Our Charlotte Mason-Inspired 4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

It’s hard for me to believe it, but I’m wrapping up 3rd grade with my youngest kiddo right now and making plans for the upcoming year. Today I’m sharing the Charlotte Mason-inspired 4th grade homeschool curriculum choices I’m gathering for her to use.

We're wrapping up a wonderful year of 3rd grade and preparing for the next. Here are the Charlotte Mason-inspired curriculum choices we'll use to homeschool 4th grade.

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We’re still working through our 3rd grade year, but 4th grade isn’t far from my mind since I’m planning her year and making purchases right now. Here’s a look at what we have in store:

Our Charlotte Mason-Inspired 4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Plans

Ambleside Online will be our spine for her 4th grade year. As my daughter moves into AO Year 4, she’ll dig into the French and American revolutions. We’ll approach this through a variety of resources, but This Country of Ours, George Washington’s World, and Trial and Triumph will be our mainstays for history.

We’ll also explore Plutarch’s Lives, The Ocean of Truth, and poetry from Tennyson, Emily Dickinson, and William Wordsworth.

Our Charlotte Mason-Inspired 4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

When it comes to read alouds, we’ll include several from the AO Year 4 suggestions like The Chronicles of Narnia series (my all-time favorite), Pollyanna, Johnny Tremain, and Amos Fortune, Free Man.

In addition to the AO readings, we’ll tackle others that have been on our family to-read list for a while. I’m not sure about all the ones we’ll include, but I know for sure that The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, and Jo’s Boys are on the lineup.

4th Grade Language Arts

Like the years before, we’re sticking with our favorite language arts choice, Learning Language Arts through Literature for a gentle, Charlotte Mason-friendly approach to spelling, reading, and grammar instruction.

My daughter will be moving into The Orange Book in LLATL and therefore enjoying some classic books like The Boxcar Children, The Sign of the Beaver, Ben and Me, and Wilbur and Orville Wright. It’s been a while since I read these with my oldest; I’m looking forward to revisiting them!

Our Charlotte Mason-Inspired 4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

We’ll also include handwriting practice through some Handwriting Without Tears Cursive books that were already stashed in our homeschool closet. This isn’t something I’ll have her do every day, but I do want to include it a couple of times each week.

4th Grade Math

We’ll continue on to Math U See Delta to focus on division skills. Like always, we’ll take occasional breaks from our Math-U-See lessons and sprinkle in some time with Life of Fred.

That means we’ll spend time with Life of Fred Ice Cream and Life of Fred Jellybeans, thus completing the Life of Fred Elementary Series before the year ends.

Our Charlotte Mason-Inspired 4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

4th Grade Science

Science is our only significant shakeup when it comes to our 4th grade homeschool curriculum plans. Brace yourself for a slightly strange explanation here: 😉

We finished our Sassafras Science Adventures volume in early February of our 3rd grade year and have been using BookShark Science since that time. (Here’s the semi-strange part.) We’ve enjoyed BookShark so much that it’s made me curious about checking into Sonlight for 4th grade science.

(If you’re not familiar with BookShark and Sonlight, they’re sister curriculum options. BookShark is faith-neutral, whereas Sonlight is written from a Christian perspective.)

All that to say, we’re checking out Sonlight Science D this year and we couldn’t be more excited! This program will allow my science-loving girl to focus on several biology-related topics and tie in to our normal nature study plans nicely.

Our Charlotte Mason-Inspired 4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

Speaking of nature study, we’ll continue to make it happen on a weekly basis. Some of this will happen through our homeschool co-op, but we’ll also mix nature walks inspired by Our Journey Westward’s Outdoor Science Labs into our weeks.

And, like always, we’ll keep our copies of Nature Anatomy, Handbook of Nature Study, and our region’s National Geographic bird guide on hand reference.

4th Grade Arts & Extras

Typing

One of my big goals for the upcoming year is to be diligent about typing lessons for both of my kids. We’ve been better about that in this last half of 3rd grade, but I want to keep the momentum going next year. For that, we’ll turn to Typsey just as we’ve done in the past.

Art Instruction/Art Appreciation

We selected Vermeer, Matisse, and Cezanne for our artist study this year. We’ll explore these artists and their greatest works by combining Masterpiece Society Art Appreciation units with the corresponding Mixing with the Masters lessons for each artist. This will give both of my kids a chance to add some creative exploration to their time studying each artist.

Our Charlotte Mason-Inspired 4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

When it comes to other art instruction, we’ll turn to Masterpiece Society Studio membership so she can work her way through the courses and lessons we haven’t finished yet. This will provide a good mix of fun projects and fundamental lessons for her.

Music Appreciation

Some of our music appreciation will happen through co-op, but we’ll continue using Music in Our Homeschool’s A Year of Charlotte Mason Music Lessons at home. It was a one year course when we began using it, but it’s since been expanded to be a two year course. That made our music appreciation decision an easy one!


That’s it for our Charlotte Mason-inspired 4th Grade homeschool curriculum lineup. If you have tips or questions about any of these resources, I’d love to hear them.

Want a peek into our curriculum choices for earlier elementary years? Here they are:

We're wrapping up a wonderful year of 3rd grade and preparing for the next. Here are the Charlotte Mason-inspired curriculum choices we'll use to homeschool 4th grade.

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2 thoughts on “Our Charlotte Mason-Inspired 4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices”

  1. Thanks for sharing this info! Very helpful. I’m new to homeschooling the Charlotte Mason way… can you send me your schedule for your 4th grader for a given day? Do they do most of this reading independently?

    1. Hi Heather,
      When my oldest kiddo was this age, he did most of his reading independently. That’s not the case with my youngest. She has a completely different personality and needs me to be along for the ride more than my oldest did. Because of that, we mix it up with me reading aloud, her reading to me, and audiobooks.

      Also, we don’t follow a concrete schedule. We use Ambleside Online’s weekly schedule for Year 4 to shape our weeks, but some weeks have a different amount of content for each subject. That’s why it’s hard follow a set schedule each day.

      That said, I can give you a screenshot of a week to give you an idea. Like I mentioned, each week looks different, but this is a good glimpse of what happens. (Keep in mind that this all may look like a lot, but the lessons are still short.) 😉 September 2020 Homeschool Snapshot

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