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.

Third Grade Teacher Rosie Cole

Third Grade Teacher Rosie Cole


Rosie Cole

Third Grade Teacher

Rosie first joined City of Lakes Waldorf School in 1993 and co-founded our Circus Arts Program. She studied at Evergreen State College and is completing her Waldorf certification at Rudolf Steiner Centre. She studied Waldorf movement education with Edmund Knighton, Waldorf Education at Rudolf Steiner College, and has attended Waldorf education classes with Helen LubinLeo Klein, Elena Baba and Dennis Klocek. Her circus, theater, mime, clowning and movement experience includes American Ballet TheaterBond Street Theater CoalitionAlvin Ailey and Theatre of Fools. She has performed at The Fringe Festival, Guthrie Theater and Disneyland, among many others. She won the Minnesota Independent School Forum’s Story Award in 2012 for her extraordinary work at City of Lakes Waldorf School.

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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