It’s that time again! I want to show you our 2019-2020 Charlotte Mason Inspired Curriculum.

Our 2019-2020 Charlotte Mason Inspired Curriculum

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This year I will have two 6th graders, a 3rd grader, a 3…almost 4 year old, and an infant!

I’m using these grade levels loosely because my children aren’t on “grade level” for every subject. However, Karen Andreola says it best in her book “A Charlotte Mason Companion“:

Meeting grade level requirements in the early years is not as important as steadfast effort. So called “late bloomers” are only flowers that bloom at a different time, and we all know that the beautiful varieties of flowers in God’s world do not all bloom in the same season.

So, I will try to break down what we are using by grade level for you.

Our 2019-2020 Charlotte Mason Inspired Curriculum

Preschool

My 3 year old (who will turn 4 in early October) is starting to get interested in school. She calls it her “math”.

So, what are we doing with her?

As you may already know, Charlotte Mason doesn’t recommend any formal lessons until the age of 6. So, we aren’t going with formal lessons.

She is learning through play and nature.

  • We keep magnetic letters readily available and a magnetic dry erase board.
  • She picks out books at the library for her dad and I to read to her.
  • Hands on play in nature. She’s been digging for bugs, rocks, and picking weeds and wildflowers.
  • We sing the ABCs while she plays and count how many cars she sees or rocks she finds.
  • Paints, markers, crayons, and pencils are readily available to her.

Charlotte Mason also recommended a tray or drawer with sand so that they can practice their letters. So, I have this sand tray on my list of things to get for her.

Third Grade

For Language Arts we are using The Good and The Beautiful Level 2. I know there is a ton of controversy over it, but we haven’t found any issues with it ourselves.

The Good and the Beautiful Level 2 includes:

  • Phonics, Reading, & Spelling
  • Literature & Writing
  • Grammar & Punctuation
  • Art Appreciation & Geography

(From the Good and the Beautiful website.)

The program claims to be Charlotte Mason Inspired, but I like to tweak it a little to make it more true to Charlotte Mason’s methods.

We skip over some of the grammar and punctuation, and turn some of the spelling into sentences for copywork.

Handwriting: The Good and The Beautiful level 3.

Math: Easy Peasy Math 3 online version with the printables book.

PE/Health: (a state requirement) Easy Peasy PE/Health-Evens.

Bible: KJV Bible. We are reading Acts, 1st and 2nd Corintians, and Proverbs this year.

Science: The Good and The Beautiful Intro to Energy and Marine Biology.

We’ve already started using Intro to Energy and I can’t wait to begin Marine Biology!

Intro to Energy

History: Our Nation Under God and library books. We are supplementing the curriculum with living books. I personally am not liking the curriculum so far so we may end up just using the library and a selection of living books. We really like the D’aullaires books. (You can find them at Beautiful Feet Books.) We used some last year with A Gentle Feast.

6th Grade

For Language Arts we are using The Good and The Beautiful level 5. This year I gave my older kids a few options for their curriculum, and this is what they chose.

What’s included?

  • Reading, Writing, & Spelling
  • Grammar, Punctuation, & Vocabulary
  • Literature
  • Geography & Art

(From the Good and the Beautiful website.)

Typing: I found a website for free typing lessons that we will use.

Math: My son is using Easy Peasy Math Step 2 (the updated online version), and my daughter is using Easy Peasy Math Step 1 offline.

Science: The Good and The Beautiful Intro to Energy and Marine Biology.

PE/Health: (a state requirement) Easy Peasy PE/Health-Evens.

Foreign Language: Easy Peasy Online Spanish 6th Level

Bible: KJV Bible. We are reading Acts, 1st and 2nd Corintians, and Proverbs this year.

History: Exploring American History by Christian Libery Press.

Do you use any of these?

I would love to see/hear about what you are using for your 2019-2020 homeschool year! Leave it in the comments below!

Our 2019-2020 Charlotte Mason Inspired Curriculum

2 comments on “Our 2019-2020 Charlotte Mason Inspired Curriculum”

  1. I looked at The Good and Beautiful before it looks fantastic for the price! Did you by chance try any of the math boxes? Those look really nice with lots of hands on manipulatives. I decided to try Year 1 on Ambelside Online for my 6 year old. We just started school on Monday as we decided to shift to a Sabbath schedule with 6 weeks on and 1 week off plus additional time for special holidays and a smaller summer break in-between academic years. I also looked at Simply Charlotte and My Father’s World as well. There are so many curriculum choices out there it is a bit overwhelming!

  2. No, I haven’t tried the math boxes. All of my kids are too old for their boxes. I believe they only have up to Math 1 or maybe 2. My youngest homeschooler is in 3rd. I may try them out when my little ones get to school age though. We’ve used parts of Ambleside in the past as well as My Father’s World. My only complaint with My Father’s World was that it got very overwhelming. We used it for 2 years then I felt like it was time to move on to something else.

    We do Sabbath Schooling as well. It has been really good for the kids to have a break to look forward to. It keeps us motivated!

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