Fourth grade: So much to learn, so little time!
Over time, we have touched on a few of the topics that your fourth grader will experience during the year. Truth be told, these topics were only the tip of the iceberg. In social studies she will study states and capitals, world maps, and civics. In language arts your fourth grader will become more fluent in reading, writing, and speaking. Some of those changes are because she has reached physical milestones that make speaking easier, and fine motor control of the pencil better. Some of those changes are because your child is gaining vocabulary and social skills that are a result of increasing maturity and the quest for independence. Friends become more important as your child expands her reach outside of the family. Fourth grade is an exciting and scary time when she is changing both mentally and physically. Remind your child about issues of safety regarding strangers and internet usage. Be willing to discuss topics that might make you uncomfortable. If they make you uncomfortable imagine how they make your child feel. Enjoy and feed her natural curiosity, and experience the world in a new way through the knowledge that your fourth grader absorbs on a daily basis. It is an exciting time, for her and for you. Make the most of it!