4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review

4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year End Review

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The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose!  I will be sharing a series of posts with you; evaluating our choices in each grade level from this homeschool year.

Next up, 4th grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 4th Grade Curriculum Choices post.

4th Grade Subjects

Krash homeschools a bit differently due to his intense gymnastics training schedule.  We usually do 4 days worth of school in 2 days, with only a few subjects on all 5 days of the school week. He is willing to double up 2 days per week in order to be in the gym more so we are flexible. Thankfully he finished 4th grade on time this year and although those double up days aren’t always smiles and roses, we made it through!

    Below I will give a small review of each subject, if you have more specific questions about anything, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer!

Spelling ~ All About Spelling Level 4

All About Spelling continues to be a great fit for Krash. We had to do some review at the beginning of the year, so we didn’t actually begin level 4 right away. We started about a third of the way through the school year and he did very well.  We will be moving on to level 5 next year.

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Grammar ~ Growing with Grammar 3 and First Language Lessons 2 

I did not give Krash a solid start with grammar in the early years which is why I have him using level 3 instead of 4 for GWG.  He needed to take things a bit slower. GWG 3 was a great fit for him.

We used FLL as a supplement mainly to help improve his auditory processing skills.  It is mostly an oral program which is great, although challenging for him for this reason. 

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Writing ~ Write Shop D

Again, if you read my 8th grade year-end review, you’ll see I have similar issues with writing with all of my kids. I struggled maintaining a consistent routine with Write Shop D. The curriculum is fabulous, just too much prep work for me. He needs something more simple and to the point so after hours of researching {thanks to Teach Them Diligently} I decided to begin Writer’s in Residence with him for 5th grade.

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Science ~ Evan-Moor Skill Sharpeners Science

We chose to use Evan-Moor mostly because we needed something simple for our younger kids.  It ended up being a GREAT fit!  He did this with Daddy, and they had fun!  Daddy went to TTD with me and decided he wanted to try Apologia Swimming Creatures with Krash {and Ladybug} for next year.

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Math ~ Teaching Textbooks 5 and Life of Fred

Teaching Textbooks works well for Krash and we will be sticking with it and moving on to TT 6 next year.

We use Life of Fred at a MUCH lower math level than he needs for his auditory processing skills. He loves the Fred stories and Daddy reads them to him.

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Reading 

See all of the books he read here! We basically followed the plan my older son had used in 4th grade, with some extra books thrown in.  He doesn’t love reading the way I wish he did, but we seem to be getting there. I read aloud to him and he reads aloud to me to work on fluency.  He also reads independently.

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Vocabulary ~ Spectrum 4th and Kids’ Vocabulary App

The Spectrum Vocabulary book was a good fit for him although I cannot say he loved it. When he completed the book, I got him the Kids’ Vocab app,  He LOVES this. It is a great app if you are looking for something like this!  I definitely recommend it!

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Bible ~ Picture Smart Bible K-3 Old Testament {with Ladybug}

See why we love Picture Smart Bible here!

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US Geography ~ {with Ladybug}

See our USA Geography Wrap-Up here!

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Group Subjects ~ Mystery of History, World Geography

Daddy taught History to all 3 kids. We continue to love The Mystery of History and we will be continuing on with it next year for the younger 2 kids.

Daddy and I both taught World Geography this year, and it is a great fit. We will be using the same plan with the little 2 next year also.

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Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for 1st Grade soon. I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 9th grade, 5th grade, and 2nd Grade.

See our Year End Review for 8th Grade here!

8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year End Review

See last year’s Year-End Review posts by clicking on each grade level below!

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Ocean Animals Q-Tip Painting Printables

Ocean Animals Q-Tip Painting Printables

Last week we shared a brand new Ocean Animals Preschool Pack and today I have an add-on set of printables for you! This new Ocean Animals Q-Tip Painting set will be fun for many kids!

This set features several different ocean animals, in both black & white and color.

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WHY use Q-Tip Painting Printables?

The big answer is fine motor skills! You’ll notice how we focus on not only the tiny dots, but also using small items in painting or adding to the dots. All of this works on hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills

The letter identification is a secondary bonus!

See ideas for using these here!

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Looking for all of our Q-Tip Painting Printables? Click on the images to see the free printables for each theme shown below! I am always adding more, so be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss new themes!

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Tot School Gathering Place Week 178

Welcome to Tot School™ Gathering Place! Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!

Each week we will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Remember, provide a link back to Tot School Gathering Place within your post that you link up, so you can be considered for the feature!

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I can’t believe June is upon us! The lazy days of summer! Though we don’t do full blown school, I do look for opportunities for learning – library time, educational apps, trips to a local museum, hikes in the woods! Learning is everywhere! What do you do during these lovely summer months? I’d love to see your activities! Don’t forget to share them by posting to the Gathering Place! Another Mama may be inspired by your idea!

With the summer months upon us the phrase, “I’m bored” can be a dreaded reality to those kiddos who are used to being on the go! Keep them busy with one of the many ideas that Mama Swapna from The Practical Mom shares with us this week!

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I love to see what other families do during their Tot School day! Head on over to Keeper of the Memories to see how Mama Cristi and her Tot spent their day enjoying a new pre-school program.

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Reading is a big activity around here! Especially during the summer months when we have more down time. Check out the literature activity that Mama Meghan created for Tot Savanna! Your Tot is sure to enjoy it!

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See the Tot School webpage here!

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Are you NEW or have never been featured? Read this! Basics: write a specific post about what you did with your tot, link up the permalink from your post, link back to Tot School within that post, put your tot’s age in months in ( ) like this: (43 months).



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8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review

8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year End Review

The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose!  I will be sharing a series of posts with you; evaluating our choices in each grade level from this homeschool year.

{disclaimer ~ affiliate links are used}

First up, 8th grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 8th Grade Curriculum Choices post.

8th Grade Subjects

    Overall it was a very successful year for my son!  Thankfully it was a fairly uneventful year especially compared to last year. He was VERY independent and overall our choices for him worked.

Below I will give a small review of each subject, if you have more specific questions about anything, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer!


Science ~ Apologia Physical Science

He did this subject with guidance and leadership from his Dad, praise GOD!  Seriously I am so so thankful my husband handled this subject. They both felt this was a solid science program and have chose to stick with Apologia for Biology next year for 9th grade.

The experiments were his favorite part…

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Math ~ Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1

This was a big success for our son.  I can’t say he loves it, because it is a lot of work, but he likes it better than other math curriculums he has used.  We will be continuing on with Teaching Textbooks Geometry for 9th grade. Many do Algebra 2 next but my husband manages math and wants him to do geometry and then Algebra 2 right before Pre-Cal.

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Reading Sonlight’s American Historical Literature 130

This was a great fit and he read almost ALL of the books {click to see them all}! 

We didn’t stick with the guide intensely throughout the year, but we discussed the books. I had one goal this year and it was for him to truly love reading.  I prayed that by making him read SO many books, he would fall in love and I am THRILLED to say, it worked!  Since he completed this book list he has went on to read more including: Out of Water, A Long Walk to Water, Wonder, Paperboy and more! He giggles as he tells me I was right all along, reading is awesome.

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Grammar ~ Growing with Grammar 8

This is a good fit for both of us. He doesn’t love grammar, but said he prefers this program if he HAS to do grammar. This is the last in the GWG series so he is done with this.

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Writing ~ Write Shop 1

This has been such a tough subject for us. We made it through over half of the lessons, even bought the video course to go along and help. In the end we have decided to move away from Write Shop and on to something new for next year. It’s NOT because WS is not a great program, it really is. The organization of the manual and lessons just doesn’t fit with my brain and after two years of trying to make it fit, we are letting it go. I truly believe it is an incredible program and I just cannot figure out why my brain couldn’t jive with the layout. I am kind of sad to be moving away from WS, but hopeful that a different structure might help me teach better.

Please don’t let my moving away from this program shed a negative light on the curriculum itself.  I honestly think it is me, not the program. WS will be a GREAT fit for many of you!

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We have chosen IEW for next year and he will begin with Student Intensive C. I bought the combo package including the Teaching Writing: Structure & Style in hopes of better training myself to teach writing.


Vocabulary ~ SAT Vocabulary App

This was a GREAT decision! On a whim I got this app for him and it turned out to be a perfect solution.  My goal with vocabulary at this point is to prepare him for SAT and ACT testing. The app is free to try and then $4.99 to get all of the lessons, which is what we did.

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Spelling ~ Sonlight’s Word List from American Historical Lit. 130

This worked perfectly for him! The words were more practical. I created my own set of spelling sheets to reinforce the words. You can download those here if you want to use them!

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Group Subjects ~ History & World Geography

Pac joined us for The Mystery of History this year, which will be his last year with us.  We will continue on with MOH with our younger children, but he will be moving on to Notgrass History for next year.

He will also move on to his own geography after years of doing it as a family – bittersweet!  He will be using North Star Geography next year.


Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for 1st Grade soon. I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 9th grade, 5th grade, and 2nd Grade.

See our 4th Grade Year-End Review here!

4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year End Review

 

See last year’s Year-End Review posts by clicking on each grade level below!

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