In fourth grade, learning comes to life through hands-on application of skills, collaborative exploration, and independent research. As students mature academically and socially, the fourth grade program allows them to practice and apply skills that will enable them to embrace the increasing responsibilities of future academic years. Children develop and solidify strategies to further develop their critical thinking ability and enable them to become increasingly independent learners. The program is designed to help students become capable, creative thinkers, while fostering concern for and commitment to the group as a whole.
Being the “seniors” of the Lower School, the fourth graders assume the special responsibility of being positive role models for the younger students in our community as they assume leadership roles in Lower School Mustang Meetings.
As children at this developmental stage are more curious and aware of the larger world, the curriculum seeks to expose students to issues of diversity, respect for the environment, and the importance of developing skills of self-reliance. Through the social studies curriculum in which the students study California history, they come to understand the importance of respect for individual cultures, and begin to develop an appreciation for differences.
Highlights of the fourth grade year include weekly visits to the science lab, working with robotics, our trip to San Juan Capistrano and Lazy W Ranch, a visit to the Aquarium of the Pacific, working with Villa Esperanza School, and packing food for families around the world at Children’s Hunger Fund.