If you’re here to register for the Fourth Grade MWC pilot test, all the spots are taken and registration is now closed. My sincere apologies. I wish I could include everyone who wants to participate. But if I did, I would spend so much time managing pilot testing that I would never have enough time to actually write the books.
I’m very proud of MWC, but children can learn math well with other programs, too. If you need some help picking out a program, I’m not able to give personal curriculum advice, but you’ll find all my best advice on curriculum selection here.
What’s Fourth Grade Math with Confidence Like?
Fourth Grade Math with Confidence is a comprehensive fourth-grade math curriculum. It’s a fun, hands-on, and straightforward program that helps kids learn math with confidence and helps parents teach math with confidence. The program includes:
- Complete coverage of all important fourth-grade math topics
- Hands-on, open-and-go, scripted lessons
- Independent workbook practice
- Focus on one concept at a time, with continual review
- Friendly, approachable notes and tips that help you grow as a teacher
- Fun (but optional) enrichment lessons at the end of each unit, with picture book recommendations and real-life extension activities
How Is the Curriculum Structured?
Fourth Grade Math with Confidence will have approximately 144 lessons, divided into 16 units. If you teach 4 lessons per week, the program will take you 36 weeks. Each unit includes an optional enrichment lesson, with a suggested picture book and real-life math project.
How Long Will the Lessons Take?
Plan for about 10-15 minutes for parent-directed teaching and 15-20 minutes for independent practice in the workbook. This varies a lot depending on your kid, though!
What Topics Does the Program Cover?
The Math with Confidence series is a “middle-of-the-road” program in terms of difficulty, with a strong focus on developing kids’ number sense and conceptual understanding. In Fourth Grade Math with Confidence, your child will learn to :
- Understand place value in numbers to 1,000,000
- Solve multiplication problems (up to four-digit times one-digit and two-digit times two-digit)
- Use long division to solve division problems (up to four-digits divided by one-digit)
- Find equivalent fractions and convert improper fractions to mixed numbers (and vice versa)
- Add and subtract fractions with like or unlike denominators
- Multiply fractions by whole numbers and find fractions of a set
- Read, write, compare, and order decimals to the hundredths place
- Solve measurement problems and convert measurements within a system of measurement (for example, inches to feet, or kilograms to grams)
- Measure, compare, and reason about angles
- Identify and categorize triangles and quadrilaterals
- Create and interpret line plots and line graphs
- Calculate the mean (average) for a data set
What Will I Need? How Much Does It Cost?
You’ll need just a few basic household items to use this program: counters (such as plastic tiles, Legos, blocks, or plastic bears), playing cards, coins, dice, and index cards. The only specialized math material you’ll need are base-ten blocks and possibly Fraction Bars or Circles. (I haven’t decided which to use yet, so don’t go out and buy any!)
You’ll also need to print out the worksheets for your child, so make sure to stock enough paper and ink. The workbook pages are in full-color and designed by a graphic illustrator, but you may print them in black-and-white if you don’t have a color printer.
Other that, there’s no cost to you, and I provide all the digital lessons and worksheets completely free.
What Does My Child Need to Know Before Starting?
Here’s what your child should be able to do before beginning Fourth Grade Math with Confidence:
- Read, write, compare, and understand place value in numbers to 10,000
- Mentally add and subtract one- and two-digit numbers up to 100 . (For example, he should be able to solve problems like 49 + 7 or 83-26 in his head.)
- Know how to use the traditional process to add and subtract 4-digit numbers written vertically. (You might know these problems as “stack math” or “borrowing and carrying.”)
- Know the multiplication and division facts (up to 10 x 10 and 100÷10). She should be able to recall the answers to most within 3 seconds or so. It’s okay if she’s still developing fluency with the tricky 7s, 8s, and 9s.
- Use addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to solve word problems (including two-step word problems)
- Find the area and perimeter of rectangles
- Read, write, and compare simple fractions
(Just a note that these skills are the minimum that kids should know before starting Fourth Grade MWC. Much more is covered in Third Grade MWC.)
Third-grade math programs generally cover all of these skills, so if your child completed a formal third-grade math program, you should be fine. If you want to participate in the pilot program but your child struggles with the multiplication and division facts, I recommend using Multiplication Facts That Stick or Division Facts That Stick over the summer.
How Does Pilot Testing Work?
If you participate, you’ll receive a free digital copy of the program, one unit at a time. (At this stage, the manuscript is a Word document, not a final typeset book, so it has only basic formatting.)
You’ll receive a few weeks of lessons at a time, spread over the course of the year. Before you receive each new unit, you’ll first need to provide feedback on the previous unit via an online questionnaire. These questionnaires should only take you 10-15 minutes per unit, and they’re invaluable to me as I revise the program to make it as comprehensive, clear, and parent-friendly as possible.
You’ll also be added to a private Facebook group where you can ask me questions and connect with other parents in the pilot program. The questionnaires are the main way I receive feedback, but the conversations on Facebook provide an important way for parents to compare experiences and offer suggestions.
The lessons are sent via email, but most communication happens in this Facebook group. I highly recommend that you have a Facebook account if you want to participate in the pilot test. The answer keys will only be posted in this FB group. You only need to check in on the FB group weekly or so, and you don’t have to use your account for anything else.
The first unit will be available in mid-August. After that, you’re free to move forward at whatever pace works best for your family. If you decide that it’s not a good fit for your family, you may withdraw from the pilot program. I just ask that you send me an email to let me know what didn’t work for you.
Registration for the pilot program is capped at 200 families. Many of these spots are taken by families who are continuing on from the Third Grade MWC pilot test, so there will be a limited number of spots available for new pilot test families.
Is the Second Grade Program Available? Can I Participate in the Third Grade Pilot Program?
Second Grade MWC will be released June 28.
The Third Grade MWC pilot program is over, and I’m not able to share any of the lessons or workbook pages for second grade at this time. Third Grade MWC will be available in spring of 2023.
How Far Will Math with Confidence Continue?
I plan to continue the series through 6th grade and write one new book per year.