Having given it much consideration we settled on curriculum for Sunshine for grade 4 that includes traditional textbook learning with a Charlotte Mason flavor, along with a few unit studies. When we started this journey I completely intended to use only traditional, text-book based curriculum. As it turns our we have landed square in the middle of Eclectic homeschooling. Sunshine is (or will be) using –
Teaching Textbooks – Math 4
Teaching textbooks is wonderful. Sunshine has always like math and she is really enjoying using TT.
I decided to use the Abeka curriculum for History and Science . Im not so sure how this is going to work out. The science text is very..simple. We did a nature walk and sketch 3 days this week in addition to the Abeka planned lessons. Sunshine really likes science and I think we continue adding experiments, books and field trips to keep her engaged. Originally I planned to use Apologia- Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day. Honestly I was overwhelmed by the text and not having a lesson plan. I have been using pages out of the notebook as they fit in with our daily Abeka lessons.
As for History, its a similar story. I decided to start with the Ohio History unit so we could get some local outdoor field trips in before it gets cold. I bought the supplement plan book for state history by Joy Dean to go along with the Abeka My State Notebook. While the lessons are planned out nicely, I am disappointed that the lessons themselves are Very basic. We will also be adding additional books to this curriculum as well. So far I have purchased the Hands on History and History Pockets for Explorers, Colonial life and Revolution to use.
Language Arts : We have been doing alot of “real world” work language arts. We have been studying letter writing. (I actually pulled a few lessons from the Abeka Language A book) So we have been writing letters to cousins, thank you letters, and buyers letters for the 4H Jr. Fair sale. Our main curriculum will come from-
Beyond Bridges – Christian Light
Language Art 4 – Christian Light
Pictures in Cursive A and B – Queen Homeschool
I have been impressed with the Literature Units from Progeny Press and we will be selecting several of these to use as well. Right now I am leaning toward, Sarah, Plain and Tall, Mr. Poppers Penguins, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, or Charlottes Web.
Of course there are lots of other materials and programs to choose from. I am still looking for a good family devotional that I can use for all 3 kiddos and expand on with Sunshine. Currently we are reading from a Children Bible story book at breakfast and then discussing. Any suggestions would be great!
We will probably end up throwing in a few unit studies here and there. I purchased a Unit Study on the Elections from Amanda Bennett. We wont use the full 4 weeks but I think it makes a great current events addition to our studies. I am looking forward to lots of hands on learning outdoors and doing as many field trips as we can.