Fourth graders are entering the “heart of childhood”. They’re feeling confident, independent and eager to take on new challenges. They have transitioned out of early childhood and feel ready to dive into a vibrant, inspiring curriculum.
You may notice a corresponding evolution in your child’s thought process as reasoning becomes more objective. Our fourth-grade curriculum is designed to support this new level of maturity as self-discipline and healthy work habits are developed at this age.
We study the gods of Norse mythology, who are full of vigor and strength that mirror the students’ vitality. There is greater immersion in fractions, continuation of developing vocabulary and grammar and a sharpening of their perception of the world. The students are beginning to learn about their place in the world, both socially and geographically, grasping a comparative sense of self. Some examples of this include:
- Study of the self and observation of similarities, differences and relationships between the human being and animals. This study is extended through painting, modelling, play acting and poetry recitation.
- Geography study starts with the local area and its geographical characteristics. The class studies lives of the First Nations people before the arrival of Europeans, the effect of their arrival, intermingling between the peoples locally and the history of settlement in our region.
Your fourth grader will learn:
Language Arts: grammar, punctuation, the nine parts of speech, the four sentence structures and composition, independent reading, discussion, speech and drama
Literature: Norse myths and Native American tales
Mathematics: long division and fractions, including adding, subtracting, multiplying and reducing mixed numbers and prime numbers.
History: Ontario history
French and German: formal grammar, gender, irregular verbs and personal pronouns, spelling practice, poems, tongue twisters and songs
Physical Education: gymnastics, double dutch, hula hoops, dribbling balls, clapping, chase games and creating original games, folk dances
Handwork: cross stitch embroidery and woodworking
Art: watercolor and acrylic painting, geometric and form drawing and clay modeling
Music: recorder, singing and string ensemble