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4th Grade

4th grade students begin each day with a morning meeting inspired by the Responsive Classroom Social Curriculum that builds community, sets a positive tone for learning, and reinforces academic and social skills. 

After Morning Meeting students transition into school days filled with academic and enrichment time, outdoor exploration, and service learning. Using the Orton-Gillingham curriculum and Reading/Writing workshop model, students hone their literacy skills. The Everyday Math curriculum is at the core of mathematics instruction, supplemented by hands-on projects that allow students to apply new concepts and feed their natural curiosity of real-world math.

4th grade students are immersed in social studies and science through learning centers, experiments, simulations, guided hands-on projects, and field trips. Students  continually build on what they already know through experience, observation, and reflection.

All 4th grade students participate in Spanish, Art, Music and PE twice each week and also meet at the Longleaf Center for Environmental Learning cottage weekly for environmental studies. Mindfulness practice, service projects, and buddy partnerships with younger students round out their experience of school and encourage students to grow as leaders and learners.