Here is the block rotation for the year, some things may be shifted or adapted during the year based on the classes needs.
Math Renewal/Norse Myths: September 3- September 14
Measurement and long division is reviewed and expanded. We will be introduced to division with remainders. The students will begin to experience the stories of the Norse myths. Special focus will be on the Norse creation story.
Local Geography, City and County: September 17- October 5
In this block, the students will begin to explore their own surroundings beginning with home and then moving outward. Through pictures, the language arts and history curriculum in the fourth grade aims to connect the students’ personal exploration with the strong figures in local geography that formed our city and state. The students will go on walks around the neighborhood and study map making.
Michaelmas: October 4
Introduction to Fractions Block I: October 5- October 25
Beause fourth grade children are more ready for experiences of separation, fractions are introduced with concrete objects to demonstrate truths before forming mental concepts. The children first begin to experience fractions with delicious food resulting in a sense of community and joy. Who can say no to that?
Parent Teacher Conferences: October 24 and 25
Language Arts: The Norse Myths: October 29- November 8
Students will hear the stories of the Norse sagas with a stress on their strength and boldness. Throughout the year the students will hear and read stories of heroes. The hero emerges as someone to look up to, emulate, and respect. The human qualities – the emotions, the struggles, and the confrontations excite and engage the fourth grade student. These poetic forms offer vivid contrasts to enrich and develop the fourth grader’s intensified inner life.
Lantern Walk: November 10
Man and Animal Studies: November 12- November 30
In their study of man and animal, the children will begin sharpenong their sense of observation by studying how animals and humans are similar, yet very different. In this block we will examine the essentials of the human form with exploration of the function of the head, trunk, and limbs.
Thanksgiving Break: November 27-29
Class Play Block: December 3- December 20
The class will work towards creating a play that illustrates what we have learned thus far in the language arts curriculum. We will write, rehearse, and perform a play. Speech, poetry recitation, and dramatic presentation are staples of Waldorf education.
Play Performance: December 19 at 6:30
Winter Break: December 21- January 6
Exploration of Grammar and The Kalevala Epic: January 7- January 25
In composition, simple narration of the child’s real experiences begins with journaling and there is a continued focus on the structure of the English language with work in grammar. The students will work with the treatment of tenses and an introduction to prepositions. There is a further development of style in their writing with continued attention to cursive writing; the students will begin working with fountain pens.
No School: January 20
Subtraction and Addition of Fractions: January 27- February 14
We will continue working with fractions. The children will use movement to further their understanding of fractions and we will introduce factoring and common denominators. We also strengthen our understanding of long division. The adding and subtracting of fractions is new, exciting, and challenging work!
Winter Break: February 15- February 24
Man and Animal Studies Block II: February 25- March 15
During this block we will continue our animal studies. We will progress from the lower animals to the higher animals. The students will gain insight into the gesture and picture of animals, not just dry facts. The children will choose an animal for a report that they will work on work at school and at home.
Parent- Teacher Conferences: March 6-7
State History and Geography Block II: March 18- April 5
Social studies begins with familiar things of the child’s own time and environment which gradually leads him or her to an experience of less familiar places and events. Map drawing is expanded and is followed by a study of state geography and history.
Multiplication and Division of Fractions: April 8- May 2
Movement and working with manipulatives will continue to help to the class with fractions. The class will review fraction basics, plus adding and subtracting. Our work with fractions will continue in fifth grade and beyond, but we will gain a solid foundation this year. These are very challenging concepts, so please expect that their will be bumps in the learning process.
Spring Break: April 18-28
Language Arts Norse Myths Block II: May 6- May 23
Speech exercises and tongue twisters with focus on alliteration will sharpen the children’s articulation and pronunciation. The children will continue their work in studying grammar as well as hearing stories from the Norse myths. They will also explore the writing of Norse runes.
Review of fourth grade, packing, cleaning and moving: May 26- June 6
No School: May 26
Last Day of School: June 6