Confused about what to teach your fourth grader?
Your fourth grade student is eager for a challenge. You’re excited for the next level of work! But what do you teach them? Should you continue with grammar or start essay-writing yet? What about history or geography? Is there a fourth grade curriculum checklist anywhere? Where do you start?
And what if no single curriculum has exactly what suits you?
If you’re like me, you’ve got a family that doesn’t fit into any box. A one-size-fits-all curriculum never suited me or my children. So their charts and checklists didn’t fit either! I had to create my own.
I researched appropriate child development, and sampled many different scopes and sequences from a variety of publishers. Then I distilled these topics and skills into what I felt was a systematic approach to education. For my Grade Four scope and sequence, you’ll get the list of skills and topics suitable for fourth graders (age 8-10).
In the middle elementary grades, the focus switches to the content subjects of learning. We take the foundational skills of early elementary, and use them to explore the world. The arts, sciences, and stories that shape our culture dominate their learning, while their skills of gathering and connecting information are refined.
Fourth Grade is all about using the skills of learning to gather information, put it together and think critically about it. In fourth grade, kids learn how to make connections, form opinions and challenge the status quo. Seat work should be no more than 180 minutes a day, and I recommend that in 20 to 30 minute sessions. This is a systematic list that will make it easy to shop for and find the right materials that will suit both you and your student.
What you Find inside
What you won’t get here is how to teach these skills or topics. You are free to find the curriculum, books, experiences or teachers for each skill or topic as suits your child best. You are not locked into any particular method of teaching!
Use your own judgement for finding the appropriate methods for teaching. There’s no one way! This fourth grade curriculum checklist will simply give you a guide, so you aren’t lost in all the various options out there. Now you can be organized and feel like you’ve got a handle on this homeschooling thing.
Using a scope and sequence such as this means that you can take advantage of the beautiful flexibility that homeschooling offers. It’s easy to figure out where there may be gaps in your child’s education. And it’s just as easy to challenge them where they are more advanced. When you have a coherent checklist, there’s no “behind” or “ahead”, there’s just the next step on the path.
This is your map to your child’s education. When you’re starting out, you want to start right. So get ready for Fourth Grade with the Grade Four Scope and Sequence.