The Punahou Journey
Junior School

Grade 3

Third-graders remain in the Kosasa Community, as they move into their new classroom, meet new teachers and make new friends. The curriculum’s focus on connections and Hawaiian and Polynesian studies gives students culturally-grounded, place-based and hands-on experiences.
Teachers nourish a growing independence and greater responsibility students have as learners, classmates and members of the Punahou ‘ohana. Varied lessons allow for thoughtful personalization and unique, meaningful learning. Standing strong in the face of challenge and leaning on a community that values the importance of “others” over “self” characterizes the special and rewarding year that students have in third grade.

Core components also include PE, outdoor education, music and art, as well as once-per-cycle ‘olelo Hawai’i (Hawaiian language), mele, chapel, drama (incorporated in chapel) and Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning (SEEL) curriculum that continues to build empathy and develop social- and self-awareness, responsibility and decision-making skills.

Much of this year is spent in preparation for the third grade lū’au in March, for which students grow and prepare their own traditional Hawaiian food, make their own ipu, share mele and play traditional makahiki games. Third graders also perform in Punahou’s schoolwide May Day celebration.