Homeschool planning guide for grade 4
Homeschool planning for grade 4 starts to ramp up and some children are coming to the end of their formal spelling program and are just needing reinforcement and practice. This is when you can be more flexible with resources.
It’s still a good idea to continue spelling practice for a few more years, possibly up to about age 13, but you may not need a “program”. Our ebook Phontastic Spelling Tactics was written for just this time of learning and provides spelling practice and reinforcement by revising the rules through copywork passages from excellent literature. It comes in both British and US editions.
If by this age your child is ready for cursive writing you can start using The Art of Cursive. These books use the Charlotte Mason element of Picture Study together with cursive practice. Fine artworks are studied and sentences about the picture are copied. All pictures are labelled with the title of the painting and artist, so you get some art appreciation and history in as well.
Science in the Beginning is mentioned in all our guides for primary aged children because it teaches at three different skill levels in one book and in our opinion is the best value science curriculum around. You can use any of the books in this series and align them with your history program.
As you well know, character training is a daily effort and learning from the Bible and example are the biggest tools. Training our children to study the Bible, and not just read it, is a great life-long habit. The best tool we’ve used is Training Hearts, Teaching Minds by Starr Meade. We used this book for family devotions either at the start of our day or in the evenings as a family.
Grade 4 curriculum options
Language Lessons from Australian History Book 2 is aimed at 9-11 year olds teaching English and Australian History simultaneously. There is also Language Lessons from Antiquity Level 2 which is a study of Ancient History chronologically with Biblical history. A basic knowledge of grammar is required, however an older child will cope fine with the grammar instruction as it is mainly reinforcement with more expectation and heavier workload than Book 1, with a few more advanced grammar concepts included, e.g. use of semi colons. The child is also required to read more advanced books. Teacher’s notes, answers and a comprehensive book list are all included.
Language Lessons from Australian History comes in three levels and makes homeschool planning for grade 4 easy if you want to dovetail your resources for multiple grades at the same time.
Language Lessons from Antiquity is a great choice for this age as it will provide many opportunities to read wonderful books, both historical fiction and non-fiction with themed English lessons. Slot in Science in the Beginning with this one as it covers much of the same period.
Phontastic Spelling Tactics has been one of our consistently best sellers and is designed especially for this age group.
Grade 4 is the right time to get into full swing with teaching grammar. Our ebook Grammar Through Copywork is a Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum using classic literature to teach grammar concepts. With this method, there is also the opportunity to improve spelling and written expression by providing excellent models, so it’s always a win-win.
New Syllabus Maths Grade 4 is our recommendation for this level. This Singapore maths program is well designed and makes planning for grade 4 homeschool a breeze.
Also check out the Maths Manipulatives Kit which can come in handy to use with Singapore maths.
For more information on how Singapore maths level 4 compares with the Australian Curriculum, check our article.
Handwriting and Copywork
Age 8-10 is a good age to begin cursive writing using The Art of Cursive Introductory Book. This book transitions the child from printing to cursive and is available in two fonts: Manuscript Cursive and Modern Italic.
If you are studying history from the Renaissance to Reformation (1300-1600’s) you might consider Science in the Scientific Revolution, which covers the scientific works of natural philosophers of that time period . This course covers science as it was developed, covering a wide range of topics. Science in the Age of Reason covers science as it developed from 1600-1800s.
Alternative options for grade 4 planning
Learning Language Arts Through Literature Orange includes all the language skills: phonics review, reading and spelling (suggested lists included), grammar, higher order reasoning skills and creative writing in a teacher friendly format. For your convenience, Teacher Notes and Answers are right in the margin of the teacher book. There are four Book Studies each containing a summary, vocabulary skills, reading comprehensio, and exciting activities. Books studied are: The Boxcar Children Book #1, Wilbur and Orville Wright, Me and Ben (Benjamin Franklin) and The Sign of the Beaver. Five units include: Research, Journal Writing, Poetry, Newspaper, Book Making.
Age 8-10 is a good age to begin cursive writing with The Art of Cursive Introductory Book. This book transitions the child from printing to cursive and is availabel for Manuscript or Modern Italic fonts.
A simple solution to adding in some history to your child’s learning is to use lapbooks. Our Who’s on the Money or ANZAC Day lapbooks will give you a good bit of Australian history to supplement American programs like LLATL.
LLATL can be a little light-on with spelling so Phontastic Spelling Tactics makes a good supplement and also gives you British spelling.