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3rd Grade

Independence & Relationship with God

In 3rd Grade, students are ready for more autonomy and can thrive under more structured learning. We delight in seeing God grow their capacity to study and their desire to serve the body of Christ using their unique gifts. Understanding that God created children with different learning styles, we use many strategies to help 3rd grade students see themselves as readers, writers, explorers and historians who take ownership and responsibility for their learning.

Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

1 Timothy 4:12

Faith Formation

The Bible is the lens through which we look at everything at HCS. It weaves throughout our curriculum, and worship and prayer are daily class activities. Nurturing a delight in studying the Bible and sharing about their faith is paramount for our Christian faith. Students attend Chapel and discuss their learning with their teachers and classmates.

 Faith Portfolio

The 3rd grade spiritual portfolio invites students to write about "God stories from third grade that I will always tell."

Faith Capstone

The 3rd grade capstone project focuses on the season of Lent. Students are encouraged to do deeper reflection, additional scripture reading, and more consistent prayer. We challenge students to sacrifice something meaningful in their lives to help them grasp the importance of Christ being a sacrifice.

Learning Areas

In 3rd Grade, students study the Old Testament books of Genesis through Judges, further their proficiency in multiplication and division, analyze weather systems and ecosystems, and even participate an in-depth study of Michigan. From Michigan’s history to current economies, students gain new appreciation for this place we call home. In fact, toward the end of each academic year, our 3rd grade students enjoy a trip to the State Capitol and Michigan Museum where they can see a Model T and stand on the floor of Congress. 

Our biblical worldview is present across all areas of learning. Through an interdisciplinary approach, our teaching utilizes thematic units to connect Bible, language arts, math, and science. Weekly “Specials” provide additional experiences in the arts, Spanish, literature, and physical education.


  • Bible
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies

3rd Grade

Students participate in supplementary subjects: 

  • Art
  • Library
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish

3rd Grade

Mrs. Kelly Caryl

Mrs. Melissa Epker

Ms. Harlie Hubers

Ms. Amber Ritsema

Mrs. Jenna Schramm


  • Devotions
  • Bible
  • Math
  • Snack/Recess
  • Spelling
  • Specials
  • Social Studies/Science
  • Lunch/Recess
  • Reading
  • Writing

Made In Michigan

From food to festivals and Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes to the Soo Locks, our students know a thing or two about Michigan! Every year our 3rd Grade students host a Michigan Museum featuring their individual exhibits about our great state.

3rd grade student shows school history project


We’d love to talk with you about how HCS can partner with you to challenge the heart and mind of your elementary student. If you are ready to learn more about HCS, we invite you to connect with us using the form below.

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