Saturday, February 21, 2009

Online Curriculum Plans inspired by Charlotte Mason

Over the past year or so I have discovered many resources for those who want to use Charlotte Mason's educational ideas in their homeschool.

The ABC's of Charlotte Mason

Boooklists: These links offer lists of "twaddle-free" literature for children,,PTID61309%7CCHID605214%7CCIID,00.html

Following are several web sites with Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum plans. Most of these offer at a minimum a book list of suggested materials for each year. Some (such as Ambleside Online) offer on their web site or through yahoo groups complete semester by semester schedules and other support. Many of the books are available through libraries or even online. I'm not an expert on any of these, I just thought I would share the resources I have found. We have been loosely following Ambleside Online's year 1 plan this year, and I really like the books. I discovered Milestones Academy more recently and am excited to see specifically LDS materials incorporated. Similarly, Mater Amabilis incorporates material specifically for Catholics. I have tried to include links to grade 1 and grade 8 book lists for the different curriculums, for ease of comparison.

An Old Fashioned Education --focuses on public domain texts, mostly available online for free
Link to 1st grade plan
Link to 8th grade plan

Charlotte's Daughters --this site lists resources from an actual PNEU curriculum.
Link to 1st grade plan
Link to 8th grade plan

Mater Amabilis
Mater Amabilis lays out a Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum for Catholics
Program overview
Link to 1st grade plan
Link to 8th grade plan

Milestones Academy
"Milestones Academy is a free curriculum resource intended for LDS Christian homeschooling families or anyone else desiring to further a child's education."
There is a Yahoo group available for Milestones Academy participants
Year 1
Year 8

Simply Charlotte Mason
Curriculum Guide
History Modules
"The History/Geography/Bible Modules are set up so the subjects will complement each other within one Module and all children can study the same topics at their own levels... If you use the Modules in order, History and Bible will be covered chronologically and Geography will be related to your studies. If you study one Module per year, students who begin at Grade 1 will go through the cycle twice—once as an introduction and once more in-depth."
Science curriculum guide

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