The Fourth Grade Syllabus contains detailed daily lesson plans for Religion, Mathematics, Language Arts, Spelling, Poetry, Science, History, Geography, Latin, Art and Music. It also contains a variety of teaching resources including Fourth Grade Subject Rubrics and Learning Objectives, suggested daily schedules, and teaching tips. We have provided below a sample of the first week from the syllabus along with a list of the books used in the syllabus.
In Religion we use Bible History (Schuster) and study various lives of the saints. Your child also continues the memorization of Catholic doctrine, using the St. Joseph's Baltimore Catechism, No.1. In Mathematics we use Math 54 (Saxon) which uses the spiral approach to teaching mathematical concepts. In Language Arts we use Intermediate Language Lessons (Serl) which provides practice in punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and creative writing. The rules which your child learns in grammar will be reinforced by application to the history summaries which he will write during the year. In Spelling we use The Writing Road to Reading along with Starting a Spelling Notebook to continue the practice of spelling. In Poetry we continue to use The Harp and Laurel Wreath for selections of poetry to memorize. In Science we use Understanding God's World (A Beka) which is an easy-to-use science text that shows God's loving hand at work in His creation. In History we use Pioneers and Patriots (Furlong), Stories of Heroism: Exploration and Colonization (MODG) and The Evangelization of the New World to introduce your child to important facts about the colonization of the Americas and other events leading up to the Revolutionary War. We also provide the student with a list historical fiction to complement the study of history through literature. In Geography we use Fourth Grade Geography (MODG) OR DK Workbooks: Geoegraphy, Fourth Grade both of which continues to teach your child how to read maps. In Latin we use Beginning Latin I or Beginning Latin II to begin the formal study of Latin. In Art we use the Drawing Textbook (McIntyre) for drawing practice along with Fourth Grade Art (MODG) for art appreciation. In Music we use Let's Learn Music, #3 (Hayes) along with classical music selections for music appreciation.
Online versions of the MODG syllabi are provided to enrolled families free of charge. Paper copies of the syllabi are also available for purchase from the MODG office, with a 30% discount for enrolled families.