Fourth Grade

Fourth grade is a year of raucous laughter as the 10-year-old’s attention turns outward, seeing themselves as one unique part of the whole.  Study of the animal world, local geography, fractions and the rest roots the children firmly in the earth as active participants in their world.  Topics include:

  • tenses
  • letter writing
  • grammatical rules
  • fractions
  • word problems
  • long division
  • averages
  • Norse and Germanic myths and sagas
  • alliteration
  • foreign language – as above, grammar begins, written work and dictation
  • music – time values, harmony, major and minor third, rounds and orchestral stringed instruments such as cello or violin
  • cross stitch and embroidery
  • clay modeling of animals and geometric shapes
  • local history and early settlers
  • map making/ zoology
  • square and folk dancing
  • running jumping and throwing games


Jeremy Criswell

In his first year as lead teacher, Jeremy is proud to bring his class forward into the fourth grade. With years of experience in the arts he has had the chance to work with children of all ages, in schools and community centers throughout our region, creating lasting works of public art for public enjoyment. Through each project, he’s had the chance to support and guide children in the process of approaching new forms of expression, and has helped them explore and find success as they apply themselves.

As an artist, builder, and parent he has been deeply fascinated with the idea of “the arc of a project.” Each day that we put our best effort into something we care about adds to the last, and eventually, over time, we arrive at something wonderful. When we repeat this process over and over, we learn that we can accomplish anything, knowing all we have to do is start and our efforts and practices will see us through.

As a Waldorf teacher, Mr. Criswell gets to bring new and rich content daily. With each lesson, he sees his class discover, experiment, and explore. With each new project, he watches the children build on what they know and helps them reach toward what they’ve yet to learn as they continue across that arc.