Classical Charlotte Mason Middle & High School Curriculum Choices

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Classical Charlotte Mason Middle & High School Curriculum Choices

It’s time for the 9th Back to Homeschool Blog Hop! Are you ready for the new homeschool year? We are, almost.

The mere idea of teaching multiple subjects to four different grades is exhausting. So a few years ago, I opted to combine subjects and curriculum when possible. We adjust the workload and expectations depending on the girl’s ability and interest, and not on their grade level.

Right from the start, the girls are involved in the curriculum choice process. This helps take a little of the pressure off me, and helps them become more accountable for their own education.

Before overwhelming you with our middle & high school curriculum choices, you should know that our homeschool style is a combination between the Classical Education Method and the Charlotte Mason Philosophy. Therefore our curriculum choices will reflect a bit of both. We call it Classical Charlotte Mason. You can read more about it here.

Something else you ought to know, is that we’re huge fans of history, science and the arts. Therefore you’ll see a larger selection of resources in those areas.

Here is some of the middle and high school curriculum we’re using this year:

Artist, Composer, Nature and Poetry Study

For years, we’ve followed the artist, composer, nature and poetry study schedules from Ambleside Online, however this year, our focus on American history will drive most of our learning.

Artist &  Composer Study

Check out this post, with our favorite free and paid art and music resources.

Nature Study

Classical Charlotte Mason Middle & High School Curriculum Choices

The Julia Rotham Collection is a favorite of ours. We did not complete nature study guide we got last semester so we will pick up where we left off.

 

Language Arts

Essays, Poetry & Short Stories

Classical Charlotte Mason Middle & High School Curriculum Choices

We’ll use these to complement our history and literature focus for the year. These are part of our morning readings, which are done as a group.

Literature

We love books. At least most of us do, so deciding what to read each year is probably the most difficult task. This year, our American history focus made the selection much easier.

The middle school reading list includes:

Huckleberry Finn
Call of the Wild
White Fang
Where the Red Fern Grows
Moby Dick
Little Women

The high school reading list includes:

The Scarlett Letter
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Great Gatsby
The Catcher in the Rye
Tom Sawyer

We will also read Amos Fortune Free Man, Fahrenheit 451, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and The Jungle as a group.

Check out this post, for more language arts resources.

 

Vocabulary & SAT Prep

Classical Charlotte Mason Middle & High School Curriculum Choices

I picked up a set of Marie’s Words at a homeschool convention last year. These were designed and illustrated by a brother and sister team, to help with SAT readiness. We’ve used these on an off since, however since my 11th grader will be taking the SAT’s soon they will be a permanent addition to our curriculum selection.

Electives & Foreign Language

Apologetics

Classical Charlotte Mason Middle & High School Curriculum Choices

Apologetics are an important part of our homeschool, I’ve been intentional about teaching my girls the importance of defending their faith in Christ, as well as the authority of the Bible. This year, we’ll be using Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side by Natasha Crain. The book touches on 40 of the most common challenges kids face when explaining their faith.

There are several free and paid resources for teaching apologetics to children. You can see a list of my top 10 go-to kid-friendly resources here.

Latin

Classical Charlotte Mason Middle & High School Curriculum Choices

This will be our third year learning Latin. The middle schoolers will continue where they left off on First Form Latin and the high schoolers will continue with Second Form Latin.

Logic

We added logic to our curriculum selection last semester. I was surprised and pleased when my high schoolers actually looked forward to the daily discussions and excercises. According to Classical Education, the second stage of development, is the logic/dialectic stage. In which children grow in understanding, by asking questions, analyzing and debating

This year high schoolers will continue with Traditional Logic II as the middle schoolers ease into Traditional Logic I.

American History

Classical Charlotte Mason Middle & High School Curriculum Choices

History Revealed World Empires, World Missions and World Wars – This is the only curriculum series we’ve used since the beginning. This series alone, instilled a love for history and learning in general that drives how and what we learn every year. Since this volume covers much more than American history, which is our focus this year, we will use it as a guide, and continue right where we left off next year.

The Concise History of the American Republic, will be our major resource this year. The artist, composer and nature studies mentioned before; as well as literature, poetry, short stories and essays will complement our overall understanding of American history.

If you’re looking for additional American history resources, check out this post.

Mathematics

Classical Charlotte Mason Middle & High School Curriculum Choices

The girls will continue with the Life of Fred series. My 6th grader will start with Pre-Algebra 0, my 7th grader will finish Pre-Algebra 1 and continue with Pre-Algebra 2. My 9th grader is moving on to Advanced Algebra and my 11th grader will finish up Geometry.

We’ve really enjoyed the silliness of Life of Fred, even I’ve managed to learn a few things!

Science

Science is another favorite around here, and Apologia resources are to blame. This year, we will continue using their Exploring Creation series.

Classical Charlotte Mason Middle & High School Curriculum Choices

The middle schoolers will jump in to Exploring Creation with General Science, and the high schoolers will continue with Exploring Creation with Biology (9th Grade) & Exploring Creation with Chemistry (11th Grade).

Shakespeare

We will continue to follow the Ambleside Online Shakespeare Rotation Schedule. The selections for the 2017-2018 term are Richard III, The Comedy of Errors, The Merchant of Venice. You can access a large variety of Shakespeare’s works online on No Fear Shakespeare.

Classical Charlotte Mason Middle & High School Curriculum Choices

What’s on your list this year?

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4 Comments

  1. I’m intrigued by the Diane Waring book! American history is so troublesome, and I find it hard to find an excellent curriculum. I’m interested to hear more of your thoughts on the US history component of History Revealed!

    1. Author

      I know what you mean. I’ve been searching for American history curriculum for months. I wasn’t pleased with my older kids used. The Diana Waring world history series touches briefly on American history. I believe she only spends 2 out of 9 units focused on America alone. The rest of the book involves America but not as in depth as I’d like. So we’re using the concise history of the American Republic as our main source. History revealed will only be a guide this year. She released American history curriculum recently but it’s taught through music. It just wasn’t appealing to my girls.

      1. This is SO helpful, thank you! And I’m thrilled to hear about her music-based U.S. History courses. My daughter adores folk songs, so this would be right up her alley. And I had no idea it existed! Also saving the Concise History of the American Republic to my files for later reference, too. Thank you!

        1. Author

          Glad it helped, you’re very welcome! History came alive through History Revealed. We love history because of it! Here’s a link to the American history curriculum https://www.dianawaring.com/store/experience-history-through-music I’t on my wishlist as a just in case… we used the concise history for research with my older a couple of years ago, and it was thorough but a bit dry, with is why we’re using historical fiction alongside it. Enjoy!!

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