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Third Grade

“It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.”    – Ann Landers

Third Graders develop independence in a safe and supportive environment while experiencing remarkable academic and social growth.

Third grade is the year of practiced independence. As students move from the primary toward the intermediate grade levels, they explore school in a more autonomous way. Students are supported by their teachers in handling and celebrating their successes, as well as their challenges, whether they are working collaboratively, with classmates or independently.

The abstract reasoning skills of Third Graders are developing quickly, and they are challenged to use this new-found skill to problem solve and think critically about both academic topics and their peer relationships. Play becomes more self-directed. Field games and imaginative play starts to become more organized and elaborate. Imaginative scenarios blend academics learned in class with fantasy as students are at an age to understand more about history and the world around them.