I have posted a few updates on Facebook at The Parenting Passageway page and on Instagram @theparentingpassageway, but here is an official updated planning post for fourth grade and where I am now…
- I have laid out our school year and matched each week of our school year to a main lesson block topic
- I looked at our “big picture rhythm” and thought ahead about festivals and birthdays
- I have laid out a general rhythm for the school week – Mondays are journal writing and movement (and on selected Mondays, writing a rough draft of a letter in place of a journal entry); Tuesdays are yoga and journal writing; Wednesdays are movement and the day for our fourth grader to cook dinner; Thursdays are mindfulness games, cleaning day, painting day, and instead of main lesson we will have nature studies or STEM kinds of activities or both. Fridays we take off.
- I made a quick list of each block by week on a legal pad and jotted down some brainstorming notes for practice ideas and projects.
- This week I gathered many of my resources and grouped them into piles by block or topic.
In my last post here, I detailed the order of my blocks. So I started here:
- August- Man and Animal 1 which will flow into….
- September/October – Local Geography and Man and Animal 2 – we will be looking at the regions of our state through habitats and our local animals/camping
- November – Math/Introduce fractions
- December- Geometry/ Form Drawing – most likely will draw from Viking Hero Tales by Isabel Wyatt
- January – Norse Mythology
- February – Birds of Prey (special interest of my student)- each morning I am going to try to work in fraction problems related to birds! That should be interesting!
- March – Weland the Smith – rather dark tale, but I think our son will love it.
- April – African Tales/African Hero Tales/camping trips
- May – Math in the Garden (leading into Botany for Fifth Grade)/ camping trips
And this is where I currently am from that:
- August – Math Review of Measurement/Fractions (will introduce fractions over the summer) – I think with birds
- September – Cherokee and African-American tales leading into local geography
- September – Man and Animal 1 (2 weeks)
- October – Man and Animal 2 (tied into animals of our state, keystone species of our state, review of geography)
- November – Math – Geometry, review of fraction skills – adding and subtracting fractions (soul food American folk tales)
- December – Thorkill of Iceland or Viking Tales, undecided, knots and forms
- January – Math, Fractions – Norse Myths as “soul food” and we may draw or paint off of those
- February – Birds of Prey, report writing
- March – Dream of King Alfdan or Weland the Smith (undecided and at the moment I can’t seem to locate either book in my house since I am in the midst of cleaning out our school room. End of year woes).
- April – Earth, Air, Wind, and Fire (soul food tales from The Golden Stag by I. Wyatt); Camping
- May – African Tales
Right now I am essentially grouping books and resources into piles by block, and throwing possible read-alouds near there. As I put blocks together more fully, I will post pics on IG/Facebook and update here.