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 have shared many of these posts, you can see them all here. This is my third child to homeschool 4th grade, which is why the post is titled “Round 3!”

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

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!  


Math ~ Teaching Textbooks 5, Spielgaben, Life of Fred

Once again, Teaching Textbooks does the job for us! She completed Math 5 and will be continuing on with Teaching Textbooks Math 6 for 5th grade.

We read Life of Fred together at least a few times a week, we both LOVE LOF!

Our Spielgaben set continues to come out and the pieces are often used for reinforcement. We are using the new math workbooks this summer for review!

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History/Geography ~ LIFEPAC 4th Grade 

This was a great fit for us! She enjoyed reading together and did the workbook portion on her own.

We will be switching to a different publisher for next year – not because I didn’t like LIFEPAC but simply because I need to combine my kids to save time instead of having two completely different history programs. Next year we will use Notgrass From Adam to Us for 5th and 8th grade.

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See more about LIFEPAC History/Geography here in our full review!


Reading ~ 4th grade reading list.

Books read together :

  • Island of the Blue Dolphins
  • The Wild Robot
  • The Wild Robot Escapes
  • Endling
  • Granted

Books read independently:

  • Warriors series
  • Wings of Fire series
  • more than I can remember

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She LOVES reading, but only loves reading books she chooses. Her big change for the upcoming school year will be having assigned books to read. I will mainly be assigning historical fiction for her, since her natural reading choices are mostly fantasy and animal fiction.

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Grammar ~ Growing with Grammar then Fix It Grammar

We began the year by finishing up Growing with Grammar Level 3 with plans to move on to level 4. We decided to try IEW’s Fix It Grammar and it is a great fit! We started with their first book and I taught my kids together {4th/7th}. Since we started later in the year, we just got as far as we could and will begin where we left off when we start back to school in August.

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Vocabulary ~ Spectrum 4th Grade  

No photos of this one, but I continue to like Spectrum Vocabulary workbooks for my kids and will be having her use the 5th grade version in the fall.


Spelling ~ All About Spelling Level 4

We love AAS but my girl is a naturally good speller. We took pretests for many of the units and she knew almost all of the words. We will use Level 5 in the fall since we already own it, but I imagine she will breeze through it too. It’s nice to finally have a kid I don’t have to drill on spelling so much!


Handwriting Practice ~ Character Copywork

I combined a bit of Bible with handwriting having her copy verses using Character Copywork.

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Writing ~ IEW

We started the year with Bible Heroes {which we were finishing up from 3rd grade} and paused in the middle to do SWI B  {I combined my younger kids for this 4th/7th} and that was a great idea! We will finish up SWI B in the fall {we have 3 lessons left – which purposely saved because I wanted to spend time on them and not rush at the end of the year} and then move on to All Things Fun and Fascinating. IEW is a great fit for us! She is a natural writer, and will write TONS on her own. When she grows up she wants to be a LEGO designer but if she doesn’t do that she wants to be an author.

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Science ~ Learning About Science & weekly enrichment class {Apologia Astronomy}   

Most of her science came from her weekly enrichment class which she loved. They used Apologia Astronomy and she came home with all sorts of fun stuff! Working on the solar system project together was a highlight! You can see her oral report here on Instagram!

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We used Learning About Science as a home addition to read about some additional science topics together.

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    Art ~ See our plans here!  

    We tend to be stronger with the “extras” during the first few months of school. I loved our art plan and love the projects we did and artists we learned about. I plan to continue on in the fall and get some good art in for a few months at least!

    Artist Books (1 of 1) Masterpiece Society Art Turtle project (3 of 4)Masterpiece Society Studio Art (4 of 4) Masterpiece Society Studio Art (5 of 1)


    For Fun ~ Kids Cook Real Food eCourse

    Again, I was great for a couple of months and then main subjects took over. I love the cooking course nd hope to do more with it again in the fall!

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      Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for 11th grade. I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 8th grade & 5th grade. See all of our past reviews and choices for other grade levels here!

      Homeschool Curriculum Reviews and Choices



      Mid-Year Homeschool Curriculum Changes and Additions

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      At times a mid-year change in homeschool curriculum is needed {or desired}. I try not to change things mid-year too often, but I am not scared to ditch something and go for something new if it is needed. Below you can read more about some changes we made with our 4th and 7th grader!

      4th Grade

      From Carson Dellosa Skill Builders Reading Comprehension to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reading Comprehension

      Homeschool Curriculum Changes

      This was for my daughter who is in 4th grade. She used the Houghton Mifflin book{on the right} for 2nd and 3rd grade and on a whim I ordered her a different brand for 4th grade. She does NOT like the new one, so we switched back. Ironically, the old one {now the current one – her choice} has MUCH more work to do. She is my reader and likes the layout better. I accidentally ordered 5th grade instead of 4th, but we decided to use it anyway!

      Finished Growing with Grammar, switched to Fix It Grammar

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      Also for my 4th grader – she finished Growing with Grammar 3 {which we didn’t finish last year} and I planned on moving on to GWG 4. However, IEW offered Fix It Grammar for FREE during their 12 Days of Giving so I decided to give it a try!! I do love Growing with Grammar and so far love Fix It Grammar. TOTALLY different ways to teach grammar. I have no idea which one I will choose for next year!

      Finished IEW Bible Heroes, added IEW SWI B

      My 4th grader finished up IEW’s Bible Heroes and I had planned to move on to IEW’s All Things Fun and Fascinating with her. After much thought over Christmas break I changed my plan and decided to use IEW SWI level B with BOTH of my kids this semester! So far so good and we are 4 weeks in, take a peek at them working here on Instagram!

       

      7th Grade

      From LIFEPAC Language Arts to IEW Fix It Grammar and SWI B

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      This change was for my 7th grade son. We gave LIFEPAC Language Arts a shot and neither of us prefer it. It isn’t a bad curriculum at all and if he had been using it for many years perhaps it would have worked. It was too random for him, he likes the structure of former language arts programs better {Growing with Grammar, Spectrum Vocabulary, etc}.

      Knowing we needed a change, I decided to go to all IEW for him. Since we got Fix It Grammar for free, I am using that with him and so far he LOVES it. As I mentioned above, I am using IEW SWI B for him. Level B is the perfect level for him, it is a bit challenging for her, but we make it work.

      In addition to grammar and writing/vocabulary we are focusing on our reading together more. There is one unit from the LIFEPAC Language Arts I do plan to use as it is a literature guide to go along with the book The Hiding Place. We just aren’t planning to finish the rest of the booklets.


      See our original 4th and 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum posts by clicking below! See all of our grade levels here!

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      Homeschool Curriculum Reviews and Choices



      4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

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      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!

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      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!

      The Visual Version

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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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