What Course Program Should I Choose & When Can I Start?
Full Year Option
Our full program is 32 weeks of work split into 4 terms. It can be started at any time.
If you wish to begin mid-term or mid-year you can still pick up the course from Term One – Week One or another term. However, starting the course at a different week other than week one, will mean your reading schedule may need to be adjusted initially.
Lite Start Option
The Lite Start program is 6 months of work. It can be started at any time. We generally recommend our Lite Start courses for:
- students starting mid-year, or for families who only want half a year of work.
- DIY families preparing their own curriculum who want additional teaching material to supplement work at a grade level.
- students who are repeating a grade.
Unlike the Full Year Option, our Lite Start Courses only meet part of the Australian Curriculum & NSW syllabus requirements for the corresponding grade.
- Upgrade to full version available at an additional cost of $330.
Year 4 Homeschool Curriculum Summary
Stage 2 NSW Syllabus
In English Year Four, students continue to work on developing their literacy skills. They enjoy poetry with a focus on Australia, and historical fiction. Using copywork, they continue practising their cursive writing. Our content rich curriculum gives students additional comprehension and writing opportunities.
Earth Science includes lessons and living books on the Water Cycle. Chemistry and Physics topics are covered using science videos and notebooking. For Biology we read a delightful book about the ecosystem of gardens and then make some local discoveries. Nature stories and a one-year observation of a local tree is part of our Nature Study for Year 4.
Humanities and Social Science students study the Middle Ages and Age of Exploration, including Civic themes of rules and democracy and European explorers who visited Australia. Stories compare Sydney Cove before and after the First Fleet. A pictorial timeline is also completed.
Our geography is a one-year study of the world using mapping activities and stories. We also explore the way Australia’s First Nation peoples use land.
We also include Art and Music Appreciation courses for group study. Your child can also create artworks with indigenous themes on the family.
Online workout classes and other resources support the Personal Development, Health and Physical Education of your child.
While we do not include a Maths program, we do provide guidance on the best ones to select and offer exclusive discounts on recommended Mathematics products.
Global Goodies and Extension Resources are also provided with our Full Year Programs. These include a range of additional resources that can be used for families wishing to substitute some of our Australia specific content or looking for an extension of our curriculum. Please Note: Global Goodies are not included in the Lite Start Courses.
Simple Language appreciation resources are provided but you will need to purchase additional resources if you wish to focus on teaching a specific language. We give guidance and recommendations on this. Please Note: Languages are not included in the Lite Start Courses.
Real Books For My Year Four Homeschool Curriculum
My homeschool friends, Helen and Margaret, were Charlotte Mason evangelists. They could see that I wasn’t coping with my textbook approach to homeschooling, and they were trying to help me see the value of using real books for educating my kids. They were always suggesting this or that book and I just couldn’t see how I could add all those extra books into my day – I was already overloaded!
Finally, I listened. I read a book on how to use the Charlotte Mason method. Helen and Margaret were right. I now understood how it could be done. I switched to living books. This was the turning point in my homeschool.
But I had one other problem to solve! How could I get registered if I gave up textbooks?
All my homeschool friends had the same curriculum compliance problem, we all needed to meet our state homeschool requirements to stay registered (or get an exemption). We all had a different way of meeting the requirements for registration.
What did we do?
Some homeschool friends gave up their educational philosophy and went back to worksheets, textbooks, and online tick the box products, some went unregistered and hoped they wouldn’t get caught, some sent their kids back to school and some just lied about what they taught in order to pass registration. One friend even moved states just to avoid registering in NSW. None of those are good options!
But I found a solution.
In 2007, I began helping families get their homeschool registration and put a curriculum together. Ten years later, my team and I launched My Homeschool – a complete and coordinated Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum from Foundation to Year 10. We’ve now helped thousands of families give their kids an inspiring education without having to worry about the stress of: ‘Am I doing enough?’ and “Will I get registered?’ I hope we can help you too!
Story by Michelle Morrow (Founder of My Homeschool)
I love the lay out of week by week checklists. We’ve really enjoyed Y1 History which I combined with my Y1 and Y4. We have liked the complementary books recommended.
My children are enjoying the CM method, less textbook and more creative and enjoyable learning. They have something they’ve personally made or journaled to show for their work instead of a dull textbook page. I have tried to incorporate the CM method in the past but this program is the helping hand I need to implement it.
We are enjoying the Primary Language Lessons. I have printed the Weekly Checklists and subjects and have them spiral bound for each year. This has been great to have it all together and I can go through and highlight the lessons before we do them.
I love that I have a place to start with organising a personalised curriculum. I love the access to the Primary Language Lessons, copy work, and geography resources.
To have a grade by grade list of resources suggested and available for the various subjects is great!!
Although I haven't as yet made proper use of the community hub, I plan to and it is reassuring to have that available!
We combine our Year 4 and Year 6 children together.
I enjoy the links to the weeks for ease and love the free content about music. I had to create my own schedule to fit with our family, but have used Michelle's suggestion as a starting point. I love the Amy Mack stories and my kids are enjoying the texts this term.
Seven Little Australians is quite wonderful and opens up conversations with their grandparents.
I like that the codes for the AP are all there and we just tick them off.
I'm really enjoying having Michelle's years of experience to know what resources are quality, like science... The music appreciation sites are good.
I love the pick up and go nature of the Primary Language Lessons as well as the Pleasant Talk of Places. Love the copywork books!
Just to let you know, our moderator here in W.A. absolutely loved the curriculum! Very positive feedback.
We are so very happy with your gorgeous curriculum and look forward to our future years of study!
I started this year with my 9 year old boy, so I'm definitely not an expert at this at all. It's been an adjustment period but I enjoy having my son home and watching him learn, he's having more fun and I can tell how much he is progressing in just the short amount of time he's been doing it.
Starting off the journey is scary, and we have just had our 3 month moderator visit us for the first time. I was so nervous! We passed with flying colours and she was very impressed with everything my son has been learning.