Fourth grade this year looks a bit different than a couple years ago. I’m neither able to be up and about supervising complex projects, nor am I able to run around town picking up tons of supplies, so we’re making do with a more traditional curriculum. I do still hope to hit on some of the typical Waldorf main lesson content for fourth grade– specifically Norse mythology, man and animal (including some beginning animal taxonomy), local and state studies, and a focused study of fractions and measurement in addition to other fourth grade math skills. But it’s not going to look like a Waldorf main lesson block.
So, what are we doing?
Art: Masterpiece of the Month (except we take one a week!) along with an art journal where she can copy all or part of whatever piece we’re studying, write about the art, or do a study of the artist.
Music: She’ll continue playing violin with the public school strings program. Anything beyond that is going to be pretty informal and impromptu. I had hoped to start her on piano this year, but that doesn’t seem to be happening. Anyone have a decent self-taught piano method a fourth grader can handle? She’s also in the children’s choir at church.
Physical Education: When co-op starts, she’ll have gym once a week. Additionally, she’s started in Ballet 2 this year. She’ll play in the Sunday School basketball league this winter and will hopefully do Girls on the Run again in the spring and swim team in the summer.
Christian Ed: This will be catch as catch can, I’m afraid. Besides Sunday School, we’ll try to learn about the saints’ as their feast days come along.
Computer Skills: To begin with, we’re focusing on keyboarding skills. Katie Grace is starting off with a learn-to-type program.
Life Skills, Health, and Safety: I’m hoping Girl Scouts will cover a fair bit of this, to be honest. Katie Grace bridged over to Juniors this year, so we’ll choose badges that help support these goals. Additionally, she has been working through Little Annie’s Art Book of Etiquette.
Handwriting: Easy peasy– Catholic Heritage Handwriting, Level 4.
Language Arts: We bought Learn at Home, Grade 4 and are basically following its recommendations for language arts and grammar. We supplement with Catholic Heritage Curricula’s Language of God. So far, it’s a lot of review of parts of speech as well as starting to delve into the rules of grammar.
Math: Sadlier-Oxford’s Progress in Mathematics (this is nothing new, we’ve used this all along) together with some ideas from Learn at Home, Grade 4 and Christopherus Homeschool’s Fourth Grade Mathematics.
Social Studies: Mostly right now we’re focusing on Pennsylvania geography and history. Some resources used include The Pennsylvania Primer and K Is for Keystone,. She’s made a diorama of what Pennsylvania might have looked like before people lived here and has learned about the First Peoples of Pennsylvania, the Lenni Lanape and the Susquehannock. I’m hoping she’ll eventually create her own Pennsylvania alphabet book and we’re working on a timeline.
Science: For now, this will largely be addressed through a chemistry class at our homeschool co-op. We’re also beginning to explore the idea of classifying in science.
Spelling: We’re using Sequential Spelling. I only wish we had discovered this a year or two ago.
Writing: For now, we’re using a combination of journaling and suggestions from Learn at Home, Grade 4. Eventually, we’re going to add in Gail Carson Levine’s excellent book Writing Magic.
So, that’s how it looks for now. What does your fourth grade look like?