Daily Homeschool Schedule: 4th Grade

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing Turbo’s 4th grade daily schedule with you. If you’ve missed my previous posts, you can see the ‘Daily Homeschool Schedule’ series here.


Turbo is currently 9 years old, and he’s in the 4th grade. He’s got a bit heavier load this year, but so far he’s doing well with it.

Here is our basic 4th Grade Schedule:

  • 8:30am – Breakfast / Family Devotions
  • 9:00am – Daily Learning Notebook 
  • 9:15am – Bible
  • 9:30am – Math
  • 10:30am – English
  • 11:00am – Handwriting
  • 11:20am – Reading
  • 11:30am – Spelling
  • 11:45am – Vocabulary
  • 12:00 – Lunch/PE
  • 1:00pm – History
  • 1:30pm – Science
  • 2:00pm – Typing/Music/Art/Piano (1x per week)
  • 2:30pm – Literature


Download a copy:

We are currently doing Bible, History, Science, and Literature as a group which makes it a bit easier on me. Eventually I will have to split that up once the Teeny Tot gets a bit older, but for now this schedule is working for us.

Here is our 4th grade curriculum for the year:


Have a scheduling tip to share? Make sure to leave a comment below!


  1. This schedule is different from your old “workbox” schedule. Do you still use the workbox organizational system? It was all the hype a few years ago, but I’ve since strayed away and am looking for new ideas.

    • I use the workbox system with my daughter, mostly because she is a clock-watcher and would always ask, “How much more?” or “Are we done?” even though she enjoyed the work. I think it’s just part of some anxiety issue. But the workbox system takes the question away, because she can look for herself and see just how much she has done and still needs to do.

      Having said that, I’m curious how much schoolwork is done daily for those who only homeschool one child? I am averaging about 2 1/2 hours and that seems like very little time. I’m not including 4H or piano and dance practice and classes in that, but still….is that too little?

      • I am currently homeschooling only on child and it is a challenge to keep him engaged, luckily we live on a military base and there are activities for him to participate in.

  2. Hi!

    I was wondering which version of the Typing Instructor CD that you have. I have been looking for a typing program for my kids, and this looks perfect for us. However, I like to stay away from membership “programs.” Thank you!

  3. what do you do when your child finishes his/her work in less than the allotted time (or hasn’t finished yet in the allotted time)? Also, if one child has to wait for you to help them with maths because you’re busy with another child, then they’re timed schedule is going to get messed around. I’m just trying to figure this all out, as I’m a new homeschooler and haven’t as of yet been able to stick to any kind of timed day schedule with my 3 kids (ages 10, 9 &7)

    • I homeschool 7 of my children, and while my 14 yr.old does her work mostly independently, I’ll tell you how I work it out with the younger ones. First of all, I only work with 2 at a time for Language Arts and Math because,it’s too crazy to try to help 6 kids at once. From 9-10, I work with the 5 and 6 year olds. If they both need my help at the same time, I will either direct them to an activity that does not need my help, or I’ll recruit an older child to help. From 10-11 my 7 and 9 yr.olds do their LA and math. My 9 yr.old does most of her work herself, but in the event they both need help, I’ll have one work on something not likely to need help like spelling or handwriting, while I help the other. From 11-12 my 11 and 13 yr.old have their turn. They generally don’t need my help unless there’s a new math concept, but I keep myself available during that time just in case. If anyone gets done before their time is up, I just start someone else, which is nice because on those days we sometimes get done a little early. After lunch is devotions/Bible, foreign languages, and the unit study we do together for all of the other subjects. I hope this helps!

  4. Hi Jess,
    This is my second year homeschooling my 6 and 10 year old. I just thought I’d throw in my response to your question. I put together what I call a “Busy Box” for when my kiddos are done with their assignment and/or if they need help and I’m working with the other one. They know if they are stumped or have completed their work and I’m unable to get to them right then that they can go to their “Busy Box”. They each have their own Busy Box, because the activities are age appropriate and can be done independently. For example in my 6 year old Busy Box I have: puzzles, color sheets for upcoming holidays/events, her tag reader, latch hook (she loves this!), tangrams, magnetic doll dress up. That’s off the top of my head, but I also switch things out every few weeks so they don’t get bored.
    That’s what we do at our house, I hope it’s helpful! 🙂

  5. Katherine says:

    Thanks for this! I will be using it w/ my oldest 3 (2 of whom are twins)

  6. Can you make this PDF editable? My kiddos would love the simplicity and the colorful design.

  7. Holly Watley says:

    I was wondering where do you squeeze in the geography stuff. You don’t have it on the schedule?

  8. May I ask you all, what curriculum do you use? All of the good ones are incredibly expensive, your input would help me greatly!

  9. Thanks for your site! We are in our first year of homeschooling and this is a great guide for me of how long to spend on each subject. I am struggling with my fourth grader to get it all in each day. I will be reserving work that isn’t completed during the time allotted for HW.

    For those with little ones like me (we have four kids: 9,7,3,1), I think the schedule would definitely have to be adjusted for the interruptions they will undoubtedly cause.

  10. Klarchen Walck says:

    Erica, how do you like the family time fitness? Do your kids enjoy it?

    • Yes, we like it especially for a home PE program. The activities are really easy and you do not need a bunch of extra products to do them. They also have video tutorials on youtube if you aren’t sure how to do something.

  11. Colleen says:


    I plan to be more proactive about literature this year. I have a rising 4th grade and a younger one reading at that level. While we have been using the ABEKA readers, I had planned to use your literature units for our “reading” (instead of ABEKA) and literature. However, I see you use both. Do you mind telling me why you decided to use both? I appreciate any advice. 🙂

    • Hi Colleen,
      Looking back at my year, I’d say we used about 90% my books, and about 10% Abeka LOL! Mainly I like to make sure they’re reading on or above grade level, and so I listed the Abeka readers in there as a back up source, but we really didn’t use them much 🙂 And I won’t be using them next year with the exception of my first grader who is learning to read. I do like Abeka readers for the early years until they’re reading well and ready for more fun chapter books!

  12. You teach bible AND science? Sooner or later your kid is going to figure out that they cannot both be true.

    Good luck with that!


    • I don’t agree with that at all. There is so much they don’t know or are still learning. We are always hearing how the scientists found they were wrong about something. There have been serious problems with carbon dating and evolution is just a theory. I know science teachers who are Christians. If someone feels science and the Bible are not in harmony, I feel there is a lack of understanding in one or both subjects.

    • Actually through our study of both we’ve found that the Bible is quite accurate in it’s discussion of scientific as well as archaeological and geographical finds. Many of the secular science books and theories that we read back when I was in school have been proven wrong, or inconsistent with evidence. They are now finding more and more that the Bible is actually accurate and scientific theory of the past is being consistently dis-proven.

  13. Looks just like ours, but ours is in a wet erase/dry erase format. Our family uses the Love My Schedule system. It’s a magnetic wet erase schedule that I keep on the fridge. That way I don’t have to print out a new schedule when I want to change it. I also have the chore charts so I can check off their chores as they get done. Their website is if anyone wants to check it out.

  14. I love your website…I’m a new homeschool Mom so I’m still figuring things out. This school year coming up I will have a 1st and 4th grade and I want to do History together, if I want to order A Beka History what grade level do I suggest to fit both of them?

    • I would probably choose something in the middle like 3rd grade. You don’t want to make it too easy for your 4th grader, so I like to push the younger kids a bit. I wouldn’t expect your 1st grader to do any of the written tests etc. But you can ask them questions verbally and they can certainly listen to the reading and do any projects etc. with your older student 🙂

  15. I was just looking at the wordly wise software, and apparently you can’t buy just one? I’m assuming it requires you to buy licenses for various devices. Did you actually pay for 25? That’s crazy!

    • I didn’t use the software, I used the workbooks and you can buy those individually. I haven’t used their online version, so I’m not sure. But NO I wouldn’t pay for 25 licenses 😉

  16. Steven N Prince says:

    This is a call to action for all you home school vetrans…Single Dad here that MUST home school my almost 10 year old twins..4th grade.. i got emergency total and complete custody of them and a trucker so we are extremely ok.. what i NEED is complete advice on what i need (materials) courses, any and everything you can do to help me school my boys.. public school is NOT an option anymore, i wont tolerate it..they spent K thu3rd in private school, but with the mother gone and out of the picture..that is no longer possiable either..they have only me and a big purple Peterbuilt.. please help with all you can.
    Many thanks.. Steven, Hayden and Hunter

  17. Steven N Prince says:

    P.S. email me at thanks again

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