Third Grade - Hybrid
Third grade is the transition from learning to read to reading to learn. Students explore both fiction and nonfiction texts to making connections including visualizing, wondering, questioning, using text features, inferences, analyzing text structure and summarizing. Math takes off in 3rd grade with memorizing multiplication facts, division, multi digit addition and subtraction, real world problems, fractions, time, geometry and preparation for concepts in Algebra.
Students will be joining in the school-wide spiritual theme and reading and memorizing from the book of Philippians. Students will als be challenged by true stories of missionaries, using HeroTales and other biographies from YWAM Publishing. They discover interesting cultural aspects and prayer needs of worldwide ethnic groups around the world.
Students read a variety of fiction and non-fiction “living books”, based on the country of study during the week. Students use these texts to work on personal reading strategies, comprehension and reflection skills.
Spelling, handwriting, creative writing, and grammar are taught using a variety of materials. Copy work, dictation and memorization are incorporated into the week.
An assortment of maps, globes, and reference books are used to geographically study diverse cultures and countries. Games and hands-on activities are incorporated into the classroom to reinforce vocabulary, facts, and research skills.
Valor Christian Academy uses Sadlier for our math curriculum. Sadlier provides:
- Extensive opportunities for practice of concepts and fact memorization
- A focus on conceptual development of numeracy
- Multiple ways to develops math fluency and conceptual understanding
- Support for deepening the vocabulary of numeracy and cognitive rigor
- Digital tools for families on their at-home days
The core of this science curriculum uses Foss Science curriculum while enriching learning through the Living World Encyclopedia. This science program focuses on God’s amazing world and is supplemented with many hands-on activities.
ART & MUSIC
VCA encourages children to have fun exploring the world of art through the use of their creativity and critical thinking. Students explore different artists, mediums, and creative thinking that correlate with the humanities that they are studying! The study of arts and crafts, as well as music, is based on the countries that we visit throughout the year.