What to Expect in Fourth Grade
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:14
BIBLE: Students learn through Deep Roots Bible Curriculum, which is an Apologetics and Worldview Bible curriculum developed to equip students with the tools and training to stand firm in the face of today’s cultural challenges. Students also learn Red Star Scripture passages and recite them from memory.
HISTORY: Our study of history begins with St. Jerome in the Middle Ages and continues through the Renaissance and Reformation.
READING: Students read books such as Sign of the Beaver, Medallion, Amos Fortune, and Shakespeare to continue improving their comprehension skills and learn literary devices and critical thinking skills.
LANGUAGE/WRITING: Students learn dictation skills, practice spelling, review grammar rules through jingles, and write, label, and classify sentences. They also write paragraphs and correspondence letters.
SCIENCE: Students study the scientific method, the earth’s movements, rocks and minerals, weather, and atoms and molecules.
MATH: Students focus on multiplication and division and deepen their understanding of fractions, including equivalent fractions and addition and subtraction of fractions. Instruction also includes angles, area, perimeter formulas, and line symmetry.
PERFORMING ARTS: Students are provided the opportunity to explore and showcase their God-given gifts and talents in the areas of music performance, movement, drama, and worship. They are taught fundamental concepts of reading music, music theory, and acting and speaking skills to help them cultivate an appreciation for the arts.
SPANISH: Students receive instruction in practical and developmentally appropriate Spanish and practice through interactive stations. They memorize Bible verses, continue learning how to pray in Spanish, and study Spanish-speaking countries and cultures.
ART: Students study various artists, cultures, elements of art, and principles of design while exploring different types of media to create their artwork. Art is connected to their study of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. They will learn, apply, and synthesize art and architecture from these periods.
STEM: Students integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics through engaging, hands-on projects with a biblical worldview. They learn to be creative problem solvers by exploring the Engineering Design Process. Cooperative and purposeful teamwork helps students listen, improve, and succeed.
TECHNOLOGY: Students learn to be safe digital natives in our technology enrichment classes, and they learn grade-level appropriate computer and keyboarding skills. As they progress through lower school, students learn various aspects of Google Software for Education that help prepare them for middle school and beyond.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Students have P.E. each week. They learn the basics of a myriad of sports and engage in activities that promote character and good sportsmanship.
LIBRARY: Students visit the library media center weekly. They are provided lessons to enrich their reading skills and promote a desire for life-long reading and are given time to browse and check out books for independent reading.
CHAPEL: Our vision is to transform new generations of students who use their minds, hearts, hands, and feet to be culture makers for Jesus Christ. We focus on developing winsome Christian character and strong biblical knowledge.
RECESS: Students have recess daily.
Special events include the Speech Meet, Medieval Festival, where the food, dress, and customs of the Middle Ages come to life in a banquet, and the Evening of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness – an annual Hill Country fine arts event.
Our field studies enrich our curriculum and include the Texas State Renaissance Festival and The Harry Ransom Center at UT.