It’s hard to believe, but the homeschool year has flown by and I’m already shopping for next year’s curriculum!
I will say that I had not planned to share my 4th grade curriculum picks this early – but since we are all supposed to be inside social distancing…what better time is there to start the roller coaster of fun that is curriculum shopping?!
This upcoming year is pretty big for us because we are going to completely shake off our typical box curriculum. We have used it on and off for years as my kids have been in different grades, but I think I am finally ready to completely drop it.
I have been hearing about so many awesome curriculum choices from friends and other homeschool bloggers, and I am excited to try as many as we can this year!
You should always check your state to see what (if anything) is required for you to teach at each grade level.
Our state does not have anything that they require for 4th grade curriculum, so I plan to teach these core subjects:
and these enrichment subjects:
We also have a co-op that offers lots of fun enrichment classes for my kids to take such as STEM, cooking, and art. I am sure we will add more to this course load once our co-op has a set schedule made up for the year.
If you are not involved in a co-op, I strongly recommend looking into a few in your area! Our co-op has greatly enriched my kids’ education and been such a fun highlight of our week for years.
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With great trial and error over the years, I have found that all my kids seem to prefer online math options.
CTC Math is a complete online math program for K-12 with a mastery approach.
I purchased it in February when it is was on sale, so we have already had some time to check it out and see what is ahead.
The lessons are all 3-4 minute video lessons that are taught by a professional teacher.
The video lessons are cute and seem to engage my kids – it helps that they are short and focused.
The video is followed by a reasonable number of questions. If my kid gets all the questions right, confetti explodes on the screen and they LOVE that.
I would also add that CTC Math allows you access to all grade levels and lessons. That means you can easily review previous grades and work ahead to higher grade levels without buying anything new.
CTC Math also offers a free trial and a 12 month no questions asked money back guarantee – which is definitely not common!
The BJU Language Arts curriculum came very highly recommended, and I am eager to get started with it!
I have already flipped through the teacher’s manual and workbook and I can tell this is a solid curriculum. I love that it rotates between teaching grammar lessons and writing assignments, so your kid doesn’t get tired of always doing the same type of English work.
I also love that it includes a chapter review and regular cumulative review. This is so crucial with retaining grammar rules. Our last curriculum did not review well, so I’m excited to switch to this one!
My soon to be 4th grader has strong reading skills, so I am comfortable with providing her reading level appropriate chapter books that I buy or get at the library.
She is required to read for 15 minutes per day or one chapter. I also usually find her reading at night before bed.
I try to sit with her at least once a week and listen to her read. That gives me a chance to gauge how she’s doing, talk about vocabulary words, and help her break down any new/challenging words there might be in the text.
If you have a student who struggles with reading or if you would be comfortable with more structure, I highly recommend All About Reading.
I have used their Pre-Reading and Level 1 materials and I think they have a top notch reading program that I plan to use with my younger kids as long as they need help with reading.
Spelling used to be an issue in our homeschool until we found All About Spelling.
My oldest always did well on her spelling tests…but she would forget how to spell the words pretty quickly after the test was over.
Most spelling curriculum basically has you learn to spell by memorizing the order of the letters. They do this through cute worksheets, word searches, etc.
All About Spelling takes a completely different approach by teaching kids to spell by phonetically sounding words out – so you learn to spell many words – not just the 10-15 on your spelling list.
This makes so much sense to me. We teach our kids to read by using phonics – why wouldn’t we use that to teach them spelling?
My daughter took to it right away and her confidence with spelling has soared. We did All About Spelling books 1 and 2 in 3rd grade, so she will be moving on to level 3 in 4th grade.
Lessons take approximately 15 minutes and require very little pep time for me.
I have been hearing about Story of the World for years and I am so excited to finally get started with it!
Story of the World is a series of books that covers history from Ancient Times to the Modern Era in 4 books.
We will be doing Volume 1 this year which covers early nomads to the last Roman Emperor.
The chapters are short, engaging, and make history come alive for kids!
I have already flipped through the book and I know my kids are going to be begging me for more.
I also opted for the audio version of the book so that I can take it in the car with us, or just play it on days I don’t have as much time to read aloud.
The activity book is packed with coloring sheets (great to keep hands busy while I read), activities, review questions, map exercises, and even some recipes!
Some examples of fun activities I saw from flipping through the book are carving a greek statue out of soap, making a gingerbread Parthenon, and constructing a sand cube pyramid. All of these sound like such a fun way to bring history alive and make it stick in my kid’s head!
Yes, cursive is usually part of 3rd grade curriculum, not 4th grade curriculum.
But, I received somer terrible advice years ago and tried to teach my 2nd grader cursive.
Please don’t ever do that to yourself. She was not ready for several reasons and it was a miserable experience.
I took an entire year off of cursive in order for both of us to recover. I plan to start over with cursive in our 4th grade curriculum with a super fun workbook I found on Amazon – Beginning Cursive for Confident and Creative Girls
If you have not started cursive or if you have a boy, I would also recommend Handwriting Without Tears Cursive.
That is the first book we used and I think it would have gone very well if my kid had been older.
This year we are trying a brand new science curriculum that is being put out by College Prep Science. They have just opened a self paced (recorded) video course for 3rd-6th graders!
You can pick from options like Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, and Earth & Space Science – pretty cool for elementary school, right?!
I have been super impressed with Dr. Greg Landry, the former college professor who runs College Prep Science. He is a Christian and chooses to infuse his faith into everything that he is teaching.
I love that my 4th grader is going to be diving into such a high quality science curriculum that is taught by someone who recognizes the Creator.
As kids get older, they typically stop doing the things that kept them active – groups sports and playing outside. They start to prefer talking with their friends at Starbucks instead of playing tag.
I think it’s important to have regular, intentional time to “move our bodies” and talk about the importance of stretching and exercising as ways of taking care of our bodies.
The hope is that will become normal and they will carry the activity into adulthood.
About 3 times a week, I lead the kids in simple stretches and talk about flexibility.
From there, I switch up what we do. We might just do a handful of simple exersices: jumping jacks, walking lunges, skipping, running in place, crab walk, etc.
All of which make the kids laugh and they think is great fun!
We might go outside for a walk or a bike ride.
Or we throw around these dice for a fun, active game.
I plan to stock up for next year with some more exercise games to be used only during P.E.
Amazon has some great options that you can check out here.
We probably spend 10-20 minutes total on each P.E. session.
We used The Gospel Story Bible last year and love the one page stories that walk you through the Bible and always find a way to point the story towards Jesus.
I especially love the illustration and the 3 questions at the end of ever story. It really engages my kids and lets me know if they were paying attention and/or understood the story.
I really just stumbled onto this resource and I just love the concept!
I have spent so much time teaching my oldest about the Bible and who God is. I now want to take that a step further and show her how to build a relationship with God.
This 28 day Bible Study is a the perfect tool to start that journey and develop a consistent habit of daily time with God.
I normally send my kids to our fantastic co-op for art classes, but that’s not happening this year 🙁
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Luckily, this great art book was recommended to me and I love it!
It came in the mail about a week ago and I am so happy with how simple the lessons are, the minimal list of supplies, and that it works for all my kids (pre-K, 1st and 4th).
The best part is that the book is actually teaching art – not just crafts. Know what I mean?
The table of contents shows that my kids will be learning lines, shapes, color, value, texture, form, and space with this book. The assignments are impressive and I think my kids will really take to this curriculum.
Oh, and since I only do art once a week, this book will likely last us 2 years.
Typing was one of the best classes I took when I was in school – it was a practical skill that has helped me a lot in college and life.
I didn’t think my daughter would need to learn to type this early, but her 3rd grade co-op writing teacher was already asking for typed final drafts.
Technology is the way of the future I guess 🙂
Thankfully, I found Kidztype!
It is FREE and my daughter loves it. It was one of her favorite subjects in 3rd grade and we plan to carry it into 4th grade and use it until she becomes a fluent typist.
Lessons take about 10 minutes per day.
We have tried a handful of music curriculums in the past, but my daughter had little to no interest. I have offered her piano lessons (like her sister takes), but she refused them.
I am not wanting to force music on her, but I don’t want to give up on it either.
Thankfully, I stumbled onto Music in Our Homeschool! It is a fantastic website that offers music courses for kids that even I can teach.
There are numerous courses to choose from, but we have decided to go with “15 Minute Music Lessons.” They are simple lessons that include full lessons, videos, worksheets, printables, and online quizzes.
The lessons look so easy and fun – this is the most excited I have ever been to teach music!
My daughter has been asking to learn Spanish for awhile, and I have been sorta putting her off.
The main reason is that I don’t speak Spanish…or any other foreign language.
The second reason is that most of the curriculum options looked really expensive and time consuming.
The third reason was that I was pretty sure it was a phase.
Thankfully, I stumbled onto DuoLingo. It’s a free app that teaches Spanish! It only takes about 10 minutes a day and my daughter is really enjoying it.
If she continues with this, I will look into getting her more solid curriculum such as Rosetta Stone for Homeschoolers.
As you can see, we have a full year planned!
I am excited to get started with all of it and I hope it helped you make some decisions about the sea of 4th grade homeschool curriculum options out there.
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