Year Four Homeschool Curriculum

Our Year Four homeschool curriculum is a literature rich, family friendly homeschool program.

Suitable for Australian and International Home Educators.

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Our literature based approach includes many living books, a key concept of the Charlotte Mason method. Living books have something special about them: they flow, they capture the imagination, and they tell us the facts while they give us the story. A living book is written by a passionate author who communicates this passion to the reader in a literary language.

As Charlotte Mason penned:

“A book may be long or short, old or new, easy or hard, written by a great man or a lesser man, and yet be the living book which finds its way to the mind of a young reader.”

Our courses are delivered in a digital format. We use a customised version of Moodle as our learning platform. Many resources can be downloaded and printed and used offline.

Primary Language Lessons is a key resource used within our My Homeschool graded courses from Kindergarten to Year 6: This resource is used three times per week throughout the year. It includes a variety of lessons that follow a Charlotte Mason approach to learning English.

Comprehension lessons are done using narration and conversation. Children are encouraged to explain what they are seeing as a pre-writing skill. Spelling, grammar and punctuation are taught by using sentences and Dolch word lists. Reading is encouraged with simple stories using a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts.

Year 4 primary language lessons

This resource has been written so you can pick up and start the lesson without preparation. Lessons are short, taking a maximum of 15 minutes. Many lessons can be done orally so your child will not get bogged down in worksheets. You don’t need to buy any other books to complete this resource. The relevant passages are all provided within. Written lessons are completed in a notebook (or exercise book) so there is no extra printing of worksheets. Answer guide provided.

Please Note: Our Year 4 Lite offers a condensed 4 term version (18 weeks) of this resource.

Copywork is a key element of the My Homeschool English program. In Year 4 children work on consolidating their cursive handwriting using Foundation Font, the recommended font for Australian schools.  We use three copywork resources.

  • Downunder Copywork 2: Cursive – is a selection of poetry, fiction and non-fiction from well known and classic Australian and New Zealand authors.
  • Aesop’s Fables Classic Copywork: Cursive – Classic short fables teaching life lessons. You can choose to do this or the Scripture Copywork. Please Note: This is not part of the Year 4 Lite version.
  • Scripture Copywork – this includes a collection of Bible verses that can be used in cursive handwriting lessons. You have the option to choose this or the secular copywork option of Aesop’s Fables. Please Note: This is not part of the Year 4 Lite version.

Downunder Copywork

Picture Book Links: With living books forming the cornerstone of our approach to learning, we use a selection of picture books in our curriculum that tie in with the themes we are teaching in science, history, geography and English. Some of these are recommended purchases and essential to complete the course, while others are complementary titles to search for at your local library.

Where possible, we link to our selected titles in a video format, so you can watch them being read online. This can be helpful if you can’t find a book, are homeschooling on the road, or if you are watching your budget.

We don’t provide a core math program for Year 4 to Year 6. We want you to pick a core math program that suits your learning style, your child’s ability and your budget.  Suggestions are given within the course for math programs homeschoolers like. However we do provide some math drill practice with our Math Copywork timetable & math words revision.

Math copywork

My Homeschool members also have access to our 50% discount on Maths Online membership. This can save you $150 per year for a family membership.

Science Videos: Using inspirational online picture books and science video lessons for kids we cover the Australian Curriculum topics of science as a human endeavour, earth science, physics, chemistry and digital technology. Topics include: solids, liquids, gas, heat, electricity, underwater exploration, finding bugs in computers, animal care, famous scientists and inventors.

Nature study is a practice and pursuit that you may associate with the Charlotte Mason method. It is something that is encouraged throughout your child’s education and continues through to our high school graded courses.

Plat life in field and garden

To help you with this, in Year 4, we use Plant Life in Field and Garden: Revised Edition by Arabella Buckley. This is a classic science and gardening book popular with Charlotte Mason educators. It is written in a narrative style that encourages children to look at the plants in the gardens and the bush.

It includes studies on flowers, vegetables and the lifecycle of plants. Your child will also be encouraged to do some small experiments such as grow a seed and grow some herbs, vegetables or flowers. Nature journaling activities are suggested after each lesson. This version has been revised and updated. Illustrations and Australian plant examples have been added.

Our Built Environments project studies the architecture and historical features of your local area. We also use some living books and videos to examine Cathedrals and the changing shape of land through development over time.

Australian Nature Stories

We also include a range of Australian Nature Stories and some field study authors from Australia. Topics include birds, sea life, wildflowers, and tree studies. Additional New Zealand Stories are found in your Global Goodies. Please Note: These stories are not part of the Year 4 Lite version.

World Geography

Our geography lessons give an overview of the continents using Pleasant Talk of Places. Your child discovers world geography through mapping exercises and literature. They learn how to use an atlas and explore the world’s cultural and climatic diversity. Please Note: A condensed 2 term version of this is provided in the Year 4 Lite version.

Pleasant talk of places

We also include a black line master for your child to mark up as they read about each continent and read stories from that region.

The idea of “place” is also examined through our built environments project. Local nature study and nature stories continue to develop the skills of observance.

World Picture Book Links: With living books forming the cornerstone of our approach to learning, we use a selection of picture books in our curriculum that tie in with the themes we are teaching. This year we have chosen books that work with our geography resource Pleasant Talk of Places. From your couch you can travel the world using this delightful selection of award-winning books.

These titles are provided in a video format, so you can watch them being read online. You may wish to purchase these books or borrow them from the library, but it is not required. This can be helpful if you can’t find a book, are homeschooling on the road, or if you are watching your budget.

World History

We have used a living book approach for our history studies using a selection of history authors appropriate for young children and popular with Charlotte Mason home educators.

Short chapters are given for read aloud lessons and oral narration. An optional history notebook can also be completed.

Some historical fiction has been suggested appropriate to the period studied. These would also be read aloud.

The goal is not for children to memorise names and dates but rather to understand the flow of history. This is the beginning of their history studies which will be covered again in the high school years.

A chronological approach to history is taught from Year 2.

World History

Child’s History of the World: 1066 to 1925This My Homeschool edition (revised and updated) includes short narratives on history from William the Conqueror to World War One. Please Note: A condensed version of this is available for Year 4 Lite covering history from 1066 to 1600.

Child's History of the World Year 4

Timeline Folder & Timeline Figures: Your child will make their own timeline as they read through history with you. Each timeline figure is linked to the chapter read in the lesson. Please Note: Our Year 4 Lite offers a condensed 2 term version (18 weeks) of this resource.

Australian Studies

Year 4 is the beginning of Australian history studies in the Australian Curriculum. Using living books, we learn about indigenous Australians’ first contacts with European explorers, some indigenous history and culture. We conclude the year looking at a story using Sydney Cove as its geographical backdrop.


We also study the life and voyages of Captain Cook as he travels the Pacific Ocean and discovers, with his crew, Hawaii, Tonga, New Zealand, and Australia.

Our recommended historical fiction is about a young boy who travels with his family on the First Fleet to Australia. His father is an officer and works closely with Captain Phillip.

Please Note: The Story of Captain Cook and the First Fleet historical fiction are not part of the Year 4 Lite version.

Civics and Democracy

Governance is also discussed as different models are presented through world history including: The Magna Carta, citizenship, monarchies and dictatorships.

Our Australia Flags Lap book teaches children about democracy and the flags and emblems of Australia. This is a fun hands on resource. New Zealand Flag Lapbook and links to an American Flag Lapbook are also provided in the Global Goodies. Please Note: Our Year 4 Lite does not contain these resources.



Creative and Practical Arts are taught with other subjects including: nature journaling, literature based unit studies, picture study and music appreciation.

Art and Music Appreciation courses are provided with My Homeschool membership, so you have a choice of rotations, including some specifically developed for young learners. You can simply choose one rotation for your family to use.

Some rotations have additional books to purchase while others have everything you need provided online. Your My Homeschool membership also gives you access to our Handicrafts resource which includes a range of practical art and craft ideas with instructional videos.

Physical Education

We have included a series of fun kids exercises in our online WOW – workout world classes.

Personal Health & Development 

This commonsense subject is taught through the activities of daily living and participation in local sports and community events.  Healthy Conversations checklists are provided for each stage of the syllabus so you can teach respectful relationships and personal growth as you deem appropriate.

The influence of history on languages is seen with Latin, French, Celtic and Old English. Our geography lessons include the study of other countries and their languages.

We also provide information, tips and recommended resources for those families looking to pursue instruction in a foreign language. We are happy to include this resource in both our Full Version and Lite Edition so your child has a great start in learning languages.

The My Homeschool team includes experienced home educators who provide mentor support and help you deal with issues as they arise. We don’t provide tutoring or specific lesson support on an individual, one-on-one basis.

We are always happy to answer questions about our curriculum and how to implement it and we encourage our members to get involved in the Community Forum.

We have a vibrant online community where you can share stories and help others, purchase books you might need and connect with other My Homeschool families in your area.

You are the teacher and you oversee lessons. We provide homeschool teacher training as well through our self-paced courses How To Homeschool 101 and for our more experience members the Boost Your Homeschool.

We are continually adding to our collection of resources to help support you in your role as teacher to your children.

Our Primary Full Version course is 36 weeks of study, organised over 4 terms.  8 weeks are set topics and the 9th week is an assessment and review week that often includes a project. Our Lite Edition gives you 18 weeks of study, enough for 2 terms.

Each week has its own Weekly Planner checklist which is available in an online format or as a downloadable PDF to print and store in a folder, making record keeping easy.

At the end of each term there is a downloadable report of work achieved over the term. Parents add comments and assessments of their child’s progress in each area of learning.

We know that parents want their children to thrive and that testing is popular in many school environments as a measure of progress.  When you homeschool you do not need to test your children as much as they do at school, as you are assessing as you go.

We give you tips and support on how to assess your child in a way that suits homeschooling, so you can be confident that your child is progressing well in your homeschool.

There are no formal tests until Year 5.

We do not do your registration plans for you. Registration applications are meant to be specific for each individual child and so you, as the parent, are the best person to do this.  Registration remains your responsibility.

My Homeschool provides you with plenty of support for preparing your registration documentation, including:

  • An Education Plan outlining our curriculum for 12 months in the Primary Full Version and 6 months in the Lite version. This is a Microsoft Word document that you can adjust to suit your own needs.
  • A comprehensive Scope and Sequence document using Australian Curriculum and NSW Syllabus codes and outcomes.
  • End of Term report templates that are mostly done; you just need to add a few details specific to your child and their progress.
  • A week by week planner that you can print off, with plenty of space to make notes specific to your child. This means no need to keep a daily diary!
  • An end of year Certificate of Completion (Full Program).
  • Our Community Forum where you can have your questions about registration answered by experienced homeschoolers.
  • Prompts and reminders to collect work as part of your child’s portfolio to show progress and development.
  • Tips on a smooth re-registration process.

The My Homeschool State Rego and Planning course guides you through your state or territory’s application process for homeschool registration when using our courses.

One of the wonderful attributes of homeschooling is the ability to individualise your curriculum to suit your family’s interests and abilities. To help you do this we have created our Global Goodie resources. Offering an international focus, these resources will continue to inspire your child in a wide variety of subjects.

Our Global Goodies are not part of our core curriculum but are available to give you an additional element of flexibility to our courses and to give international families an alternative to some of our Australia specific resources. They are also for families looking for additional Charlotte Mason inspired resources.

You can swap out similar resources or add them as extension work. These resources are not written into your Weekly Planner.

The Year Four Global Goodies include:

  • Plant Life in Field and Garden by Arabella Buckley— USA edition
  • New Zealand Nature Stories
  • New Zealand Flag Lapbook
  • Hymn Copywork (Italics Cursive)
  • Scripture Copywork (Italics Cursive)

Hymn Copywork and Scripture Copywork are found in the Global Goodies section. You have the option to choose these as alternative copywork.

How To Stop Using Textbooks For Your 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!

Year 4 Homeschool Students

Finally I read a book on how to use the Charlotte Mason method. Now that I saw 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?

Unfortunately, following the government curriculum requirements is a problem for many homeschoolers.

As regulations begins to tighten in each state, many people give up their educational philosophy and go back to worksheets, textbooks and online tick the box products, some go unregistered and hope they won’t get caught, some send their kids back to school and some just lie about what they teach in order to pass registration.

None of these are good options!

But I've found a solution. In 2007, I started publishing resources for Australian home educators and showing them how to use the Charlotte Mason method for registration. And people kindly thanked me and told me our resources and guides were ‘pots of gold’ and it had made their homeschool journey ‘so much easier’. They kept asking for more help.  

And when my children had graduated from my homeschool and gone to university, I launched My Homeschool so I could continue serving the homeschooling community and help others successfully home educate their children!

Story by Michelle Morrow (Founder of My Homeschool)

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.

Monique from WA

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Join Our Community

When you buy a course through My Homeschool you are joining a community that supports and mentors parents interested in educating their children academically and spiritually.

We give you a shortcut to help you get straight into giving your child a delightful and robust education without spending days and days researching and tweaking unsuitable content.

Our homeschool curriculum is written to comply with the Australian curriculum. And we make registration easy because we’ve already done 75% of the documentation you need for your application.

We Care About What Your Children Are Taught

We aim to give you confidence that you can educate your children with a worldview that honours Judeo-Christian principles and has strong academic outcomes. However, our resources are not predominantly Christian. We look for outstanding resources and often a secular resource is the best option.

We have a number of families who use our curriculum who are secular or from other faiths.

We do not include devotional material or specific religious instruction in our curriculum. We leave that up to parents.

We Wanted A Curriculum That Worked For Home Educators

Our curriculum writers have already done the juggle of homeschooling a few children at once.

  • We knew how lovely and important it is to learn as a family so we made some lessons and read alouds possible to teach as a group.
  • We reduced the time needed for formal academics by crafting our curriculum so our resources and books often teach multiple topics.
  • We made each grade fit each state’s syllabus so you can get registered easily.
  • We gave you a streamlined intentional curriculum so you could give your children a wholesome integrated education from kindergarten to high school.
  • We made sure it was academically challenging so your children will have career options, and a pathway to university if needed.
  • We put it all in one place so you weren’t hunting around looking for resources every time you wanted to begin lessons.
  • We made it easy to access your lessons and planner when you were out and about or travelling just by picking up your smartphone.

We Use A Blended Learning Approach

My Homeschool lessons are provided in a blended learning format.

All our resources are digital and are located on Moodle, a renowned online learning platform used by many schools and universities. Using this format means we give you exceptional functionality which enables you to record your progress, and access your lessons from various digital devices and locations.  This format also enables us to keep our resources fresh and dynamic.

A laptop, tablet, or desktop computer is needed to use our courses. Access to a printer is also necessary.

PDFs can be downloaded and printed for offline reading but other resources can only be viewed from our learning platform.

The majority of our classes require reading from a real book or paper-based resource.

Writing exercises involve pencils and paper and many lessons are oral or conversation based.

Video lessons require access to the My Homeschool learning portal.

The Moodle App can be downloaded onto your smartphone for on the go lessons and checking progress but is not recommended as the main digital device for reading and viewing lessons.

Continued Membership Rewards

You will continue to have access to your purchased courses, and all the benefits of being a My Homeschool member, as long as you keep your membership current. This means you can use the same graded course again for subsequent children. Inactive members are deleted after 12 months.

Digital Course Content Provided On Learning Platform

You will be charged in Australian Dollars at checkout.  Login details will then be sent to your email address. You can then access all the course materials.

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Year 4 homeschool curriculum resource list

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!

Anita from NSW

Homeschool Reviews, Year 4 Curriculum

I'm actually really just liking the balance of everything. Thank you again for providing such a fabulous curriculum.

Tania from NSW

Homeschool Review, Year 2 & Year 4 Curriculum

I just wanted to say thank you for all the effort that’s been put into My Homeschool! I had my AP visit yesterday and it went great! He’s giving me 12 months registration and said if he comes next year and I’m still using the My Homeschool curriculum then he’ll give two years, even for my kindy child who’ll be a new registration. Thank you so much for helping make this transition to homeschooling so much easier and providing such detailed documents. I’m truly grateful!

Jerus from NSW

Homeschool Reviews, My Homeschool Multiple Grades

I like the online links and the weekly plans spelling out exactly what to do. I also like the optional extra reading so I don't feel rushed or pressured to complete more if we are having a busy week, but I'm still able to mix and match it to another quieter week.

Kate from NSW

Homeschool Reviews, Kindy Curriculum

I just wanted to say thank you for all the effort that’s been put into My Homeschool! I had my AP visit yesterday and it went great! He’s giving me 12 months registration and said if he comes next year and I’m still using the My Homeschool curriculum then he’ll give two years, even for my kindy child who’ll be a new registration. Thank you so much for helping make this transition to homeschooling so much easier and providing such detailed documents. I’m truly grateful!

Jerus from NSW

Homeschool Reviews, My Homeschool Multiple Grades

Year Four Homeschool Curriculum

Our Year Four homeschool curriculum is a literature rich, family friendly homeschool program.
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