Transitioning from second grade to third grade can seem like an insurmountable task at times to any young child. In second grade they were tested on such facets of education like cursive and in math being able to solve story problems. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, the education and curriculum only begins to get more difficult as they progress through elementary school. In the third grade the student has progressed half way through their elementary education and teachers and administrations will start to show the students what they will need to advance onto middle school, high school and hopefully college. Parents too, should take an even more engaged role as the second line of defense when it comes to making sure the child is absorbing what they are being taught in third grade.
English becomes a key component of the third grader’s education as they will start to learn what it really takes to construct a sentence as well as putting together actual paragraphs and truly understanding what goes into that. Third graders will be called on even more to figure out ways to sound out and figure out words that had previously been unknown to them. From here on out elementary school kids will not longer be able to lean on the excuse of a word being “too big” or “too hard” when talking about reading and writing it. Using a dictionary comes into play quite often at this grade level as students are expected to find out ways to solve these problems on their own more and more.
In mathematics, parents should prepare to help their children deal not only with solving multiplication tables reaching up to 9×9 but there will be timed tests that will show not only that the student is able to solve the problem but can solve it in a short amount of time and under a bit of pressure.