Let’s take a look at a fourth grade curriculum for homeschool. You will be the best judge of what works for your children. I still like The Story of the World for history, but I changed math programs a number of times. I started with Saxon Math, but my kids never loved it and getting them to do their math was a chore. If this happens to you, try another math book. I have listed two new ones here. I used The Well-Trained Mind as a basis for planning my school days.
I continue with World History, using volume 4 of the Susan Wise Bauer books. In four years, you will cover the history of the world. So, first grade is vol. 1, second grade is vol. 2, third grade is vol. 3 and fourth grade is vol. 4. These are great for busy moms and parents who didn’t get a chance to love history when they were in school.
Time period: The Modern Age: From Victoria’s Empire to the End of the USSR
Story of the World, vol. 4 (links to my affiliate account with Amazon)
Timeline: I make a timeline using a roll of white paper that can be taped to the wall. Divide the long strip of paper evenly with the dates clearly at the top. Be sure to add important dates in your life and your children’s birthdays. We are finally at the culmination of a four-year study.
Books for your child to read: Choose books that interest your child and is at their reading level. This is important for quiet time, when you want them to read alone for approximately 30 mins. everyday. It should be enjoyable and fun.
Books to read to your child: Choose some child versions of books that fit into the timeframe of the history you are reading. Choose books you both will enjoy reading. You may find books at their reading level for them to read, or you may enjoy reading them aloud. Look for U.S. History and biographies about people from this time period:
(books link to my affiliate account with Amazon:)
- Alcott, Louisa May
- Anthony, Susan B.
- Barton, Clara
- Blackwell, Elizabeth
- Douglas, Frederick
- Earhart, Amelia
- Edison, Thomas
- Einstein, Albert
- Eisenhower, Dwight D.
- Ford, Henry
- Gandhi, Mohandas
- Houdini, Harry
- Hughes, Langston
- Juarez, Benito
- Keller, Helen
- Kennedy, John F.
- King, Martin Luther Jr.
- Lee, Robert E.
- Lincoln, Abraham
- Lincoln, Mary Todd
- Pasteur, Louis
- Pitcher, Molly
- Roosevelt, Eleanor
- Roosevelt, Theodore
- Ruth, Babe
- Stevenson, Robert Louis
- Truman, Harry
- Tubman, Harriet
- Twain, Mark
- Wright, Wilbur and Orville
- The Wall: Growing up Behind the Iron Curtain
*You can find many of these books on my Amazon store link. Check the library as well.
Writing, Grammar, Spelling, and Vocabulary
Grammar – Easy Grammar, Grade 4 (you can buy the teacher edition which has the workbook on one page and the answer page on the facing page)
Choose one main text:
Math In Focus (Singapore Approach)
Supplementary and Fun: Life of Fred Mathematics books —
Choose whatever your child would enjoy.
Music lessons — piano, violin
Horseback riding lessons
4-H Club — raising livestock, rabbits, goats, etc.
Monday – Friday: Math, Reading, Writing/Grammar/Spelling/Vocabulary
Tues and Thursday: History
Wed and Friday: Science
Field Trips: As often as you can
**Remember when you homeschool, you will complete your studies in a much shorter time period than public school. Don’t feel like you are not covering as much, more likely you will be covering more.