Academic

Four Square Academic is a Christian community that meets on Wednesdays for twelve weeks per semester. 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 covering 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 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 for older students. 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
2022-2023

9am-2pm
$825/year

Play Video
Literature Poetry + Storytime
Science Nature Study + Nature Walks
Mathematics Numbers 1-20
Spelling Letter Names and Sounds

Geography Introduction to Geography
History Bible Stories
Literature Living Picture Books + Nature Lore
Science Nature Study
Recitation Poetry + Scripture

Geography Ancient World Features and Landmarks
History Ancient World 
Literature Fables + Nature Lore
Science Nature Study: Botany
Spelling Copywork from Literature
Poetry Recitation Psalms + Proverbs

Geography Ancient World Features and Landmarks
History Ancient World 
Literature Fables + Nature Lore
Science Apologia Botany
Spelling Copywork from Literature
Poetry Recitation Psalms + Proverbs

Geography World Map Drawing + Geography Concepts
History Ancient World 
Literature Living Books + Poetry
Science Apologia Botany
Spelling Copywork from Literature
Recitation Psalms + Proverbs

Geography Ancient World Features and Landmarks
History Ancient World
Literature Fables + Nature Lore
Science Apologia Botany
Spelling Copywork from Literature
Poetry Recitation Psalms + Proverbs

Geography Ancient World Features and Landmarks
History Ancient World
Literature Fables + Nature Lore
Science Apologia Botany
Spelling Copywork from Literature
Poetry Recitation Psalms + Proverbs

Geography Ancient World Features and Landmarks
History Ancient World
Literature Living Books 
Science Apologia Botany
Poetry Recitation Psalms + Proverbs
Grammar + Composition Grammar Lessons + Written Narration
Spelling Dictation from Literature                                                                        

Geography Ancient World Features and Landmarks
History Ancient World
Literature Living Books 
Poetry Recitation Psalms + Proverbs
Grammar + Composition Grammar Lessons + Written Narration
Spelling Dictation from Literature
Science Apologia Botany

Geography Ancient World Features and Landmarks 
History Ancient World
Literature Living Books + Commonplace Book
Science Science in the Atomic Age, by Dr. Jay Wile
Grammar + Composition Grammar Lessons + Written Narration
Poetry Recitation Psalms + Proverbs

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 morning classes, the price is discounted to $600.



9-10am

[Option 1]
American History taught by Matt Troast
American History Overview and Discussion $250/24 weeks

[Option 2]
Research and Creative Writing (10th-12th Grade) taught by Josh Greer
Students will study research papers and learn proper formatting to apply to their own research writing. Weekly assignments will include a blend of research papers and creative writing projects. $250/24 weeks



10-11am

[Option 1]
Grammar & Composition taught by Josh Greer
Grammar Lessons and Written Narration Assignments $250/24 weeks

[Option 2]
Ancient World History taught by Ally Garnaat 
Ancient World History Overview and Discussion $250/24 weeks

**Four Square will offer Modern World History in 2023-2024**



11am-Noon

[Option 1]
American Literature taught by Ally Garnaat 
American Literature Discussion and Poet Study $250/24 weeks

[Option 2]
World Literature (10th-12th Grade) taught by Josh Greer
Classic World Literature Discussion and Poet Study $250/24 weeks



Lunch 12-12:20pm



12:20-1:50pm

Astronomy taught by Cristi Lin, supplemented by Kristen Cnossen
Apologia Exploring Creation with High School Astronomyby Damian Ludwiczak $300/24 weeks

Biology taught by Mary Miedema, labs facilitated by Kristen Cnossen 
Masterbooks Biology, by Dr. Dennis Englin $350/28 weeks

Chemistry taught by Kristen Cnossen 
Discovering Design with Chemistry, by Dr. Jay Wile $350/28 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 until high school), 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, non-transferable registration fee of $50 per student. The Preschool enrollment rate of $500/student includes 24 weeks of classes from 9am-noon. The K-8th grade enrollment rate of $825/student includes 24 weeks of classes from 9am-2pm. High School classes are a la carte. High School classes are graded. The enrollment rate of $250/class includes 24 weeks of 60 minute classes. The enrollment rate of $350 for Biology and Chemistry includes 28 weeks of 1.5 hour lab classes. 

All students are responsible to bring classic school supplies and will 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

Then Sings My Soul, by Robert J. Morgan
1. The Lord Bless You and Keep You (Fourteenth Century BC)
2. Be Thou My Vision (Eighth Century)
3. All Glory, Laud, and Honor (AD 820)
4. All Creatures of Our God and King (1225)

Semester 1: King David’s Psalms
Semester 2: King Solomon’s Proverbs

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
Washable Markers
Basic Watercolor Set
Safety Scissors
3 Glue Sticks
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)
Now We are Six, by A.A. Milne
A Child’s Book of Poems, by Gyo Fujikawa
Seed Babies, by Margaret W. Morley
Old Mother West Wind, by Thornton Burgess

Pencils
Pencil Box
Basic Colored Pencil Set
Basic Watercolor Set
Scissors
Glue Stick
Nature Journal (hardcover, spiral, unlined, watercolor sketchbook)
Copywork Journal (wide lines for easy penmanship)
Bible
Globe (one per family)
Laminated World Map (one per family)
Illustrated Stories from Aesop, by Susanna Davidson Guiliano Ferri
The Burgess Seashore Book for Children, by Thornton W. Burgess

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)
Narration Notebook (composition notebook)
Bible
Globe (one per family)
Laminated World Map (one per family)
Apologia Exploring Creation with Botany 2nd Edition Textbook
Illustrated Stories from Aesop, by Susanna Davidson Guiliano Ferri
The Burgess Seashore Book for Children, by Thornton W. Burgess

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)
Narration Notebook (composition notebook)  
Geography Notebook (watercolor notebook)                                                                                                 Bible
Globe (one per family)
The Student Bible Atlas, by Tim Dowley (one per family)
The Book of Centuries
Ancient Egypt and Her Neighbors, by Lorene Lambert
Herodotus and the Road to History, by Jeanne Bendick
Fabre’s Book of Insects, by Jean Henri Fabre
Apologia Exploring Creation with Botany 2nd Edition Textbook
Adara, by Beatrice Gormley
Boy of the Pyramids, by Ruth Fosdick Jones
The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare
Joel… a boy of Galilee, by Annie Fellows Johnson (Lamplighter)

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)
Narration Notebook (composition notebook)
Geography Notebook (watercolor notebook)
Bible
Globe (one per family)
The Student Bible Atlas, by Tim Dowley (one per family)
The Book of Centuries
Ancient Egypt and Her Neighbors, by Lorene Lambert
Herodotus and the Road to History, by Jeanne Bendick
Fabre’s Book of Insects, by Jean Henri Fabre
Apologia Exploring Creation with Botany 2nd Edition Textbook
Adara, by Beatrice Gormley
Boy of the Pyramids, by Ruth Fosdick Jones
The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare
Joel… a boy of Galilee, by Annie Fellows Johnson (Lamplighter)

Pencils
Basic Colored Pencil Set
Basic Watercolor Set
Scissors
Glue Stick
Nature Journal (spiral, hardcover notebook with watercolor paper)
Commonplace Book (hardcover, lined for clear penmanship)
Narration Notebook (composition notebook)
Geography Notebook (watercolor notebook)
Family Globe
The Student Bible Atlas, by Tim Dowley (one per family)
The Book of Centuries
Ancient Egypt and Her Neighbors, by Lorene Lambert
Herodotus and the Road to History, by Jeanne Bendick 
Fabre’s Book of Insects, by Jean Henri Fabre
Science in the Atomic Age, by Dr. Jay Wile
Adara, by Beatrice Gormley
God King: A Story in the Days of King Hezekiah, by Joanne Williamson
The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare
Joel… a boy of Galilee, by Annie Fellows Johnson (Lamplighter)

Masterbooks Biology Set, by Dr. Dennis Englin 
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

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)

The King’s Fifth, by Scott O’Dell
Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain (unabridged)
Little Men, by Louisa May Alcott (unabridged)
Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, by Benjamin Franklin 
Commonplace Book (hardcover, lined notebook)

The Odyssey (translated by Robert Fagles)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by Shakespeare
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (translated by F.P Walter or William Butcher)
The World’s Greatest Short Stories (Dover Thrift Edition) *optional- available on public domain
Commonplace Book (hardcover, lined notebook)

Ancient World History
Usborne Timelines of World History
Story of the World Volume 1 CD
Pages of History Volume One, by Etter and Detweiler
Plutarch’s Lives for Boys and Girls, by W.H. Weston
Stories from the History of Rome, by Mrs. Beesly

Ancient Scientist Study
Archimedes and the Door of Science, by Jeanne Bendick
Galen and the Gateway to Medicine, by Jeanne Bendick

Nature Study
Nature Anatomy, by Julia Rothman
The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling

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

2022-2023


Open House:

Monday, August 22, 2022 from 10-11am



Classes:
September 7, 14, 21, 28
October 5, 12, 19, 26
November 2, 9, 16, 30
January 25
February 1. 8, 15, 22
March 1, 15, 22, 29
April 12, 19, 26



Poetry Celebration and Ancient World Fair:
April 26 from 2-3pm



High School Biology & Chemistry:
May 3, 10, 17



High School Graduation Ceremony:

May 19, 2023

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