3rd Grade

                                                Welcome to Third Grade

Parents of 3rd Grade,

Third grade is a year in which students are challenged with many new responsibilities as well as extra-curricular activities.  Also, the 3rd grade year introduces the student to the intermediate grades and new expectations.  Ultimately by middle school multiple teachers, greater independence, and self-monitoring is assumed.   Toward that end, many experiences that will be happening in 3rd grade may be different than in the past years, and adjusting to these new expectations may take several weeks to more than a month, or most of the year.

We believe that our job as your your child’s teachers is to assist you in the education of your child so that each student can reach his/her potential in all aspects of life.  We feel that work, laughter, praise fun, understanding and self-discipline are all key components for the learning process.  Our goals are:

1. To teach students the fundamental skills that are essential for them to know in order to perform well at their age level and in later years.  This includes challenging them with higher-level thinking skills, problem solving, and integrating technology into the curriculum.

2.  To maintain a feeling of well-being within each child and to work at building self-esteem,     using appropriate behavior and manners in the classroom.

3.  To increase the students self-reliance, independence, and responsibility incorporating study skills, organizational tools, and appropriate consequences when needed.

We would encourage you to speak with your child about the experiences we have in the classroom and to ask about what we do here educationally.  If at any time you wish to speak with us or have questions about anything, please feel free to write a note, leave a message, e-mail, or call to set up a time to talk.  We look forward to a great year together.

Sincerely,

Allison Decman

allison.decman@keithschool.net

(815)399-8850 Ext. 151

Third Grade 6-day schedule

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Allison Decman

Third Grade
B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Northern Illinois University
Illinois Teaching Certificate in Early Childhood Education
M.A. in Reading and Literature from Walden University

Allison joined the Keith lower school faculty in 2010 with more than 10 years of classroom and community education experience. She has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Northern Illinois University and a M.A. in Reading and Literature through Walden University. Throughout her career, Allison has taught several different grade levels and is well-versed in designing creative lesson plans that accommodate multiple intelligences. In addition to working as a classroom teacher, Allison has also worked as an administrator at Argyle Preschool and at the Sylvan Learning Center.

Email: allison.decman@keithschool.net