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 


American/ Historical Skills 
Reading Like a Historian from Stanford History Education Group 

Quest for the Ancient World from Winter Promise 

Culinary History and Nutrional Science
The Story of Food by DK 
The Omnivore's Dilemma Young Reader's Edition by Michael Pollan
How Food Works by DK  
Food Anatomy
Feast Your Eyes on Food 
100 Things to Know About Food


Cultural Studies 

Delighting in the World: World Religions

Palestine Lessons from Mint and Bloom 


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

Heroes of the Environment 



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 
Term 2- Edgar Allen Poe from Mint and Bloom 
Term 3- TBD 

Delighting in Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream 

Foreign Language 

Spanish 6 from Easy Peasy 
Spanish for Everyone 

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

Group Math 
Delighting in Math Volume 1 
Math Vocabulary for Elementary Students
Life of Fred: Farming

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


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 and 2- Ansel Adams: 
The Ansel Adams Guide: Basic Techniques of Photography Book 1 

Term 2 and 3- Frida Kahlo 

The Ansel Adams Guide: Basic Techniques of Photography Book 1 
Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set
KISS Photography


Hymn Study
Happy Hymnody Rotation 

Folk Songs 
Term 1: There is a Time 
Term 2: TBD 
Term 3: TBD 

Composer Study
Term 1: NF 
Term 2: TBD 
Term 3: TBD 

Music Theory
Ancient Music from Easy Peasy 

Christian Studies 
New Testament Study: 2 Corinthians 
Old Testament Study: 
Draw to Learn Psalms from Notgrass

Memory Work
2 Corinthians 4 
Psalm 34
Truths About the Word of God
Wonder Full: Ancient Psalms Ever New 

Systematic Theology: Bibliology
The Story of the Bible From A-Z from the Daily Grace Co 
Introduction to the Hebrew Bible Course from The Bible Project 
The Complete Guide to the Bible 
Literarily by Kristie Anyabwile 
The Book That Made Your World by Vishal Mangalwadi
An Introduction to the New Testament 
Great Bibles of History Portfolio 
What the Bible Says About Itself Book by Book Article
The Grace of God in Every Book of the Bible Article
Canon Series of the Verity Podcast
The Bible in 100 Numbers
Portions of: The Ology

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 
Ecology: Concepts and Applications
Ecology Bundle from Learning With Friends 
Ecology: A Study of Biomes 
Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum from Living Oceans Foundation 
Nature Calendar 
Monthly Nature Club Meetings 

Other Subjects 

Mind Movers: 
Art Journals (also My Year Around the World and My Year in Nature) 
Daily Workbooks 
Animals of the USA Activity Book from Paper Pie (Usborne) 
Planet Earth Mazes from Paper Pie 
Write Your Own Poems from Paper Pie 

Delighting in Creation: Psychology 1A
Growth Mindset High School from Khan Academy 
Be Resilient from Paper Pie 

Philosophy by Michael Picard 
Understanding Philosophy from Paper Pie 

Computer Science: 
Common Sense Digital Citizenship
Internet Safety from Khan Academy 
Youtube Course for Kids from Udemy 

Career Studies: 
Through the Eyes of a Zoologist from Campfire Curriculum 
Careers from Khan Academy 
That's a Job? Series- I Like Animals from Paper Pie 

Critical Thinking: 
Breaking the News
Can You Believe It?
You Rule! Create Your Own Country from Lonely Planet Kids 


5th Grade:
Anton & Khan Academy
100 Days of Money, Fractions, and Telling Time from Humble Math 

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

Minimalist Math from Research Parent 

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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