2024 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 , our resources from 2022 can be found here, and our resources for 2023 can be found here

In addition, you can find free printables of my 2021-2024 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 2024 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! 

2024 Curriculum and Book Choices: 
9th and 5th Grade

Group Lessons 


Reading Like a Historian from Stanford History Education Group 

Quest for the Ancient World from Winter Promise 


Term 1: Ancient Egyptian Architecture from Little World Wanderers 
Term 2: Pyramid by David Macaulay 
Term 3: The Stuff They Left Behind: Ancient Egypt from Simply Charlotte Mason




Term 1- Lee Bennet Hopkins 
Term 2- Martin Rising (Andrea Davis and Brian Pinkney) 
Term 3- Douglas Florian 

Term 1- Shakespeare's Storybook: Tales That Inspired the Bard 

TBD (We will use whatever Delighting in Shakespeare unit that I write next) 

Foreign Language 

Spanish 6 from Easy Peasy 

Ancient Languages: 
Biblical Hebrew from Easy Peasy 
The Book of Roots from Memoria Press 

Group Math 
Go Figure! A Totally Cool Book About Numbers
Math Vocabulary for Elementary Students

Personal Finance:
Building Your Future Book 1 from The Actuarial Foundation 
Financial Literacy from Khan Academy 


Studio Art :
The Big Book of Cartooning
How to Draw Cartoons by Syd Hoff 
Art for Kids: Cartooning
Comics Confidential by Leonard Marcus 

Art Survey: 
Ancient Art from Easy Peasy 

Picture Study 
Term 1- Ansel Adams: 
The Ansel Adams Guide: Basic Techniques of Photography Book 1 

Term 2- Richard Stein: 

Term 3- Charles Schulz 
(I still need to nail down a resource for Schulz) 

Composer Study
TBD (using DF Composer Studies) 

Music Theory
Ancient Music from Easy Peasy 

Christian Studies 
2 Corinthians 
Draw to Learn Psalms from Notgrass

Memory Work
2 Corinthians 4 
Psalm 34
Attributes of God
Truths About the Word of God

The Story of the Bible From A-Z from the Daily Grace Co 
The Bible in 100 Numbers
Fundamentals of the Faith 
The Ology
Wonder Full: Ancient Psalms Ever New 

Natural History and Science 

Special Studies
Term 1: Delighting in Animals: Endangered and Extinct 
Term 2: Delighting in Animals: Senses and Defenses 
Term 3: Delighting in Animals: Domestic and Young (not yet released) 

Science 1: Zoology
Zoology: Amazing Animals from Eva Varga 
Planet Zoo
portions of Concepts in Biology
World of Animals
Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum from Living Oceans Foundation 

Science 2: Ecology & Conservation 
Ecology: Concepts and Applications
Ecology Bundle from Learning With Friends 
Precious Planet 
What a Waste
Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum from Living Oceans Foundation 

Nature Calendar 
Monthly Forest School Meetings 

Other Subjects 

Morning Work:
Art Journals (also My Year Around the World and My Year in Nature) 
Daily Workbooks 

Simply Psychology
Growth Mindset High School  from Khan Academy 
Plus, assorted videos, etc 

Philosophy by Michael Picard 

Computer Science: 
Common Sense Digital Citizenship
Internet Safety from Khan Academy 

Career Studies: 
Through the Eyes of a Zoologist from Campfire Curriculum 
Careers from Khan Academy 

Individual Lessons 


Language Arts
5th Grade: 
Stories to Short Chapters from Winter Promise 
Explode the Code
Anton ELA 

9th Grade:
Everything You Need to Ace English in One Big Fat Notebook 
Editor in Chief: Book 3 
Wordly Wise Book 8
Painless Spelling 
Anton ELA

Explode the Code 


5th Grade:
Anton & Khan Academy

9th Grade:
Everything You Need to Ace Math in One Big Fat Notebook 
Khan Academy 
Painless Algebra

Both Boys: Courses from Code.org 

9th Grade: 
The Thinking Toolbox
Traditional Logic 1 from Memoria Press 

5th Grade: 
Another Logic Workbook for Gritty Kids
Grids for Kids

9th Grade: 
Foundations from Easy Peasy 
Financial Literacy for Teens by Chad Foster 

5th Grade: 
Social Skills from Easy Peasy 

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