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The 3rd Grade Classical Curriculum

Continuing the curriculum path established in 2nd grade, Gulf Pointe Academy's 3rd grade curriculum utilizes Memoria Press' highly acclaimed classical liberal arts education model.  The cultivation of wisdom and virtue is accomplished in two ways:  first, through training in the liberal arts; and secondly, through a familiarity with the great books and the great thinkers of the Western tradition.

The liberal arts are the generalizable linguistic and mathematical skills that enable a person to excel in every academic area—as well as in the practical activities of life. In classical and medieval times, there were thought to be seven of these arts or skills: grammar, logic, and rhetoric (the “trivium”), as well as arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music (the “quadrivium”). The first three were linguistic arts, and the last four were mathematical. We would probably say today that there are more than just the four mathematic skills worthy of mastery, but the liberal arts remain the greatest summary of the skills a person should be expected to know in order to be accounted an educated person.

Through the study of the greatest that has been thought and said by Western writers and thinkers, we pass our cultural heritage on to our children. Western civilization is made up of three elements: the Greeks, the Romans, and the Hebrews—and the coalescing of these three cultures into what later became known as Christendom, the Christian civilization that remained the dominant cultural force in the West until the early 20th century. A familiarity with the Greeks, the Romans, and, most importantly, the Christian Bible is essential to understanding our culture.

The liberal arts are the “how” of education, and the study of Western culture is the “what”. A mastery of both of these is the best way to prepare a child, not only for college, but for life.

Complete Curriculum

Latina Christiana I – 2nd year Latin

Ludere Latine

Farmer Boy

Charlotte's Web

The Moffats

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

D'Aulaires' Greek Myths

Christian Studies I

The Golden Children’s Bible

New American Cursive 3

States & Capitals


History – Story of the World

English Grammar Recitation

Introduction to Composition

Poetry for the Grammar Stage

Rod & Staff Math 3

Rod & Staff Spelling 4

Read-Aloud Program

The Fourth of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh

Lucy's SWinnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire

American Tall Tales by Mary Pope Osborne

The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright

James Herriot's Treasury for Children by James Herriot

A Day on Skates by Hilda van Stockum

The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

 Casey at the Bat ill. by LeRoy Neiman

Cupid and Psyche by M. Charlotte Craft

They Were Strong and Good by Robert Lawson

The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg

Persephone by Sally Pomme Clayton

Chanticleer and the Fox by Barbara Cooney

Rikki Tikki Tavi by Rudyard Kipling, ill. by Jerry Pinkney

The Tale of the Firebird by Gennady Spirin

Over the River and Through the Wood by Lydia Maria Child

The Gift of the Christmas Cookie by Dandi Daley Mackall

An Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco

The Nutcracker by E.T.A Hoffmann

The Nutcracker by Stephanie Spinner

Twas the Night Before Christmas ill. by Matt Tavares

Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck

Pandora by Robert Burleigh

Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky

King Midas and the Golden Touch by Charlotte Craft

Pegasus by Marianna Mayer

The Tale of the Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt

The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen, ill. by Jerry Pinkney

The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen

The Brave Tin Soldier from the library of AAS

Squanto & the Miracle of Thanksgiving by Eric Metaxas