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.

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. (I also have a list of our favorite CM resources here that may contain a few different sources.)

11 Charlotte Mason Curriculums

*Charlotte Mason friendly curriculum is also listed!

**I am adding to my list so you may find more than just 11. 

Queen Homeschooling

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.

Alveary 

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!

Simply Charlotte Mason

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.

Living Books Curriculum

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

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.

Heart of Dakota

Heart of Dakota is CM inspired. HOD is literature based and all-in-one. 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 no Artist or Composer Studies)

Mater Amabilis

Mater Amabilis is a Charlotte Mason Curriculum for Catholics. It is for grades Pre-K through Highschool!

A Modern Charlotte Mason

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.

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).

Train up a Child Publishing

This one is entirely new to me. I just ran across it not too long ago. It is a living books based curriculum.

A Gentle Feast

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.

 

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.

Did you miss day 1 and 2 of our series???

What is the Charlotte Mason Method?

How We Use Charlotte Mason Style Learning in Our Homeschool

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24 comments on “Beginners Guide to Charlotte Mason: 11 Complete Charlotte Mason Curriculums”

  1. Great list! For those in Australia, be sure to check out My Homeschool. It offers a Charlotte Mason approach and meets the Australian Curriculum requirements – win win!

  2. The old fashioned education website doesn’t ever load anything besides a blank page and a menu down the side. That’s unfortunate. 🙁

  3. We just started The Good and the Beautiful curriculum! Includes lots of poetry, copywork, drawing, artist study, and nature notebooks. It’s lovely!

  4. I don’t know if I am not a boxed curriculum person or if I just didn’t care for HOD. We tried it and it seemed very mismatched in pacing for my child, so we eventually stopped using it. I loved the history focus, but I didn’t care for the way it was organized otherwise. I would really like to try My Father’s World, but it is expensive!

    • It didn’t really work out for us either. 🙁 I really wanted to make it work,but I felt like it was tying us down. MFW is a bit costly, I agree. We used it for 2 years.

  5. Thank you, Jamie, for adding Train up a Child Publishing! I’m adding a little more information about us just to update your post. We have two types of curricula — our unstructured Unit Programs and our structured Daily Lesson Plans. Our Unit Programs are available for K-12 and are popular for us Charlotte Mason aficionadas. As I said, our Daily Lesson Plans are more structured and are a combination between Charlotte Mason and Classical. The main difference there from CM is that children who are ready to write earlier have short lessons available for them. (I had one that was SO READY to start writing very early and one who wasn’t.) We also have high school courses by subject. Thanks again, Jamie!

  6. I’m constantly checking out CM curriculum and recently came across Wildwood http://wildwoodcurriculum.org
    We use Easy Peasy and while in a purist sense it doesn’t completely fall into CM, it’s very easy to make it a real CM curriculum. I utilize as much of their offline books as I can and the rest are subjects my children of different ages can complete together such as science, history, music, art, and PE using CM’s methods (the bones are already there in EP’s curriculum). I think it’s just a use of modern technology that Charlotte Mason wouldn’t have been against as long as the screen time was brief, the lessons were short, and nature study wasn’t being neglected. EP’s lessons are short, using the offline books help keep the screen time brief and we always do our nature study. 🙂

    • Thanks! Wildwood Curriculum is one I hadn’t heard of. It looks great! I agree. While I haven’t fully used the entire Easy Peasy program, it definitely has the feel of being Charlotte Mason inspired.

  7. Robinson curriculum is what I was raised on and it sure sounds alot like a charlotte mason approach. Thank you for this list!

  8. I am a home school mom of 4 and have only every used Ambleside. I find it to be very easy to follow and never have to do extra running around or adding to it. It realy is a lovely and complete feast. There is support for co-ops as well as Canadian resources. Every week I know exactly what to get though to stay on task. One of my favorite points about ambliside is that the curriculum is so rich, it is easy to use the books to teach multiple ages at once. I have also had the privilege of being at home school conferences with the ladies who built Ambleside and they are a wealth of knowledge. so if you do feel overwhelmed by the sight I would suggest start by clicking online curriculum, next select the year of your child and a look at the book list. At the top of that page click weekly schedule and there you have it. Your yearly planning is done!

  9. You have forgotten A Modern Charlotte Mason, Wildwood, and you did not mention a delectable education??? You pay and they give you a book list for your family. Take off Easy Peasy. The three choices I mentioned are CM curriculums.

    • Thank you for your suggestions! Yes, I have heard of A Modern Charlotte Mason, Wildwood, and A Delectable Education… I wasn’t really sure how ADE worked, so I did not include it as a complete curriculum.

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