4th Graders journey to Old California through a year-long social studies curriculum that focuses on California's geography, the California Native Americans, the missions, and the Gold Rush. Class trips to the San Fernando Mission, Wolf Adventures, Sacramento, and the Gold Rush country are highlights of the year.
A musical program presented by the 4th Graders in the spring, Oh! California, gives the children the opportunity to share the knowledge they have gained about an important part of the state’s history. The “WalkThrough California” wraps up the students’ California knowledge with a special interactive day!
Academic fundamentals and the development of social responsibility lay the groundwork for upcoming school years. As 4th Graders become more independent, they take on new responsibilities and earn privileges. This is the first year students will participate in opening car doors in the carpool line and raising and lowering the flags to begin and end the day.
4th Graders experience technology in useful ways and each receives a new laptop for use throughout the school day. Students use various computer programs throughout the year for social studies projects and assignments in reader's and writer's workshops.

Field Trips

Another way students build their independence is through overnight field trips. First, students will venture into Simi Valley in early spring to attend Wolf Adventures. This is a two-night, three-day experience where students improve team-building skills. In late spring, the 4th Graders take a flight to our state’s capital for a one-night stay. The Sacramento trip enhances the California history program thanks to the visits to the capitol building, Sutter’s Fort, Old Town Sacramento, and Coloma. In Coloma the young “miners” pan for gold.
The public speaking program continues as 4th Graders deliver monthly current events. The students are also excited to serve as ambassadors to the school by becoming tour guides for prospective parents. By the end of their 4th Grade year, they are comfortable showcasing their school to adults they have just met!

Meet the Team

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  • Laurie Anderson

    Laurie attended the Malibu campus of Pepperdine University where she earned her bachelor’s degree. For her post-graduate work, however, she went to the Vermont Avenue campus where she earned a Masters in Reading and in School Management and Administration.  She has been at Carlthorp School, either full-time or as a “resident sub” since 1975. Currently she teaches 4th Grade. Mrs. Anderson enjoys making quilts, riding her bicycle, boogie-boarding, doing crossword puzzles, riding horses, reading, traveling up and down California and spending time with her family.
  • Ron Burwick

    Ron graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a major in Communications.  He also attended the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Before starting to teach at Carlthorp, Mr. Burwick spent nine years in the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he taught in the GATE program, as well as in a regular classroom.  Outside of school, he enjoys scuba diving, completing the New York Times crossword puzzles, and anything related to the New England Patriots or the Boston Red Sox.
  • Daisha Johnson

    Ms. Daisha Johnson will be co-teaching 4th grade with Ms. Morgan and could not be more thrilled about joining the Carlthorp School family. Daisha watched her mother in the classroom for as long as she can remember and always wanted to follow in her footsteps. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, she attended Loyola Marymount University, graduating with her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Special Education. Two months after graduation, Daisha began teaching 4th grade at Butterfield Elementary School in Maricopa, AZ. Joining a team of five other 4th grade teachers, including her mom, she quickly immersed herself in the school community. After a selection process that included input from the principal, academic counselor, and a math specialist, Daisha was chosen to be a math coach for 3rd-5th grades. She also spearheaded a Girls’ Club for 4th and 5th graders. In this group, she discussed etiquette, social media, friendship, and other topics that were of interest and concern to the girls. Daisha’s hobbies include reading crime novels, hiking Runyon Canyon, trying new restaurants and watching movies. She cannot wait to join Ms. Morgan in creating a memorable learning experience for her new 4th graders.
  • Jenny Morgan

    Jenny, a proud Southern California native, was born and raised in Palos Verdes, who graduated from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Television. Shortly thereafter, Jenny felt the call to work with young people, which led her to USC’s Rossier School of Education, where she graduated with a Master of Arts in Education. While completing her M.A., Jenny taught a summer Kindergarten readiness program, and also began teaching a 6th and 7th Grade study skills course at Rolling Hills Country Day School, which she continued to do for three years. Just prior to joining the Carlthorp School team, Jenny taught 11th and 12th Grade English Language Arts at YES Prep East End in Houston, Texas, an urban charter school that serves mostly underprivileged students. In her free time, Jenny enjoys being with family and friends, riding her beach cruiser on the strand and appreciating the California sunshine!
  • Tara Prieto

    A California native, Tara is a two-time Trojan, graduating from the Marshall School of Business; years later she returned to USC, earning her first Master of Arts at the Rossier School of Education. While earning her California elementary teaching credential at Loyola Marymount University, Tara earned a second Master of Arts. Tara taught at LA’s Saint Brendan School for seven years and just prior to joining the Carltorp community, left for the Windy City, where she taught fourth and fifth grade Math and English Language Arts in Chicago Public Schools. She holds an Illinois Math Endorsement and English as a Second Language Endorsement. Tara LOVES life: she has seen Hamilton seven times from LA to London, has witnessed both Venus and Serena play at Wimbledon, watched Muhammad Ali light the torch at the 1996 Olympics, was present at Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration, and even appeared on the Ellen Show after her students initiated a letter writing campaign. Tara is SO happy to be back home, and especially thrilled to be at Carlthorp.