A full year of challenging, inspiring and nurturing lessons for 4th grade at home.
Fourth Grade Package includes:
Please note that the following book, which is available separately and as part of the First Grade Curriculum, remains an essential
component of fourth grade:
The Christopherus Fourth Grade Curriculum
Fourth Grade is an exciting and far-ranging year of mythology, story, math, geography, science, practical and artistic work and much more. As the 10 year old child finds her place in the world and her awakening sense of independence, she seeks guidance in relating to questions of good and evil, both in the world and in herself. The lively stories of the Norse myths and the moral ambiguity of the Old Testament stories following the death of Moses speak deeply to this need.
Fourth grade is a time when children become more consciously aware of their surroundings – first lessons in geography speak to this. The human being's relation to the animal kingdom also helps the child deepen his understanding of the world.
Our math curriculum picks up on the experiential and hands-on practical math (mainly measurement) from last year and formalizes this. Other math topics include area and perimeter, factorization, prime numbers and fractions.
Unique to Christopherus, our Four Elements main lesson is a first basic exploration into physical science, focusing on earth, fire (heat), air and water in nature. Based on Walter Kraul's excellent little book, Earth, Water, Fire and Air, this is a main lesson that gets you out of the house and creating toys and gadgets which harness the power of the elements.
Our curriculum is packed with realistic advice – so you can make 4th grade work for you. Our Practical Considerations section includes a full schedule, broken down by block and describing not only the sequence of main lessons, but of subject lessons as well. We give ample teaching advice; explain the relevance of the curriculum to the needs of the ten-year-old child; discuss legal requirements; and help you plan to meet your family and child's unique needs.
We also offer guidance and advice on a range of other lessons, including Health & Safety, Cooking, Gardening, Foreign Language and Games/Movement/Sports.
As always, our curriculum is designed to give step-by-step instructions with a clear progression of the year's lessons, while also remaining flexible and open to meeting the needs of widely different children and family circumstances.
This year's schedule consists of 15 weeks in the first semester and 19 in the second. We now assume a five-day week and help parents create an "independent Day Five", when their child is mainly working alone on work from the rest of the week.
Although we lay out the year and the progression of lessons, we also encourage (and seek to enable) you to change things as you see fit. Our materials are used across the globe and, because we help parents understand the hows and whys of the curriculum, it can be made to work for just about anyone's situation.