2020-2021 Grade 4 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

2020-2021 Grade 4 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

It’s that time of year again! I’m revealing and sharing with you our 2020-2021 grade 4 homeschool curriculum picks.

BUT, FIRST THINGS FIRST… it’s important that you know I have two children – one in grade 2 and one in grade 4.

The reason that this is important for you to know is that in some of my homeschool curriculum picks, I’ve involved curriculum where both my kids will participate in the same content. I’ve learned that where you can condense curriulum, you should.

The subjects my kids will have the same curriculum is in Bible, character, science, social studies, read-alouds, poetry, and art. My children will participate in the content of these subjects and from there, I will give them work based on their skill level.

Avoiding undue pressure and stress is the key for us all.

And now, here’s the reveal…

2020-2021 Grade 4 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Bible

Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids

How Great Is Our God: 100 Indescribable Devotions About God and Science

NIrV Adventure Bible for Early Readers

Character

The Book of Virtues

Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes, Volume I

Stories Worth Re-reading: 72 Heart Touching Stories

Laying Down The Rails (this is more-so for me)

Check out our 2020-2021 grade 4 homeschool curriculum picks! We'll be doing All About Reading, Brave Writer, Mystery of History, Saxon Math and more!

Homeschool Planning

Now from here, I’ve been putting my curriculum into a plan by using my Google Sheets Homeschool Planner. But, it doesn’t stop there.

The Google Sheet Homeschool Planner just gives me an overview of how everything will work together. The plan is not actually what we do; it’s a guide or map if you will giving me an idea of how it’ll come together.

From here, I record what we actually do in our homeschool in an empty lesson planner. Some call this concept planning-from-behind, some call it reverse planning. Either way, recording what we do (and not following the plan) creates the most restful way of homeschooling that I’ve found.

I’d love to hear if you have any of the same picks for your homeschool. Let me know in the comments below!

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

2020-2021 Grade 2 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

2020-2021 Grade 2 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Planning our homeschool curriculum is one of my most favourite things to do. With that, I’m thrilled to reveal and share with you our 2020-2021 grade 2 homeschool curriculum picks!

FIRST THINGS FIRST… it’s important that you know I have two children – one in grade 2 and one in grade 4.

The reason that this is important for you to know is that in some of my homeschool curriculum picks, I’ve involved curriculum where both my kids will participate in the same content. I’ve learned that where you can condense curriulum, you should.

The subjects my kids will have the same curriculum is in Bible, character, science, social studies, read-alouds, poetry, and art. My children will participate in the content of these subjects and from there, I will give them work based on their skill level.

Avoiding undue pressure and stress is the key for us all.

And now, here’s the reveal…

2020-2021 Grade 2 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Bible

Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids

How Great Is Our God: 100 Indescribable Devotions About God and Science

NIrV Adventure Bible for Early Readers

Character

The Book of Virtues

Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes, Volume I

Stories Worth Re-reading: 72 Heart Touching Stories

Laying Down The Rails (this is more-so for me)

Check out our 2020-2021 grade 2 homeschool curriculum picks! We'll be doing All About Reading, Brave Writer, Mystery of History, Saxon Math and more!

Homeschool Planning

Now from here, I’ve been putting my curriculum into a plan by using my Google Sheets Homeschool Planner. But, it doesn’t stop there.

The Google Sheet Homeschool Planner just gives me an overview of how everything will work together. The plan is not actually what we do; it’s a guide or map if you will giving me an idea of how it’ll come together.

From here, I record what we actually do in our homeschool in an empty lesson planner. Some call this concept planning-from-behind, some call it reverse planning. Either way, recording what we do (and not following the plan) creates the most restful way of homeschooling that I’ve found.

I’d love to hear if you have any of the same picks for your homeschool. Let me know in the comments below!

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

Free Homeschool Planning Using Google Sheets

Free Homeschool Planning Using Google Sheets

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My First Failed Homeschool Plan

When I first started planning our homeschool, I wrote a beautiful lesson plan with everything that we were going to do.

Then life happened. Living happened.

I had a 5 and 3 year old at the time. My 3-year old wasn’t interested in my well-intentioned plan. And I felt like I didn’t get to my 5-year old’s learning the way I had planned. The satisfying idea of checking off what we were going to do dwindled to a halt. I felt like a homeschool planning failure.

I wondered, “How do you plan your homeschool when you can’t get done what’s on the lesson plan?”

I like visualizing how everything will look when it comes to homeschool curriculum. There are many things to consider in homeschool planning, such as outings, extra-curriculur activities, holidays, etc. I don’t like not having a plan – it makes me feel ill-equipped and stressed.

I HAD to come up with a different method of planning where I could lay out a plan but not have it written down as something to follow.

And so my method of a simple and restful homeschool plan was born.

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FREE Homeschool Planning Using Google Sheets

This method of homeschool planning I’ve now used for several years. It’s helped me to relax about homeschool, know that I have a plan in place that’s not a law-abiding lesson plan, while also seeing that my kids are learning and moving foward.

What I do is use Google Sheets to plan our homeschool for the year. I then use a simple weekly printable recording what we actually do.

This combination has worked so wonderfully for me, and I want to share it with you!

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Think On These Things Bible Study For Kids

Think On These Things Bible Study For Kids

Have you wondered how to help your kids with their thoughts?

Our conversations with our children are really important. How do you find out what they’re thinking unless they say what’s on their minds?

What We Think On Matters

As we hear our kids talk, we find out what’s in their hearts and what’s on their minds. This helps us to get to the root of something that they’ve learned and been informed about or even did – whether it’s right or wrong.

What we think on truly matters. And it’s takes an intentional process whether we’re adults or kids to change our thoughts according to Romans 12:2 NKJV, which puts it this way,

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Think On These Things Bible Study For Kids

Your mind NEEDS renewing so that you can:

  • stop conforming to the influence of the world’s ways
  • be transformed
  • prove the good, acceptable and perfect will of God

In fact, in Philippians 4:8, we find out what we should think on, which includes…whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable or if anything is excellent or praiseworthy.

The process of renewing our minds will happen for the rest of our lives.

So how do you start to help your kids with understanding what to think on, that they’re in charge of their thoughts and that they can change their thoughts?

The Think On These Things Bible Study For Kids is a great way to start and help your kids on a jouney to learn that their thoughts matter.

Think On These Things Bible Study For Kids

Inside this Bible study, your kids with focus on two lessons, entitled:

  • Think On This
  • Renew My Mind

Each lesson includes:

  • The Big Idea
  • Prayer
  • Bible Reading
  • Questions and Reflections
  • Vocabulary
  • Bible Verse Scripture Writing and Memorization
  • Praise and Worship Songs
  • Activities
Think On These Things Bible Study For Kids

Would you find the Think On These Things Bible Study For Kids helpful for your kids?

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

How To Start Teaching Your Toddler The Bible

How To Start Teaching Your Toddler The Bible

Teaching your kids the Bible at a young age is a wonderful opportunity for us as parents. But you may be wondering how to start teaching your toddler the Bible.

First of all, we always make something out to be harder than it really is. So take a deep breath; this isn’t hard nor time consuming, but, it is important work.

Why Should You Read The Bible To Your Toddler?

A misconception I hear is, “Since my kids are so young, they won’t understand the Bible anyways.”

The journey in our life begins as young as a baby in the womb. A toddler will absolutely start to digest what you read and teach them from the Bible. Their spirit, the person who they really are, is engaged with all that’s being deposited in them that reflects the nature and character of God. Their spirit is hungry!

Our role as parents then is to begin connecting our kids to the Father; He is truly THEIR life-source.

We have VERY important work in raising and discipling our kids to discover who God is and who they are through Him. We get to and are able to teach them simple spiritual disciplines at such a young age by what we do.

Please, I urge you… do not dismiss the importance of reading the Bible to your toddler.

Now, let’s move on to find a Bible appropriate for your toddler…

How To Start Teaching Your Toddler The Bible

Step 1: Choose A Bible Appropriate For Toddlers

We immediately think we have to read our toddler from The Holy Bible, the gigantic Bible that we ourselves as adults find a challenge at times. It can almost do more harm than good to read straight out of The Bible to your toddlers.

Unless you have a way to take the wording from The Bible and what’s being taught, and put it into a format designed for toddlers to digest, then I would suggest reading from a Bible that’s appropriate for their age.

 

Misconceptions about toddler Bibles…

  • #1 – missing parts will harm or lack the depth of the Bible in our kids. As you go on, you’ll choose Bibles appropriate for your children’s age and learning ability. By this, they will get more and more out of the Bible as they grow and will start to ask more questions. This then opens it up for you to read out of The Holy Bible to them or with them.
  • #2 – the Bible is a dry, dull, boring and hard to understand book. The Bible should not be introduced to your kids as such; it should be viewed and taught as fun, full of action and life!

Bibles Appropriate for Toddlers:

Teaching your kids the Bible at a young age is important. Find out how to start teaching your toddler the Bible and develop a love for it.

Step 2: Start Reading The Bible To Your Toddler

You may be asking yourself where to start with the toddler Bible.

The best place to start reading at the beginning. There is no need to have all kinds of materials either to create this special time with your toddler. In fact, follow these points below, and you’ll experience a beautiful time together:

  • Read one story a day!
  • Interact with your toddler about the story. You can do this easily by pointing at the pictures in the story talking about what they see. (ie. Is the coat red? Is he happy or sad? Where do you think she’s going to go?)
  • No need to ask your toddler questions about the Bible stories. Toddlers are too young for question and answer at this point, as it relates to the story itself. Though, their age is wonderful for sharing information and age-appropriate questions, like those listed in the example above.
  • Create a routine, if you can. If you’re able to, read the Bible at the same time every day to create a routine. If not, that’s okay, too. It’s not necessary, but it’s nice to add-on if you can as routines help children anticipate what time it is and what’s next, which is the advantage of routines.
  • Give yourself grace. Toddlers are also learning and exploring a lot, among finding boundaries, and feeling a wide array of emotions. If you have littles at home, don’t push things. Often we are too hard on ourselves, especially in the season of having young kids. Do the best you can and God will fill any gap because He cares for you and your precious children.

Adding Bible Learning Components For Toddlers

If you’ve wondered how to start teaching your toddler the Bible, it really doesn’t need to be complicated or filled with lots of things. That said, maybe over time, as you develop a routine of reading the Bible with your toddler, you may want to add a few more Bible learning components.

Below are some great add-ons to your toddler Bible reading time:

  • Prayer – say the simplest prayer out loud together with your toddler. It can be the same prayer every day. Toddlers are really great at catching onto things very quickly.
    • Before you pray ask your toddler to:
      • Clasp their hands – so they don’t touch other things (you must also do this so your toddler will follow what you model)
      • Close their eyes – so they don’t look around (and yet they probably will)
      • And say, “Thank You Lord for the Bible which helps me know You more. In Jesus Name, Amen!”
  • Bible songs for kids – they are a great way for kids to remember Bible stories. If the Bible songs have actions, that’s a bonus! Here’s a link to YouTube for free Bible songs for kids.
  • Bible colouring pages – toddlers can add a colour sheet, which also helps them build motor skills. Consider colouring books to go with the toddler Bible of your choice, like:
  • Memorize scriptures – kids can memorize things easily. What they need though to succeed in this, is repetition; it’s that easy!

If you’re looking raise kids who put their trust in the Lord; who depend on Him; who hear from Him; and who live their life by faith doing all that God has called them to do, the place to start with the Bible.

Nuture what you do with your kids in your own prayer time with the Lord and see what God will do and how He’ll lead and guide you in your efforts to share the Bible with your kids.

Enjoy this precious Bible reading time together with your toddler.

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie