Preparing for Fourth Grade and Beyond

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Preparing for Fourth Grade and Beyond

Repeating Grades | LA County Special Education Representation

Although fourth grade may seem just about the same as third grade at first glance, there are actually some major changes to be aware of in most school systems. Up through third grade, most children are learning basic facts to create a foundation of learning and knowledge that will aid them in their thinking and discerning skills in later grades. By fourth grade, students are asked to consider educational ideas for themselves and to take all that they have learned in each subject to create their own descriptions and expositions. 

Some of the changes that your child will notice in fourth grade may include the following:

  • Being expected to comprehend what they read more fully
  • Learning more challenging math, including fractions, decimals, and some geometry
  • Writing creative paragraphs and stories
  • Using the scientific process
  • Using abstract thinking
  • Demonstrating scientific processes

Many children acclimate to these changes quickly and quite well, feeling more comfortable with this type of learning. However, others may struggle to make the leap from concrete thinking to abstract thinking and to understanding more complex materials. They may also find that the homework load becomes heavier and that they are expected to write more papers, such as book reports and even short research papers or essays. These challenges will continue to increase throughout the rest of school. 

Because the leap from third to fourth grade can be so great, you may find that your child is suddenly struggling this year when he has never struggled in the past. If this is the case, be sure to ask the school district how it can help your child succeed. Some extra tutoring or one-on-one explanations from the teacher may be all that is needed to get your child on the right path. On the other hand, if your child is struggling due to learning disabilities or other special needs, he may be able to qualify for an individualized Education Plan, which can open up more resources to him. 

At Newman, Aaronson, Vanaman Attorneys at Law, we work all the time with families just like yours that are struggling in the local educational system or that are working through such confusing things as IEPs, evaluations and fair hearings. If you are having trouble working with the school district on behalf of your child, we invite you to contact one of our special education attorneys today.