When my younger children study history, we usually read together from a main text, such as The Story of the World. I also like to supplement our reading with other books about the same subject. One of my favorite authors of children’s history books is Jean Fritz. Fritz’s career as an author has spanned over fifty years and included more than twenty-five books, many
As your child enters his fourth-grade year, a solid foundation in math is a must. By now he should know his addition and subtraction facts, as it’s difficult to move ahead with more challenging problems until he has them memorized. He’ll continue to learn his multiplication and division facts, as well as a number of other concepts. If you are using a standard curriculum
In one of the neighboring towns near my home is a huge warehouse/store that sells homeschooling curricula from many different publishers. It’s an adventure to walk in and search for resources; the shelves are completely filled with books, workbooks, and study guides. If you don’t have such a store in your area, however, don’t worry. There are quite a few online stores that sell
Language and Thinking for Young Children by Ruth Beechick and Jeannie Nelson is a wonderful oral language resource for homeschooling parents of children in preschool, kindergarten, or the early elementary grades. Designed as a full year’s course, this single book contains ideas and activities that can be adapted both for very young children as well as older children who are not yet reading. The
If you’ve read to your fourth grader since she was very small, chances are she loves to read by herself. For a fourth grader in a traditional school, reading programs usually consist of phonics and comprehension skills. At home, you can find a similar program to use, or you can simply provide your child with good books and a designated time to read them.
Written by Debra Bell, The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling is a great resource for both new and veteran homeschoolers. Full of valuable information, this book covers everything from choosing your curriculum to homeschooling high school students to preventing burnout. The first part of the book addresses the question of whether or not homeschooling is the right choice for your family. Not only are the
If you have a young child and are looking for something creative to do, check out the Little Hands art and craft books from Williamson Publishing. This series of books presents easy crafts and activities for little ones that can be done as summer projects or art assignments during the school year. The Little Hands Big Fun Craft Book by Judy Press and Loretta
Every year, we do well at getting the basic subjects covered in our school day – math, language arts, and reading. Weekly music and art lessons are in there too. The two subjects we’ve struggled with the most over the years, however, are science and history — the two that lend themselves best to interactive and hands-on learning. I’m not sure why it’s been