A Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 12 co-educational independent day school in Westchester, New York

Lower School Curriculum Guide

Grade Four

 

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 skills and enable them to become increasingly independent learners. The program is designed to help students become capable, creative thinkers, while fostering concern and commitment to the group as a whole.

Addressing the social and emotional needs of each student is an important component of the fourth grade program. The use of the Responsive Classroom approach helps to create a supportive environment where students can succeed socially and academically. The program’s key social skills, CARES: cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control are part of the fabric of the fourth grade curriculum. 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 Meetings and serve as buddies to the younger students.

As children at this developmental stage are more curious and aware of the larger world, the curriculum seeks to build a greater understanding of social issues and diversity and how they impact our perceptions of others, the world, and ourselves. Through small group discussions, social studies curriculum content, public purpose initiatives, and developmentally appropriate literature, students uncover issues of diversity, learn to respect individual cultures, and develop skills for handling issues related to peers, families, their communities, and the world.