I've always loved 4th grade. It kinda stands as a launching pad in my mind...the grade where children begin to learn with great independence. Their much-improved reading ability runs parallel with their curiosity and natural passions providing a wide-open-door to learn anything and everything!
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Here's what my fourth grader will be embracing this year.
(All subjects will be completed four times a week unless otherwise indicated.)
Subjects that do not necessarily have to be learned in a graduated way or in any particular order will be done together with the rest of his siblings. These include things such as Bible, history, science, and art. You can find all of those group subjects here>>>
For the past couple of years, he has really enjoyed reading a section from The Action Bible each morning. In addition, he will also read a short excerpt from Jesus Calling for Kids.
- BJU English 4
- All About Spelling 4
- Continue to add the final drafts of his BJU English writing assignments to his writer's notebook. (every few weeks)
- Continue writing to his penpal that he has had for the last four years. (1x a month)
- Reading Horizons- for continued phonics/reading practice
- Read for pleasure. (every day)
- Read a Mom-assigned book that I assign to him each month. (classics, biographies, exceptional fiction)
- Teaching Textbooks 5
- free online review games and apps (like Math Mateer and Monkey Math) for math process review (every few days)
My son has absolutely beautiful handwriting (when he wants to) and does not really need more formation practice. So this year, he will use his "handwriting" practice time as an extension of spelling, grammar/mechanics, and character development by doing a short passage of copy work each day. I have gathered some verses, famous quotations, poems, and narrative excerpts from famous works. He will be assigned to one each week and will copy and recopy it in a notebook all week long, for a total of four times.
- Mind Benders Level 3 (1x a week)
- He will continue his child-of-the-day privileges and responsibilities.
- Boyhood and Beyond- This is one of four books written specifically for boys and young men. Although I have not read through the other three titles to give them a glowing review, I have appreciated how THIS book does NOT have any of the crass humor and public school scenarios that riddle so many other character training books for boys. He will read one chapter each week aloud to me in replace of his normal reading time. (1x a week)
- art lessons with a local retired art teacher (2x a month)
- Help Your Kids With Computer Coding- After taking a robotics programing class this summer, he was smitten with the coding bug. While he won't have any set schedule for this book, I know he will get plenty of use out of it.
- Typing Instructor (1x a week)
- independent project-based learning