I get a lot of questions about curriculum so I thought I’d share with you what I’m using with my fourth graders this year. A lot of people ask me about curriculum other than my own, and honestly I try to stay away from too much curriculum. I do wish I had time to create everything for my kids, but I don’t. And sometimes I feel a little out of my comfort zone on a certain subject or skill, so I’ll find something to do the job for me.
One of the great perks of homeschooling is the ability to tailor the curriculum for your child. I know my kids’ strengths and weaknesses which allows me to design the curriculum around their needs. This means we sometimes work at a faster pace in one subject, but may need to slow down in another. Our goal is to work towards mastery, not to finish the curriculum.
Literature Study Units
Since these kids are reading fluently on their own, I want them to be able to sit down and read throughout the day at their leisure. I also want them to see reading as fun, so most of our reading curriculum is pulled from children’s literature. They are having the best time with these books. I use the books to teach important reading skills such as characterization and theme. Classroom teachers do the same thing.
We read a chapter or two in the morning together, and then they work in their reading journals. This week we compared two characters and visualized their physical features.
For hands on activities in reading, I like to find games. After working on our Theme Anchor Chart we played this game from Teaching With A Mountain View.
Grammar, Vocabulary, and Writing
A lot of our grammar skills will be done through our mentor sentences we use with our literature books. Our ELA Curriculum will also be used throughout the year.
We also have a 1st-2nd Grade Unit available.
Each unit has 10-20 vocabulary words that are integrated into the grammar activities and reading passages.
There’s a different grammar and writing focus for each unit.
Here are a few pics of these units in action.
To satisfy our requirements for strategies in multiplying and dividing, I’ve been using 4th Grade Multiplication, Division, Factors, and Patterns by Math Tech Connections. I use this during our math block for seat work and small group practice.
For review, I’ve been using 4th Grade Addition and Subtraction Math Games by One Stop Teacher Shop. We work on these first thing in the morning for about 10 minutes.
I really love teaching history. This year 4th graders will be learning about the first people of North America, Explorers, and the 13 Colonies. We’re using Indigenous Settlements of Tennessee this week to learn about the Paleo and Woodland Indians.
This unit also includes vocabulary and writing. I added the thinking questions to help retain information.
On Fridays we attend a tutorial where the kids participate in chemistry experiments. Because of this we are using Elements, Ingredients of the Universe.
This is the majority of what we are doing so far. I will continue to add more and discontinue more as we go.
Happy Teaching! Have an amazing start to your year!