Fourth grade is a transitional year strengthening student independence and responsibility to ensure academic success. Students are taught tools of Bible study through investigation of God, His Word, the Holy Spirit, the Church and salvation. Incremental growth in reading and writing skills continue as students are exposed to quality literature and comprehensive writing instruction. Monthly book reports are assigned to further synthesize reading and writing. In math, students are challenged in problem solving and more complex computation. The study of science allows students to apply and expand their knowledge in scientific processes, including observation, research, drawing conclusions, and critical thinking. Students will learn about electricity and magnetism, energy, ecosystems, rocks and minerals, and the effect of waves, wind, water and ice on the Earth. In Social Studies, students learn the story of California. In addition to the specific treatment of milestones in California history, students examine the state in the context of the rest of the nation, with an emphasis on the US Constitution and the relationship between state and federal government. Students write several research reports and/or create projects about California (Explorers, Native Americans and a Mission).
Fourth grade is a major step for students to become independent learners. Much of the teacher directed activity is gradually replaced by more student initiated and directed work. Building on the third grade introductions to organization and self-discipline, this grade takes students to the next level of responsibility. A highlight of fourth grade is increased responsibility for the school such as raising and lowering the flags each day.
Handwriting – Zaner Bloser Handwriting (Zaner Bloser)
Math – CA Math (Harcourt)
Reading/Language Arts/Phonics/Spelling – Houghton Mifflin Reading (Houghton Mifflin)
Religion – One in Christ (Concordia Publishing House)
Science – California Science (Pearson Scott Foresman)
Social Studies – Our California (Scott Foresman)
Lead1st and LeadNow
The Lead1st Program (1st – 3rd grade) is a leadership program focused on introducing positive character traits and strong ethical values to all students. The 16 leadership traits are introduced through play and project-based learning, whereby students take turns leading their peers. Everyone receives opportunities to experience leadership both as a leader and as an active team member. As leadership abilities emerge, students are provided more frequent and complex opportunities to serve as Team Leaders. Students displaying a strong aptitude during Lead 1st are encouraged to enroll in the more concentrated leadership training curriculum for 10- to 13-year-olds called LeadNow (4th and 5th grade).