How To Help Your Child Prepare For Third Grade

Did you know that the transition from second to third grade is often considered to be one of the most difficult years in your child’s education? Are you looking for ways to help your child prepare for third grade? By the third grade, children have spent two years mastering reading and doing basic math computations. In third grade, they are able to branch out in their studies and handle more complex material. These tips from our tutoring company in Los Angles can help prepare your child for success in third grade. 

Why Is Third Grade So Important?

Third grade signifies the transition to the final two years of elementary school, otherwise knows as the upper elementary school. Third grade has been identified as important to reading literacy because it is the final year children are learning to read, after which students are “reading to learn.” If they are not proficient readers when they begin fourth grade, as much as half of the curriculum they will be taught will be incomprehensible. This transition from lower elementary grades to upper is sometimes considered to be even more challenging than the transition to middle school. Students and their families often struggle with the many new expectations in third grade.

Reading to learn is one of the most valuable skills for students to develop and master for their future. Literacy and reading skills create the foundation for future academic success. Without these skills in place, students are far less likely to understand what they are learning at higher elementary grade levels into middle school. Not only can this hinder their knowledge, but it can also leave students struggling with anxiety, stress, and low self-esteem. Although it may seem hard to believe that third-grade reading skills could have such a significant impact on a student’s future career, in fact, they do.

Another main change in third grade is the beginning of high-stakes standardized testing. In California, students take the Smarter Balanced tests starting in third grade. The Smarter Balanced English language arts assessment measures how well students have mastered English language arts skills including reading, writing, and critical thinking. The Smarter Balanced mathematics assessment measures how well students have mastered math skills and concepts.

Third graders are required to complete much more of their work independently. Therefore, it becomes necessary to develop some new skills. Third-graders need to become more responsible, develop a strong work ethic, and be able to focus for extended periods of time. 

What Math Concepts Is My Child Expected To Know Before Third Grade?

While there is a multitude of third-grade math standards, you can expect a stronger emphasis on multiplication and division. It will be important that students learn their multiplication facts early, and have a deep understanding of how multiplication works. By the beginning of third grade, kids start using abstract thinking skills in math. They will be working with three-digit numbers and using their understanding of place value (for example, knowing that the “3” in “357” is in the hundreds place and means “300,” the “5” is in the tens place and means “50,” and so on).

Third-grade math expects students to know their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division fact families and use them in equations and two-step word problems

In addition, 3rd graders need to know how to

  • Read and write large numbers through the hundred thousands, knowing the place value for each digit.
  • Use number lines.
  • Round and compare numbers.
  • Understand equivalent fractions, be able to compare fractions and change mixed numbers to improper fractions.
  • Know decimals to the one-hundredth place.
  • Recognize and write patterns.
  • Do mental addition and subtraction.
  • Add four-digit numbers.
  • Subtract with regrouping.
  • Know time to minute and elapsed time in minutes.
  • Read and make graphs.
  • Determine a shape’s perimeter and area.
  • Recognize two-dimensional shapes.
  • Measure with both Customary and Metric systems – length, weight, volume and temperature.
  • Multiply three and four-digit numbers.
  • Divide two and three-digit dividends.
  • Divide circles, squares, and rectangles into equal portions (halves, thirds, quarters).
  • Measure and estimate length using inches, feet, centimeters, and meters.

English Language Arts and Literacy Expectations For Third Grade

Rising third graders are expected to know how to collect information about a single topic from a variety of sources and summarize it. They are also expected to use editing and revising skills in their writing. By the beginning of third grade, children have already started gaining vocabulary and fluency skills. Here are some of the ELA and literacy expectations for third-grade students:

  • Know how to collect information about a topic 
  • Be able to read different styles of text: articles, short stories, short chapters in a book
  • Ask appropriate questions and answer questions about a text (who, what, where, when, why, and how)
  • Read fables, folktales, and myths
  • Recall and retell events from a story in order
  • Tell how the author uses details to support their story or text
  • Compare and contrast elements in different stories (characters, settings, plot, and problems)
  • Discuss a story or topic with their classmates
  • Read grade-level assigned books

Here are some ways kids build skills in reading comprehension and literacy areas and get ready for third grade:

  • Read fables and folktales from different cultures and identify the central message, lesson, or moral in the stories
  • Read about science, social studies, and history and determine the purpose and main idea of these texts
  • Answer who, what, where, when, why, and how questions about stories (both in writing and when speaking), using the rules of standard English
  • Describe how an author uses detail to support an idea
  • Gather facts about a topic and describe what was learned (Watch a video on how third graders do research for an essay.)
  • Write about an event with a beginning, middle, and end
  • Write about books using details and examples to back up opinions

Simple Steps To Help Your Child Prepare for Third Grade

By now, you know that getting your child ready for third grade is important. But it does not have to be very difficult. There are several steps parents can take in order to make this transitional year go smoothly for students:

  1. Be aware of the expected changes in third grade, and help your child understand the new expectations. 
  2. Have your child complete their homework independently. Then, look over their assignments, and provide any needed assistance. 
  3. Work with your child to make sure multiplication facts are mastered early in the school year.
  4. Don’t hesitate to speak with your child’s teacher if you have any concerns or questions.

As at any age, read with your child daily. The US Department of Education suggests 20 minutes every day. Reading aloud can start well before children understand the words you say. The sound of your voice coupled with a warm snuggle and a good book can ignite a love of reading very early on, and continue into their elementary years and even beyond. If you find that your kids are not very interested in reading with you, find books your third grader will love, even if you don’t. 

Tutoring4Less Prepares Students for third grade in Los Angeles

The transition to third grade is an important milestone, and at Tutoring4Less we see dozens of students make this transition every fall. Now you know what third graders are supposed to know, it’s time to ask yourself: Are your child’s skills on par with his or her grade level? Do they need additional support from a structured program and a qualified tutor? 

If you would like assistance with helping your child prepare for third grade, our Los Angeles tutoring program may be right for you. While traditionally many parents associate the word “tutoring” with subject-specific help after school, our Los Angeles tutoring program provides strong foundational skills for students of all ages, including those entering third grade in the fall. Contact us for a free assessment and to discuss whether your rising third-grader would benefit from our services. 

LAUSD Calendar For the 2022-2023 School Year

Los Angeles County District Calendars for 2022-2023

Here are all the dates you need to know for the school year 2022-2023 for LAUSD students.


The first day of school for the 2022-2023 school year for LAUSD is Monday, August 15, 2022.


The last day of school for the 2022-2023 school year for LAUSD is Thursday, June 15, 2023.

2022-2023 LAUSD School Holidays

Thanksgiving Break 2022

Thanksgiving Break is from November 21, 2022, and November 25, 2022.

Winter Break 2022-2023

The 2022 Winter Break will start on December 19, 2022, and run through January 6, 2023. The kids will return to school on January 9, 2023.

Spring Break 2023

Spring Break is from April 3, 2023, through April 7, 2023. The kids will return to school on April 10, 2023. 

2022-2023 LAUSD School Calendar

Here is the list of all the dates you need to know for the school year 2022-2023: 

First Day of School – August 15, 2022

Admission Day – September 2, 2022

Labor Day (no school) – September 5, 2022 Unassigned Day (no school) – September 26, 2022

Unassigned Day (no school) – October 5, 2022

Veterans Day (no school) – November 11, 2022 Thanksgiving Holiday (no school)- November 21-25, 2022 Winter Recess (no school) – December 19, 2022 – January 6, 2023 Second Semester Begins – January 9, 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (no school) – January 16, 2023 Presidents Day (no school) – February 20, 2023 Cesar Chavez Day (no school) – March 31, 2023 Spring Recess (no school) –  April 3-7, 2023

Unassigned Day (no school) – April 24, 2023 Memorial Day (no school) – May 29, 2023 Last Day of School – June 15, 2023

Calendars 2022-2023: Start & End Dates For All Other LA County Districts: 

ABC Unified School District: August 22, 2022 – June 8, 2023 

Alhambra Unified School District: August 9, 2022 – May 26, 2023

Arcadia Unified School District: August 17/18, 2022 – June 7, 2023 

Antelope Valley Union High School District: August 8, 2022 – June 1, 2023 

Baldwin Park Unified School District: August 18, 2022 – June 8, 2023 

Bellflower Unified School District: August 11, 2022 – June 1, 2023 

Beverly Hills Unified School District: August 15, 2022 – June 1, 2023 

Burbank Unified School District: August 15, 2022 – May 25, 2023

Compton Unified School District: August 18, 2022 – June 9, 2023 

Conejo Valley Unified School District: August 24, 2022 – June 15/16, 2023

Culver CityUnified School District:  August 18, 2022- June 9, 2023

Downey Unified School District: August 17, 2022 – June 7, 2023 

Duarte Unified School District: August 12, 2022 – May 27, 2022

El Segundo Unified School District August 23, 2022 – June 9, 2023

Glendale Unified School District: August 17, 2022 – June 7, 2023 

Hermosa Beach City School District: September 6, 2022 – June 22, 2023 

Inglewood School District: August 22, 2022 – June 8, 2023

La Canada Unified School District: August 15, 2022 – June 2, 2023 

Las Virgenes Unified School District: August 24, 2022 – June 14, 2023

Long Beach Unified School District: August 31, 2022 – June 15, 2023 

Manhattan Beach Unified School District: August 24, 2022 – June 15, 2023

Monrovia Unified School District: August 17, 2022 – June 7, 2023

Montebello Unified School District: August 15, 2022 – June 9, 2023

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District August 11, 2022 – May 31, 2023

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District: August 24, 2022 – June 8, 2023

Paramount Unified School District: August 17, 2022 – June 8, 2023 

Pasadena Unified School District: August 11, 2022 – June 1, 2023 

Pomona Unified School District: August 11, 2022 – May 31, 2023

Redondo Beach Unified School District: August 17, 2022 – June 8, 2023 

Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District: August 18, 2022 – June 9, 2023

South Pasadena Unified School District: August 11, 2022 – June 1, 2023

Torrance Unified School District: August 25, 2022 – June 15, 2023

West Covina Unified School District: August 18, 2022 – June 9, 2023

William S. Hart Union High School District: August 9, 2022 – June 1, 2023

The Pros and Cons of Los Angeles Public Library Tutoring

Did you know that the Los Angeles Public Library has free tutoring options available for students in grades K-12 and even adult learners? They have volunteer homework helpers to provide online assistance with math, science, English, social studies, and AP and introductory college classes. The goal of the free tutoring program is to provide the students in Los Angeles County with critical educational and career preparedness support. Tutoring 4 Less also offers online tutoring and homework support services for a huge range of subjects. What are the advantages of both?

Homework Help from the Los Angeles Public Library or Tutoring 4 Less

With a free option available at the library, you may be wondering how  a professional tutoring center is different and whether it’s worth the price. The main difference between the services offered by the LAPL and Tutoring 4 Less is that the Library offers a free service staffed by volunteers, while Tutoring 4 Less is a professional tutoring center with years of experience providing tutoring for Los Angeles students. This difference manifests in several key ways.

  • Structure: All Tutoring 4 Less tutoring sessions, while adapted to a student’s particular needs, follow a particular structure, a lesson plan to ensure that the standards of our organization are upheld. LAPL works with volunteers, so there is not as cohesive a structure as you may find elsewhere.
  • Consistency: The LAPL offers virtual tutors who volunteer, meaning that they are not beholden to consistent schedules. Your child may have an amazing tutor that really works with their particular learning style one week, but the next week struggles with another tutor who has not yet built that rapport. Tutoring 4 Less offers in-person or online tutoring with one of our professional, credentialed tutors assigned to support your student and build an effective rapport with them over the course of their sessions.
  • Credentials: While the LAPL sources tutors that are professionally trained and experienced, their credentials might be from different areas of the United States and not current or applicable to California. Tutoring 4 Less’ tutors are all qualified and up-to-date with their professional and safety certifications.
  • Availability: The LAPL program offers tutoring help 12 hours a day between 11am and 11pm. Students are required to have a Los Angeles library card and a computer or mobile device with internet access. Tutoring 4 Less offers online tutoring but also has a homework center where students can work, in South Gate. 
  • Versatility: While the LAPL program can help students with homework, professional tutors such as Tutoring 4 Less can assist with test preparation and academic intervention.
  • Accountability: Working through Tutoring 4 Less’ specific program, our tutors monitor a student’s progress consistently and discuss said progress with the student’s parents. This is not a system that the LAPL program can emulate.

While the LAPL offers a great program for those in need of free tutoring, a professional tutoring center such as Tutoring 4 Less will get better results for your young academic by developing a long-term relationship in order to best support their learning style and round out their study skills.

Find out how our 100% bilingual tutors and staff can support your child’s learning today. 

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