THE FOURTH GRADE addresses the children’s inner experience of becoming individuals through hearing and reading stories about heroes in Norse and other mythologies. The hero emerges as someone to look up to, emulate, laugh at, and respect. The characters’ human qualities, emotions, struggles, and confrontations are emphasized.
The theme of separateness is further reflected in mathematics with the introduction of fractions. In handwork, cross stitch is introduced, allowing children to experience a beautiful wholeness that results from many different crossings.
Geography, local history, grammar, composition writing, and a comparative study of the human being and animals are introduced. Through activities such as map-making, children experience the separation from nature that marks the developing intellect. In composition, simple narration of the children’s own real experiences begins.
In the fourth grade, children begin a stringed instrument and are required to practice and form a class orchestra.