Grade 3 Class Profile
About your Teacher
I am so excited about this new teaching year. I am especially thrilled to get to know your child.
Let me give a bit of information about myself. I am married and have 3 children of my own. I grew up in western New York State, graduated from and married a man from Nyack College near New York City, and first settled in upstate New York State. We later lived for a while in the state of Virginia.
I have had a variety of teaching experiences. I have taught two years of kindergarten, grades 1 and 2 combined, and 1 semester of grade 6 English. I've also taught English Language for four years at a university in Vietnam and home schooled each of my own children for 3 years. My previous five years in grade 3 at DIS have been among my favorite years of teaching and I hope to continue teaching grade 3 at DIS for several years to come.
This year I have 19 students registered for grade 3. I have students from North America, New Zealand, Korea, India, and Malaysia. We start each day with prayer. I then work the class hard each morning in Math and Language Arts.
Memorizing the multiplication tables is our biggest conquest by the end of the year in Math. Besides writing, grammar and spelling, we enjoy reading many short stories and several novels throughout the year in Language Arts. Among this list of novels is Charlotte's Web, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Chocolate Touch, Little House in the Big Woods, and The Mouse and the Motorcycle.
Each of these novels brings a flurry of activities and laughter. Once each child finishes this time of intensive study, quiet center time and silent reading complete the morning. In the afternoon we relax a bit while studying and experiencing early America, Malaysian Culture and Africa. Map Skills are also a big focus and a big hit with the students. In Science, we dig deep into plants and animals, and end the year flying high into the solar system. We end each day by studying a bit from the Bible. During this time we follow the life of Christ and study several of His parables.
What should Students bring to School?
Each day, please have your child bring to school a small water bottle to be kept in the classroom and a small back pack and place an umbrella in your child's locker to use throughout the year. Folders, paper, pencils, erasers, colored pencils, markers, crayons, scissors and rulers are all provided by the school so there is no need to bring any of these items. Mechanical pencils are not permitted as they can be quite a distraction.
This year some of our specials include:
Monday Music and Bahasa Malay
Tuesday P.E., Computer, and Library
Wednesday Music and Bahasa Malay
Thursday P.E. and Art