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Charlotte Mason Inspired Curriculum 2019
We’re a few days into our homeschool school year, now we didn’t really break for summer, but we haven’t been schooling very formally either. After spending the summer reading way too many books about homeschooling styles I decided it was time to ditch the online curriculum and go for a Charlotte Mason approach. I originally wanted to spend our day with read alouds and nature journaling, but realized that I needed a little more direction than just reading and summarizing books, while that sounds dreamy I needed a little more structure and a little less of a hoarse voice from reading all day. We’re somewhere around the 2nd and 3rd grade level this year, and this is the curriculum we’re going with.
Gather Round Homeschool
We chose the Gather ‘Round Homeschool curriculum, for the bulk of our learning it covers everything you need except math. 10 units will be released this year, starting with the absolutely gorgeous North American birds unit. It goes back and forth between social studies themed units and science themed units. While it’s a curriculum designed to be used with large families, I’m so excited to use it with Gator. It’s also incredibly affordable, even when using it for just one student. We’re on day 3 and we’re obsessed. We’re learning so much about birds, but also so much more than that. We’re working on handwriting, geography, reading comprehension
Math Lessons for a Living Education
We had to choose a math curriculum that would work for us, and I looked at so many options. We’re going to use Math Lessons for a Living Education, it’s a Charlotte Mason inspired math program that comes in an all inclusive workbook for about $30. We’re going to try it and if it doesn’t work we’re only out $30, not a huge deal. We’re still in the review parts, but so far I love that it has your child practice writing numbers. Let’s get those tricky 3’s and 8’s looking great.
More than Words
This summer I tried to incorporate my own bible study and it didn’t go as well as I’d hoped. So we’re going to supplement with More than Words level 1
Sunday Tea Time
Sunday tea time, we’ll pick fun books for our Sunday tea. These past few weeks we’ve been reading folktales from Ireland, Norway, and Scotland. We like to stick with short enough stories that we can pass the books around
Read alouds, Nature journaling and weekly projects
We’ll also be having a daily read aloud as a family, and maybe even start breakfast with an audiobook.
We’ll be having a 4 day work week, with Fridays set aside for nature journaling and either an art or science project. We’ll also have daily independent reading, family baking, and the occasional documentary with popcorn.
While our schedule has a whole lot of workbooks, I don’t feel like it’s too much to handle. We definitely needed to incorporate a little more handwriting into our homeschool day, and Gator will probably have about 7 worksheets a day, which isn’t the worst. After using an online curriculum she’s so behind on handwriting, because she wasn’t as exposed to it as most children are. She’s getting the hang of it, and I feel like her handwriting is going to improve so much this year. We’re so excited to have a Charlotte Mason curriculum that’s put together for us.