The master theme of the Fourth Grade is to expose the children to concepts requiring higher level cognitive thinking and reasoning. This will be the beginning of a more advanced scholarship, whereby children will not just memorize information and data, but will understand ideas more deeply. They will apply knowledge learned and begin to work in the abstract and theoretical realms. Children should begin a genuine fine-tuning of their study habits. As in previous years, children will be encouraged to apply Catholic philosophy to their daily lives.
Religion Ė This year, students will be using Living for God, 4. This is the fourth book in the Living My Religion Series. Living for God Syllabus and Teacherís Manual 4 contains the answers to the Exercises and Tests assigned on the Lesson Plans. You may also want to read Preparation, Presentation and other suggestion for activities (such as starting a Project Book) in the Living for God Syllabus and Teacherís Manual 4. These may help to teach the topics in the book. This year we are also introducing the book, Sunday Morning Storyland Sermons for the Childrenís Mass by Rev. Wilfred J. Diamond. This book contains a story to complement each Sunday of the liturgical year. There is a reminder in the Comment Section of the Lesson Plans to read the story that corresponds with the current Sundayís liturgy.
Arithmetic: This year, we begin the Saxon Math series. Saxon 54 Text is at the core of the Math 54 course, which leads off the mid-elementary level sequence. Under the Saxon plan, the students study math using what is referred to as the incremental method, with previously studied and mastered skills interspersed among the repetitive reinforcement drills of subsequent lessons. Saxon labels its program as integrated, which means that it includes varied content, such as basic number concepts, estimation, functions, two and three digit computations, geometry and even algebra. Saxon has found that the continual and incremental practice with word problems, measurement, scale and graph reading, as well as arithmetic, provide the opportunity for students to learn and remember the foundational skills and concepts of mathematics. The three-book set Saxon 54 Set includes: Saxon 54 Textbook; Saxon 54 Tests & Worksheets Booklet; Saxon 54 Solutions Manual.
Reading: All of our students are encouraged to do a great deal of reading, not only in conjunction with the curriculum, but for enjoyment and expansion of their horizons. In fact, one of the best reasons to encourage students to read is that independent readers tend to be the best writers. Experience has shown us that the most avid readers make the best students in general, and the most articulate writers, in particular. We also encourage children to read as many books of a religious nature as they can. Books used: St. Thomas Aquinas; Little Therese; Catholic National Reader 4, which is an anthology of edifying selections from the large deposit of Catholic literature, as well as some secular stories; Art-Lit Reader Book Two; CNR 4 Answer Key.
Grammar & Spelling: This year, we begin the Lepanto Grammar series in earnest. The Catholic school edition of Lepanto Grammar opens with grammar lessons on familiar themes and topics, such as pets, characters in books, holidays, daily work, courtesy, and our country. Assignments from the Lepanto Grammar 4 Text are keyed to those of Lepanto Grammar 4 Workbook, with the lesson plans designed in such as way as to ensure that the same grammatical concepts are covered concurrently in both books. In Spelling, the students will learn hundreds of new words with their meanings. Spelling and spelling related activities will be assigned each week in the newly revised Traditional Catholic Speller & Workbook #4. Other books used: Lepanto Grammar 4 Teacher Manual; Lepanto Grammar 4 Teacher Key; Traditional Catholic Speller 4 Answer Key.
Handwriting: Students will continue to practice and perfect their penmanship so that it is very neat and legible in Writing in Cursive Hand 4.
Science: The Science and Living in God's World series continues this year with a more in-depth look at the earth, living creatures, our bodies, and natural resources. The Science & Living in God's World 4 text is the backbone of the course, with the Science & Living in Godís World 4 Workbook for reinforcing the concepts studied in the text. Other books used: Science & Living in Godís World 4 Answer Key.
Geography The students will have the opportunity of studying geography from the newly reprinted My World of Neighbors Text, a 1965 Catholic school textbook, updated by our publishing arm, Lepanto Press, with current information on countries and cities, including name changes, as well as new sections on Australia and New Zealand. Using the professionally printed beautiful new oversized hardbound edition (which boasts clearer illustrations and photos), students will take a trip across the United States from New York to Hawaii. Then they will travel around the world, through Africa, South Asia, South America, and Oceania. Other books used: My World of Neighbors Text Answer Key; Missions of California Coloring Book. Other books recommended, but not in the Lesson Plans: My World of Neighbors Workbook; My World of Neighbors Workbook Answer Key.
Music: At this time, we do not require Music as a mandatory subject in Grades Four and above. Music, however, should still be emphasized, both in a general sense, and in specific musical disciplines, such as: (1) the learning of an instrument; (2) music history (3) music appreciation; or (4) music theory. For newly entering students, we will continue to encourage the use of the OLVS book and CD, Songs for God and Country, while for those who have been with OLVS in previous years, we encourage that some study of music be continued.