This year has been an adventure for us. I say "this year" because our school year is com...1/25/2010
Year in Review 2009-10: A Charlotte Mason Curriculum (and a thank you!)This year has been an adventure for us. I say "this year" because our school year is coming to an end (ours runs April 1-March 31 of each year). When the year started, we were relaxed eclectic homeschoolers and now we've been a Charlotte Mason family for almost 12 months! The journey has been challenging yet fun; confusing and enlightening.
I started at AmblesideOnline. This gave me a wonderful start! Eventually, I found that the many forms of history running side-by-side was "too much". I wanted my children to learn history chronologically. I also had to tweak the books a bit to find more secular reading. For the most part, I follow their book list.
I also found LivingBooksCurriculum.com which offered a lot of good books although, again, some where too religious. (I am a Christian but would rather leave the religious teachings to my own religion.) Then there was Tanglewood School Curriculum from which I also gleaned ideas and books as well.
Simply Charlotte Mason helped to clarify a great deal of things for me! I have borrowed from all of these sites. There are book lists on all of those sites and schedules on some of them. In addition, I found useful information and book lists at MacBeth's Opinion
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I joined a Charlotte Mason Friends group and a secular CM group where I also found great book lists!
I have also learned & gathered from many wonderful blog writers!
- Barb has helped me learn the how-to's of nature study and I'm still gathering knowledge from her art site.
- Shining Dawn Books is a wonderful resource as well!
- Oh and Jimmie with her collage!! She is so creative! Not to mention her many many squidoo lenses...What an invaluable resource she has been!
- And I love the quiet dignity of Higher Up and Further In. This is a most helpful site for anyone starting out with Charlotte Mason.
I just want to say that all of these sites and all of these women have helped me along this journey. You didn't know it and perhaps you won't even see this... but you were in my classroom helping me each and every day this school year.
How about everyone else? Do you use a curriculum developed by one of these? Did you design your own? What does it look like? Share a link if you'd like.