Beginners Guide to Charlotte Mason: 11 Complete Charlotte Mason Curriculums
It’s Day 3 in our series: Beginners Guide to Charlotte Mason! Today the topic is 11 Complete Charlotte Mason Curriculums.
Did you miss day 1 and 2 of our series??? No worries.
Back when I was researching Charlotte Mason, one thing that I wanted, but couldn’t find, was a good list of Charlotte Mason style curriculum choices. So, today that’s what I am going to do… give you a list of complete Charlotte Mason Curriculums so that you can begin finding the CM curriculum that is right for you.
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11Complete Charlotte Mason Curriculums
*Charlotte Mason friendly curriculum is also listed!
Remember… This is a list of what I consider complete curriculum. I have not added many other CM resources because I feel they are not complete.
Queen Homeschooling offers Charlotte Mason curriculum for every subject. I use Copywork for Boys and Girls and I also have purchased Spelling Through Copywork and a couple of their Character Building Storybooks.
They are also now selling a Charlotte Mason in a box curriculum. It takes the guesswork out of what you will need for the year!
The Alveary is a complete all-in-one Charlotte Mason Curriculum for grades 1-8. You purchase a membership yearly that includes guides and planning resources. You get a lot of helpful resources with the membership AND your year is planned for you. All CM style!
The membership is per year per family. So it’s pretty affordable!
This is one that I have been interested in for a while… I just haven’t gotten around to trying it. I get nervous stepping outside of the box sometimes. SCM provides lesson plans and materials for all subjects. They offer pdf/ebook formats and hard copies. Digital copies are cheaper than the hard copies, but if you’re like me, you’ll want to buy the book. (Saves on all the printing!)
Ambleside (FREE online curriculum for K-12.)
Ambleside is completely FREE. All lesson plans are set up for each grade, and pretty much all of the books are online. I think the only materials you would need to buy are a few books (if they don’t have a public domain copy) and your Math and Grammar Curriculum. I will give you this bit of information: Ambleside can be a bit overwhelming at first. So take your time, and figure it out. Read everything! Don’t just try to jump in blind.
This is one I came across last year while looking for CM curriculum. It is a smaller company, and ALL of their proceeds go toward giving an education to children in Africa! How awesome is that??!!
Related Post: What is the Charlotte Mason Method?
My Father’s World is Charlotte Mason inspired. (I wouldn’t call them 100% CM) I have used MFW in the past (1st and 2nd grade for my oldest children.) They use a lot of living books and include nature walks every Friday.
They also include composer studies and art/artist studies. MFW is also a complete all-in-one program. It’s designed to use with multiple children.
My only complaint with Charlotte Mason is that it can be a bit expensive… especially as you start getting in the upper grades.
Heart of Dakota is CM inspired. HOD is literature-based and all-in-one. It’s very similar to My Father’s World.
There are no formal textbooks. The only things that really are not included in CM are Nature Study and the Arts.
Poetry and some Art is included, but not a lot of Artist or Composer Studies. This is something you could add in if you really wanted to.
Mater Amabilis is a Charlotte Mason Curriculum for Catholics. It is for grades Pre-K through Highschool!
A Modern Charlotte Mason is a relatively new complete Charlotte Mason curriculum created by a Charlotte Mason homeschool mom.
It is divided into forms instead of grades and is similar to A Gentle Feast.
A Modern Charlotte Mason also has a Facebook Group where the creator of the curriculum is very active. So, if you have any questions after you get on her website, that’s a good place to ask them.
An Old-Fashioned Education (FREE!!)
This one is very reminiscent of Ambleside. (seems slightly easier to follow) All Free Online Curriculum.
The curriculum is listed by the subject on the left, and there are FREE printable schedules for each grade (K-12).
This one is entirely new to me. I just ran across it not too long ago. It is a living books based curriculum.
Another Charlotte Mason Inspired Curriculum that uses some really great living books! A Gentle Feast is set up with a family reading time that will cover several subjects together rather than individually.
We’ve used A Gentle Feast. You can read our review here: A Gentle Feast Curriculum Review
My View on Complete Charlotte Mason Curriculums
Having a complete Charlotte Mason curriculum is great, but it also has its cons. The great thing is that you don’t have to do any work gathering together booklists or etc. But… the con… it’s not as personal. For a more personalized approach check out these:
I hope that will make it easier on you when deciding what Charlotte Mason Curriculum to use. If there are any not mentioned on my list, leave them in the comments.