Charlotte Mason Curricula and Guides
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Below are links to the many publishers of Charlotte Mason curricula and curriculum guides. All of them are in full or in part committed to the methods or philosophies unique to Charlotte Mason learning, including but not limited to, the use of living books, nature studies, a joyful exposure to fine arts and handicrafts, and real-world, hands-on living math. Some publishers may combine Charlotte Mason with classical studies. Parents should feel confident making choices based on their own situations, preferences and budgets. There is no “perfect” Charlotte Mason curriculum!
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The list, below, begins first with curriculum guides, and full curriculum. It then moves to partial curriculum, grade specific curricula, and at the bottom, subject-specific curriculum and guides. Each includes a note regarding the worldview from which it is published. Please note that the term “secular” reflects the specific publisher’s label of its works, or has been added by Everything Charlotte Mason in the absence of a stated, religious perspective on the publisher’s website.
Everything Charlotte Mason strives to include all Charlotte Mason publishers on this page. Publishers are American, unless otherwise noted. Curriculum publishers outside of the United States are encouraged to send us a link to their websites for inclusion. Prices may change without notice. Also, please send us your corrections or additions. Constructive comments from educators familiar with these products are welcome at the bottom of the page.
Ambleside Online Helping Hand Emergency Learning Plan — Inspired by families affected by natural disasters, AO moderators offer a “free, complete, user-friendly curriculum plan for homeschooling families who need support, encouragement and alternatives to the curriculum they’ve lost in a disaster, and also for churches and other groups needing to set up temporary schools for children who may not have been homeschooled.”
COMPLETE CURRICULUM GUIDES
(no books included)
A Gentle Feast – Family-oriented. Purchase individually: packet; parent resources; and membership that includes online weekly lesson plans. Organized in color-code by year. Costs vary. Christian.
Ambleside Home School Mentor Program – Affiliated with Ambleside International. Includes training, one-on-one weekly mentoring and a complete curriculum for grades K-8 (and high school for veteran families). Christian. $2700 per family per year and up.
A Mind in the Light – Living book and study guides organized by year. Includes teaching notes and forum. Cost varies. Secular.
Ambleside Online – Comprehensive and detailed guide for all grades using free or low cost materials based on original Charlotte Mason schools. Weekly lesson plans and booklists available to download. Free. Christian.
Build Your Library – Emily Cook has built an all grades, living books curriculum guide, with weekly lesson plans, book lists, narration cards and Book of Centuries. Does not include math. $40 and up for yearly lesson plans. Secular.
Charlotte Mason’s Alveary – Complete curriculum guide and book lists from Charlotte Mason Institute. Family subscription includes daily lessons plans, peer support and more, and helps support Charlotte Mason archives. $199 per year. Christian.
Charlotte Mason Education Center (CMEC) – Complete curriculum guide and resource lists. Community support, information for high school, additional materials, events and more. Curriculum guide free with email. Christian.
Classical Charlotte Mason – Straight-forward website offering a list of great living books for each subject, without complicated schedules and plans. Simply choose the books and start reading! Free. Christian.
Invictus Classical Press – Combination classical and Charlotte Mason 30-week guides for family, hybrid schools or classroom, based on a “memory core” of history (including American and Canadian), enhanced with living books, geography, math, languages, music, art, handicrafts and more. Costs vary. Christian.
Jewish Living Education Curriculum – List of recommended curricula and books (more in development) in all subject areas, for families irrespective of affiliation. Special sections for Jewish historical time periods and religious education. Lessons plans available for guides to music, art and religion only. Jewish.
Mater Amabilis – Pre-K to grade 8 Charlotte Mason-style curriculum guide for Catholics. Online syllabi organized by term. Encourages independent work by students. Free. Christian (Roman Catholic).
A Modern Charlotte Mason – Bundles cover lessons for grades 1-12 (supplementary math only). Includes online links for enrichment. Offers supplementary materials. Costs vary. Christian.
Old-Fashioned Education – Full curriculum including weekly lesson plans and many links to additional public domain, online resources including some for Canada and the state of Virginia. Free. Christian.
Teaching Children by Diane Lopez. Kindergarten through sixth grade curriculum guide, with reading lists, in one book. Includes explanations of Charlotte Mason philosophies and basic methods, as well as introduction and appendixes by Susan Schaeffer Macauley, author of For the Children’s Sake. Available from online resellers, $3 and up. Christian.
Ursa Minor – Free and complete book list for all subjects, grades 7-12, including recitation, logic and handicrafts. Includes links to books. Secular.
Wildwood Curriculum – Charlotte Mason curriculum guide using modern books, currently through age 12. Includes term-based reading guide and resource lists for U.S. and Canadian educators (with some for India). Secular. Free.
Barefoot Meandering – Publisher of Wayfarers history. Self-described as “classical Mason.” All grades. Does not include math. Costs vary. Secular.
Bright Ideas Press – Mystery of History plus science, geography, humanities including literature. No math. Costs vary. Christian.
The Good and the Beautiful – Pre-K through high school curriculum with no daily prep time. Includes family-style history, science and electives. Costs vary. Christian (LDS).
Heart of Dakota – Flexible and may be used with multiple ages. Uses Singapore Math (secular). Costs vary. Christian.
Living Books Curriculum – “Boxed” Charlotte Mason curriculum for each grade K-8. No math. Supports education for children in orphanages in Africa. Costs vary. Christian.
Moving Beyond the Page – Not specifically Charlotte Mason, but heavily project-based. Multiple intelligences. No conventional worksheets or tests. Costs vary. Secular.
My Father’s World – Combination Charlotte Mason, classical and unit study. Uses Singapore Math (secular). Costs vary. Christian.
Queen Homeschool Supplies – Covers most subjects (math accessories only). Online catalog available. Cost vary. Christian.
Schola Rosa – All-in-one curriculum that uses an “integrated family schedule,” including all subjects along with religious catechesis. Begins at $50 for K-6th grade, one year. Christian (Roman Catholic).
Simply Charlotte Mason – Whole family, “open and go” lessons plans for all grades, handicraft instructional videos, teacher instruction. Christian. Costs vary.
Sonlight – All grades, pre-packaged or build your own. Payment plans available. Costs vary. Christian.
Trail Guide to Learning – All subjects except math, multi-level for grades 3-12. Christian publisher. Costs vary.
Train Up a Child Publishing – Family-centered, in units of three grades each, option to design your own. No math. Costs vary. Christian.
Winter Promise – Classical, Charlotte Mason, multiple intelligences. Costs vary. Christian.
Brookdale House – History, Language Arts, Spanish, Geography through drawing, Handwriting, Bible. No science or math. Costs vary. Christian.
Our Journey Westward – Guides for teaching Charlotte Mason, nature studies, grammar and more. Costs vary. Christian.
Simply Charlotte Mason – Enrichment Studies covering foreign language, literature, handicrafts, poetry, hymns, classical music and scripture. All ages. Christian.
SPECIFIC GRADES OR LEVELS
Charlotte Mason-Inspired Kindergarten Curriculum – This well-reviewed kindergarten program from A Humble Place for those looking for a reliable Year 0.5. PDF. $10.
Blossom & Root – Nature-based schooling. Offers early years, kindergarten and first grade curriculum. Second and third grades expected in 2019. Secular. Costs vary.
Simply Charlotte Mason – Our Preschool Life is a subscription box recommended for ages 3-5. May be paired with reading curriculum for kindergarten. Christian.
Simply Charlotte Mason – Individual Studies for grades 1-6 include language arts, science and typing. May be used with choice of history, literature and math curriculum. Christian.
Atelier – Complete homeschool or co-op art curriculum. Video based, kits available. Costs vary. Secular.
Creating a Masterpiece – Online classes from master artist Sharon Hofer. Choose courses in foundational skills, drawing and art history. Monthly subscription or yearly payment, depending on program. Secular.
Mason’s Living Languages – Sample lessons and resources for eight languages, along with Charlotte Mason inspired scope and sequence and teacher training video. Secular.
Flip Flop Spanish – Several popular products for learning Spanish with short, CM-style lessons, including See It and Say It: Whole Family Spanish, as well as high school Spanish. Cost vary. Secular.
Talkbox.mom – More than a dozen languages offered, using a family-interactive system proven by the founder who has used it all over the world with her family. Secular.
Simply Charlotte Mason – DVD lessons on crochet, woodworking, knitting and more.
Delightful Handwriting – from Simply Charlotte Mason. Handwriting lessons for students plus teacher book, using Charlotte Mason methods, and reinforcing reading selections from SCM’s Delightful Reading curriculum. Available in Zaner Bloser or D’Nealian styles. Printed book or PDF download. Costs vary. Christian.
Italics: Beautiful Handwriting for Children – Veteran Charlotte Mason educator, author and presenter Penny Gardner’s CM-friendly handwriting guide. Recommended by Charlotte Mason Institute. $10 per family. PDF download.
Getty-Dubay Italic Handwriting Series – Popular handwriting system that seamlessly moves children from print to cursive. Costs vary. Secular.
Zaner-Bloser Handwriting – Recommended by Diane Lopez in Teaching Children. Includes instruction in cursive. Upper grades contain samples using historical primary documents in new 2020 edition. Available though online homeschool resellers, such as Rainbow Resources. Costs vary. Secular.
Beautiful Feet – Charlotte Mason-style history through literature. Costs vary. Christian.
Blessed Heritage – Charlotte Mason history guides from an African-American viewpoint. Costs vary. Christian.
Heritage History – Classical, living books covering major eras of history, along with study guides, downloadable online for all ages. Dozens of stories per guide. Free. Secular.
History Revealed – Diana Waring’s history curriculum covers ancient through modern, with 3-day and 5-day lesson plan options, projects and online resources. Christian.
Simply Charlotte Mason – Lesson plans for six-year cycle of history, combined with geography and Bible, meant for use twice in 12-year academic career. Costs vary.
K-12 Humanities Curriculum – Lessons in history, classic literature, music and art, as well as a Book of Centuries, using the LogoCentric Model of Instruction, developed by the University of Dallas. Inquire for cost.
Charlotte Mason Elementary Math Series – Elementary Math Series, plus helpful teacher’s handbook and DVD guide from Simply Charlotte Mason. Math Kit, with Book 1, gridded notebook, manipulatives and supplies, also available. Costs vary. Christian publisher.
Living Math – Story-based, real-life math from WinterPromise. Includes narration and coordinated practice sheets. Grades 1-6. $40 and up. Christian.
Math-U-See – Popular math curriculum due to its CM-friendly use of manipulatives and short lessons. Costs vary. Secular curriculum, Christian publisher.
Right Start Math – Motto is “helping children understand, apply and enjoy mathematics.” Heavy use of abacus and games. Cost varies. Secular.
Miss Mason’s Music – Music lessons (including appreciation, folk dance, instrumental, singing) and support resources, based on PNEU schools and Charlotte Mason’s writings. $25 membership. Christian.
Nature Science — Natural History
Apologia Science – Popular science curriculum for all grades. Offers homeschool texts for parents or classrooms, or self-paced digital curriculum. Costs vary. Christian.
Blossom & Root – Topical, downloadable booklets on specific nature topics and scientists. Includes book list, STEAM projects, kitchen activities and more. Secular. $6 and up.
Bookshark Science – Combination of living books, study questions and experiments, ages 5-15. Low prep time. Costs vary. Secular.
Noeo Science – Biology, chemistry and physics curriculum using whole books for grades 1-8, along with experiment supplies. From Logos Press. Christian.
Beginning Reading, Sight and Sound – Offered by A Gentle Feast, “open and go” package includes lessons, flashcards, tiles and mat for a full CM-style introduction to reading. Level 2 also available. Christian.
Delightful Reading – Multi-level phonics and sight reading kits developed and published by Simply Charlotte Mason. Available from SCM and other retail outlets. Christian.
“How to Teach Reading Without a Curriculum” – This extensive article gives step-by-step instructions, with video, on how to teach reading the CM way. Includes supply lists. From Meghann at Rooted Childhood.
Living Books Curriculum — The “I Love to Read” set includes CM-style word flash cards plus phonics, as well as a teacher’s guide, primer and two readers all from classic sources. Christian.
Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading – Phonics-based reading instruction book beginning with letter sounds, by Jesse Wise, author of the popular classical guide, Well-Trained Mind. Available from various vendors. Secular.
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons – This classic, popular reading instruction book by Engelmann includes text with short, individual lessons orienting sounds with letters. Secular. Available from various outlets.
Under the Home – Free, three-year Charlotte Mason-style early childhood phonics plan using “ear, tongue and eye training plus word building.” Grades K-2, from Bonnie Rose Hudson. Christian.
Swedish Drill Revisited – Physical therapist Dawn Duran adapts Swedish Drill for contemporary teachers and parents. Printable PDF. You can also see videos of Dawn’s children doing Swedish Drill on her blog. Secular.
The Swedish Drill Teacher – Free e-book available for download from Simply Charlotte Mason. Originally published in 1910, you can read detailed instruction in Swedish Drill methods, as well as physical education philosophies and how they have changed over the past 100 years. Secular.
(Charlotte Mason “taught” composition/writing in an integrated way, founded upon oral narration, then expanding into grammar, written narration, the study of classic living books and poetry. Because these skills are developed over many years, there are really no curricula that can reflect fully her methods and philosophy. Therefore, this list primarily includes resources for learning more about the CM way of teaching writing and composition.)
Brave Writer – Home-study or online learning for writing and writing mechanics. Developed to increase confidence in students by employing the positive techniques used by published writers who teach. All ages. Costs vary. Secular.
“How I Raised a Professional Writer Without a Composition Program” – Excellent, detailed article explaining level-by-level, how all of one parent’s children became professional writers using Charlotte Mason methods.
“Language Arts in a Charlotte Mason Education” – A summary of Charlotte Mason’s methods of teaching language arts, include composition, over many years, from Ambleside Online.
“Teaching Writing: Subject by Subject” – Extensive explanation by Sonya Shafer of the way Charlotte Mason taught writing and composition, and various resources used by publisher Simply Charlotte Mason.
… more coming soon …