The Class 3 child leaves behind the complete magic of childhood and comes down to earth with awe and wonder for the world.
Class 3 Themes
Class 3 students are leaving the dreamy world of fairy-tales and fanciful animals behind. They have entered a new phase of life, that of practical work. They see the world as a concrete stable place. The people of the Old Testament who worked, toiled, and hoped that their efforts would make the world a beautiful place are now a tangible archetype for the Class 3 student. The students in Class 3 learn what it takes to tame the wilderness with their skills of building, farming and gardening, cooking, and weaving. All of these newly acquired skills are once again depicted in their Main Lesson books with their growing language and mathematical fluency.
It is now in Class 3 that reading truly becomes independent. Students continue to recite verses and dramatize stories and plays in chorus, but their individual silent reading is now something they take up with joy.
Arithmetic is now much more demanding. As the numbers become larger, the steps involved in finding a solution increases. The students begin to spend less time on rhythmic circle games, and practice in writing and thinking mentally with the four operations increases. Now is the time for students to begin learning measurement, time, estimating, and rounding. All of these skills are put to practical use when it comes time in the year for the shelter-building project.
Students in Class 3 begin to look at and use tones in their painting and drawing. Light tones, dark tones, two tones, and shades of tones become important factors in the composition of their work. Students in Class 3 paint a color creation story from the book of Genesis based on their studies of the ancient Hebrew people.
Students in Class 3 continue to work with beeswax forms, but now the emphasis is on the transparency of the wax. Concave and convex shapes are drawn out of the wax, so that thicker and thinner areas are created. This makes part of the figure darker in color and part lighter, depending on how the light shines through the wax.
Students in Class 3 focus on the metamorphosis of forms. Thus, if the first form drawn is a circle, how would one draw three intermediate forms so that the final product would be a figure eight?
In Classes 1-3, children are immersed in the French language through songs, games, and stories. Puppets add a lively element to the lesson and develop the children’s imagination and listening skills.
The students in Class 3 learn to crochet. Crochet allows for more flexibility in shape shifting than knitting. Students often crochet their own belts, washcloths, water bottle covers, gloves, and hats.
In Class 3, students are taught by the school’s music teacher, while singing and morning recorder playing continues with the class teacher. Class 3 students begin to sing rounds, a natural introduction to the experience of harmony. In Class 3, many Hebrew folk songs and rounds are taught, which support the general curriculum. Towards the end of Class 3, the students begin to learn to read notes on the staff line.
Energetic and imaginative circle and running games continue in Games/Movement class. The children are honing the sportsman-like attitude toward games and are now able to find themselves within their own space and place in a group game. More emphasis is beginning to be placed on the individual, readying them for more organized sports in the coming years.