Third Grade

Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.

        —Eleanor Roosevelt

Discovering Individuality

For the first time, third graders begin to experience their individuality, and the curriculum is shaped to support them during their time of discovery of their separate self. Main Lessons on farming and building, grammar, parts of speech and cursive writing, as well as weights and measures fulfill their desire to know and understand the physical world and their place in it. As with all grades in the Waldorf curriculum, the Subjects scaffold the Main Lesson for an all-encompassing approach to learning.

Main Lesson Block

  • Old Testament Stories

  • Native Tales

  • Nature Studies

  • Reading

  • Grammar

  • Shelters

  • Gardening

  • Poetry

Subject Classes


  • Singing

  • C-flute

  • Reading music begins in pictorial form

  • Stringed Instrument – cello, viola, or violin 

Practical and Fine Arts

  • Form drawing

  • Beeswax modeling

  • Watercolor painting

  • Drama

  • Embroidery

  • Weaving

  • Spinning

Movement/Spacial Dynamics™

  • Developing hand-eye coordination

  • Strengthening fine motor skills

  • Folk Dancing

  • Eurythmy


  • Spanish:  introduction to simple vocabulary

  • Mandarin

  • Exposure to Hebrew

Download the comprehensive Third Grade Curriculum.


  • Speech

  • 4 operations

  • Long division

  • Time

  • Measurement

  • Prime numbers

  • Carrying and borrowing

  • Cursive


Every student in grades 1-8

plays a musical instrument.  

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