Academic

Four Square Academic is a Christian community that meets on Wednesdays for twelve weeks per semester at Rush Creek Bible Church in Byron Center, MI. It is a drop-off program and parents are not required to volunteer. We welcome and encourage families to join us for hymn-sing chapel at 8:45am!

Beginning at 9am, students rotate through five classes taught in a unique environment integrating the effective Finland model, Charlotte Mason’s principles, and movement-based learning. Parents will gain community, accountability, feedback and support while preserving the home education experience for their student. Students will have lessons in a variety of content including Geography, History, Literature, Science and Grammar + Composition.

Four Square Academic is designed to complement Four Square Enrichment or stand on its own, based on parent preferences. If you are unable to join our in-person classes, we encourage you to register for Four Square At-Home. At-Home is a geography, history, literature and nature study curriculum and includes a support community for parents interested in successfully implementing Charlotte Mason’s principles.

Finland Model

Finland is world-renowned for their successful students. They counterintuitively school for shorter days and give less homework. They are efficient with their class time and maintain high academic standards for students. They do not put an emphasis on student testing results, rather, on each student gaining a full understanding of the concepts and content.

Lessons are 15-45 minutes and are followed with a 5-15 minute movement break. Physical activity and play have been confirmed to aid students in processing information and reinforcing lessons.

Four Square Academic implements this effective model as a framework for lessons on Wednesdays.

Charlotte Mason

Charlotte Mason was a classical English educator at the turn of the twentieth century. She wrote volumes of material and trained educators in her unique educational philosophy, a philosophy so rich that we continue to pursue it in our modern day classroom. Her motto for students was

"I am, I can, I ought, I will."

The Charlotte Mason approach to education emphasizes oral narration to demonstrate comprehension in the early years, while making a smooth transition into written narration in later grades. Living literature, copywork, hands-on learning, recitation, character development and nature study are some of the highlights of the Charlotte Mason approach that are integrated into the lessons at Four Square Academic.

Movement based learning

Students thrive when they experience purposeful movement during learning. We integrate movement-based activities that activate memorization and enhance understanding. Four Square Academic provides a variety of opportunities for students to sit, stand, jump, clap, walk, etc during lessons.

Four Square Academic offers a rest from our high-tech world. Students rely on classic learning tools such as physical books, physical maps, pencils, paper, etc instead of engaging heavily with technology. There is some integration of technology as a helpful tool, but it is minimal to avoid it becoming a hindrance or distraction.

Academic Classes
2021-2022

9am-2pm
$775/year

Play Video
Literature Poetry + Storytime
 
Science Nature Walks + Animals + Plants
 
Mathematics Numbers 1-20

Spelling Letter Names and Sounds
Geography Introduction to Geography

History History of a Neighboring Country: Britain
 
Literature Living Literature + Poetry

Science Apologia Astronomy  + Nature Study
 
Recitation Poetry + Psalms
Geography Map Drawing + Geography Concepts
 
History History of a Neighboring Country: Britain
 
Literature Living Literature + Poetry
 
Science Apologia Astronomy + Nature Study

Spelling
Copywork from Literature

Recitation
 Poetry + Psalms

Geography Map Drawing + Geography Concepts

History History of a Neighboring Country: Britain

Literature Living Literature + Poetry

Science Apologia Astronomy + Nature Study

Spelling Copywork from Literature

Recitation Poetry + Psalms

Geography Britain + Map Drawing + Geography Concepts

History History of a Neighboring Country: Britain

Literature Living Literature + Poetry
 
Science Apologia Astronomy  + Nature Study
 
Spelling Copywork from Literature
 
Recitation Poetry + Psalms
Geography Britain + Map Drawing + Geography Concepts
 
History History of a Neighboring Country Britain
 
Literature Living Literature + Poetry
 
Science Apologia Astronomy  + Nature Study
 
Spelling Copywork from Literature
 
Recitation Poetry + Psalms

Geography Britain + Map Drawing + Geography Concepts

History Book of Centuries: Britain

Literature Living Literature + Poetry                                                                             Science Apologia Astronomy + Nature Study

Recitation Poetry + Psalms

Grammar + Composition Written Narration

Spelling Dictation from Literature                                                                        

Geography Britain + Map Drawing + Geography Concepts

History Book of Centuries: Britain

Literature Living Literature + Poetry 

Recitation Poetry + Psalms 
Grammar + Composition Written Narration

Spelling Dictation from Literature

Science Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology 

Geography Britain + Map Drawing + Geography Concepts

History Book of Centuries: Britain

Literature Living Literature + Poetry

Science Apologia Physical Science

Recitation Poetry + Psalms

Grammar + Composition Written Narration

Spelling Dictation from Literature

Classes are a la carte. We have a social hall and volunteer opportunities between classes. If your student would like to participate in all Wednesday classes, the cost is discounted to a total of $825.

British Literature & Recitation 9-10am  Living Literature + Poet Study + Recitation $250/24 weeks

Grammar & Composition 10-11am Written Narration + Creative Writing $250/24 weeks

British History 11am-Noon History Lessons + Community Discussion $250/24 weeks

Lunch 12-12:20pm

Biology 12:20-1:50pm Apologia Exploring Creation with Biology 3rd Edition $300/28 weeks

Chemistry 12:20-1:50pm Discovering Design with Chemistry by Dr. Jay Wile $300/28 weeks

Your investment in Four Square Academic includes activities best experienced in community, support/feedback, and student accountability. Students will be given assignments to complete throughout the week in their homeschool setting. Four Square Academic will issue feedback (not grades), as it is designed to be an extension of home education, preserving the parent as educator. The classes are designed to enhance, not replace, instruction at home. There is a required, non-refundable registration fee of $50 per student. The 2021-2022 Preschool enrollment rate of $475/student includes 24 weeks of classes from 9am-noon. The 2021-2022 K-8th grade enrollment rate of $775/student includes 24 weeks of classes from 9am-2pm. The 2021-2022 High School enrollment rate of $825/student includes 24 weeks of classes from 9am-2pm (Biology/Chemistry meet for 28 weeks). Students are responsible to bring classic school supplies and need access to literature for follow-up reading at home.

Four Square Academic complies with Michigan law regarding home education, according to section 380.1561.

Academic Supply List

The supply list includes links to suggested literature and supplies. As an Amazon Associate, we may earn a small commission from qualifying purchases at no extra expense to you. The HSB is our recommended resource for new/used literature.

Please have your student wear:
Four Square Apparel
Tennis Shoes

Please have your student bring:
Backpack
Water Bottle
Sack Lunch
Snack

1. How Great Thou Art
2. Jesus Paid it All
3. The Old Rugged Cross
4. Standing on the Promises of God

Pencils
Pencil Box
24 Crayons
Safety Scissors
Glue Stick
Ziplock bag with extra pants, underwear, socks
Outdoor Gear (coat, boots, etc.)

Pencils
Pencil Box
24 Crayons
Basic Watercolor Set
Safety Scissors
Glue Stick
Glue Bottle
Ziplock bag with extra pants, underwear, socks
Outdoor Gear (coat, boots, etc.)
Nature Journal (spiral, unlined sketchbook with watercolor paper)
Copywork Journal (wide lines for easy penmanship)
A.A. Milne Poems
A Child’s Garden of Verses, by Robert Louis Stevenson
A Bear Called Paddington, by Michael Bond
James Herriot’s Treasury for Children
The Borrowers, by Mary Norton
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
Elementary Geography, by Charlotte Mason

Pencils
Pencil Box
Basic Colored Pencil Set
Basic Watercolor Set
Scissors
Glue Stick
Nature Journal (hardcover, spiral, unlined, watercolor sketchbook)
Copywork/Dictation Journal (hardcover, lined for clear penmanship)
Apologia Astronomy Textbook (for at home reading)
Find the Constellations, by H.A. Rey
A.A. Milne Poems
A Child’s Garden of Verses, by Robert Louis Stevenson
A Bear Called Paddington, by Michael Bond
James Herriot’s Treasury for Children
The Borrowers, by Mary Norton
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
Elementary Geography, by Charlotte Mason

Pencils
Basic Colored Pencil Set
Basic Watercolor Set
Scissors
Glue Stick
Nature Journal (spiral, hardcover notebook with watercolor paper)
Copywork/Dictation Journal (hardcover, lined for clear penmanship)
Book of Centuries (simplycharlottemason.com).                                                                                            Apologia Astronomy Textbook (for at home reading)
Find the Constellations, by H.A. Rey
A Child’s Garden of Verses, by Robert Louis Stevenson
Poetry for Young People: Rudyard Kipling
The Story of Doctor Doolittle, by Hugh Lofting
The Railway Children, by Edith Nesbit
The Borrowers, by Mary Norton
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
Elementary Geography, by Charlotte Mason
The Usborne History of Britain, by Ruth Brocklehurst

Pencils
Basic Colored Pencil Set
Basic Watercolor Set
Scissors
Glue Stick
Nature Journal (spiral, hardcover notebook with watercolor paper)
Copywork/Dictation Journal (hardcover, lined for clear penmanship)
Book of Centuries (simplycharlottemason.com)
Apologia Elementary Anatomy and Physiology Textbook (for at home reading)
A Child’s Garden of Verses, by Robert Louis Stevenson
Poetry for Young People: Rudyard Kipling
The Story of Doctor Doolittle, by Hugh Lofting
The Railway Children, by Edith Nesbit
The Borrowers, by Mary Norton
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
Elementary Geography, by Charlotte Mason
The Usborne History of Britain, by Ruth Brocklehurst

Pencils
Basic Colored Pencil Set
Basic Watercolor Set
Scissors
Glue Stick
Nature Journal (spiral, hardcover notebook with watercolor paper)
Copywork/Dictation Journal (hardcover, lined for clear penmanship)
Book of Centuries (simplycharlottemason.com)
Apologia Physical Science Textbook
Apologia Physical Science Solutions/Tests Manual
Binder with 5 tabs and paper
A Child’s Garden of Verses, by Robert Louis Stevenson
Poetry for Young People: Rudyard Kipling
The Story of Doctor Doolittle, by Hugh Lofting
The Railway Children, by Edith Nesbit
Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell
Brendan Chase, by B.B
The Usborne History of Britain, by Ruth Brocklehurst

Discovering Design with Chemistry, by Dr. Jay Wile
Answer Key and Tests for Discovering Design with Chemistry
Lab Notebook (composition notebook used solely for lab experiments)
Lined notebook and folder (for taking notes and keeping assignments organized)
Black Pen, Pencil with Eraser
Lab Goggles
Calculator (does not need to be graphing)

Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare (unabridged)
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (unabridged)
Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens (unabridged)
The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells (unabridged)

K-5th Grade Astronomy

Our Solar System, by Seymour Simon
One Giant Leap: The Story of Neil Armstrong, by Don Brown
The International Space Station, by Franklyn M. Branley

Britain History
Our Island Story, by H.E. Marshall

Elementary Grammar
Simply Grammar, by Karen Andreola

Middle School Grammar
Woe is I, Jr., by O’Conner

High School Grammar
The Elements of Style, by Strunk

Academic Calendar

2021-2022

Open House & Picture Day
August 16
10am-noon



Classes
September 8, 15, 22, 29
October 6, 13, 20, 27
November 3, 10, 17
December 1
January 26
February 2, 9, 16, 23
March 2, 16, 23, 30
April 13, 20, 27

High School Biology + Chemistry: May 4, 11, 18



Poetry Celebration Night

April 20, 2022
2-3pm

Snow Day Cancellation follows Byron Center Schools. Snow makeup date is March 9, 2022.

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