2020-2021 Grade 4 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

2020-2021 Grade 4 Homeschool Curriculum Picks

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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

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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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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

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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

What To Do When Homeschooling Feels Lonely

What To Do When Homeschooling Feels Lonely

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Have you experienced any of these as a homeschool mom?

  • Do you feel lack-lustre about your homeschool?
  • Are you reacting to your kids with yelling instead of responding calmly?
  • Are you beginning to resent homeschooling?
  • Do you feel disconnected and isolated?

Whether you’ve just started homeschooling or have done it for a while, homeschooling can feel lonely. And loneliness can affect us emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically.

Loneliness doesn’t necessarily stem from not being around people because surely your kids are at home. But loneliness stems from a lack of connection and community. It’s that feeling that you’re doing something on your own and don’t have support, anywhere to ask questions or have someone cheering you on.

Homeschooling can feel lonely and when it does, you need to make time to be filled again. It's a non-negotiable.

Effects of Loneliness

What we do in terms of our behaviour stems from our heart.

Proverbs 4:23 NKJV says,

Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.

Or another way to put it from The Passion Translation of the Bible is:

So above all, guard the affections of your heart,
for they affect all that you are.
Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being,
for from there flows the wellspring of life.

If in our heart we feel lonely, our kids will feel the effects of our loneliness as a result of our behaviour and they’ll know something’s not right.

What you fill yourself with will overflow to your kids.

If we desire for our kids to handle their life challenges in a healthy way, we too must develop healthy habits and watch what we’re putting or not putting in our hearts.

And here’s the thing: nobody’s going to do it for you. YOU need to take charge of you so that what you experience out of life, homeschooling and your family comes out of healthy responses from you!

Your first thought might be… “How can I create time for me when we need to homeschool?

Here’s the thing, homeschooling will get done, I promise. But, if you leave yourself for last, your homeschooling efforts will suffer. Scheduling time for you is a non-negotiable and should be part of what you do as a lifestyle as a homeschooling mom whether you’re experiencing loneliness or not.

What To Do About Loneliness

Below are 8 ways to begin filling yourself with connection, encouragement and joy in your homeschool and life again:

  1. Read Books – there’s power in reading books written by homeschool moms. You are gleaning nuggets of wisdom, fresh ideas and encouragement that can really fill your cup!

2. Local Homeschool Support Group – if you have a local homeschool support group, join it! There are other homeschool moms where you live that likely feel just like you. This connection can bring a sense of community and belonging locally.

3. Listen to Podcasts – this is such a great way to hear from authors, speakers and other homeschool moms where you can grab a cup of coffee and feel like you’re sitting across the table from such wisdom.

4. Social Media Posts/Lives – often homeschool moms, authors and speakers write on their social media platforms or go live on Instagram or Facebook. Hearing from (or seeing) another homeschool mom can bring such a refresher to the day.

5. Blogs/Websites – reading various blogs and websites can also bring connection as you feel you’re interacting with someone like you.

6. Homeschool Mentorship – if you’ve looked up to someone that you know has homeschooled their children, get connected with them. Invite them into your home (or go to theirs), have coffee with them and ask them all the questions you can about homeschool, life and healthy habits to mine out their wisdom.

7. Homeschool Sisterhood This is a new way to get connected to a community of homeschool moms. There’s nothing like having someone in your corner cheering you on helping you with:

  • CLARITY (clear goals/plans)
  • CONTENT (right resources/tools for YOUR family! Each one is unique with different needs)
  • CONSISTENCY (This is BIG key for success)
  • CONTENTMENT – (rather than wishing things were different, be content and trust God with the rest)
  • COMMUNITY (real support & encouragement without comparison or judgement)
  • CONFIDENCE (another HUGE ONE! And that’s because they lack some other Cs)
  • CELEBRATION (progress, not perfection)
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8. Homeschool Conference – these days, you can attend a homeschool conference (if it’s workable with your schedule and finances) or join one from the comfort of your home! This is such a great way to learn about homeschool materials, hear from authors and homeschool moms to be encouraged. If you’re looking for an online homeschool conference, you’ll want to check this one out!

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Don’t let homeschool loneliness have its place in your heart. You need to make the time for yourself to be refreshed and rejuvenated. Your kids will be thankful for a mom who’s made time for herself.

And I hope that you’ve found encouragement here! Serving you and helping you in this homeschool endeavour through what has worked for us in our journey of homeschool and life is been my prayer.

Cheering you on, homeschool mama!

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

Create A Simple and Restful Homeschool Lesson Plan + FREE Homeschool Lesson Planner

Create A Simple and Restful Homeschool Lesson Plan + FREE Homeschool Lesson Planner

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With my first homeschool lesson plan, I thought that I had to have everything figured out, planned out and written out. What a misconception! I stressed out…and we were just doing Kindergarten! With a change of approach I went from an unachievable homeschool lesson plan to a simple and restful homeschool lesson plan, and you can, too!

Too Much Is Too Much

I cannot handle if things aren’t simple. Too many fields to fill in, too many prompts to complete or really, too much of anything at all and I become paralyzed with overwhelm.

Yes, I’m a recovering perfectionist and high over-achiever. Anything too complicated, overwhelming and busy-feeling equates to stress and inadequacy.

How I Went From Stressed To Rest In My Homeschool Lesson Planning

My first homeschool lesson plan was filled with changes.

Every day of the week we moved something around, every week felt like catch-up from the previous week and every month… well, I could hardly make it a month and knew I needed to change the way I planned.

The first thing I did to simplify our homeschool plan was stop planning. I needed to figure out a way to plan without planning. (Does that even make sense?!)

When I stopped planning, I naturally did some things that turned into more of a record-keeping approach or planning-from-behind approach.

Just because I stopped planning didn’t mean we stopped homeschooling.

As we finished a lesson, chapter or page, I would put a sticky note on the page or lesson that we were to start at the next time. A commonality developed naturally. I saw that we’d complete lessons, units, random side-tracks, nature walks while adding in books, videos and field trips. The stuff I wanted to do in our homeschool got done and the unexpected and unplanned learning also happened. This all worked.

I then had the realization that a homeschool lesson plan for me wasn’t so much about planning ahead, it was planning from behind.

Recording and writing down what we did proved to be outright successful for me in comparison to writing down what we were going to do.

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A New Way Of Homeschool Lesson Planning

When I had this “AHA!” moment to a new way of approaching our homeschool lesson plan, we kept doing what we did and I began recording it. I used a notebook to write down the date, the book we did and the pages or lesson we completed. That’s it! There were no check-marks, no strike-outs, no arrows. It was clean, simple and restful.

Being that a homeschool lesson planner isn’t really called a homeschool record book per se, it was that to me.

So after a couple of years, I began using a simple homeschool lesson planner (and now created my own below) to record what we did. I’ve never looked back!

There are so many beautiful planners out there, and honestly, I’d LOVE to try them all, but I’m hesitant.

The expectations I put on myself are unreasonable at times, and because I know this of myself, I need to stay away from it, too. So until I feel confident about one stage of homeschool lesson planning, I begin adding more components.

Be sure to grab my simple homeschool lesson planner below!

An Added Method To My Homeschool Lesson Plan

As I continued to record what we did in our homeschool year after year, I felt comfortable and it was doable! As we’re getting into the higher elementary grades, I’ve found that the homeschool curriculum gets more involved. I then began to wonder how long curriculum would take to finish.

Being that we live in Canada near the Rocky Mountains where chinooks and snow can fall from September to May, I cherish our outdoor time in the warmer months. There’s no question in my mind – we get out from May to August with there being NO PLAN of homeschool curriculum.

Now after developing this method of my homeschool lesson plan, I felt like I needed to look at a whole year perspective which would help me with how long curriculum would take. So to solve this challenge, I began adding in a year-at-a-glance homeschool planning method using a spreadsheet.

This gives me a better insight into the full scope of a homeschool year.

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Create A Simple and Restful Homeschool Lesson Plan + FREE Homeschool Lesson Planner

Let me know if this homeschool lesson planner was helpful! Also, what tips do you have when it comes to creating a simple and restful homeschool lesson plan?

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie