Dr. Simpson – Fourth Grade


Welcome to the fourth grade homepage. The 2018–19 school year is off to great start! We have lots of exciting projects planned that we know the children will learn from and also enjoy.

Fourth graders are developing physically, socially, mentally and academically. I have researched an article which sheds insight on the developmental aspects of children at this age. You can read it here: 9 Year Old Child Developmental Milestones

One of the great highlights of fourth grade is the study of Virginia History during our Social Studies classes. In February, we will have a wonderful Colonial Day experience where we will dress in colonial attire, play games and participate in other activities from that era.

As a teacher, I am truly blessed to have the privilege of facilitating the learning of these young minds. I believe every child can soar in their learning. Parents are the child’s first and most important teacher. I love involving parents in all aspects of the students’ progress and together we can hope to see remarkable achievement.

Again welcome to fourth grade!

Class Motto:
Shoot for the moon! Even if you miss, you’ll still be among the stars!



In fourth grade, we will be studying Virginia History. As a project to help us learn, we will be recreating the Jamestown colony in three-dimensional form. We will be building houses, a general store, a church, a ship, etc. that represent much of what we are learning. We will need parental support. Be sure to ask your child about our activities in class. On occasion we may need some materials to recreate the Jamestown community. Please feel free to stop by the classroom and see the progress of the project. It is expected that this project will last about a month (October-November).




Jean Simpson holds a PhD in Human Growth and Development as well as Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in education.  Dr. Simpson has taught many years at the college level instructing teachers as an adjunct professor. Prior to teaching 4th grade at Holy Family she was a substitute teacher, here and also at Aquinas. She is very looking forward to a very successful year with your children.