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The following is a detailed daily breakdown of Alexa's Oak Meadow 4th Grade schedule for one random week from September, 2009, to give an idea of what Oak Meadow 4 was like, and how we used it.

Oak Meadow provides weekly lesson plans. This is an example of how I broke it down day by day.

Core Oak Meadow Stuff:

Language Arts - Usually 5X a week, M-F
Social Studies - Usually 3X a week, M, W, F
Science - Usually 2X a week, T, Th
Math - Usually 5X a week, M-F
Art - Usually 3X a week, M, W, F

Stuff I Added On:

Health - Usually 2X a week, T, Th
Cursive - Usually a page or two daily until we finished the workbook.
Music - Usually 1X a week
Geography - Learned 1 new state and capital per week, briefly reviewed all the ones we learned so far a few times per week.

Most material was pulled from the Oak Meadow 4th Grade Syllabus, and Oak Meadow 4th Grade Math.

References to "Geography," "Cursive," "Health," and "Music" are minor things I added in on my own and not an official part of the Oak Meadow curriculum. In the case of "Music" I chose to use the site makingmusicfun.net to learn about different composers, instead of learning to play the recorder as Oak Meadow suggests. Geography was simply gradually learning all of our states and their capitals. Cursive was making our way through the Handwriting Without Tears Cursive Success 4th Grade workbook. And Health was reading from a couple of American Girl Library books I picked up, called "The Care & Keeping Of You, The Body Book For Girls," and "The Feelings Book, The Care And Keeping Of Your Emotions."

NOTE: I use an older, used version of the Oak Meadow curriculum, from (I think) 1998, so newer versions may vary.


LESSON 3 (9/21/09-9/25/09)

Monday, 9/21/09

Social Studies: Make a list of native trees and plants we encountered during the process of creating our landscape model. Copy that list into the Social Studies Main Lesson Book.



Language Arts: Write daily journal entry. Illustrate it if desired.

(NOTE: Daily journal entries are written about the happenings of the day before. They are written in cursive, using colored pencil, and adding illustrations if desired. Proper grammar, spelling, punctuation etc is encouraged, and often something we are learning about in language arts, for example, direct quotations, will be incorporated into a daily journal entry. The daily journal is a big part of the 4th grade language arts curriculum and is integrated into the language arts Main Lesson Book).

Continue reading Stuart Little (we should finish it early this week if we haven't already).

(NOTE: We always read assigned books together, usually 1-3 chapters a day depending on length of book).

Reviewing Adjectives; ask if she remembers what adjectives are (description words/"picture" words). Do the exercise listed on Pages 32-33 (up to and including top 2 paragraphs on Page 33)

Choose 5-10 spelling words to learn this week (spelling and meaning). Review them by having her look at each word carefully, pronounce each word clearly and imagine each word emblazoned on her forehead in brilliant colors.

(NOTE: Spelling words can be taken from a standard list at the back of the 4th Grade Syllabus or you can choose your own based on words your child gets wrong in his or her writing assignments).

Math: Pages 20 and 21 in Math book. Play the walking skip-counting game from Lesson 1. Have her tell me what time it is to the nearest minute. Have her determine how much time is left before a certain appt etc.

Art: Continue with no-outline/tonal drawing shapes doing stars, pentagons and hexagons as on Page 40.

Geography: Review all states learned so far. Add a new one and do it in the State Sticker Book and Exploring Our 50 States.

Cursive: Do a Page in Cursive Success book.



Tuesday, 9/22/09

Language Arts: Write daily journal entry. Illustrate it if desired.

Continue reading Stuart Little (we should finish it early this week if we haven't already).

Reviewing Adjectives: Do the bottom half of Page 33.



Review spelling words by trying to make some smaller words out of each spelling word.

Science: Look for and observe the geometric patterns listed on Pages 37 and 38 in nature. Record in the Science Main Lesson Book what our findings were and where we found them.

Math: Do Pages 22 and 23 in Math book. Do the Times Table Practice game on Page 27 of Math book. Have her tell me what time it is to the nearest minute. Have her determine how much time is left before a certain appt etc.

Health: Read From The Care & Keeping of You, The Body Book For Girls. Read section on Ears and Eyes.

Music: Read Johann Pachelbel's bio and then listen to "Canon in D" on Youtube.

Cursive: Do a page in Cursive Success book.



Wednesday, 9/23/09

Social Studies: Press samples of leaves from some of the native trees and plants we discovered and gathered. The pressed leaves can be put between waxed paper and added either to the Science or Social Studies Main Lesson book. Be sure to identify what type of plant each leaf came from.



Language Arts: Write daily journal entry. Illustrate it if desired.

Continue reading Stuart Little (we should finish it early this week if we haven't already).

Review Adverbs. See if she remembers what adverbs are ("how words"). Do the activity on Page 34 through the top half of Page 35.

Review spelling words by: Asking her to write out the alphabet carefully at the top of a page and below that alphabetizing her spelling words.

Math: Do Page 24 in Math book. Make a geometric collage out of circles, squares and triangles cut out of brightly colored paper. Have her tell me what time it is to the nearest minute. Have her determine how much time is left before a certain appt etc.



Art: Do the same exercise as on Monday.

Geography: Review all states learned so far.

Cursive: Do a Page in Cursive Success book.



Thursday, 9/24/09

Language Arts: Write daily journal entry. Illustrate it if desired.



Start writing book report on Stuart Little. Should be able to finish rough draft. Tell who the main characters are in the story, and describe the setting and plot of the story.

Have her go back to her list of nouns and adjectives from earlier in the week. Look at the phrases and sentences she made with her words. Together, add adverbs to these sentences. Have her write the sentences in her book, shading the adverbs orange. Read the last part of Page 35.

Quiz on spelling words.

Science: Pick some of the things we found on Tuesday (re: geometry in nature) and draw them (exercise 2 on bottom of page 38, and page 39). Do exercise 3 on Page 39 as well.



Math: Do Page 25 in Math book. Do the Times Table practice game on Page 27 of Math book. Have her tell me what time it is to the nearest minute. Have her determine how much time is left before a certain appt etc.

Health: Read from The Feelings Book, The Care & Keeping Of Your Emotions (Sweating Palms and Knocking Knees, Fight Or Flight?)

Cursive: Do a Page in Cursive Success book.



Friday, 9/25/09

Social Studies: Log summary of work accomplished this week in Social Studies Main Lesson Book.

Language Arts: Write daily journal entry. Illustrate it if desired.

Finish final draft of book report on Stuart Little.

Do the activity on the top of Page 36 regarding nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.

Math: Do Page 26 in Math book. Do the Times Table Practice Game on Page 27 of the Math book. Have her tell me what time it is to the nearest minute. Have her determine how much time is left before a certain appt etc.

Art: Do the "negative image" exercise on bottom of Page 40.



Geography: Review all states learned so far.

Cursive: Do a Page in Cursive Success book.


NOTE: You may notice that in some cases "Social Studies" seems more like Science. That is because subjects are often integrated with Oak Meadow. Making a landscape model, which involved sciency things like finding and labeling and adding plants and so on, was part of the basis of a social studies project which involved first studying plants and animals native to our area and adding them to our landscape model (real plant samples, animals we made out of clay and painted), and then studying which Indians were native to our area and how they lived, and adding an appropriate Indian village to our model, and so on.

For more information on what to expect from the Oak Meadow 4th Grade Curriculum, see here:

www.oakmeadow.com/curriculum/fourth-grade.php



A WORD ABOUT MAIN LESSON BOOKS FOR LATER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL YEARS

If you click on my link that says "Detailed Oak Meadow Kindergarten Schedule Sample" over on the left, and scroll down to the bottom of the page, it describes what a Main Lesson Book is and how it used. For Kindergarten, all subjects are integrated into one Main Lesson Book. For later elementary school years, however, there is a different "Main Lesson Book" for each subject. So we had a:

Daily Journal/Language Arts Main Lesson Book
Science Main Lesson Book
Social Studies Main Lesson Book
Art Main Lesson Book
Math Main Lesson Book

While you can order "Main Lesson Books" from Oak Meadow or get similar, pricy ones elsewhere, I simply used the spiral bound artist's sketchpads I found at Walmart.



They worked fine for us and held up well, although for Language Arts and Math we needed to move on to a second book, as we filled the first one up before the end of the year.

You will note that all of Alexa's writing in fourth grade was done in these "Main Lesson Books," on unlined paper. Oak Meadow believes that learning to write on unlined paper, instead of with the constraints of lined paper, will help a child develop better control overall. We were a little skeptical of that, but I decided to do it anyway. Lines certainly started out crooked and slanted down the page early on. They did get better by the end of the year. Still not perfect. But then again, Alexa was in public school from K through most of 3rd grade and initially DID learn to write on lined paper. I don't know if that made a difference. Either way, it was kind of nice using the "Main Lesson Book" for the elementary school years, which include fourth grade, and to have a book that made a nice memento at the end. In 5th grade we move on to binders with lined paper, and I'm happy with that.

If anyone reads this and has further questions, feel free to drop me a comment and I will do my best to help. I love Oak Meadow. :) Also, be sure to check out my "Oak Meadow Review" from the "Reviews" section on the sidebar to the left for further information.

For still more on our 4th Grade School Year, you can check out my older journal entries. Our official fourth grade school year using the Oak Meadow curriculum was chronicled beginning with this journal entry. You can click on this link and then click the "Next Entry" button as many times as you'd like to see what 4th Grade was like for us:

nancextoo.livejournal.com/52895.html

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Shawn - 40, Husband, Dad, Tattoo Artist, Body Piercer, Business Owner, Saltwater Aquarium Enthusiast, Cook, Mr. Fix-It.

Nance - 40, Wife, Homeschooling Mom, Bookworm, Writer, Field Tripper, List Maker, Planner, Chauffeur, Oak Meadow Enthusiast.

Melissa - 22, Special Needs. Is in a sheltered workshop/life skills day program. Likes music, movies, shopping, and reading.

Alexa - 13, Left public school in March of 2009 and has been home since, happily homeschooling with Oak Meadow and an eclectic mix of other things. Currently in 7th grade. Enjoys reading, arts and crafts, Girl Scouts, Judo, singing and music, doing her nails, and being with friends.

Ben - 8, Has never been to any outside school. Currently doing 2nd grade at home. Enjoys computer, video and board games, silly jokes, soccer, rough-housing, and occasional cuddling and reading.

Adelaide - Born 8/28/13! :)

We are a relaxed/eclectic, secularly homeschooling, liberal family living in Pennsylvania and thoroughly enjoying Life Without School!

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Alexa is using: Oak Meadow 7 World History; Oak Meadow 7 English; Oak Meadow Basic Earth Science; Story of the World Middle Ages; and Teaching Textbooks Math 7.

Ben is using the Oak Meadow 2nd Grade curriculum, Reading Eggs, and doing some workbook type stuff.

I'm a pretty relaxed homeschooler. We do school around life, not life around school. We use mainly a fun, hands on curriculum that isn't overly time consuming and isn't dry or textbookish, and we're always willing to drop it for the time being if something fun, interesting, or educational comes up outside the house. Living is learning!


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Books Featuring Homeschooled Characters, Titles A-I

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