While 3rd grade shows a lot of growth, 4th grade is when the children really start to rise up to challenges.
Math– Saxon 6/5 covers most of the same material as 5/4, however, the problems in 6/5 are a bit more challenging. Again, I tend to find this at a bargain price at Mardel.
Composition– IEW Medieval History Based Lessons pairs very nicely with the time period covered in history in 4th grade. In order to teach this book, you’ll need to take Teaching with Style and Substance seminar.
Grammar– For 4th grade, I choose depending on what the child prefers. We either use Fix-it Grammar Book 1 The Nose Tree or First Language Lessons Level 4. All of my children so far have done Fix-it. 🙂
Spelling– We continue learning new phonograms and spelling rules with All About Spelling level 4.
Handwriting– This is the final year we do a formal handwriting course. We usually use Cursive Success from Handwriting Without Tears. For those wanting to do more artistic lettering, Cursive Logic is a good choice.
History– Story of Civilization Vol. 2 The Medieval World from TAN books is a great history program. There are activities, videos, and the textbook tells wonderful stories to help the children better understand this time period.
Geography– Maps, Charts, & Graphs E
Science– 4th grade is when I move my children up to logic level. We use Elemental Science Logic Level Biology. I love how hands on this science is, and instead of using a text, the kids read from science encyclopedias.
Religion– We mostly intertwine our faith throughout every subject we teach. We also celebrate feast days of our favorite saints and read about them in addition to saying a daily rosary. As far as a text, I like Faith and Life Jesus Our Guide.
Latin– 4th grade is the first year my kids take Latin, which helps them excel in so many other subject areas. They take a Latin class at our homeschool enrichment school, but I highly recommend Memoria Press Prima Latina.
Music– Piano lessons (or chosen instrument) are continued. We also listen to a lot of classical music and sometimes check out library books on various composers.