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A Day in the Life of a Third Grader in May

June 2, 2021 | Cindy Kuperus

When I was young, there was a public service announcement on television that went like this: “It’s (name the time). Do you know where your children are?”

This blogpost is a telling of your children’s full day at school!

8:30: Worship, Greeting one another, games. In worship, we view a video of a teacher leading worship, and respond to it:

8:45: Reading and Writing. Currently, students are putting finishing touches on their poetry so that they are ready for the Poetry Publishing Party. While Levi types his poem,

Ruby and Tate practice reciting a poem by heart.

10:00 Music and Spanish: There is drama in Spanish and there are buckets in Music!

10:30 Snack

10:45: Park – time to run!

11:15: Math time. Students are adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers. They might go “shopping” and spend $10.00 to buy at least 3 items – and calculate the change they’d expect. It takes estimation, addition, AND subtraction to go through that process.

There’s always time for a celebration. These students are displaying their latest IXL certificates.

12:15 Lunch – sometimes there is a game!

1:00- Project Time and Science – In project time, students are finishing their work with wire.

Science: Plant and Animal Populations. By now, your children have observed and counted daphnia, damselflies, aphids, ladybugs, and fruit flies. Here is a photo showing the daphnia count for one vial.

2:30: Clean up, Pack up, Prayer: The candle is extinguished and children line up for dismissal.

Cindy Kuperus

Teacher, Grade 3 Mountains Class

Ms. Kuperus attended a small Lutheran grade school and has always been a student in multi-grade classrooms. She became interested in teaching, in fact, when she would assist classmates when the teacher was busy helping others. Her 5th/6th grade teacher, Mrs. Roman, encouraged her to think broadly about the world beyond their small town (population: 500), giving stickers to those who could answer a question from the World News segment from television the night before. She would be thrilled to learn that Ms. Kuperus has taught internationally in Masaya, Nicaragua, and Chengdu,China.

After graduating from Calvin College, Ms. Kuperus taught students in grades two-six for almost 10 years in Kentwood, Michigan. In 1994, Ms. Kuperus sought a teaching position in a school in the Northeast, anywhere but New Jersey. She’s now taught for over 23 years in NEW JERSEY! Two of her former students, Becca Brasser and Sam Martino, are now on staff at MSS.

Ms. Kuperus loves opportunities to travel, interact with the people, and taste the foods of the world. She’s also a person who ‘travels” with the characters in the books she reads!

It’s important to Ms. Kuperus that people’s voices are heard and that their needs for shelter and food are met. To that end, she volunteers for organizations like First Friends and the Sharing Place.

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