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Fourth Grade


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. 


Depending on the needs of an individual child, and the homeschooling plan the family is following, more study may be needed at home to complement the classes chosen at Spring River if less than the 5 day schedule is chosen. Talk to your teacher or the program director for more information.


Main Lesson Subjects 

  • 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 build 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 practice and perform a class play or presentation tied to the curriculum shared with class families.


Special Subjects

  • 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 & drumming.

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

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.


At Spring River, the parents are ultimately in charge of their children's education, and the school is here to supplement and support.

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