2023 Curriculum Choices

 Note 1:

Each year, I give a detailed plan of our schedule and our chosen resources. 

Our 2020 schedule and resources can be found here, our schedule and resources from 2021 can be found here , and our resources from 2022 can be found here

In addition, you can find free printables of my 2021 and 2022 schedules here

We begin each school year in January, but I choose resources and plan for the following year well in advance. So, I have made our choices for 2023 and will share them below. 

Note 2: 
I hold to Charlotte Mason's principles, but I apply her practices with my own wisdom and discernment. I love her, but I don't idolize her, and I believe her principles and practices provide us with both a foundation for education based upon personhood and also with great freedom. 

I use a variety of resources, and I both choose and avoid resources based upon their quality, merit, approach to education and personhood, and my needs....not upon how high they would rank with the "Charlotte Mason Police". ;) So, if you see a resource that surprises you, assume that I am using it according to Mason's principles, and feel free to ask any questions whatsoever! 

2023 Curriculum and Book Choices: 
8th and 4th Grade

Group Lessons 


Combining parts of Story of the World Volume 3 and Story of the World Volume 4
In the Steps of the Titanic from Campfire Curriculum 

Adventures in the Sea and Sky from Winter Promise 

The Story of Britain by Patrick Dillon 


Cultural Studies 

Drawing the Vote
What Does the President Look Like


All Year: The Story of Buildings
Term 1: Ship by David Macaulay / Working Boats
Term 2: Round Buildings, Square Buildings and Buildings That Wiggle Like a Fish
Terms 3: Wonders of the World  (and Wonders of the World Coloring

Term 1-  Amelia Earhart 
Term 2-  Katherine Johnson 
Term 3-  Neil Armstrong 



Group Language
Simply Grammar 
Basher Grammar and Basher Punctuation 
Word Ladders  

Term 1- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 
Term 2-  Carry On Mr. Bowditch 
Term 3-  Marry Poppins 

Term 1- Langston Hughes
Term 2-  Walt Whitman 
Term 3- Carver: A Life in Poems (Marilyn Nelson) 

Term 1- Lang's Around the World 
Term 2- Cinderella Around the World (using Delighting in Song and Tale Volume 1
Term 3- TBD  

Delighting in Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream  (not yet released) 
We will use this all year rather than for a term like it is written.
We do this at School With Friends with a group of all ages and take it slowly. 

Word a Day Intermediate

Group Math 
Go Figure! A Totally Cool Book About Numbers
Math Vocabulary for Elementary Students
Understanding Economics
Life of Fred: Farming
Games- Assorted 

Personal Finance:
Hands on Banking


Studio Art :
Living Art Lessons from Master Books 

Picture Study 
Term 1-  Matisse 
Term 2-  Braque
Term 3-  Rene Magritte
All Year- Exploring Modern Art 

On Stage: Theatre Games and Activities for Kids


Hymn Study
Term 1- In Christ Alone/ TBD 
Term 2- Be Thou My Vision/ My Jesus I Love Thee (Delighting in Hymns Volume 2)
Term 3- Oh God Our Help in Ages Past/ TBD 

Folk Songs 
Term 1- TBD 
Term 2- Lavendar's Blue (Using Delighting in Song and Tale Volume 1
Term 3- TBD

Composer Study
Term 1- Debussy (Using Delightfully Feasting Debussy Study)
Term 2- Bernstein (Using Delightfully Feasting Bernstein Study-upcoming) 
Term 3- Holst (Using Delightfully Feasting Holst Study-upcoming) 

Music Theory
Recorder: Squeaky's Recorder Playhouse
Forte! Music of Invention from Growing Gardenside 

Term 1- Sing Solfa Unit 4
Term 2- Sing Solfa Unit 5 
Term 3- Sing Solfa Unit 6 

Sleeping Beauty 
For Ballet I Use: 
A Child's Introduction to Ballet
The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories
The Orchard Book of Stories From the Ballet
101 Stories of the Great Ballets

Christian Studies 

Memory Work
Psalm 38
Attributes of God
Truths About the Word of God

Term 1: Foundations of Faith from Not Consumed 
Term 2: The Character of God from the Daily Grace Co 
Term 3: The Story of the Bible From A-Z from the Daily Grace Co 

Evangelism: Children Around the World from the Daily Grace Co

Natural History and Science 

Special Studies
Nature Calendar 
Monthly Forest School Meetings 

Other Subjects 

Art Journals (daily)
Daily Workbooks 

Hand Clapping: 
Hand Clapping Fun

How to be an Inventor

Psychology for Kids

Computer Science: 
Common Sense Digital Citizenship

Individual Lessons 



3rd Grade: Loops and Tails: Cursive
7th Grade: Loops and Tails: Blackletter

Language Arts
3rd Grade: 
Learning Language Arts Through Literature: Yellow  
Explode the Code

7th Grade:
Learning Language Arts Through Literature: Tan 
Editor in Chief: Book 3 
Wordly Wise Book 7
Middle School Literature Survey from Redefining School (enrollment is closed) 


3rd Grade:
Plain and Not So Plain Level 4 &5 
Anton & Khan Academy

7th Grade:
Plain and Not So Plain Level 6 & 7 
Khan Academy 

Career Exploration 

That's a Job Series (Space)

Both Boys: Courses from Code.org 

7th Grade: 
The Thinking Toolbox
Traditional Logic 1 from Memoria Press 

3rd Grade: 
Another Logic Workbook for Gritty Kids
Grids for Kids

7th Grade Lessons 

Painless American Government & Voices of the American Past Volume 2
Current Events- various sources 
Plutarch: Life of Ceasar 

Middle School Earth and Space Science from Khan Academy 

Life Skills 
Life Skills for Teens
Teenagers: Preparing for the Real World

Personal Finance
Building Your Future Book 1

Not Yet Listed/Determined: 
Recitation Pieces 

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