Third Grade


  • Legoland
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Various theater productions
  • Discovery Cube


  • Christmas Program
  • 3rd Grade Chapel Program – Fruit of the Spirit Day
  • Seuss Day – Read Across America


  • Science Fair Project
  • Weather Report
  • Book Reports



ABEKA Publishers – Reading goals will be met through small group, whole group, and independent reading exercises. Students read Charlotte’s Web and other novels as a class. Small reading groups use ABEKA readers, focusing on accuracy, pace and expression, by reading aloud. The Accelerated Reading program allows students to work at their own pace focusing on comprehension and vocabulary assessment. Students are encouraged to participate in the Reading Partners Calendar and Book-It programs which involve reading with an adult at home. Book reports are due periodically.

Sadlier Oxford Publishers – Focus on mastery of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts within a prescribed timed test. Covered concepts include: place value, time, money, measurement, basic algebra, geometry, fractions, and problem solving.

Spelling: ACSI – Purposeful Design – Level 3 Workbook. Spelling lists are grouped by phonetic patterns. Workbook and homework pages accentuate the specific phonetic patterns and help to develop vocabulary through word study. Spelling tests are given each Friday.

Language: ABEKA Publishers – Grade three begins with types of sentences, emphasizing capitalization and punctuation. It continues with dictionary skills, parts of speech (noun, verbs, and adjectives) and creative writing.

Cursive Writing: Regular practice in cursive letters. Exclusive use of cursive during the third trimester.


Harcourt/Houghton Mifflin Publishers Level 3. – Third graders learn about animal adaptations, various living environments, our solar system, properties of matter and different types of energy.

Positive Action for Christ Publishers – Level 3. Third grade studies Creation, Steps to Salvation, the Patriarchs, and other heroes of the Old Testament.

Harcourt/Houghton Mifflin Publishers – Third Grade focuses on “communities”; urban and suburban, changes and growth, government, geography, and history. We also subscribe to Scholastic News, in order to cultivate an interest in current events.

Art, Computers, Library, Music, and P.E.


Mrs. Lori Southerland



Mrs. Lori Southerland received her California Teaching Credential from C.S.U.N. in 1980. She was a co-founder of Bethesda Christian Academy in Culver City, CA, where she taught kindergarten and first grade. Later, she taught kindergarten and second grade at Redeemer Baptist Elementary School in West Los Angeles. She has also been a substitute teacher for L.A.U.S.D. and Saugus Union School District. Between her various teaching positions, she worked at her father’s electronic telecommunications company, doing procurement and contract administration for commercial and government contracts.

Mrs. Southerland began substituting at V.P.S. in 2000. She has taught full time at V.P.S. in grades first, second, third, and fifth, since 2003. Her two children and her niece are graduates of V.P.S.

“I love the family atmosphere shared between the staff, parents, and students at V.P.S. I am also very grateful for the opportunity to help children grow academically, as well as spiritually.”


Favorite verse: Proverbs 3:5, 6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”