This is a suggested outline of how to organise your curriculum for Year Four. Curriculum choice varies depending on the individual child and specific family's homeschooling needs. So feel free to change it as it suits you.
This guideline has been written with consideration of the Australian National Curriculum (ANC) and the methods of Charlotte Mason.
Homeschooling Downunder Year Four Resources
Continue with scripture reading and choose some books from out Christian Children's Books list.
LANGUAGE & LITERACY
Teaching English can be done without a workbook BUT many of us do not have the confidence to do that.
Intermediate Language Lessons-Part 1, Emma Serl is a three year program for Year 4 to Year 6 that teaches variety of English skills.
Combine with this resource with daily copywork and a reading program to complete your language arts program.
Continue cursive copywork. Use our copywork resources or passages chosen from their other reading material such as the Australian poetry book.
A good grammar and punctuation reference is useful at this stage. I recommend The Briefest English and Punctuation Guide Ever!
These cursive resources can be completed over Year 4 and Year 5
If you would like more dictation exercises you can use our resource Downunder Dictation.
Another good dictation resource is Spelling Wisdom (make sure you get the British spelling version. For Year 4 use Book 1).
Our copywork resources include excerpts from good quality literature.
60 Classic Australian Poems, Christopher Cheng (Editor)
Science & Nature Reading
Nature Talks to New Zealanders by Crosby Morrison. This book has some great bird stories. It is suitable for Australian and New Zealand readers.
Read Aloud Suggestions List
Look through our Living Booklists for some ideas
The Australian National Curriculum teaches the science disciplines biology, chemistry, earth and space (geology & astronomy) and physical science (physics). Within each school year a portion of the each science strand is chosen for study. Science teaching is broken down into science understanding, science skills and human endeavour. The curriculum states that these topics are interrelated and that scheduling of topics can be taught at the teacher’s discretion.
For science we have enjoyed the Apologia Exploring Creation series by Jeannie Fullbright. These books are best done as read alouds in the early primary and in late primary school they can be done independently. The notebooks are not necessary. Choose one book per year to complete from Year Three to Year Six.
The topics that I recommend are:
For other science strands I recommend the books of John Hudson Tiner. Read one as a read aloud each year.
Exploring the World of Physics: From Simple Machines to Nuclear Energy
Exploring the World of Chemistry: From Ancient Metals to High-Speed Computersby John Hudson Tiner
Johannes Kepler, Sower Series .Many titles are in this series. Written with a christian world view.
Note: Since geology covers the theory of evolution we suggest that you choose a resource that you have considered for yourself. We like books from Creation Ministries
Australian History begins from Year 4. Some Australian history has been covered in previous years but this year we will see a more comprehensive approach. Australian geography is covered within the history of Australia. Nature study also gives some observation skills as the physical geography of local areas is recorded. Please use your Australian Map to locate places and events that occurred within history.
The Australian National Curriculum covers the history of Australia in three sections:
It can be read in total this year or split into three sections to follow the Australian National Curriculum (ANC) guidelines.
Reading Schedule for Our Sunburnt Country
Notebooking is a good way to record history and be be worked on over the next three years. This notebook comes with notebooking pages specifically set out for Our Sunburnt Country. Children of this age may not be confident in written narrations or chapter summaries so you may need to write some of their narrations down or ask them to illustrate some pictures.
OPTIONAL RESOURCES FOR YEAR FOUR
*Out of print books. Try the library !
For this period of history the pictures of convict painter Joseph Lycett offer images of early Australian history. Use these pictures to study the what the British saw when they first came to Australia. The story of Lycett is also interesting. .
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