4th Grade Homeschooling Overview
Is your fourth grader questioning your decisions, challenging your authority, and expressing opinions different than your own? Congratulations! You have an independent learner. Although frustrating for parents, a child’s contrariness can mean something quite positive for his or her homeschooling. It means your student is ready to take at least some of the reins on their learning.
Your 4th grader may not be ready to pick out which curriculum to use, but the more they participate in the decisions about their homeschooling, the more likely they are to stay engaged. Some areas you might want to include your homeschooler’s input on are:
- What time of day they focus on their studies
- Where they want to complete their work
- What extracurricular activities they would like to be involved in
- How often they need breaks between study sessions
A typical course of study for fourth grade homeschoolers includes language arts, math, social studies, and science. To view a comprehensive list of the types of lessons that are included in a 4th grade homeschool curriculum, explore Time4Learning’s scope and sequence page.
Ten Tips for Homeschooling 4th Grade
- Resist the temptation to compare your homeschooling methods or your child’s progress with other homeschoolers. In fact, one of the brightest benefits of homeschooling is finding a learning path that is unique to your family.
- Homeschooling doesn’t have to break the bank. Many of the books and resources needed to homeschool a 4th grader are available for free or at minimal cost online, at your local library, via used bookstores, or by trading off with other homeschool families.
- Depending on your child’s dominant learning style, they may be attracted to a specific type of curriculum. For example, auditory learners may retain material more easily when presented in podcast form. Hands-on learners can make sense of math instruction that includes manipulatives.
- Homeschoolers don’t have to study every subject every day. Some homeschoolers focus on one subject per day, some do specific subjects on specific days, and some use a block schedule approach with different subjects at different times of the year.
- Many homeschool parents find that a four-day homeschool week is ideal. The fifth day can be dedicated to field trips, homeschool support group gatherings, unit studies, projects, and just having fun enjoying each other’s company.
- Children who have a hard time concentrating for long periods might be helped by breaking homeschool study periods into 15-minute chunks. Between chunks, the child can play outside, have fun with an educational computer game, or relax for a few minutes.
- If you are homeschooling more than one child, it helps to shift between one-on-one instruction and activities they can accomplish independently so that you are able to give each student the attention they need.
- Unless you are planning to put your child right back into school after a year of homeschooling, you may find that grading your child’s assignments is far less important in homeschool than it was in traditional school. Parents often discover that they are able to accurately assess how well their child is learning without the use of a grading scale.
- Even homeschool parents need down-time during the day, so don’t forget to schedule in some time for you to take a break from homeschooling and rejuvenate with something you enjoy.
- Planning lessons for 4th grade can be as involved or as simple as you want it to be. Some homeschool parents find that they need to plan out most every detail of their homeschool day or week, while other parents are fine with jotting down some general things they want to cover and letting the flow of the day dictate how they get lessons accomplished.
4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum
For 4th graders, Time4Learning provides language arts, math, science and social studies. Students also get access to a parent-controlled online playground. Subjects are presented with web-based software organized into multimedia chapters composed of interactive lessons, printable worksheets and graded activities. Fourth graders are guided through the online activities at their own pace by an automated software system. Once fourth grade students begin using Time4Learning on a regular basis, parents will note that the children quickly become independent.
Starting in the 4th grade, students also have access to Time4Art. Animated characters lead students through interactive lessons on topics such as line, form, and color, using real examples from art history to illustrate each concept. Furnace the Polar Bear and Ruby and Tickles the Penguins guide students, step-by-step, through creating their own art, both on and off the computer.
Homeschool in 4th grade at Time4Learning includes multiple benefits for parents and students:
- Detailed lesson content so that parents can explore lessons in advance
- A secure, ad-free online learning environment
- The ability for students to access their lessons on a computer or a mobile device (via the Puffin Academy app)
- An automated system that grades lessons and keeps reports for homeschool portfolio usage
- The option for parents to set grade levels independently for each subject
- Flexibility to use the curriculum as the core of their homeschool or as a supplement to other programs
Have other questions about homeschooling 4th grade? Visit our 4th grade homeschool information page for an overview of everything Time4Learning has to offer your student.