4th Grade SMARTS in Language Arts – Home Educator's Edition


4th Grade SMARTS in Language Arts:  Home Educator's Edition

A Complete Program of Language Arts Instruction for Grade 4

The grade four English language arts program develops fiction and non-fiction reading skills and continues to expand children's writing skills. In a five day week, children work on reading comprehension for three days and writing skills for the other two. For the reading component, one of the five days focuses on a novel study, another is for independent reading and the last is for non-fiction reading skills. In the fourth grade children learn about how textbooks are organized and practice their reading skills through high interest single page factual articles.

Writing instruction encompasses a variety of activities. These include: handwriting, spelling, punctuation and capitalization, dictionary and grammar skills, paragraphs, poetry, a research report and story writing. In addition, children at the fourth grade level explore six story patterns through story mapping, develop author language skills through paragraph writing, and learn letter-writing formats through a fun project.

Parents are shown how to teach their children step by step through a detailed teacher's manual with answer keys.

Bullet 4th Grade SMARTS in Language Arts: Home Education Edition was written specifically for home educators.

Bullet Child is guided by a workbook that teaches fiction and non-fiction reading skills, writing and spelling skills in a sequential order. These are applied in the lessons and reviewed until mastery is obtained.

Bullet Parents discover a simple, effective method of teaching language arts using a teacher's manual. Lesson plans and answer keys are presented in a simple, straightforward manner.

The Foundation in Grade Four Matters

Did you know that...

  • Many children who are proficient readers at the end of third grade begin to struggle in the fourth grade?
  • That the fourth grade slump has been documented as a result of children having to suddenly navigate complex non-fiction texts?
  • That the amount of writing expected in all subject areas increases significantly from third to fourth grade?

Reading for Understanding RAND Reading Study Group 2000

4th Grade SMARTS in Language Arts Novel Studies:

1. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
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2. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
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