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Writing Letters Sample Lesson
This is a good year to introduce two basic forms of letters: the friendly letter, and the business letter. In the third year the student is engaged in activities with house building and gardening. Sometimes supplies need to be ordered such as packages of seeds, twine or a gardening tools. Although it is probably more convenient simply to go to the store or order supplies by phone, for the sake of learning and practice, have the student make an order for supplies by writing the business letter.
Sample Sundial Lesson
This is a fascinating project for the student, and it can also be related to the presentation of life in Egypt during the time of Moses. This can be made as simple as a stick placed in the ground surrounded by marker rocks, or it can be constructed from a dial of wood with gnomon (the upright pointer) made from metal or wood.
Sample Felting Lesson
The picture shows a group of Scottish women fulling wool, a necessary step in processing to ready it for either spinning into yarn, or pounding it into felt.
Rice Farming Sample Lesson
Rice loves the water. We would not expect to find it growing in hot and dry areas like millet. Rather, rice is found in places where there is a lot of rain and warmth. In some places where rice is grown, the rains come at a certain time of the year and pour day and night without stopping sometimes for several weeks.
Earthen Dwellings: Adobe
Today we will study a type of dwelling made from soil known as an adobe house. Since the house is built from bricks created from the surrounding soil, it is quite inexpensive to construct. The materials are readily available, and though the adobe brick is not a great insulator, it does maintain a cool temperature in the hot summer sun.
Marduk, Slayer of the Dragon
s a show of appreciation, all of the gods and goddesses set to work creating a splendid palace for Marduk, the elected prince of heaven. When this work was completed they stood before him and spoke as one heavenly chorus, “Go, Prince Marduk, slay the dragon Tiamat who would destroy us and all good things that we have created.
Painting the Six Days of Creation from Genesis
When presenting the lessons, the teacher can begin by describing the phenomena in the existing world that correspond to the creation. For example, on the third day, the teacher would begin the lesson by speaking about the plant kingdom. She would call to mind many kinds of growing things describing the shape and where it is found, from mushrooms and fungus, algae and lichen, to conifers, leafing trees and flowering plants.
Grammar, Spelling, Proverbs, and Riddles
There is much composition writing throughout the year in the study of the stories from Hebrew culture. This book supplements that work in language arts with learning grammar, parts of speech, punctuation, letter writing, and furthering the study of phonics in application to spelling skills.
Time, Measure, Form Drawing, and Money
In this study student enters into the conventions for the measure of time, lengths, weight as well as fluid and dry measure. The four processes are applied in practical ways to the world of measure. There is also an overview for math goals in the third year as well as rhythmical exercises for learning the times tables during the opening activities of the morning.
Humanity on Earth: Fiber, Fur, Fullers and Weavers
This third book focuses on the natural materials from which the varied cultures of the earth have created the first clothing. Thus, it is also a science of materials from both plant and animal sources.
Humanity on Earth: Food and Farming
Similarly, the second book on farming and humanity’s foods also takes the wide view of soils of the earth and how the human being has integrated into varied environments across the globe as a tiller of the earth rather than a hunter/gatherer.
Humanity on Earth: Dwellings and Housebuilding
There are three books on the theme of Humanity on Earth. All three books employ a “hands-on” experiential approach with many activities supporting the content. We could reduce the overall conception of these three books to the basic necessities of living: food, shelter, and clothing.
Stories from the Cradle of Civilization: Sumer and Akkad
This book covers other inhabitants of the Fertile Crescent during the rise of Hebrew culture. Here one will discover figures of other cultures similar to Noah and Job and other prominent figures of the Bible. There are many opportunities for watercolor painting activities in this study of comparative cultures.
Stories from the Cradle of Civilization: The Hebrews
Every grade in the Waldorf school curriculum is inspired by a literary/historical/cultural theme. Saints and fables are the stories of the second grade, fairy tales are found in the first grade, Norse myths and Beowulf will be found in the fourth grade. Here in the third grade, the stories and myths of the cultures arising in the Fertile Crescent are the theme.
Introduction to the Third Year
The Introductory book provides the teacher with block rotation for the entire school year, reading lists of tried and true books for the young student, essays on the Nine-Year Change, materials list for the classroom and other useful information.