Third Grade

“The third grader, becoming aware that he or she is forever leaving the world of early childhood, suffers a sense of irretrievable loss. This is experience, which is microcosmically akin to the “expulsion from Paradise,” is addressed on the soul level by our study of the Hebrew Stories, On the physical level, just as Adam and Eve were told that they would have to earn their keep “by the sweat of their brows,” the third grader seeks a way in which his or her will may be brought in relationship with their new home – the earth. With this in mind, we learn how the gardener and the farmer live and work.”  Eugene Schwartz – millennialchild

In this exciting year the children garden and build and immerse themselves in all things practical and grounded.

  • Cursive writing
  • parts of speech
  • sentence building and punctuation
  • composition
  • time / weights and measures
  • money and the use of money
  • higher multiplication tables
  • measurement
  • carrying and borrowing
  • Old Testament stories as an introduction to history
  • American Indian legends
  • foreign language (same as above)
  • the octave in song and recorder
  • musical notation
  • luster colors and interaction of colors in painting
  • crochet
  • modeling from main lesson work
  • house building, farming and clothing
  • building materials and food productions
  • ring games, line games, work games and songs


Carole Whitridge

Carole grew up in Scotland, graduated with Honors with a Degree in Primary Education from the University of Dundee and taught First Grade there before landing a wonderful job in Singapore, where she taught in an International school.  The experience of working with teachers from the United States, Australia, the U.K, Canada and New Zealand taught her how to collaborate on a deep level and she gained insight into education systems around the globe.

During her years at university, she spent every summer working as a camp counselor at an eight week sleepover camp on Lake Thompson in Maine.  Carole likes to say that she learned everything about organizing a large group of people during her time there.

Her two children have gone all the way through Waldorf Education.  They are confident, capable human beings with a diverse set of skills. Every day that she watches them tackle advanced math, organize a challenging homework load, give a presentation or pick up an instrument and write their own music, makes her even more certain that Waldorf Education teaches the whole child and teaches every child.

She is currently working on getting her Waldorf Grades Teacher Certification at The Micha-el Institute in Portland.  She particularly enjoys being part of the ongoing conversation of how to bring Waldorf in our culture and time, and best serve our children.