Fourth Grade

Art education watercolor Waldorf

Fourth graders are passing through the midst of the nine-year change. The fourth grade curriculum addresses a child in possession of greater certainty and confidence. At this grade level, the child is more assured of his/her own place in the world and is able to assert more individual needs and wants. The curriculum correspondingly evolves away from the unified approach of early childhood into the teaching of more specific subjects. The Main Lesson blocks are more varied in the fourth grade than they have been in the earlier grades, reflecting both the children’s individuation as well as the intellectual breadth of which they are beginning to be capable  


This class may be combined with 5th grade. Class teachers of combined classes have adjusted the traditional main lesson block schedule with thoughtful consideration to meet the ages within and the children within their class.  Depending on the needs of an individual child, and the homeschooling plan the family is following, more study may be needed at home to compliment the classes chosen at Spring River. Talk to your teacher or the program director for more information.

Handwork Waldorf School

Main Lesson Subjects (Covered daily in 5, 3 or 2 day sessions)

  • Math: Review four processes; advanced multiplication; long division; place value to millions, averaging; perimeter and area; factoring; estimating; rounding; word problems; mental math; introduction to fractions

  • Language Arts: Elements of grammar; parts of speech; continuing cursive; punctuation; writing well structured paragraphs; book reports; expository writing, creative writing, narratives; building fluency through regular reading practice; sight word recognition, high frequency words; prefixes & suffixes; spelling and vocabulary development; Norse mythology

  • Science: Continuation of nature studies through experiences in nature and hikes

  • Living Science:  To cultivate a sense of awe in the students regarding science and the natural world around them using experiences with scientific concepts, observations, and experiments to form meaningful impressions that can building onto future experiments and deeper learning. Focus: Trees, local fauna and floral seasonal

  • History, Geography & Social Studies: State and local history

  • Visual & Performing Arts: Form drawing and drama. Each class will be practicing and performing a class play or presentation tied to the curriculum which is shared with class families.


Special Subjects (weekly)

  • Handwork: Cross-stitch, mirror image/symmetry; woodworking.

  • World Language: Continuing Spanish instruction with writing/recording orally-learned material, basic grammatical principles

  • Visual & Performing Arts: Drama; painting; modeling/sculpting.

  • Nature Immersion:  All-weather hikes and immersion in the forest beach areas on Fridays.

During the year, your child's teacher will plan field trips to enhance what's being taught in class. Advance notice will be given and we encourage parents to plan to attend whenever possible.