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Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade Core

H401: History:Am. Revolution to Civil War/N. and S. American Geography

SC401: 4 Science

M401: 4th Grade Math

SWR401: 4 Spell to Write and Read

GW401: 4th Grade Grammar and Writing

LIT401: 4 Literature

LA401: 4th Grade Language Arts

LC101 or LC201: Latin A or B

also includes Visual Art IV, Joyful Discovery IV, Music III, PE III, and Lit/Drama III which can be taken also as individual courses

Parent Role: Co-teacher/guide for dependent study

Prerequisites: Third grade or equivalent

FOURTH GRADE-Language arts (SWR401, GW401, Lit401)

Writing: Students with begin The Writing & Rhetoric series with Fable and Narrative I. They will use whole-story examples of literature, careful listening, and the progressive steps of progymnasta to grow their writing skills through imagination and imitation. In this level, students practice reading comprehension, summarizing and amplifying a story, identifying types of stories, point of view, and conflict using parables, fables, and myth.

Spelling and Grammar: The world of words opens up to students as they master, blend and manipulate phonemes gaining competency and fluency with spelling and reading. Students continue to gain proficiency in spelling and application of spelling rules as they integrate all of language arts. In First Language Lessons, they develop a solid understanding of grammar by identifying the parts of speech, types of sentences, & diagramming sentences. The beauty of language is emphasized as students not only memorize grammar definitions but also poems such as: Afternoon on a Hill, Ozymandias, How Doth…, Learning to Read, The lake Isle of Innisfree, and The Height of Ridiculous.

Literature: Living books are incorporated into every aspect of learning, but the joy of reading is also emphasized with read -aloud, discussing writing techniques such as the development of setting, plot, and characters. Titles include: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Phantom Tollbooth, and Homer Price.


Math concepts deepen as students continue mastering the foundations of math. They begin with converting fractions to decimals, identifying common factors, use the four basic operations with fractions and decimals, and begin solving long division. They use mental math strategies and model drawing to solve more difficult world problems, connecting math to every day life.


Students will continue studying history chronologically from the American Revolution to the Civil War. Students will see God’s hand in the scope and flow of history through story, re-enactments, and activities to make history memorable and meaningful. Alongside studying the historical geography, students will study the modern geography of North and South America.


Students will use a classical, Charlotte Mason approach to explore astronomy and the physical sciences. Students will use living books, experimentation, memory work, biographies of scientists, and hands-on activities to appreciate the amazing world around them.

Individual Courses (also included in Core)

Latin for Children A (LC101)

LFC A incorporates elements that will engage students of every learning style. As a step beyond just an exposure to the language, when used as a whole, this series trains students in grammar, vocabulary, and English derivatives in a lively, interactive way that is perfectly suited to students in the grammar stage.

Parent Role: co-teacher/guide for dependent study

Prerequisites: none

Latin for Children B (LC201)

LFC B continues to train students in grammar, vocabulary, and English derivatives in an engaging, interactive way. Chants, games, derivatives, and reading history excerpts in Latin not only help students of every learning style master the material, but also teach valuable study tools for all subjects.

Parent Role: Guide for dependent study

Prerequisites: Latin for Children A

Music III (MU301)

History: In depth exposure to the music of the Baroque and Classical Periods including the aural recognition of key features and prominent composers of each period. Students will be encouraged to make connections between the visual arts and music of the times. Performance/Theory: Students will sing melodies from the Baroque and Classical Periods, as well as hymns and other Christian songs, and use musical vocabulary to describe the music they hear and play.

  • Recorders II – Students will perform more advanced melodic and rhythmic material.
  • Fundamentals of Harmony I – Students will gain a basic understanding of key/scale structure as an extension of the work they have done with solfeggio syllable singing.

Parent Role: Motivator/encourager

Prerequisites: None

Visual Art IV (A401)

In Visual art, students will develop an appreciation and understanding of art as they are introduced to great artists throughout history, each year beginning with a basic timeline to gain an appreciation of art history. Student will develop an appreciation of beauty, creativity, color, line, texture, composition as they are exposed to different art mediums and techniques. They will have fun and be inspired as they enjoy art in its various forms. Students will deepen their understanding and mastery of the seven basic elements of art and principles of design. They will integrate what they are learning in history with art as they learn from great artists during the modern times 1850s-1950s. They will grow in their appreciation for art, continue to explore the techniques and mediums of the masters, while continuing to grow in drawing and sketching as we continue through through Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes.

Joyful Discovery IV (JD401)

Joyful Discovery is a hands on, interactive course using a variety of units to nourish a child’s natural curiosity and to encourage a love for learning. Students will:

  • Make observations in nature and discuss how they display God’s goodness and beauty.
  • Learn how other cultures around the world live.
  • Learn about food choices and food preparation.
  • Develop skills in handiworks such as sewing, woodworking or other craft.

Parent Role: Motivator/encourager


Literature/Drama III (L/D301)

Students will deepen their understanding of fiction as they learn about characterization, basic plot, cause and effect, setting, and theme. Using poetry, speeches and autobiographical missionary accounts, students will learn how to express themselves using various genres of literature. Students will develop an appreciation for theater as they study play production, costuming and props through drama. Students will have the opportunity to explore as they take the pages of a story to the stage.

Parent Role: Motivator/encourager

Prerequisites: None

Physical Education III (P301)

Students will continue to build basic fitness skills while also gain an understanding of common games and sports. They will develop a joy of play as they learn to work in teams and use good sportsmanship.

Parent Role: Motivator/encourager

Prerequisites: None