Students in grades 3-4 are offered a rigorous, experiential curriculum that accommodates all learners. We educate the whole child, spirit, mind and body.
Daily Religion class comprises: church doctrine, the communion of saints, sacraments, the marks of the Church, memorized prayers, moral decision-making and scriptural reflection, the structure of the mass, the trinity, and saints as models for Christian living. Additionally, children participate in daily prayer, weekly liturgies, and the celebration of Sacraments.
The reading program emphasizes excellent children’s literature, nonfiction, comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, and study skills. Students write in every subject area, using 6 + 1 Traits of Writing as a model.
Third and fourth grade students intensively study and practice cursive handwriting.
The math program at St. Peter’s Catholic School develops students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
The science program teaches the children to observe, notice, compare, measure and hypothesize about experiential lessons. The topics in grades three and four are: physics of sound, magnetism, electricity, astronomy, Earth Science- rocks and minerals, water, the water cycle, Life Science – the human body, the human ear, plants, and butterflies.
Students study units in social studies focused on the regions of the United States, map skills, community, and the rain forest.
Students attend music twice a week. Recorder performance begins in grade 3 and continues through grade four. Students also learn Orff pitched instruments and non-pitched percussion instruments as well as improved singing technique. Students perform in two concerts each year.
Art instruction introduces students to accomplished artists and various pieces of art. Students then explore art using different art media, while listening to corresponding classical music.