What to Expect: Fourth Grade

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We have chapel each school day. Chapel includes scripture memory, geographical prayer focus, and hymns.  We recite in chapel once each semester.

Special classes are P.E., Music, and Art.  We have P.E. daily.  We have music first semester culminating in a  fall program.  We have art second semester culminating with the End of School Art Show.

Bible memory includes:  Job 12:7-10 and Genesis 1:1-27.

Other memory work:

  • The Arrow and the Song
  • Ozymandias
  • Learning to Read
  • How Doth
  • Songs about the Bible
  • The Eagle

Our science instruction is from Apologia Science: Land Animals of the Sixth Day.   We read about Carolus Linnaeus as an example of a scientist who believed in God.

Teacher chapter book read alouds may include: Pollyanna, John Bunyan’s Dream Story (children’s version of Pilgrim’s Progress), Jorli

Students also may read the following Literature Circle books together at school:   Rabbit Hill, Bible: King James Version, Number the Stars

The poets that we study in fourth grade are: John Greenleaf Whittier and Alfred Tennyson.

We read these stories from Shakespeare: Hamlet and A Comedy of Errors.

Parents of first through sixth graders read a variety of quality children’s literature selections as family read alouds each year.  We celebrate the completion of each book with a book party.  This year’s selections are Time Cat, Homer Price, Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang and Quintus.

Some Language arts skills learned through First Language Lessons and Writing With Ease are:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Narration of lengthy stories
  • Use parts of speech in various ways
  • Dictionary skills
  • Learn advanced punctuation rules
  • Dictation of lengthy sentences
  • Diagramming complex sentences

We continue growth in spelling, reading, and writing by practice with all 70 phonograms, advanced phonograms, and all spelling rules. We use cursive in our written work in the fourth grade.

In Math we will use Math in Focus: The Singapore Approach4 A and 4 B.  We will use a variety of “hands-on” experiences with manipulatives along with our unique calendar folders to help students grasp concepts from the concrete to the abstract.

We study the same historical time period as the rest of the school.  Our curriculum uses Story of the  World as a key text along with children’s literature and historical articles found online. Learning activities, memory work, and geography are part of our weekly routine. Each year we rotate through one of four time periods: Ancients, Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern.

Daily, we spend 15-20 minutes outside, weather permitting. Each fourth grade student is asked to bring his own healthy snack every day.

Some of our field trips and special events may include:

  • Cameron Park Zoo
  • Canine Newsletter
  • Zoo Project
  • Demonstrate and Pontificate

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