My Homeschool Year Four Course

Are you looking for something special for your child’s homeschool program? Well, we have planned an absolutely delightful Year Four Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum.

We want your child’s homeschool education to be a joyful experience for you and your child.

To make it easier, we’ve done the planning so you can be confident you are giving your child a well-rounded education and that you comply with Australia’s homeschool registration requirements.

Teaching Resources

To encourage a passion and motivation for learning, we’ve adopted a literature rich philosophy which has avoided worksheets and textbooks whenever possible.

Our family learning schedule includes: thoughtful conversations, classic read alouds, narrations, poetry, picture study, science and nature journaling, notebooking and art lessons. Independent work includes English, math, copywork and age appropriate readers.

Resources Provided

These resources can be downloaded or accessed online. You can print off these documents or keep them in your virtual cupboard.

  • Detailed Scope and Sequence and Yearly Plan Year 4: Use for registration application, includes Australian Curriculum codes and NESA outcomes.
  • Introduction to Teaching Year 4: A home educator’s guide that shows you how to teaching this grade.
  • 36 Weeks of Lesson Plans: An online and a printable PDF version of each week’s activities, reading schedules and lesson notes.
  • Primary Language Lessons Year 4: An English resource combining literature lessons with copywork, spelling, dictation, narrations, picture study, observations, poetry, writing and grammar.
  • Downunder Copywork Book 2 – Foundation Font Cursive
  • Aesop’s Fables Copywork – Foundation Font Cursive
  • Scripture Copywork – Foundation Font Cursive
  • Math Copywork – Times table drill and math words to learn.
  • Australia Flag Lapbook – democracy, and the meaning of our flags and emblems.
  • Pleasant Talk of Places – 32 weeks around the 7 continents of the world.
  • Study of a Tree – A focused study using tips from Anna Comstock’s A Handbook of Nature Study.
  • Australian Nature Stories Collection
  • New Zealand Nature Story Collection
  • History Timeline Figures with History Folder Instructions
  • Healthy Conversations Year 3 to Year 4
  • Art Appreciation Course: Provided free with subscription
  • Music Appreciation Course: Provided free with subscription
  • And a few other bits and bobs including video links and suggested enrichment activities.

What Isn’t Provided

We don’t provide a math program but we’ve got some suggestions, so you can pick a resource that suits your child’s style and ability.

Foreign language lessons are also at your own discretion but we’ll give you some tips.

Download Course Outline

We’ve put a comprehensive outline and weekly lesson sample guide for you to download and read.

Year Four Course Outline. PDF Download

Year Four Details

Our aim was to find a good balance between Charlotte Mason’s ideas and the registration requirements of a modern day Australian curriculum.

Efficient planning means that we’ve streamlined lessons to give your child a rich learning experience without making you feel guilty or overloaded. This means you’ll still have time to go on delight directed learning adventures.

36 Week Cycle

Our Year Two programs is set out in a 4 term/36 week cycle that can be spread over 3 to 4 days (10 – 14 hours per week). To give you some breathing space, we’ve allocated the last week of each term to: special projects, catch-up lessons and assessments.

But you as the homeschooling parent you can pace your child’s learning according to their abilities and needs.

Documentation

Keeping track of your progress is also easy with our weekly schedules available in an online or printable format.

Registration is made simple with our Yearly Planning Template and detailed Scope and Sequence.

We also provide certificates and portfolio prompts that will make documentation and continued registration a cinch.

At the end of each term there is a downloadable report of work achieved over the term. Parents add comments and assessments of their child’s progress in each area of learning.

Online Learning Platform

One of the most exciting features of My Homeschool is the online learning platform we are using. You can access your course from your PC, Mac, Tablet or even your phone.

Moodle is an Australian designed software that is used by many school, universities, colleges and educational institutions around the world. My Homeschool has been built on this platform. You can download an app for your smart phone or iPhone and that means your whole course is at your fingertips. This is great for getting organised and learning on the go.

Additional Costs

Since this is a literature rich course we need you to buy or borrow some living books.

A few of these resources are available as free online versions – as indicated with an asterisk (*).

Most of the Australian picture books will also be found at a local library.

These items are not provided but are needed for the course. It is estimated these will cost less than $200 in total.

Additional Books and Resources

Non Member’s Price

Year Four Price: $380 plus $15 per month membership subscription

Course membership is activated once you purchase your first course; the initial course price includes your monthly membership subscription fee. Membership remains active as long as you stay subscribed. It gives you access to the My Homeschool Learning Platform the curriculum course you purchased and our enrichment courses. The membership can only be used for the family subscribed. The membership may not be used for non-family members.

You only need to purchase one course at this price.

Member’s Price

Membership Year Four Price: $380 once off payment.

After you become a member you are entitled to purchase additional courses without the additional subscription fee.  Links to subscription free course are only accessed from within the My Homeschool Learning Platform.  Discounted course links can be accessed from the home page after logging in.

This is a once of price that gives you access to the course for as long as your subscription remains current.

Week Two:

Family Time, Oral Narrations and Read Alouds

Own Choice scripture and family devotional

The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (Sample is an excerpt from one of our additional books)

Novel: Wind in the Willows Chapter 2

Civics Narration: Flags and Emblems of Australia p.8 – 16 (Sample is an excerpt from one of our additional books)

Read The Study of a Tree: Lesson 1

Composer Study

Picture Study

On Your Own Subjects

Primary Language Lessons 4 – Week 2

Handwriting: Downunder Copywork Book 2 p.8 – 10

Math Copywork: p.4

Own Choice Math Curriculum

Own reader

Map Work and Notebooking Activities

Study of a Tree Nature Journal Entry: Pick a tree and sketch.

Civics: Australia Flag Lapbook – Continue to work on this from last week.

Pleasant Talk of Places: Lesson 2 North America Continent Questions  (Plus recommended atlas pages to read)

Enrichment Activities

Classic Read Aloud

Free Reading /library visit

Nature Walk

Sports Activity

Music Lesson Practice

Listen to term composer

Handicrafts

Foreign Language Study

Week Nine – Assessment and Review

Collect samples of work for portfolio. (For Queensland students follow the HEU guidelines. I suggest a writing example from Primary Language Lessons 4, a math sample with fully worked out problem and a photo of the timeline in its current state and a page from their history notebook).

Look through Healthy Conversations Checklist Year 3 – 4 to see if you can check off any topics.

Catch up on any unfinished work.

Look over child’s work and write an assessment of their progress—refer to each subject and record any extra curricula activities that you did this term. Place term assessment in portfolio.

Print off Term 1 Report and place in portfolio.

Record child’s own reading in book log.

Check you have all the books needed for next term.

Little Pilgrims Progress by Helen Taylor

Select a few books for child’s own reading Term Two.

Early Middle Ages Book List

Late Middle Ages Book List

It’s Not School At Home

Family learning time is the heart of our Year Four program. This is not just a convenience, it is a rich time when the family gather to share in their learning journey together. It’s a bonding time. It may be just one child or you may have a few children you teach at the same time.

This program has been written by experienced home educators and we understand what it’s like to teach a few children at the same time! Find out more about us.

Children of the ages 9 and 10 are more confident readers, they can work on their own, but still love to be working with you, they’re thinking about their lessons and discovering their own interests. We want to help you make these natural tendencies part of their learning experience.

A Literature Rich Curriculum Full Of Ideas

An idea is a living thing of the mind. It strikes, seizes and catches hold of us. Ideas form the basis of our inspiration. An idea can possess us. Without ideas education is dull. For that reason, we aren’t keen on worksheets, textbooks or comprehension tests. We’d rather you take your child on a learning journey.

At My Homeschool we want to use living literature, nature study, music and art as an instrument for nourshing your child’s mind. We don’t just care about following the Australian Curriculum (or a state syllabus), we also care about giving your child a rich education full of vitality and noble thoughts.

The mind “is nourished on ideas and absorbs facts only as they hang connected with the living ideas upon which they hang. Children educated upon some such lines as these respond in a surprising way, developing capacity, character, countenance, initiative and a sense of responsibility…The mind feeds on ideas and therefore children should have a generous curriculum.” Charlotte Mason

A Classical, Charlotte Mason inspired approach to learning is the philosophy behind our program. We also help you tick the curriculum box while you give your child a living education.

Your day will usually include consistent lesson time in the mornings (3 to 4 days per week), leaving afternoons free for natural learning and play. You can also get some of your jobs done or go visiting!

Your Year Four Little Scholars Will:

  • Hear and read classic literature from Australia and around the world.
  • Learn about great artists and musicians.
  • Practice cursive handwriting using classic literature from Australia and New Zealand as copywork.
  • Famaliarise themselves with many classic poems.
  • Continue learning simple narration, grammar and writing skills.
  • Meander through world history with William the Conqueror, Gengis Khan, Gutenberg, and the Renaissance.
  • Find Australia’s place in world history from the Aboriginals’ first contacts with world explorers. Read their tales and record significant people on a timeline.
  • Examine the 7 continents of the world.
  • Learn some Aboriginal art techniques
  • Watch a collection of science video clips

Nature Stories and Science

Nature stories educate us about places we have never been and places that we have. But a nature story brings with it the literary strength of description with rich metaphors and detailed observations.

“Books dealing with science…should be of a literary character, and we would probably be more scientific as a people if we scrapped all the textbooks .” Charlotte Mason

In the early 1900’s there was a move to educate Australian children about the Australian environment (instead of England). A few authors rose to the occasion and wrote nature stories that were inspiring, educating and very Australian. We wanted to share some of these stories with you. So we have taken the time to make a small collection of the best that we have found. We’ve also added some stories from an Australian naturalist who visited New Zealand.

“Where science does not teach a child to wonder and admire, it perhaps has no educational value.” Charlotte Mason

Over the year your child will do an indepth study on a tree using ideas from Anna Comstock’s A Handbook of Nature Study – we’ve done some adapting to make it relevant to Australians.

Should I Skip History?

Unfortunately, the Australian Curriculum doesn’t teach any world history in primary school. However, we know children this age love this topic – the stories are epic –  and history is fundamental to a Charlotte Mason education.

“It is necessary to know something of what has gone before in order to think justly of what is occurring to-day.” Charlotte Mason

We’ve made our history studies include other skills and content required within the Australian Curriculum. For example, we teach about “Built Environments” through castle architecture, comprehension is done while narrating history (telling back what was read to them), Aboriginal and Torres Strait themes are explored through art lessons, celebrations are discussed within the context of historical events, and historical fiction is part of our literature reading.

“In these early years, while there are no examinations ahead, and the children may yet go leisurely, let them get the spirit of history into them by reading, at least one old chronicle…” Charlotte Mason

This is the My Homeschool cycle for history studies:

  • Ancient History—Year 2
  • Ancient to Early Middle Ages—Year 3
  • Late Middle Ages/Early Australian History—Year 4
  • Australian History Overview—Year 5
  • Modern Australian and World History —Year 6

If you are teaching multiple primary children then it is often best to just follow one grade’s history schedule for all your children.

I enjoy the links to the weeks for ease and love the free content about music. I had to create my own schedule to fit with our family, but have used Michelle’s suggestion as a starting point. I love the Amy Mack stories and my kids are enjoying the texts this term.

Seven Little Australians is quite wonderful and opens up conversations with their grandparents.

I like that the codes for the AP are all there and we just tick them off. Liz from NSW

Home Educator, Year Four & Five

I’m actually really just liking the balance of everything Tanya from NSW

Home Educator, Year 2 & 4 Courses

I’m really enjoying having Michelle’s years of experience to know what resources are quality, like science… The music appreciation sites are good.

I love the pick up and go nature of the Primary Language Lessons as well as the Pleasant Talk of Places. Love the copywork books! Anita from NSW

Home Educator, Year Four