Third grade is a year of many transitions. One is the change from the “elementary” years (K-2) to “upper elementary” or (3-5). Third graders have hallway lockers for the first time and they start becoming more independent and learn to manage their study time. They are asked to become more advanced readers, writers, thinkers, speakers and mathematicians now that they have mastered some basic skills. Texts they read are much longer, more challenging, and filled with facts on difficult concepts. Analyzing text in all subjects becomes even more important. Students take on the responsibility of managing their assignments with a daily planner. Students develop study habits and strategies in order to prepare themselves for tests with larger amounts of material.
The opportunity for fine arts experience increases with the challenge of learning the recorder (preparation for band). They begin more advanced art studies and participate in the spring musical with the fourth grade.
Third graders learn how to work on long-term, large projects. After we study “Little House on the Prairie” students make a homestead or covered wagon model. After we study the solar system, students design their own model (to scale) and write a report on a planet of their choice.
Students expand their reading knowledge by reporting on different genres of literature. Book projects become an opportunity to show their creativity and add public speaking to their growing list of skills.
Third graders have opportunities to expand their understanding with special field trips: a tour of the library and learning how to find information using the Dewey Decimal System, seeing a local gem and mineral collection, classes at the planetarium, a visit to a prairie homestead and one-room school, and a lesson about communities through visiting a local business.
Third grade is a pivotal year, and an amazing time to learn and grow!
Looking at each student as a child of God, I will partner with parents to help each child grow spiritually, academically, physically, and emotionally. It is important to maintain a nurturing environment where students can reach their God-given potential. With the help of the Holy Spirit, it is my mission is to inspire my students to become lifelong learners and servants for Christ.
WHY YOU WANTED TO BECOME A TEACHER
I feel it is my calling, my vocation, to teach in a Lutheran school. I am called to be a servant of God to my students and our school community. I enjoy the company of my students and the relationship that is formed through the year. It gives me joy to see students gain new insights and learn more about the world in which they live, as they become equipped with important skills they need in life. Most important, I have the opportunity to share the Gospel in word and actions, teach Christian values and attitudes, and train disciples for Christ!
I enjoy music, especially playing the organ and piano. I have the opportunity to accompany the church choir and play for church services. I also enjoy playing the violin for my own enjoyment and I stay busy giving piano lessons.