Here’s a peek at our 4th Grade Curriculum Choices (2020-2021 School Year). We’ve made a few changes this year.
As you all are well aware, we homeschool using the Charlotte Mason method. I wouldn’t call us purists, but I tend to lean more towards all things Charlotte Mason.
So, most of the curriculum listed here will have a CM vibe.
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Our 4th Grade Curriculum Choices (2020-2021 School Year)
In Math Lessons for a Living Education there is a short story before you begin each week. Then a page or two each day. Lessons are short and hands-on.
We left Easy Peasy behind this year.
We aren’t fond of EP Math after level 4. It’s a solid program… don’t get me wrong. My oldest son actually moved up 2 levels after using EP Step 1 & part of Step 2 when we switched curriculum.
So, it is definitely a good Math curriculum!
We’ve used levels 1-6 of their Math curriculum. At level 6 we stopped halfway through & switched to Teaching Textbooks. (For my oldest.)
From what we’ve seen though, at Step 1 & up … Even a bit in level 4… they use Khan Academy videos.
My kids had a hard time following the teacher, and so did I! The guidance for homeschool parents is definitely lacking there. I didn’t know how to explain some of the problems. Even after watching the video myself.
Language Arts & Bible
Language Lessons for a Living Education covers spelling, reading, copywork, dictation, grammar, narration, vocabulary, and more.
It has a very Charlotte Mason inspired feel to it with short lessons each day.
While I still really love The Good & The Beautiful for Language Arts, we went with Masterbooks for a few reasons.
Reason #1: My son needed more focus on Spelling. (For this sole reason, we went with level 3 instead of 4)
Reason #2: We were tweaking a lot of TGTB to fit the Charlotte Mason method a little more.
Before move on from this, I want to make a quick comment regarding TGTB. It was the best curriculum for my son when he was learning to read. If your child needs help with reading… go for TGTB. I’m not sure about the newest editions, but the older editions were a little lacking in the Spelling department.
This goes along with Level 3 Language Lessons. I’m looking forward to having more Bible in with our curriculum!
When we’re not reading 101 Favorite Bible Stories, we read from the KJV Bible.
Science/ Health/ PE
The Good and The Beautiful science units are still my favorite right now. I’m looking forward to this unit so much. I found a couple of books to go with it & an insect origami kit.
We’ve done Space Science in the past when we used A Gentle Feast, but we’re trying out the unit from TGTB this year. (We love Space Science… so why not?!)
We did not buy the optional read aloud package because we’ve already read the books.
My 7th graders are doing the Maturation Unit by TGTB this year. So, my 4th grader will sit in on whatever topics I feel are appropriate for him.
Last year we used Nature Journaling with Nature Anatomy for our nature study. This year, I was intrigued by the Nature Notebook by The Good and The Beautiful.
So far my 4th grader has really enjoyed his nature journaling.
Easy Peasy resources are all free & the PE & Health course is one day a week.
We’re using the Impressionist Artist Study Bundle this year. I plan to laminate the pictures in each study, and hang them in our homeschool room each week.
This is the pick I am most excited about. There are words, phrases, and recipes for each country they cover, and I know he will love it!
My son has always been the kid that hates writing. So, an emphasis on handwriting was put on the back-burner until he was ready for it.
Here’s the free resource I’m using: www.typingclub.com
We are doing the Latin Word of the Month along with all the different language samplings he’ll learn in Geography & Cultures.
What are your 4th grade curriculum choices?
I’d love to hear what you have in mind for your 4th grader this year. Leave a comment below with your picks.