Each week the children are given a bible verse to memorize and learn about. There are various biblical topics related to the first that are studied and discussed. Students learn how to apply these concepts to their daily lives.
Students study the basic rules of grammar for different parts of speech. They will learn to write multiple paragraph essays based on a structured writing process. Students are given weekly spelling tests to reinforce language skills. They learn to integrate creative writing skills with a well-structured approach to grammar and other writing skills.
Students study various mathematical concepts and skills, and are required to complete daily homework assignments on that topic. They are given fact speed tests in multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction. They are expected to master multiplication facts through the 12s. Problem solving is used to apply established math skills and concepts.
The students learn about the earth, its geology, structure, and meteorology. They learn about basic electricity and chemistry. They also learn about the human circulatory and respiratory systems.
Washington State History is the focus of 4th grade. Students also learn about the history of our country and study the fundamental structure of our government. Students learn from direct instruction, as well as, group interaction.
Students will identify, write, and perform more complex rhythm patterns. They are introduced to holds, ties, dotted notes and more time signatures. Students will explore different combinations of sound and different groupings of singers and instruments. Students will write and original composition and perform it. Other instruments and musical concepts are taught, and notes are kept in a music journal.
Art lessons help students to develop an understanding and appreciation of visual art, reinforcing and expanding their knowledge of the components of art history, aesthetics, criticism, and art production. Hands-on experiences include perspective drawing, landscapes, sponge painting, graphics, and positive/negative paper cuts.
Students are introduced to more complex patterns of movement and skill application. Students will develop more manipulative skills that lead to better coordination. Game and sport fundamentals will be stressed at this level.
Students learn Spanish as their main experience with a foreign language. Cultural aspects of the Spanish and Mexican heritage are taught as well.
Students learn to be more responsible for their assigned homework. They also are developing the ability to pace themselves for longer projects. More emphasis is placed on reading to gather information and using the information to summarize what has been learned.