Choosing Homeschool Curriculum for 2020
Are you trying to figure out a homeschool curriculum for the next school year? I thought I would share what Elizabeth is using for this next school year. Elizabeth will be going into 4th grade. I am not sure where the time has gone, this last year was amazing for her as reading just really started clicking for her. She has found a love for it too. I can’t wait to see how the new year shapes up for the school year. I know we are just as disappointed with the changes in the world as our extracurricular, field trips, and park days have also been canceled for now.
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Phonics: Explode the Code Level 7 & 8
Math: Math Mammoths Grade 4
Spelling: All About Spelling Level 3
Science: Lifepac Science 4th Grade
Handwriting: Harry Potter Cursive Workbook
History: American Girl History & Story of Civilization Ancient World
Reading & Writing: IEW and several novels
What to choose for 4th grade homeschool curriculum?
Are you at a loss for this year’s curriculum and books? Come and see why we chose these!
Trying to choose a 4th grade curriculum for your child can be so hard as they are starting to go from a little less cut and paste work to more book work. To help with that transfer, trying to choose items that are fun and engaging goes a long way. Also, letting them choose some of the items helps as well. Around here, we give our kids a list of books and they can choose, so they get to start making decisions and enjoy what they are reading.
The other great thing is the newer Harry Potter cursive handwriting book. It helps to not have something as dry. Last year we used Logic of English to teach the letters and some phrases. To help reinforce that, we went for this book of quotes and spells from characters they already know or at least have heard of. Another fun curriculum is typing.com. Oh, and did I mention its FREE!? They have fun little teaching games to help boost confidence and learning, and the skill section has strange laws, jokes and laughs, and interesting facts. It really makes learning fun.
Science is Lifepac again which is great. I love that as children get older they can start doing these on their own to build independence, starting in grade four. I love the fact that there are ten units so it’s easy to stay on track if you do one per month. Story of Civilization- The Ancient World is new this year. We did something else for beginning elementary. I love that there is audio, reading, or visual to help all types of learners.
Elizabeth will be finishing level three of All About Reading and hoping to start and finish level four. She was struggling at first understanding reading so we will finish Explode the Code 7 & 8 instead of moving on to grammar. Spelling this year is All About Spelling, using tiles to help with the brain work and remember also love the learning of rules. Reading a map is still important to this electronic age so this year we chose Maps B.
Religion can be such a hard topic this year we are choosing YOUCAT which is a kids version of a catechism for Catholics, matching it with the timeline Bible. Timeline Bible is color-coded to help you remember when in time and how each bible coordinates with another. Math Mammoth Grade 4 will continue us on our journey using mastery skills. It teaches you more than one way to solve problems combined with student lead and several resources.
Loving to be creative myself, we still do journals where the kids can draw and write most days. We make it interesting by having items like finish this shape and starting with half a cloud but its not allowed to be finished as a cloud. Also, it helps process feelings and lets you connect more with seeing drawings and words. Personally, I don’t grade this. It’s just a completion item and a connection piece.
Looking for a different grade….
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