Tuesday, March 5, 2013

4th Grade Plans

Jay's 4th grade year starts in about 6 weeks. So, I figured I'd do a post about our final plans for the year. We have changed many things from the original plans. Most of those changes were materials, as I had to cut the budget for the year drastically. We will be incorporating more games & fun into some areas, due to little to no formal work in those areas. I am fine with going lighter in some areas, but not with skipping them entirely. Also, we will be going a bit heavier in Science & History for 4th grade. So, we chose to go lighter in Math.

Math - 1hr per day, 5 days a week:
Life of Fred Elementary Physics
Life of Fred Pre-Algebra 1 with Biology
Life of Fred Pre-Algebra 2 with Economics
games, Khan Academy, and videos from Art of Problem Solving & MathTv

If he finishes all 3 Life of Fred books before the year is over (which he most likely will), he will start on Life of Fred Beginning Algebra. (and yes, this is light in this subject for this child)

Language Arts - 2.5 hours per day, 5 days a week:
Spelling (30 minutes/day) - All About Spelling level 5, Boggle, Scrabble
If he has not finished All About Spelling level 4 by the end of this year, he will finish it before starting level 5.

Vocab (30 minutes/day) - online games, Word Sweep

Grammar (30 minutes/day) - MadLibs
I also have a copy of Grammar Land that we may use.

Reading (1 hour/day) - He will read assigned books for an hour each day. He will also be reading books of his own choosing before bed & whenever else he wants to read.

Writing - This will be incorporated into other subjects this year, instead of using a formal Writing curriculum.

Latin - 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week:
He will not be done with Latin for Children Primer B before 4th grade starts, so he will finish that and then do Latin for Children Primer C.

ASL - 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week:
The Joy of Signing book, dvds, and one of the puzzle books

Logic - 30 minutes per day, 2 days per week:
Logic Safari book 3
Perplexors A
Advancing Through Analogies

Art - 30-60 minutes per day, 1 day per week:
Art appreciation with a main focus on Norman Rockwell, Henri Matisse, Vincent van Gogh, and Ansel Adams.

Music - 30 minutes per day, 1 day per week:
Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory
He will also continue with his instrument practice & lessons.

Geography - 1 hour per day, 1 day per week:
study of the states

History - 3 hours per day, 2 days per week:
U.S. History Columbus - Civil War
The 3 hours per day will allow plenty of time for him to read the non-fiction & historical fiction, visit websites, watch videos & documentaries, and work on projects/activities. There will be no spine for this, with most of the materials coming from the library & Netflix. I've got a list of over 200 resources I hope/plan to use.

Science - 3 hours per day, 2 days per week:
Dinosaurs for the 1st half of the year
Marine Biology for the 2nd half of the year
Herbs throughout the whole year
There will be no spine for this subject, with most resources coming from the library & Netflix. The 3 hours per day should allow plenty of time for reading, websites, videos & documentaries, and projects/activities/experiments.

Informal & Optional Subjects:

1 hour play outside each day or one of various exercise dvds
knife throwing

Home Ec/Life Skills:
cooking/baking - he will continue to help in the kitchen learning more about cooking, baking, nutrition, and food safety
time management/organizational skills
money management
household chores
yard work

Computer Programming:
Logo Adventures
Logo Works