My daughter is 9 and in fourth grade. I was pre-warned that this was going to be a hard year by our friends whose daughter is a year ahead, but nothing could have prepared me for this. I feel like my daughter is being kicked out of childhood. She has enormous amounts of homework, is expected to study each subject EVERY night for pop quizzes, and has reading logs and book reports in addition. She is constantly stressed out and miserable and has been displaying angry outburst type behaviors all the time now. In addition, this year I started working full time night shift 3 nights a week, and I am also in grad school (yikes). I am not there to sit with her every night to make sure all of this gets done, and my husband is doing his best but has a million other things to do with the two other kids. I have talked to her teacher and her response is that 4th grade is preparing her for middle school next year and that she has to work harder. She was previously an A student, and she works, but also needs a childhood! I don't know how to handle the situation and wonder if it would be like this at any school. Is fourth grade just super hard? My mom remembers it being so, but for me this didn't start so soon. Thanks for reading my rant!