Grade 4 Curriculum

Our WholeHearted Homeschool (3)

Last year we focused on Ancient History, and this year we looked at the Middle Ages.

We have these reference books from last year, and these will be well-used in the years to come!

History & Geography

We used Veritas Press Self-Paced History (Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation) for this year’s history, which was a brilliant course for learning this period (it uses a Classical approach). Because it’s so thorough, we simply supplemented with library books.

We dropped Sonlight for 2 years, as we didn’t do the 2 years of American history, and so did Ancient History last year and Middle Ages this year. If you chose to do the same, here is what I’d consider the next best thing:

We did some American History this year, using a fully downloadable program called Heroes and Heroines of the Past

Bible and Character

Read-Alouds

See my Ancient History and Middle Ages Book List (for elementary level)

English/Language Arts

  1. Writing with Ease – level 3 (continued)
  2. Fix-It Grammar (IEW)Book 1: The Nose Tree
  3. Bible Heroes Writing Lessons (IEW) – used in co-op setting
  4. Handwriting Without Tears – Cursive Handwriting

Readers (Grade 4/5)

Maths

After trying Math-U-See for a number of years, we decided to switch Maths programs from this one to Teaching Textbooks. So to ensure coverage of the different topics, we have used Teaching Textbooks 3 to fill in the gaps that Math-U-See didn’t cover, then continued onto Teaching Textbooks 4.

Science

The Arts

We’re continuing with most of the same resources we used last year, but dropped some as English/Language Arts has become more intensive and we don’t have the time to do so many electives.

Music Appreciation

Art Appreciation

Lunch-schooling

SOME ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS

What makes us a Charlotte Mason ‘inspired’ homeschool? Have a read of this post on Our Charlotte Mason Homeschooland these are the principles we mostly follow. Note however, that we aren’t going to use all aspects of a method if they don’t work for us though, so we prefer take a flexible approach as well!

What makes us a Classical ‘leaning’ homechool? Some might say that because we aren’t following the trivuim exactly then we aren’t Classical. However, I like to think we can take the best out of a method and make it work for us. We’re a little Classical in that we’re moving through stage one of learning rules of grammar, spelling, and phonics, also stories of history and literature, and the building blocks of Maths, and so forth. This is setting us up for the next stage of learning, which is developing analytical thinking, and how things fit into a framework. The final stage we aren’t near yet, but is what is known as the ‘rhetoric’ stage. A Classical education is language-focused, and all knowledge is inter-related.

What makes us Eclectic? Quite simply, we are using the aspects of different methods that suit our family. Sometimes we do unit studies and lapbooks that aren’t on our official schedule, or take a delight-directed approach where the children have found something they enjoy learning and we find a way of tailoring our learning accordingly. We don’t plan to become a slave to any particular method or philosophy, as adding that sort of pressure doesn’t help anyone! The idea is, learning is supposed to be enjoyable, and we keep the overall end goal in mind, which is that our children have a rich education and childhood, and are also well-equipped for life in what they chose for themselves to do.