At Blue Ridge Christian School, fourth graders look forward to many exciting activities and field trips. They are learning to become more independent and responsible not only for their own learning, but also their own spiritual growth and maturity. Our Bible curriculum focuses on the birth, life, and death of Jesus Christ, including miracles He performed and parables He used to teach. In connection with our Bible curriculum, we read a classic story by C. S. Lewis entitled The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, an allegory which parallels Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection. In the spring, the fourth grade class performs a play using an excerpt from this book to highlight the Hope that we all have as a result of Christ’s sacrifice for each of us, His victory over sin and death, and the gift of salvation God offers to each of us as sinners. A variety of other books are used such as Saved at Sea, Song of the Brook, Misty of Chincoteague, and In Search of Liberty.
Each fall, students take a day trip to Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg as part of our focus on Virginia History. In addition, we create an entire notebook centered around Virginia history, symbols, government, and wildlife including a highlight of the eight Virginia born presidents. To supplement our study of the Virginia born presidents, we visit Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, and new this year, Montpelier, the birthplace of James Madison. The science curriculum includes topics such as plants, birds, states of matter, weather, rocks and minerals, and oceanography, all from a biblical point of view, and includes field trips to the Children’s Museum and WHSV TV3 Weather Station. In fourth grade, students use their reading skills extensively, not only for comprehension and understanding new concepts in science and history, but also to make inferences based on the information they have read. In math, problem solving, multi-digit multiplication and division, fractions, decimals, and measurement are critical skills to be mastered. Fourth graders go through many physical, emotional, and spiritual changes, and are beginning to develop their own identity in Christ. What better time to give your child a foundation based on truth and scripture? Is the anthem of their life, “On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand, All Other Ground IS Sinking Sand?”