Planning for the New School Year – The Fourth Grader’s Schedule

What would I do without my trusted Mac laptop?
What would I do without my trusted Mac laptop?

August means hot, sticky weather, and planning for the new school year. The cicadas and I have been abuzz, but for different reasons – I’ve been researching, choosing, and formulating plans and schedules.   This is what our fourth grader’s  schedule is shaping up to be for the 2016/2017 year*:

Mondays – Thursdays

  • Breakfast poetry and literature read-aloud
  • Math drill
  • Math explanation + 2 worksheets
  • Geography
  • English
  • Science
  • History
  • Independent work (while I work with her older brother, who’ll be in 7th grade this year)

Her independent work today consists of:

  • Poem memorization (same one I introduce at breakfast)
  • Spelling City with lists I prefilled
  • Duolingo Spanish
  • Rosetta Stone Spanish
  • Penmanship practice
  • Reading for 45 minutes minimum
  • Play US History app and Stack the States app


  • Literature discussion at breakfast
  • Poetry recitation
  • Math drill
  • Math on the computer plus one worksheet
  • Science
  • History
  • Art


Monday afternoons she  has Music enrichment class at the local public school.

Tuesday and Thursday afternoons she has taekwondo. She’s working on attaining her green belt.

Wednesday afternoons she has STEM class at the local public school.

Saturday mornings she has horseback-riding.

Sunday mornings she has religious education on the computer.


I’m excited about this school year! Are you?


*disclaimer: I don’t operate by time, just approximate times. As long as all the work gets done we’re terrific.

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