2017/2018 Curriculum for 4th Grade

Here is what we’ve settled on for my oldest son for 4th Grade. 

Bible: Who is God by Apologia

History: Notgrass America the Beautiful with some Story of the World 3 & 4 woven in

Science: Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics by Apologia (huge lab/experiments kit not pictured)

Math: Teaching Textbooks 5

English/Writing: Essentials in Writing 4 and he’s also taking an intensive writing class at our co-op this year

Spelling: All About Spelling Level 3 (not pictured)

Handwriting: A Reason for Handwriting T (transition to cursive)

Critical Thinking: Mind Benders, plus a ton of Critical Thinking games

Vocabulary: Word Roots (Critical Thinking Co.) and Notgrass America the Beautiful 

Art: He will have art this year through our co-op

We are throughly enjoying our summer and I’m doing a little planning here and there. What curriculum have you chosen for your school year? 

Vive la France DinnerĀ 

We have been studying the Hundred Years War with Story of the World and have really been enjoying this unit study so much. 

Since our geography of France hit around the same time, we decided to have a French dinner and presentation. It’s a nice way to include Daddy who’s usually at work during the daily studies. 

We decided on Soupe L’Oignon (onion soup), Tomates (Tomatoes roasted with garlic, spices and olive oil), homemade French bread and Chocolate Truffles. It was so delicious! We read about proper French etiquette and set the table as the French would. 

It was such a fun night! Have you doing a country study that your kids just really enjoyed? Let me know, comment below. 

Unit Studies with The Story of the World

We love unit studies! My boys gain a lot more out of our lessons when we do them. We are using SOTW Volume 2 for history. This year we are studying Medieval times and the Renaissance. It’s very easy to create unit studies with this curriculum. I look ahead and see what I think the boys will want to pause and learn more about and then I start pulling resources together. This is our latest unit:

England & French at War, Joan of Arc, Henry V by Shakespeare

A few of the books we are using alongside SOTW:

We got The Complete Shakespeare from Usborne Books and More, through wendysbooks.com I am an independent consultant for Usborne and their books are super awesome to use with unit studies. 

Joan of Arc by Diane Stanley is really good. I love her illustrations. My oldest son, 9, reads the book on his own and my younger son, 7, just enjoys the pictures. 

I really love the speech Henry V gives to his soldiers after they feel so sick, tired and broken from war in Shakespeare’s Henry V play. 

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers-

For he today that sheds his blood with me

Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile

This day shall gentle his condition-

And gentleman in England, now abed,

Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,

And hold their manhoods cheap while any speaks

That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s Day.

(Henry V, Act IV, scene iii)

This may be my favorite unit study so far because of Shakespeare. Love me some Shakespeare.