Curriculum Overview: Homeschool Year 2012-13

Our Charlotte Mason Education
Year 4

Our Charlotte Mason curriculum for the 2012-13 homeschool year.

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Curriculum Week
This week, we are sharing our curriculum. I put mine together a while back because our "first day of school" was in April. However, like many of you, I tweak as we go. I am re-posting my original plan with the "tweaks" included.

The first section, "Year Long", lists the materials we'll be using all year. You'll then see sections divided by Terms. There you'll see the subjects that are ever-changing.


World History
Heritage of History Ancient Greece.  This is actually the biggest (and best!) tweak I've made. I had written and purchased books but we ended up falling in love with Heritage History. It's a simple, affordable option for a living-books history curriculum.

U.S. History
We're studying U.S. History this year too. We watched "America: The Story of Us" as an overview back in the spring. While definitely biased, it has proven to be a great overview and an opportunity to discuss the downfalls of human reasoning as opposed to God's view.

We've been using one of the old textbooks from our public school days,  as a spine book But I see that Heritage History now has a U.S. History curriculum. So I'll be getting that, too! I also have obtained a copy of Indian Nations of North America, which is a wonderful resource for studying Native American culture, history, art and more. It's chock full of maps and useful information. 


Copywork and Transcription
  • Lorelai: copywork using poems and scriptures
  • Commonplace books.

English and Grammar


Character Development
  • We Choose Virtues -We've been using We Choose Virtues since last fall. It was very simple to ease it right into our schedule as it only takes a few minutes per day. The concepts really do "stick" with the kids and we have fun doing the projects and activities.

(If you're interested in We Choose Virtues, you can save 25% on Family and Homeschool kits this month by using the back-to-school discount code: BTS25)

Nature Study
As always using the HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY and The Young Naturalist's Guide to Florida

Foreign Language
  • Spanish
  • Sign Language
  • Japanese (Alexis)
Comedy of Errors

(April 1-June 30)


Scripture Memory
Joshua 1:7–9; 4:24; 22:5; 24:15, 24
Proverbs 3:21–23; 4:24; 9:8; 10:19, 26; 11:13, 24, 25; 12:10, 19, 22; 13:20; 14:9



Art and Artist

James Whistler: James McNeill Whistler (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)

  • Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl
  • Whistler's Mother
  •  Mother of Pearl and Silver The Andalusian 1888-1900
  • Arrangement in Pink Red and Purple
  • Harmony in Pink and Grey: Portrait of Lady Meux” 
  • Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Cremorne Lights

Music and Composer

Domenico Scarlatti (No information about his early life available for study)

  • Sonata in D major, K. 299 - Allegro
  • Fandango in modo dorico K.posth
  • Sonata in D major, K. 178 - Vivo 
  • Sonata en Do Mayor K. 372 
  • Sonata A minor K7 - L379
  • Sonata in G major, K. 125 - Vivo

TERM I Oral Exams; June 25-29
TERM I Break: July 1-31

 (August 1-October 31)
Matthew-Acts; Romans

Scripture Memory
Matthew 16:16
Luke 19:10
John 3:3; 5:24; 14:6; 15:13
Acts 4:12; 16:31
Romans 3:23; 4:5; 5:6; 6:23



Art and Artist

Edgar Degas: Edgar Degas (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)

  • A Cotton Office in New Orleans
  • The Dance Class
  • Place de la Concorde
  • Musicians in the Orchestra
  • At the Races
  • Portrait of the Bellelli Family

    Music and Composers

    Niccolo Paganini
    • Caprice No. 1 in E major
    • Caprice No. 3 in E minor
    • Violin Concerto No. 4 in D minor - I. Allegro maestoso
    • The Carnival of Venice
    • Caprice No. 19 in E flat major
    • Violin Concerto No. 6 in E minor - III. Rondo ossia Polonese

      TERM II Oral Exams; October 22-26
      TERM II Break: November 1-30

      TERM III  
      (December 1-February 28)

      Scripture Memory
      Exodus 34:6
      Psalm 25:5
      Matthew 7:5
      Romans 8:28, 29
      1 Corinthians 6:1, 2; 2
      Corinthians 5:17
      1 Thessalonians 5:11
      1 Timothy 4:12
      2 Timothy 3:16, 17
      James 5:19, 20
      1 Peter 2:15, 19
      1 John 2:28



      Art and Artist

      Winslow Homer: Winslow Homer (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)
      • The Bridle Path
      • A Rainy Day in Camp
      • Santiago de Cuba: Street Scene
      • After the Hurricane, Bahamas
      • The Red Canoe
      • Perils of the Sea   
      Music and Composer

      Robert Schumann
      • Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120
      • Kreisleriana Op. 16 n° 2 
      • Traumerei
      • Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54 1st mov. Allegro affettuoso
      • The Merry Peasant 
      • Adagio and Allegro

        TERM III Oral Exams; February 25-28
        TERM III Break: March1-31

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        1. Blossom1/24/2012

          What are you using for Foreign Language?

        2. I teach them Spanish and Sign Language myself. Alexis has been teaching herself Japanese (not sure how..but she has) and now she's trying for languages.

        3. IrieMomma3/06/2012

          What grades/ages are these for?

        4.  We don't do grade levels. This would be my "Year 4" curriculum regardless of ages. The only exceptions would be science, math, grammar and their independent reading (which I label literature). If my kids were in school, they would be 4th and 9th grades in the Fall of this year.

        5. Audrey_Sheppard8/06/2012

          I noticed Alexis will be reading Freckles. I had all but forgotten about that book, but I read Freckles, Girl of the Limberlost, Keeper of the Bees and my personal favorite, The Harvester. I think I'll have Austin read those! :)

        6. Great! Glad my post triggered something for you. :-)

        7. Sarah @ My Joy-Filled Life8/08/2012

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        8. Lori Osenbaugh8/11/2012

          Stopping by from the Hop! I loved looking through your list.

        9. Thanks... I'll check that out.

        10. Great choices..we love doing the sign language. I just wanted to suggest Heidi as a great classic read for your youngest daughter. Enoy!!


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