Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Fourth grade: Beginning the Adventure

Fourth grade: Beginning the Adventure
Fourth grade. Wow! Did you think when you first looked at your baby, that you would be thinking about what fourth grade would mean for him or her? I know that I didn’t think about fourth grade until, well, fourth grade. Every year, from now until they graduate from high school we are going to see amazing changes. Fourth grade is one of the years where you see big changes not just in your child, but in the curriculum. Physically, your child, at around 9 years of age, is entering a phase where they may be noticing the first hints of puberty. With these physical changes come some emotional changes as well. Your child may be becoming more independent. He or she may be making new friends, and different types of friendships. As for academics, well, expect for the work to become a bit harder in preparation for entering middle school. Your child will be expected to retain the information from previous years and to work more independently. In many states there is standardized testing near the end of fourth grade, and this will mean that in addition to the normal work load, there is the added time and attention spent on test preparation. Stay tuned for more information and discussion on the fourth grade year!

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