International Christian Leadership Institute

Third Grade

By 3rd grade, NCA’s students have spent two years mastering reading and doing basic math computations. More challenging work is enjoyed as they are able to branch out and handle more complex material in active group and individual work.

Specialties teachers offer PE twice a week, art and choir once a week, and library and computer skills twice a month. Students also enjoy attending chapel and reading to their younger reading buddies once a week. An Elementary Christmas Program and a third through fifth grade Spring Musical are presented each year.

A break from morning work involves snack and morning recess. Afternoon recess occurs after lunch. Field trips involve studying animal habitats at Beaver Brook Association, studying planets and the solar system at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discover Center, studying the revolutionary war at Minute Man National Park in Lexington, Massachusetts, and winter indoor games at the Hampshire Dome. In-house field trips include the International Fair presented by 5th grade and the Medieval Fair and Wax Museum presented by NCA’s Junior High.

 

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Curriculum

Language Arts

Trophies, Harcourt, C. 2005

The Language Arts Department seeks to teach student to “Think as well as read…Yield not your minds to the passive impressions which others may make upon them. Hear what they have to say; but examine it, weigh it, and judge it for yourselves.” – Tryon Edwards, 1809-1894.

This all inclusive curriculum focuses on phonics and strategies for individual student’s learning
needs and styles. In a continuation of the skill progressions from second grade, each subject area
builds on the others, reinforcing student learning and providing real time practice in vocabulary,
reading proficiency and comprehension.

Language B, A Beka, c. 2007

Students learn how to use words effectively to express God’s love to others. This work-text provides written practice for concepts the teacher has presented and the students have practiced orally in language class. Students develop the ability to apply knowledge of grammatical structure to their own thoughts and words. With repetition and review, students will master the concepts of grammar.

Mathematics

Singapore Math: Primary Mathematics Standards Edition 3A and 3B, Marshall Cavendish Education, c. 2008.

By placing us in time and space, God has limited us to the finite and measurable and set Himself apart. We see order in every area. The language and skills of mathematics build our understanding of this order, its patterns, precision and constancy.

Singapore Math offers a broad background in mathematics, offering multiple experiences which are designed to equip students with a strong foundation in mathematics. Topics are covered in depth and taught to mastery. Emphasis is placed on mathematical thinking by requiring immediate application of new skills to problem solving promoting an understanding of the way mathematical processes work.

Science

Purposeful Design Science Level 3, Purposeful Design, c. 2006

Science is essentially the study of God’s creation and his natural and physical laws through observation and experimentation. Scientific findings do not conflict with Scripture, though scientific hypotheses and theories often do, as a result of man’s lack of understanding and sinful nature. Our classes afford students the opportunity to evaluate current data and theories in the light of Scripture.

Purposeful Design Science builds understanding by involving students in the active processes of reading, thinking, and doing science. This curriculum provides balanced coverage of four major science strands: life, physical, human body, and earth. It contains comprehensive development of fifteen key themes including ecosystems, matter, electricity, musculoskeletal and nervous systems, health, rocks and soils, the earth’s surface, and space. Each year major themes are revisited, permitting re-teaching and extension of these themes at each grade level.

History

Our American Heritage, Third Edition, A Beka Book Publishing, c. 1997

NCA is committed to discipling students in a Christian worldview perspective of history. History is that glass in which we see the motives, ideas and deeds of men and by which we discern
truth from error, good from bad and beauty from distortion. These classes provide an important forum for students to consider God’s sovereignty over relationships, from the family unit to local communities to the development of nations and world civilizations.

The biographical format of this chronologically arranged introduction to American history makes it easier for students to remember important dates and events and gives them the right kind of heroes and valuable models of good character.

Bible

Walking with God and His People, Christian Schools International, c. 2009

The Bible classes support our desire to disciple each student toward a Passion for God and Compassion for People. Relationship and knowledge of God are developed through study of Scripture and through personal and corporate times of worship. As students examine the Scriptures, they are prepared to make an informed commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and to live out that commitment in love, obedience, and service.

The Third Grade Bible Curriculum is designed to teach students who God is, what he does, what he is like (personality), and to share with them his desire for relationship with us. God wants us to know him and enjoy him now and forever! Bible memorization is a key instructional strategy for students to place God’s word in their heads and hearts. Students will explore the book of Ephesians, the life of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob, Joseph, Moses and the Exodus, the Israelites’ Wanderings, and God’s Law.

Music

Curriculum is varied.

Music Makers, Young Musicians, LifeWay, Children’s Music Series- updated yearly
The Music Effect 1 & 2, Alfred, 2005
Boomwhackers

The purpose of the Music curriculum is first to glorify our Lord. Students are exposed to music as worship in singing, listening, responding, moving and playing instruments. Our goals include learning to enjoy all musical forms, to become listeners and performers, to develop self- discipline, to encourage participation and develop socially, to acquaint with other cultures and historical periods, and to build community within the Body of Christ. (Adapted from Heather Greenwood, “Why include Music in the Christian School Curriculum?” Nurture (Australia), Autumn, 1981)

Weekly elementary music classes build musical concepts and opportunities for musical expression through the years. All elements of music are introduced and developed at grade appropriate levels. Students in grades 3-5 also meet for choir once a week, culminating in a spring musical.

Art

The Elementary Grade Art Curriculum is designed to provide students opportunity for artistic expression in a wide variety of media – paint, craypas, clay, papier-mâché, markers, watercolor, origami and construction paper, colored pencil, assemblage materials, and yarn – creating 2-D and 3-D pieces of art. Eye training exercises and focus on growth in art vocabulary, concepts, and skills complete the program. Grades K through 5 meet for 50 minutes once a week, and K-4 meets for 25 minutes.

Physical Education

Students in Grade Three attend Physical Education classes twice weekly with a certified PE instructor working with National Standards.