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.
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.
The Finer Details – My Homeschool Year Four Course
Look through the tabs below to find out more.
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
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
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.
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 enrichement activlites
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 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.
Full Course Costs
- My Homeschool Subscription $6 per month with a $30 sign up fee.
- Year Four Course Cost $400 – one off price as long as your subscription remains current
- Some additional resources will need to be purchased independently of this course.
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.
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 learning on the go.
Watch this video to see how this new platform works.
Video Explanations – How To Organise Your Course
These videos will give you an idea of how you can organise your course and how the learning platform works. This uses our Year 3 course as an example course.
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
- Own choice math curriculum
- Child’s History of the World by Hillyer (also used Year 2 – 4)
- Random House Book of Poetry for Children (Used 4 – 6). You can choose another poetry book if you like.
- Flags and Emblems of Australia by Jill Bruce
- World Atlas (Used 2 – 6)
- *Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (Free online version available as an audio book and ebook)
- Little Pilgrims Progress by Helen Taylor
- Walking through the Seasons with Diane Lucas and Ken Searle
- My Place by Nadia Wheatley
- Papunya School Book of Country and History by Nadia Wheatley
- Stationery supplies.
I love the lay out of week by week checklists. We’ve really enjoyed HSS – Y1 History with Marguerite which I combined with my Y1 and Y4. We have liked the complementary books recommended. My children are enjoying the CM method, less textbook and more creative and enjoyable learning. They have something they’ve personally made or journalled to show for their work instead of a dull textbook page. I have tried to incorporate the CM method in the past but this program is the helping hand I need to implement it. We are enjoying the Primary Language Lessons. I have printed the Weekly Checklists and subjects and have them spiral bound for each year. This has been great to have it all together and I can go through and highlight the lessons before we do them. We joined Maths Online in the last few weeks as it was recommended by you and this is such an excellent resource for maths. So thank you!
Joanna – Home Educator in QLD teaching multiple grades using My Homeschool Year 1 & 4
I just wanted to say thank you for all the effort that’s been put into My Homeschool! I had my AP visit yesterday and it went great! He’s giving me 12 months registration and said if he comes next year and I’m still using the My Homeschool curriculum then he’ll give two years, even for my kindy child who’ll be a new registration. Thank you so much for helping make this transition to homeschooling so much easier and providing such detailed documents. I’m truly grateful!
Jes – Home Educator in NSW teaching multiple grades using My Homeschool Year 2
I really like the links within the weekly lesson plans. While I love having a book in my hands, it is great if we are out or I don’t have the resource close by, to be able to click on it and use it. My son also likes to click on them and have a perusal before we start. For him it’s not hard to find what we are doing for the week as it is mostly all there laid out.
We are absolutely loving Dot & the Kangaroo!! what a gorgeous story, my children are captivated!!
Really loving A Book for Kids poetry. Puts a smile on our faces.
I am using it to teach 2 children. The only reason I am finding the workload heavy is because I have a 3-month-old. He hasn’t been well (silent reflux), so trying to fit everything in when I have a sick baby has been hard. I have chosen to purchase a course for my younger and give my eldest extension type work. This seems to be working so far. I am loving that I can teach them together, as it feels more like “family learning” rather than “school learning” to me. We are doing it together!!
Emily – Home Educator in Tasmania teaching multiple grades using My Homeschool Year 2
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