Welcome to the Intermediate Class!


In the Intermediate classroom we create a fun, inviting environment where each child feels safe, respected, loved, and accepted.  Throughout the year, we teach children to look for God in all areas, both in academic work and in daily interactions.  Using textbooks as a guide, we broaden the learning experience through personal experiences, teacher-created materials, games, and activities.  Students are also introduced to keyboarding and age appropriate technology skills, using a school chromebook.

We strive to meet each student’s individual learning needs, giving consideration to learning styles and using a hands-on approach.  For example, owl dissection has long been a part of our engaging Science curriculum.

Our teachers team up with parents to build godly character in the children within the context of school life.  We want students to feel successful and confident while developing a growing appreciation of the unique, valuable person whom God has made them to be.

Mrs. Anita Wasson

Anita is our teacher for the Intermediate classroom (grades 3 and 4). She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from SUNY Cortland and an M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.  In addition, she holds a NYS permanent teaching certificate, and is an active member of the Dryden Teachers Center.

Anita loves the school’s family atmosphere, in which she has the freedom to pray, worship, and talk about the Lord with her students and colleagues.  Anita is married and resides in Endwell, NY.  She has one adult child, as well as one grandson who is currently an eighth grader at CLCS.  Anita is passionate about international and Scottish folk dancing, and she also enjoys bicycling, swimming, running, walking, and reading.

We begin each day with Bible study; reading Scripture positions us for the day ahead. We look for life application with a focus on what Jesus would do in any given situation. Students memorize Scriptures consistently throughout the year as well.  The Intermediate class uses the International Children’s Bible.

We put special emphasis on prayer. Each year, the students create a prayer chain as a visual reminder of God’s faithfulness. Students pray each week for concerns that they’ve written on a strip of paper. As prayers are answered, we hang them up. At the end of the year, we are amazed at the way God has answered our prayers.

In Language Arts, students hone their reading skills.  We use fun trade books to work on reading comprehension, decode unfamiliar words and learn new vocabulary.  Book discussions are lively and thought-provoking.  When we have a literature circle, each student has a “job.”  For example, the Discussion Director independently crafts questions to spur discussion and shares at the group meeting.  Book projects enhance learning as well.

For weekly spelling tests, students study words in a variety of ways and learn how to use them.  In writing lessons, we emphasize the composition process.  Students practice many different kinds of writing, including poetry, book reviews, and experiential writing.  Weekly grammar instruction rounds out the language arts program.
Teacher resources

Building Spelling Skills Evan-Moor
Grammar Workshop (Level Green) Sadlier – Oxford
Teacher selected Trade Books and supplemental materials
Vocab Workshop- Sadlier-Oxford

A to Z Reading website

For all new concepts, we begin in the concrete and move toward the abstract.  Students often use manipulative materials and games to practice new skills.  The next step may involve pictures in lieu of hand-held materials, and finally moving to pencil and paper calculations.  Our overarching goal is to build confidence and enjoyment of math in all its various forms.

Math instruction is implemented at two separate levels.  When instruction is given to one group, the other group is working independently on skill reinforcement activities.  Students use a variety of games for reinforcement of concepts.  At this level, students have daily math homework and chapter tests.

Teacher resources

Singapore Math

Greg Tang Resources

Creative Publications Problem Solving

Teacher created materials, activities and games for reinforcement

Our curriculum is set up on a two year cycle.  In addition to basic geography instruction (landforms, continents, oceans, countries), we place special emphasis on New York State.  We study important landforms, people, historical development, and current events on a both state-wide and local level.  Hands-on activities reinforce concepts.  Typically, we make salt maps and take field trips to places like the Eight Square School or the Bement-Billings Farmstead.

Most years, during the last quarter, students engage in a lengthy report process.  Grade 3 students choose a country to research while Grade 4 students delve into gathering information about a city in New York State.  The report also incorporates a fun project tailored to the interest of Grade 3 students, while Grade 4 students receive a poster making assignment to encourage creative design skills.  Since this is a first-time experience for most students at this level, parents are quite involved in each step of the process.  It is a great learning experience and yearly highlight for students and parents alike.

Teacher resources

New York Social Studies Grade 4 McGraw-Hill

Daily Geography Practice Evan – Moor

WorldKids Magazine, for current events

Trade Books to support topics taught

Science is filled with fun!  Our course is set on a two year cycle with weekly lab sessions and lab wrap-ups.  In the lab, students are given hands-on experience using the scientific method: practicing skills such as making observations, taking measurements, and recording and interpreting data.  The wrap-up includes reading, writing, and application of content presented in the textbook.  Students spend approximately three weeks exploring various topics including magnetism and electricity, properties of matter, energy, and weather.  Every other year we study embryology: we explore the life cycle of a bird by hatching live chicks! (This study is done in conjunction with Cornell Cooperative Extension.)  Additionally, students participate in a school science fair each year.

Teacher Resources

Science (Levels 3-4) New York Edition – Scott Foresman
Picture Perfect Science Lessons, Using Children’s Books to Guide Inquiry, 3-6, – NSTA Press

Jones, TonikaMiss Tonika Jones

Tonika teaches Spanish to our Intermediate students.  When the students enter the classroom, they begin with a conversation reviewing basics by saying Spanish words that correspond to pictures, objects, or lists that are pointed to or by responding to questions.  Depending on the level, it might include repeating the alphabet, colors, numbers, and classroom objects.  They also practice saying the date and describing the weather.

The Total Physical Response approach helps students use motions to demonstrate the meanings of 10-20 action verbs.  Tonika begins the lesson with worksheet activities that may include coloring, fill-in-the-blank, translating, or cutting and pasting.  In addition, students enjoy related activities like painting, making posters, eating food, learning Spanish songs, making puppets, having a pretend “store,” dressing up, playing vocabulary bingo, and other games.

Teacher resources

Teach Them Spanish! (Grades 3 – 4)