The greatest emphasis in Grade three is that everyone tries to live their lives as Jesus asked us to live. In our daily religion studies students develop an appreciation of the scriptures and God’s inspired word, participate in the liturgical and sacramental life of the church and understand that we are part of a global community in which we share a responsibility for each other’s well being. Our math curriculum includes number theory, estimation, operations, measurement, geometry, algebra, data analysis, statistics and probability. This includes math facts which are cumulative skills and must be consistently reinforced throughout the year to achieve mastery. The reading and language arts curriculum develops comprehension skills to increase ability to read a variety of texts for a broad range of purposes. Through our Voices Reading program students apply a wide range of comprehension strategies before, during and after reading to comprehend, interpret, evaluate and appreciate texts. The social studies program incorporates our school wide Character Education program, civics, economics, history, geography and mapping skills. In Science there are many opportunities for “hands on” learning with “in-house” field trips and loan boxes from the South Central Regional Water Authority and visits to area museums. Independent work and learning how to complete work independently, is a goal for each student. Students work at their own pace while there are daily small group activities, teacher lead, to allow for differentiation and to encourage appropriate social skills and polite manners while having discussions for both reading and math. This is balanced with Cooperative Learning Skills. Students work together in pairs or small groups to complete math assignments or work on reading or writing skills.
Miss Anastasio is in her twenty sixth year teaching at St. Aedan - St. Brendan School. She began as a second grade teacher and remained there for fourteen years. She then moved to middle school teaching mostly math and religion. She received a BAS degree in Elementary Education and Business Management from Salve Regina University and an MS degree in Elementary Education from Southern CT State University. She is certified in both Connecticut and Rhode Island. She has taken classes towards her 6th year degree in Math for Secondary Education.
Miss Anastasio is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a group of women educators who meet to discuss areas of concern in education and do fundraising activities to support local and international children's organizations. She is also a member of NCTM, the National Council of Teachers' of Mathematics, and ATOMIC, Association of Teachers of Mathematics in CT. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.