Cuddle Bug is in 4th grade now, and LOVES stories. She’d be happy if all of her homeschool curriculum came via read alouds. We do read aloud and listen to audios for a lot of books every year, but, of course, that can’t be her entire curriculum. We’ve chosen her curriculum this year to play to her natural auditory learning style. Without further adeiu, here is our 4th grade homeschool curriculum for 2019-2020, which started in August.
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Our 4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum for 2019-2020
We’re on Level 3 of the Barton Spelling and Reading Program and plan to continue on at her pace. I imagine before the school year ends she’ll be about midway through Level 4.
Per Susan Barton’s instructions, we won’t be adding in any additional reading/writing/grammar until she finishes Level 4.
Cuddle Bug LOVES read alouds, so we’re using Sonlight Level C. (We always try to go to the upper age range of Sonlight Levels, so this one is for ages 7 to 9, and she’s 9.) I will be reading all of the books to her. We’re also listening to several audio books a month, as documented in our monthly Family Read Alouds series.
For now, she’s using and loving Lego Education Simple Machines Set. (She hates science but LOVES Legos, so this is a happy compromise.) We’re about 25% done with this curriculum, and when we finish, we’ll move on to Simple and Motorized Mechanism Base Set.
Also, while she will likely listen in when her sister works on Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day, she will be sure to join in when we do experiments because that’s one part of science she does like!
There is an American Heritage Girl badge that corresponds nicely with this, so we’ll also work on that.
Cuddle Bug doesn’t love art, so she’ll join in with PB & J Girl when she feels the desire.
Cuddle Bug loves history, so when I asked her what she wanted to study for religion this year, she quickly said church history. I had a little trouble finding church history for her age, but this book came highly recommended, and so far we’ve been impressed! The Church Rocks! A History of the Catholic Church for Kids and Their Parents and Teachers.
We’ll also be reading various saint books throughout the year. So far this year, we’ve completed Saint Gianna Beretta Molla: The Gift of Life. We’ll first choose the saints that also line up with American Heritage Girls’ badges so she can work on those as well.
Although she doesn’t really like math, Cuddle Bug is very good at it, so I wanted to pick a curriculum which gives a strong math foundation. Last year, we switched to Math Mammoth, and this year we’ll continue with Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 4.
For Cuddle Bug this year, the main focus is to appeal to her auditory learning style and to work on improving her own reading skills so in another year or two she can be more of a self-sufficient learner (though I’ll keep reading her read alouds for as long as she lets me!).