Class 4: Ms. Daniela (2023/2024)
Live Zooms in Pacific Time
Track 1 Class Zooms: Tuesday & Thursday
Enrichment: Wednesday 8 am
Track 2 Class Zooms: Tuesday & Thursday 2 pm
Enrichment: Wednesday 9am (Handwork 8:30 am PT)
Parent Office Hours: Tuesdays at 8 amApply Here!
"Ms Daniela deserves the best of reviews. We are so pleased with her teaching, kind manners and accessibility. She always responds quickly to our emails and questions. Her instructional videos are beautiful, serene and colorful. She is dedicated to parents as much as she is to the children. She made this past year’s extraordinary lock down situation to the most pleasant we could have ever wished for. The girls, pumpkin and I are so grateful for all that Ms Daniela has done for us. Thank you thank you thank you!” ~Shiva
“For the Fourth Grade child, the inner and outer worlds are no longer one. The child experiences these worlds torn apart. Self-consciousness becomes stronger, and the soul life becomes more inward and independent. The task of the teacher and parent is to lead the child into a world that is filled with beauty and meaning.” – Rudolph Steiner
During this year, children become increasingly awake to the awareness of their individuality, they look around and seek to discover where they stand in the world around them. Some of their experiences can be filled with confusion and contradictions as they feel the need to begin learning how to navigate both, the calm and rocky waters of their world. They experience rising self-consciousness and heightened cognitive awareness. They become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and will. A fourth grader’s questioning springs forth with “Why? How come? Are you sure? How do you know?” on a daily basis. The curriculum seeks to help them discover and explore possible answers to these seemingly endless questions.
Meeting the children in the beauty of colors, creative artistic explorations, and outdoor experiences in nature can provide nourishment for their soul journey and inspiration to their inquisitive minds as they strengthen their confidence in the sense of connection and belonging to their family, community, their class, and their friends near and afar. The curriculum meets them in this stage with the mythological images from Norse Sagas, stories, and legends inspired by their local area history, mapmaking, and the colorful qualities of artistic work.
Math curriculum reflects their perception of many, seemingly very separate, parts of their world by introducing them to fractions, their qualities, and ways of working with them through the four basic processes.
Science studies take a turn from nature and living on the earth to more specifically observe the world of nature around them. The children take a close look observing animals, landscapes, and their relationships to each other and to the human being.
Main Themes of Grade 4
Language Arts: Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar, Norse Mythology, stories inspired by local history, stories inspired by the history and cultures of Native civilizations
Math: Expanding on the work with large numbers, Introduction to Fractions, Long division, averages, checking own work
Science: Human Being & Animals, Landscapes & Animals
Social Studies: Compass, Mapmaking, Local Geography (neighborhood, town, state, region), Stories inspired by local history, stories inspired by the history and cultures of Native civilizations
Artistic Work: Watercolor, Drawing with pencils, Drawing with crayons, Form Drawing and Freehand Geometry, Songs, Recitation (poetry and class plays), clay modeling
Sample Video's from Mrs. Daniela:
Enrichment is incorporated in your full class experience!
Meet your Four Fold Enrichment teachers!
Handwork With Ms. Maggie
As the children begin crossing over from childhood to adolescence during the 4th grade year, the primary focus of handwork is to awaken an appreciation for form and to strengthen fine motor skills through embroidery and cross stitch. We will begin the year learning basic embroidery stitches and techniques to make an embroidered needle book and scissors pouch. Next, we will work with color theory, color conversation between two color families, and creating a symmetrical form to embroider onto a handwork bag. The students will continue working with color theory and symmetry to create a beautiful unique design on a cross stitch pin cushion. The students will carefully consider their color pattern for the pin cushion, stitching the lightest color in the center. The stitched form will duplicate and mirror itself in all directions, including diagonally. This process develops pattern recognition and sharpens eye hand coordination.
Eurythmy Inspired Movement With Ms. Tiffany
The theme of the fourth grade is “We are here; we work hard; we are humans. Apollonisians.” We will work hard! This year will we will dive deeper into the eurythmy gestures and what they mean. When we walk forms; we do it always facing towards the front of the room, which brings about spatial awareness. We will work with rhythmic principles like basic tone gestures, as well as, beat, rhythm, and pitch. For copper rod exercises, we bring a mix of basic rod exercises for a light mood, and intermediate exercises which take work and concentration.
German with Mr. Dornemann
The aim of the course is to experience the German language, to get used to its sounds, acquire basic vocabulary and speaking skills. It is intended for beginners with no or little previous exposure to the German language.
In the recorded part of the lessons there will be listening and speaking activities, poems, songs, stories and tongue twisters. Students will practice speaking by repeating what the teacher presents. In our live sessions we will engage in speaking and conversation as well as call and response.
The vocabulary covered will include actions, counting, phrases, cultural references and many words describing aspects of everyday life.
Music with Mr. Mark
In Music Class 4 we use singing games, dancing games, sing-alongs and stories to create music together. We explore physically the steady beat, how the beat relates to rhythm, and how beat and rhythm relate to melody in a naturally organic progression. The material we use incorporates the season we're in as well as aspects of the students’ Main Lesson blocks. Emphasis is on creative expression and musical exploration, where everyone participates together in the creation of beautiful music. Music Notation is introduced in a fun, organic way that relates to the Feeling Life of the music rather than the Intellectual. We incorporate Beginning/Intermediate Recorder into our musical explorations (some students may already be playing recorder at this age, and I take that into account as I incorporate complete beginners with those who have some recorder skills, so that we can all progress together).