The Social World of the 4th Grader

Fourth graders are learning the ins and outs of the social world. As they leave elementary school behind, they climb into the social whirlwind. They begin to recognize that “popular” is the most desirable status to have and usually work very hard to attain that status. A social network of friends is very important. Maintaining friendships at the same level is the tricky part for the fourth grader. A bff (best friend forever) today, may very well be the worst enemy on earth tomorrow. Sound scary? It still does to me!

What’s important is that you teach your child what’s right and wrong. They won’t always adhere to exactly what you teach, but they always keep it in the back of their mind. Learning to resolve conflict, is an important part of the fourth graders life. Staying in touch with how your child is progressing and feeling is very important. Talk with them and let them know you are always available, no matter what.

Fourth Grade Reading List

Most fourth graders are on a roll with their reading. It’s important to keep them going and build on their skills. Here’s a list of reading material to help in keep the interest in reading alive.

-Drizzle by Kathleen Van Cleve
-The Dreamer by Paul Munoz Ryan
-A Whole Nother Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup
-Once by Morris Gleitzman
-Stonewall Hinkleman and the Battle of Bull Run by Michael Hemphill and Sam        Riddleburger
-The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester
-The Magic Thief: Lost by Sarah Prineas
-The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart
-100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson