I have been homeschooling my oldest daughter for a five and a half years now and my kindergarten son for two and a half years. I started homeschool preschool with my oldest when she was 2.5 years old. After two years of preschool work, she started kindergarten when she was 4.5 years old. She completed all her kindergarten level work by the following May, so I graduated her to first grade in June. She finished all her first-grade level work the following March, so she began second grade in April. She started third grade the following February and then started fourth grade last December. If you are interested in any of the materials, easily find copies on Amazon via my affiliate links.
Originally published on May 14, 2020. Updated on July 23, 2020.
In addition to specific subjects, I included one general fourth grade workbook in my fourth grade curriculum to provide my daughter with additional practice in language, math, and reading: Evan-Moor Daily Fundamentals, Grade 4.
My daughter completed the third level of the McGraw-Hill Reading series during second grade. I liked the textbooks and accompanying workbook. However, I could no longer find the series at a reasonable price. I therefore have switched to the Treasures series for fourth, fifth, and sixth grade.
For writing, I chose The Grammar & Writing Book: Grade 4, which is a 266-page grammar and writing book that expands on the information learned in the third grade edition through grammar instruction and practice, writing craft and models, and writing and grammar test preparation. The 30 lessons cover a variety of grammar and writing topics appropriate for fourth grade students including sentences, word order, parts of speech, punctuation, and paragraphs.
I also included Grammar and Punctuation, Grade 4 in our writing lessons as supplement practice on important grammar and punctuation rules. The black-and-white workbook covers 25 grammatical and punctuation topics including conjunctions, parts of speech, subject-verb agreement, present and past tenses, commas, and quotation marks that build on the topics learned in the third grade edition. Each section includes four pages of instruction and activities for a total of 25 instructional pages and 75 practice pages. I use the workbook as extra practice for concepts covered in The Grammar & Writing Book.
I am also continuing lessons on handwriting within our writing lessons. My daughter continues to learn cursive writing using the second half of The Brainy Book of Handwriting as well as Cursive Writing (Practice Makes Perfect), Learning to Write Cursive, and other cursive workbooks and printed pages. (I copy the pages from the workbooks so that she can practice problem areas multiple times.)
My daughter and I continued doing word study using Structured Word Inquiry. Each week she and I chose a base word or two to study. I am also using the InSight Words (Volume 1, Volume 2, Supplement, and Inflections) from Linguist-Educator Exchange. We also studied other words that arose in day-to-day life such as studying the spelling of a word like <buoy>.
For third grade math lessons, I selected Singapore Math Level 4 (US Edition). The two textbooks in Level 4 teach mathematical concepts, and the workbooks provide additional independent practice. The US Edition has been minimally modified from the original Singapore edition to teach American money and include American English spellings. The textbooks follow a unique pattern of moving from hands-on demonstrations to picture drawings (concrete examples with pictures) and finally to the abstract (numbers and symbols) in a natural, easy-to-understand progression. The program aims to teach children to learn to think mathematically rather than just being able to solve math problems.
In addition to the Singapore Math textbooks and workbooks, I also used a few other workbooks to supplement math lessons that I picked up from the Dollar Tree.
My daughter also continued using Khan Academy for extra math lessons.
For science lessons, I selected the 576-page textbook Scott Foresman Science and the accompanying workbook. Each lesson includes questions at the end, and the workbook includes further questions for study.
I also continued using the Giant Science Resource Book, which is recommended for students between first and sixth grade, from Evan-Moor to use as an on-going science and health supplement. I also check out many books from the library to supplement our science lessons.
After finishing the grade 3 social studies textbook and workbook, my daughter moved on to the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Our Country’s Regions Grade 4 textbook and the accompanying workbook. The 441-page hardback book covers various social studies topics such as community, geography, history, and culture. The accompanying workbook is essential for reinforcing the lessons in the textbook and covers vocabulary, writing, and other activities.
After completing the History Pockets: Life in Plymouth Colonies, my daughter and I moved on to History Pockets: Colonial America, Grades 4-6. The activity book covers An Introduction to Colonial America, The First Settlements, The Native Americans, Homes and Villages, Daily Life, School, Work, and Memorable People. Each reproducible section contains words to know, information booklet complete with illustrations, arts and crafts projects, and writing activities. My daughter and I again completed each section over one or two days with a culminating portfolio to show her study of Colonial America.
For health lessons, I opted to continue using the same textbook series, the 400-page Harcourt Health & Fitness: Grade 4 and the accompanying workbook. The accompanying workbook provides practice that reinforces the information from each lesson. Most of the worksheet pages cover two or three lessons per page.
In addition to the textbook and workbook, I also included an activity book: My First Human Body Book.
For art lessons, I began using the 13 Children Should Know series of books including, but not limited to, 13 Artists Children Should Know, 13 Paintings Children Should Know, and 13 Women Artists Children Should Know. We also used YouTube and Facebook Live to learn more about various artists, artworks, and art styles.
I continued using HarperCollins College Outline: History of Western Music and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Music History. I am using the books in conjunction with YouTube videos and songs on various music platforms to teach my children about the history of music in the Western world. I also used Story of the Orchestra and The Usborne Story of Music.
My daughter continued using Rosetta Stone to learn Spanish. To help her practice her second language skills even more, I also continued to incorporate The Complete Book of Spanish, Grades 1-3 into our curriculum. Recommended for students in first through third grade, the 416-page full-color workbook covers topics such as numbers, letters, parts of speech, expressions, days of the week, months of the year, family terms, and community terms. My daughter worked on one or two pages a few times a week as supplement to her language learning.
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