"Fourth grade is the single most shaping year of a human being's life. You learn values in the 4th grade by watching the adults in your world." -- Bob Biehl, author of Mentoring and Executive Mentor Fourth graders are on the cusp of adolescence, and have the language skills and cognitive ability to gather information and formulate opinions and thoughts that are well-organized and thought-out. They are at a stage between childhood and adolescence where they still like and listen to adults. Most importantly, 4th graders are fun to be around!
Activities, sports, and clubs can help 4th graders feel confident in themselves as they form safe relationships outside the family.
4th Grade Cognitive Development
4th Grade Social Development
Able to develop and refine morality
Can budget and manage time more effectively
Can prioritize and set goals
Relies more on the context of a conversation and what someone meant to say as opposed to the more literal interpretation of the words
Understand idioms and the multiple uses of words
Starting to distance themselves from parents/adults, but still open to guidance by parents/adults
Peer pressure starts to have a bigger impact. Important for 4th graders to have a good self-esteem to combat negative peer pressure
Feeling like a part of a team or bigger group can be empowering