Introduction to the Fourth Year


This introductory book provides the teacher with insights into stages of childhood development, a layout of the school year and the typical day, and includes reading lists and supplies lists needed for teaching.

The Block Calendar Rotation

Here is a possible block rotation scheme for the entire year. There are about 18 weeks from September to the end of January including a two-week winter break. This would constitute the first semester of the year. Another 16-18 weeks including a two-week spring break will take us into mid-June concluding the second semester.

First Semester
September to the end of January

  • Sept. – Local Geography City and County Block I (3 weeks)
  • Sept./Oct. – Introduction to Fractions Block I (3 weeks)
  • Oct. – The Norse Myths with Composition Block I (3 weeks)
  • Oct./Nov. – Man and Animal Studies Block I (3 weeks)
  • Nov./ Dec. – Introduction to Grammar Block I (3 weeks)
  • Dec./Jan. – The Kalevala Epic (3 weeks)
  • 2 week winter break at this time

Second Semester:
February through June

  • Feb. – Fraction Applications Block II (3 weeks)
  • Feb./Mar. – Man and Animal Studies Block II (3 weeks)
  • Mar./April – Grammar and English Block II *with Norse Myths (3 weeks)
  • April/May – State History and Geography Block II (3 weeks)
  • 2 week spring break at this time
  • May – The Beowulf Epic (3 weeks)
  • June – Review and More Stories from the Kalevala (or Norse Mythology*) (3 weeks)

*optional to include stories of the Norse Myths here

  • Introduction
  • Source Books Needed
  • Block Rotation: Organizing the Year
  • Calendar of the Year :Block Rotation
  • Organizing the Day: The Main Lesson
  • Opening Activities
  • Review Time
  • The Lesson Presentation and Activity
  • Materials Needed for Teaching
  • Art Supplies
  • Understanding the Fourth Year Student
  • Reading List