Getting Started with Fourth Grade Homeschool
Fourth 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.
This page includes:
- Top Ten Tips for Homeschooling Fourth Grade
- Fourth Grade Homeschool Curriculum
- Fourth Grade Homeschool Resources
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
Homeschooling has so much to do with things other than teaching but here are our ten tips for getting started with homeschooling your fourth grader.
- Your state’s department of education website can be an invaluable resource for what a typical course of study for your child’s grade level includes. This should only serve as a comparative tool, however, since ultimately, a homeschool student’s coursework is determined by the student and parent.
- While convenient a dedicated “homeschool room” isn’t for everyone. Dedicate a spot in your home to store the supplies or keep materials organized; all things related to learning can be done in any room and even outside!
- Plan lessons at a pace that makes sense to you and your schedule. Some homeschool parents find it necessary to plan out every detail of their homeschool day or week with a journal or software program, while other parents jot down general goals to achieve on a calendar and let the flow of the day dictate how they get lessons accomplished.There is no right or wrong way, it all starts with understanding your goals of homeschooling and the needs of your children.
- 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.
- To grade or not to grade. Unless you are planning to put your child right back into school after a year of homeschooling, some parents find that grading assignments is far less important in homeschool than 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.
- Prevent burnout by scheduling regular outings with other families. Find out if your area has a local homeschool support group or meetups at the library and get involved with field trips, clubs, and community service activities they offer.
- 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.
- If your state offers a tax-free school supplies day, that is the perfect opportunity to stock up on items you think you may use to enhance in your homeschool experience.
- Don’t get so focused on the academic goals of your homeschool year that you forget to enjoy just learning together.
Fourth Grade Homeschool Curriculum
For fourth graders, Time4Learning provides language arts, math, science, and social studies. Within the program, subjects are organized into multimedia chapters with interactive lessons, printable lesson worksheets and graded activities. And with an automated software system, fourth graders are guided through the online activities at their own pace based on their learning levels.
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.
Why Try Time4Learning Homeschool Curriculum
- Students get individual logins and work at their own pace which can lead to more effective learning
- Parents can set the grade levels independently for each subject so student learn at their own speed
- Member-only access to detailed printable lesson plans and homeschool teaching tools to review lesson contents
- Time-stamping feature on the activities for attendance and record keeping
- Automated grading feeds homeschool portfolio usage making record keeping simple
- Detailed reporting for portfolio usage and parental support through our online Parent Forum
- Entirely web based, no software to download, no CDs and nothing additional to purchase
- Affordable membership backed by a 14-day money-back guarantee. You can start, stop, or pause your membership at any time without penalty
Fourth Grade Homeschool Resources
If you’re interested in homeschooling for fourth grade, you might also be interested in:
- Our lesson planning worksheet can help you estimate how many lessons to have your child do each day
- Fourth grade curriculum overview with a summary of key fourth grade learning objectives
- Detailed list of fourth grade language arts lesson plans
- Fourth grade math lesson plans with brief activity descriptions and learning activity numbers
- Fourth grade science and social studies detailed lesson plans
- Fourth grade writing skills and standards by Time4Writing
- Fourth Grade Vocabulary and Spelling Lists – a free website that offers a fun and easy way to practice vocabulary and spelling words. Create your spelling list using the vocabulary words below and let SpellingCity teach them, use them in games and test your kids on them!
Online Curriculum for Homeschool, Afterschool and Summer Use
If you are just learning about Time4Learning, we’d suggest first looking at our interactive lesson demos.
Sign up for Time4Learning and gain access to a variety of educational materials, which will engage and challenge your child to succeed. Make Time4Learning a part of your children’s homeschool resources success.