Third Grade

Identity Formation

Your third grader is becoming more independent and curious about the world and their role in it. At the same time, this growing sense of self may be accompanied by a feeling of separation and perhaps even loneliness. Our third grade curriculum helps your child navigate this pivotal developmental year of identity formation. We study creation stories that mirror an awakening to the human condition. And we introduce a wide range of solutions to human problems- farming, gardening, cooking, measuring, telling time, building shelters and weaving all help your child discover a new sense of self-reliance.

Grades Teacher Peter Lawton

Peter Lawton

Third Grade Teacher

Mr. Lawton joined City of Lakes Waldorf School in 2002 and has led two classes (2010 and 2019) from first through eighth grade. He holds a Bachelor of Music in voice from Manhattan School of Music, a Master of Arts in education and a Doctor of Education in policy and administration from the University of St. Thomas, and a Waldorf teaching certificate from Arcturus Rudolf Steiner Education Program. Before joining the faculty of City of Lakes, Peter taught middle and high school math for Minneapolis Public Schools. Click here to read Peter’s reflections on our annual alumni panel and how this event provides a unique opportunity for self-reflection; a chance to compare our ultimate hopes and dreams for ourselves and our children with our operative ideas regarding education, culture, and parenting.

Your third grader will learn:

Language Arts: Grammar, spelling and cursive writing

Literature: Multi-cultural creation stories

Mathematics: Long division, measurement and telling time

Science: Farming, gardening and house building

Spanish: Individualized dialogue, vocabulary, writing and reading practice, songs and stories

Physical Education: Folk dances, balance games, gymnastics, jump roping, hula hoops, clapping and chase games

Handwork: Crocheted ball, hat and puppet

Art: Watercolor painting, clay modeling and crayon drawing

Music: Recorder, singing and string ensemble

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