Room, the Science Lab, and Spanish class help round out the day.