My favorite time of year is sitting down and planning our upcoming homeschool year.
I love the researching and looking at curriculum choices for my kids.
It is a very time-consuming process, so I am excited to share with you what we will use for the fourth-grade year.
My boys love the math games! This year we will be learning long division, fractions, and decimals.
Course Description: Students will improve their writing skills by regularly producing both creative fiction and researched non-fiction. They will learn to form a variety of sentence structures, as well as paragraphs with proper introductions and conclusions. They will also learn the structure of an essay. Writing assignments include short stories, poems, book reports, autobiographical story, how-to, dialog, humor, comic strip, letters, descriptive pieces, biographical essay and research report. Students also will develop their speaking, spelling, and grammar skills through their writing assignments as well as through the use of online resources.
We will alternate these two resources.
The Arrow is the monthly digital product (like a magazine) that features copy work and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel (novels listed below, not included with purchase). The Arrow is designed for children ages 8-11 (3rd – 6th grades) and is an indispensable tool for parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.
2016-2017 Book List
August: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
September: The One and Only Ivan (Katherine Applegate)
October: Homer Price (Robert McCloskey)
November: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch (Jean Lee Latham)
December: The Birchbark House (Louise Erdrich)
January: The Green Ember (S. D. Smith)
February: Bud, Not Buddy (Christopher Paul Curtis)
March: Out of My Mind (Sharon M. Draper)
April: A Long Walk to Water (Linda Sue Park)
May: The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
We will read these books together:
Easy Peasy has a great reading plan for the above books.
Vocab-U-Lit has become one of my favorite programs. We used it last year, and I loved how the words are taken directly from pieces of literature.
We will do two pages a week.
I will use these two lists to pull books for my son. He is definitely a reluctant reader, but several of these books look amazing for him.
We are going to start with The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure by Doreen Cronin.
We will be going through the prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Zechariah, Malachi, Revelation.
These are the verses we will be memorizing.
John 1:1, John 3:16, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:23
Romans 5:8, Romans 10:9, Romans 10:10, 2 Timothy 3:16
Joshua 1:8, Psalm 119:11, Deuteronomy 6:6-7, Hebrews 4:16
John 5:14-15, 1 John 5:11-12, John 14:1-2, John 14:6
Isaiah 26:3, Psalm 100:5, Matthew 6:33, Jeremiah 29:11
1 John 1:7, 1 John 1:9, Proverbs 3:5-6, 1 Peter 5:7
Romans 12:1, Romans 12:2, Romans 12:11, Romans 12:12
Romans 12:18, 2 Corinthians 9:7, Joshua 1:8, Hebrews 10:25
I pulled these verses from this amazing resource: Memorize 100 Bible Verses in One Year.
To memorize these verses, we will use this schedule:
Day 1: Copy the verse.
Day 2: Write each word of the verse on post-it notes. Practice putting the words in order.
Day 3: Fill-in-blanks. I will write the verse and leave blanks for him to fill in with the correct words.
Day 4: Practice reciting verse.
Day 5: Verse Test.
We will be finishing The Story of My Life by Helen Keller.
We will also work through WWI and WWII.
We will finish with the Civil Rights Movement.
Two days a week we will go through countries in South America and Africa.
These are the geography sheets we will use from 1+1+1=1.
And this is the book we will use to learn about the countries.
We are using Hoffman Academy’s Piano Lessons.
We will do two lessons a week, and practice for the other three days.
These are online FREE lessons. Learn more here.
We are going to spend two days a week learning how to play the guitar.
This is the program we will be using: Kids Guitar Zone.
We will be alternating learning the guitar with our typing lessons.
This year we are going to try using The Typer Island Adventure.
Mixing with the Masters – Art Course by Alisha Gratehouse
I feel like this is a well-rounded curriculum using lots of books for a classical approach.
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