4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices L

My daughter is 9 and going into 4th grade this year. Below are the 4th grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made for Ladybug! Changes may come, but this is the plan for now!

Curious to see what she did in the past?

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4th Grade Subjects

We will not be doing all of these every day. Follow along with us and I will share throughout the year so you can see how it all fits in! Honestly I had a VERY hard time deciding on a few of these and may end up changing my mind. The joy of homeschool – I can!

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4th Grade Reading List

4th Grade Reading List

This will be our third year using visual reading lists! Today I am sharing my daughter’s 4th grade reading list. She is my bookworm, and veers from the list often. I still created a list for her so we would have ideas throughout the year just in case!

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I used many sources to find books I thought she might enjoy and that I wanted her to try. I have not read all of these, but looked at reviews and am comfortable with giving these a try. After deciding on many book choices for her, I created a page with each cover so she can browse and choose his next book easily. We do not own all of these so I have her choose and I put the book on hold at the library!

Some of the books carried over since she didn’t choose them last year. I removed most of what she didn’t choose but left a few I am hoping she will pick this year!

4th Grade Book Checklist

Below you can see Amazon links to all of the books on this list {click over to the blog if you are reading in email}.

Downloads…

I have a few downloads you are welcome to use if you’d like. First, here is a copy of the book choice page featuring the books I chose for her. If you want to create your own visual list, it is easy!  Just grab the book cover images online somewhere {I used Amazon} and then copy them into a document and resize how you want!  I use PowerPoint to create my documents, I like their positioning tools the best.

Here is a blank reading record like his. I just have her write the title, author and rate the book 1-10 based on her opinion.

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Here’s another reading log we have used.  It is very similar to the one we are using now.

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See our Book Lists Pinterest board here!

Booklist Video…

I recently did a Facebook Live video sharing about these visual booklists, and why we love them! You can watch that here!

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More Book Lists

7th Grade Book Checklist  6th Grade Book List 

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LIFEPAC ~ History/Geography Review

I have been going to homeschool conventions for many years now, and have been homeschooling since my 16 year old was in PreK. This past spring I spent some time at a booth I had mostly ignored all of these years and really dove into looking at Alpha Omega’s LIFEPAC curriculum. This was sparked by a need to switch a few things up, especially for one of my kids. I spent hours at the booth browsing and asking questions. In the end I have decided to give LIFEPAC a try for a few subjects!

Alpha Omega LIFEPAC History and Geography Review

In addition to being personally interested, I was contacted by Alpha Omega to ask if I would be interested in reviewing a subject from LIFEPAC – one branch of their homeschool curriculum options. This worked out very well, as you can imagine, and I said yes! They sent me History/Geography for my 4th grader and 7th grader!

My daughter is going into 4th and my son is going into 7th. I wanted to be sure we liked the format of LIFEPAC before I bought the other subjects I am interested in, so we completed the first unit to give us a feel for it.

What is LIFEPAC?

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LIFEPAC is a Christian homeschool curriculum for grades K-12. Designed by a team of accomplished educators with years of classroom experience, LIFEPAC is based on the principle of mastery learning. Students master content in each unit worktext before progressing to the next. Ten LIFEPAC worktexts provide one full year of learning content per grade level; individual worktexts can also be used as supplemental material. In addition, you can mix and match subjects or grade level worktexts to personalize your student’s curriculum content. Individual worktexts take approximately 3 to 4 weeks to complete.

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What SHE Thought…

I must be honest, when I first showed it to my daughter {rising 4th grader}, she took one look and frowned. Not a fan. I encouraged her to give it a chance and no joke – by the end of the first lesson, she loved it. I did it with her, although eventually it may become a subject she can do on her own.

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After our first lesson I asked her why she decided she did actually like it. She told me that when she first saw all of the words and blanks she thought it would be boring but once we started reading she actually enjoyed learning what we read about. I think she liked that we did it together too, which is fine with me. I want to make it fun for her instead of just another workbook. The workbook gives me a clear guide to spring from!

Want a peek inside of the workbook she is using? You can download great samples here on the AOP website. Just scroll down and you’ll see the links to samples.

What HE Thought…

It was my rising 7th grader that inspired my initial investigation into LIFEPAC. There are a few reasons for this, all centered around his gymnastics. He trains 6 days a week, many hours per day. Homeschooling has allowed him to pursue his dream but I know that the hours we actually spend doing school are only going to increase as he gets older. I wanted a curriculum that would be easy for him to take to the gym with him – the magazine format of LIFEPAC intrigued me. I didn’t want him having to carry several big textbooks just to get one simple assignment done during his break.

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He doesn’t really care what publisher I choose, he just wants to get his schoolwork done and get to gymnastics. As we worked through the first unit of LIFEPAC History/Geography he didn’t love or hate it. He did like the smaller book and said that will be much easier when he needs to take it to the gym {or anywhere}.

Want a peek inside of the workbook he is using? You can download great samples here on the AOP website. Just scroll down and you’ll see the links to samples.

What MOM Thinks…

I love…

  • small books
  • simple planning
  • text and worksheets all in one
  • two subjects combined in one {history and geography}
  • Christian worldview

I love that the year is divided into 10 smaller books, this just works with my brain. I adore this concept. I made a planning sheet and was able to duplicate it for each kid since the layout is the same! I am all for simple planning. I love that we don’t have a separate textbook and workbook – the idea of them being all in one is genius. The only downside of this is not being able to reuse it, but at this point I see the value in keeping it all together like this and just making the investment.

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In the beginning of our homeschool journey I thought I would reuse curriculum with each younger child but now I see how different my kids are. The Apologia science is a great example. We loved it for my oldest but know it is not a good fit for the next kid. So it isn’t getting reused anyway! At this point in our homeschooling, simple is KEY. The worktext format is perfect for us!

The fact that this particular subject covers history and geography from a Christian worldview is a great fit for us. I love that these two subjects are woven together and look forward to diving in deeper with my kids.

If you have any questions about our experience with LIFEPAC, please leave a comment and I will do my best to answer! If you’d like to purchase LIFEPAC for your homeschool you can do that here!

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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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USA Geography Wrap-Up

USA Homeschool Geography with Elementary Students

We had a fun year with USA Geography in our homeschool and I thought I’d do a wrap-up post to share what we thought about how our year of learning went. When we began I wondered if we would make it through all 50 states and I am thrilled to say we DID!

My goal for my 4th grader was mastery of state locations and capitals with exposure to all of the other fun details. The goal for my 1st grader was entirely exposure. She will go through this again in 3rd or 4th grade with me.

We had lots of fun together usually about 2 days per week. Here’s a reference list with links to all materials we used this year with our 1st and 4th grader…

    A Review in Photos & Videos…

Each photo below is linked to the blog post it came from, so be sure to click if you want to read more!

      First, here is the video I made at the beginning of the year with

our initial plan

    .  We mostly stuck to this plan, and added a few things in.


The State by State Activity Pack pages from Crafty Classroom were perfect for my kids. They both love to color so this was usually a relaxed and fun activity.

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We used these books for our reference guides as we learned about each state and filled in our sheets!

NG Kids United States Atlas  Student Atlas

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Near the end of the year I added in a new set of States and Capitals worksheets that I created for review.  We will continue to use those to reinforce state locations and capitals.

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The Readeez 50 States song comes HIGHLY recommended by my kids, they love it and can both sing their states in ABC order thanks to the awesome tune and video! Here’s a peek of a video clip when we were listening to the Readeez song!


We continue to use our USA PowerPoint for review. As we got into the later states, we wouldn’t go all the way back to review, but would pick up where I felt they needed to.

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Here are a few videos of the PowerPoint in action!

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Our magnets from Barker Creek were awesome and we added them to our magnetic board all year. These were especially great to review abbreviations.

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Our games were loads of fun and great for review.  They loved game day and we had them often.  Our 2 favorites are Sequence States and Capitals and Scrambled States.

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Krash enjoyed the Stack the States app a lot for review. He loved that the work we did made him better at the game!

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Final Thoughts…

I am SUPER pleased with how USA Geography went this year and if you are looking for a simple low-prep {prepare before the school year begins and then you are ready for the year} I recommend looking into the resources we used!

 

Here’s a visual version for those of you who want to see these items online!  Click on the image to see the resource or the post!

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USA PowerPoint   Readeez 50 States

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