Class 4 with Ms. Daniela
“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 confusions and contradictions as they feel the need to begin learning how to navigate both, 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 mind 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 observing 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
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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 Class 4 learning basic embroidery stitches and techniques to make an embroidery scissors case and a needle book. 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 pencil case. They will use a watercolor painting as a mirror image pattern for a cross stitch pencil case. When the cross stitch is finished, the students will learn to hand sew a zipper, backing, and lining to the pencil case. Symmetry and color theory will continue as the students design their final project for Class 4, a cross stitch pin cushion. The students will use their experience of making the pencil case to 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, intervals of third and fifth, basic C-major scale, 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.
American Sign Language with Ms. Rebecca
Under the direction of amazing Ms. Daniela, we will be learning vocabulary in ASL that supports their main lessons. Some of these will include vocabulary and conversations surrounding map making, kingdoms of nature, and math terminology. In grade 4, children will begin to learn the grammar system of ASL by exploring prepositions, articles and pronouns.
Music with Mr. Mark
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"Ms. Daniela has truly been amazing this year. It is obvious how much love and preparation goes into every lesson, and the effort she puts into make each child feel special in her class. We would not be homeschooling again next year if Ms. Daniela wasn’t moving to 4th grade, our son has thrived in her class and we are so grateful!" ~ The Clarks