Third Grade Teacher
Hi my name is Jami Casas!
I am so pleased to be here at Hillcrest Christian School this year. I will be teaching third grade, and I am so excited to be part of this community. I have a B.A. in Liberal Arts and my California teaching credential from Pepperdine University. I recently finished my M.A. in Strategic Leadership from Life Pacific University, and I am excited to use what I have learned in my career. I am the children's and youth director at my church, and I spend a large amount of time at the church volunteering and training other brothers and sisters in Christ. I am blessed to be on this journey of teaching others through God's love.
Teacher(s): Mary Wilson & Jami Casas
Third grade is often considered a pivotal year in your child’s educational journey. Instruction in phonics is phased out and increased emphasis is placed on vocabulary acquisition, comprehension strategies, text analysis, language conventions, and writing. Hillcrest third grade students will learn to use context as an independent vocabulary strategy. They are learning to refer to information in the text when asking and answering questions about texts they have read. They will also apply analysis strategies to determine the theme or central message of text.
In mathematics, your child will deepen their understanding of place value and their knowledge of & skill with addition, subtraction, and multiplication of whole numbers. Your child will also develop an understanding of fractions as numbers, concepts of area and perimeter of plane figures, and attributes of various shapes.
In Social Studies we will cover the geography of our local region, American Indians in our region, how communities have changed over time, as well as American citizens, symbols and government.
For Science, this year is filled with the exploration of energy, matter and light. As well as investigation and experimentation relating adaptation to the survival and fitness of the organism. Your student will become familiar with the patterns and movements of the Sun, Moon, and stars—both as those bodies actually move and as they appear to move when viewed from Earth.
Most importantly, third grade will also be the year for students to develop a strong Biblical worldview. We will begin to explore what God and the Bible have to say about every aspect of our lives in a personal and meaningful way. We will do this by focusing on servanthood and what it means to be a servant in all aspects of our life.
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