Back to School

School officially starts on Thursday and we are ready. This year my little one will still be with California Virtual Academy. It is an online public school that is done at home. It is not home school but it is school at home. We have an assigned teacher who monitors our progress and we still take standardized tests. For us it is the best option. She is in fourth grade this year.
What are we learning about this year?

Fourth Grade Math Plus Red (5 times a week)

We started this course last year because she finished her third grade math early. The units we have left are

  1. Lines Angles and Rotations
  2. Fraction Sense
  3. Measurement
  4. Fraction Operations
  5. Decimals and Equality with Fractions
  6. Probability and Data
  7. Mathematical Reasoning
  8. Geometry
  9. Rational Numbers
  10. Algebra Thinking
  11. Perimeter and Area Formulas

Math is one of my little one’s favorite subjects. If she had her way we would do math all day. I am looking forward to watching her work with and understand fractions and decimals. We will more than likely supplement math with a lot of hands on projects. This year we are also going to do one word problem every morning. That is that area in math that she struggles with a little bit. I figure if we do a little extra work on them every morning she will become more comfortable with them.

Science 4 (twice a week)

We also completed the first unit of this course last year.  We still have the following units left to complete

  1. Plant and Animal Interaction
  2. Chemistry of Solutions
  3. Forces in Fluids
  4. The Human Body
  5. Classification of Invertebrates
  6. Electricity and Magnetism
  7. Rocks and Minerals
  8. Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition
  9. Fossils and Geologic Time

Science is her second favorite subject. We received a lot of neat materials for science. There seems to be a lot of hand on projects for this course. We will supplement science with the magic school bus videos. My little one loves those movies.

History 4 (Three times a week)

We will start this course from the beginning. It starts where third grade history left off at the Revolutionary war. In the beginning of last year my little one did not like history at all, but about the second quarter she started to really get into it. She is excited to start this course. Here are the units we will cover this year.

  1. Finding Your Way around the World (geography)
  2. The Scientific Revolution
  3. Two Democratic Revolutions
  4. Latin American Revolutions
  5. The Industrial Revolution
  6. The Growth of Nations
  7. The Age of Imperialism
  8. Can Do! An Age of Breakthroughs and Enterprise
  9. Mostly Hard Times: War, the Roaring 20s, and Depression
  10. World War 2
  11. Rebuilding a Better World

I don’t plan on supplementing much in history. This is something we will take a week at a time and if she is not understanding something we can always switch things up.

Art 4 (twice a week)

Art and history go together. If she is learning about early America in history the art project or artist she learns about will be from the same period. Here is what we will be learning about in art.

  1. The building Blocks of Art
  2. Making History
  3. The Romantics and the Realists
  4. Making a good Impression
  5. Breaking the Mold
  6. Modern Views of the Man Made World
  7. Modern Views of the Natural World
  8. What’s New?

We received a lot of paint for art, and she got a new easel for her birthday so I foresee a lot more painting this year.

Literature 4 ( five times a week)

This is the hardest subject and least liked for my little one. She hates to read anything that she has to read. Now when bed time comes all she wants to do is read. We are switching things up this year and my mom will be reading the Literature stories with her. Hopefully that will make this part of our day a little easier.
She will read a lot of stories along with the following books.

  1. Charlotte’s Web
  2. A lion to Guard Us
  3. Little House on the Prairie
  4. In the Year of the Bore and Jackie Robinson
  5. Robinson Crusoe
  6. Pollyanna

The stories all teach an element of language arts along with reading comprehension.

Spelling 4 ( five times a week)

I am a bad speller if it were not for spell check I would not write anything. I honestly had my last spelling list in third grade so although this may make me sound dumb I will be learning the spellings of some of the words along with my little one.  Her spelling lists are broke up in the following way.

  1. Words that follow the rule
  2. Words with prefixes
  3. Related words
  4. Spelling Dangers
  5. Proper Nouns

She will have 22 words a week. She will also learn how to spell the names of all 50 states along with knowing where they are located on the map and the name of their capital. We have been working on states and capitals over the summer in the hopes that it will help this year. She has actually learned a lot of them.

GUM 4 – Grammar usage and mechanics ( three times a week)

In this course she will go deeper into some of the things she learned last year and learn new skills as well. The units she will be working on are listed below.

  1. Review and Sentences
  2. Punctuation and Capitalization 1 &2
  3. Nouns
  4. Pronouns
  5. Adjectives
  6. Verbs 1, 2, &3
  7. Adverbs
  8. Word Study Letter Writing

Composition 4 (5 times every 2 weeks)

I love the composition course, it teaches writing in a step by step way that she really understands. Last year she did the Writing in Action volumes A and B. This year she will do volumes C and D. She hates to write and this year she will have to take the fourth grade writing test in March so we will be doing extra writing practice on the side. I think each day she will write for 10 to 15 min on a topic that I give. I hope it will get her use to writing what someone tells her to. She will be learning the following this year.  

  1. Guided Journal Entries
  2. Writing a Report
  3. Writing a Book Review
  4. Poetry
  5. Writing to a Prompt
  6. Persuasive Report
  7. News Articles
  8. Writing a Play

Vocabulary Workshop Level Orange ( three times a week)

She has a different vocabulary book this year and the words seem a little harder. We will be practicing them a lot more, on the trampoline, while jumping rope and while in the car. I also want to have her learn how to study independently as well.

Test Readiness

We will not start the test prep books until closer to the state tests, she doesn’t like them but it is part of being in the virtual school.

Spanish Elementary 2

This is a course through Power Speak. It is all on line and she works on it five times a week. She really enjoyed it last year and learned a lot.

We are geared up and ready for a new year of learning.

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