4th Grade Curriculum Picks

  So I thought I would share what we are using this year for our curriculum picks.  I always choose from a lot of different curriculum.  Don’t freak out!  This in no way means that you should use them all.  Some of these programs are not for everyday use.  I do a rotating schedule to fit more subjects in.  Some of them (All About Homophones for example), I only use once every other week.  I like to plan a lot of different options throughout the year.  But this doesn’t mean we use them all at once.  I always like to have more available than less.  Sometimes we use all of our curriculum picks, sometimes we don’t. Many of these curriculums have full lesson plans on Homeschool Planet to make it super easy for you to schedule your lessons. As you can see, we are keeping a lot of the same ones from the year before.  I have been pretty happy with what we are using and would like to continue.  So here’s what we ended up deciding to use. 4th Grade Curriculum Math- Beast Academy Level 4 and Saxon 5/4.  Yes, I really use both.  I use Beast Academy as our main math curriculum and Saxon to fill in any gaps.  You can read more about how we use our math program in my post Why Beast Academy Is My Favorite Homeschool Math Curriculum and you can also read about Choosing a Math Curriculum. Science-Super Charged Science Cursive-Zaner Bloser Cursive 4 Grammar-Shirley English Jingles and Fix It Grammar Art-Artistic Pursuits K-3 History-We are using a mix of unit studies this year from Homeschool in the Woods Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, as well as audiobooks from Story of the World.  We are also reading from A Child’s history of the world. Music-Alfreds Kids Ukulele Course Complete.  We started using this book last year.  It’s easy to use and comes with audio. Spelling-All About Spelling.  If you are interested in this program, you can read all about My Experience With All About Spelling. Homophones-All About Homophones. I’ve also written a full review on this program.  You can read Teaching Kids About Homophones for more information on this program. Reading-Pathways Level 3 English-Climbing to Good English 3 Foreign Language- We are trying a combination of Flip Flop Spanish and Talkbox Spanish this year.  Make sure to check out a complete overview of Unboxing Talkbox.mom Language Subscription Kits for more on this program. Critical Thinking-Basics of Critical Thinking Literature-  For our literature studies this year we are reading A Child’s History of the World, The Sea Wolf, and My Side of the Mountain.  All of these will be read Charlotte Mason Style as narrations with discussion questions or Novel-Ties Study Guides. Self guided reading is done throughout the week with independent choices using a “book box.”   Art History Unit Studies-We will be using Art in History’s Persian and Greek Pottery units to round out our history lessons. STEM-All STEM kits are KIWICO projects which we do throughout the year.

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