While Rome illuminates the formation of governments and sciences, Greece illuminates the human condition. Students are introduced to the kinds of characters they will surely meet in life through the entertaining and exaggerated stories of the Greek gods. With beautiful artwork, Greek myths are timeless and universal stories that serve as archetypes for the human character and the search for the divine. Students will use D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths which they love and will inevitably want their own copy!
Third graders embark on part 1 of a three-year journey through the Bible that builds faith by teaching Salvation History as real history. In third grade students work through the first five books of the Bible learning all the major Bible stories up to the entry into Canaan. Maps, timelines, activities, and discussion questions offer the critical integration that is central to classical education.
Via Latina Christiana, students learn vocabulary, systematic grammar, and Latin sayings. Also included are prayers, songs, history lessons, and games which add interest and motivation.
Because Latin hymns are set to music, students learn them faster and remember them longer than a traditional memory exercise. Christian Latin should always be the first step in learning to translate Latin literature because it has shorter, simpler sentences and clearer word structure than classical authors. Just like you wouldn’t study calculus before you learn algebra, you shouldn’t approach Caesar, Cicero, or Virgil before you conquer Christian Latin.
Students in third grade read such beloved favorites as Farmer Boy, The Moffats, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and Charlotte’s Web. Third graders also memorize poetry, continue to reinforce phonics through Spelling Workout Level D, and have writing lessons in structure and style through the All Things Fun & Fascinating IEW curriculum.
Students learn the states and capitals of the United States. By the end of the year, students will be able to label all 50 states on a U.S. map (with the capitals).
Students are thrilled to study animals in third grade! Using the engaging The World of Animals as the primary text, alongside What is the Animal Kingdom? and What is a Mammal?, students study rodents, elephants, primates, marsupials, and much more.