Last year we focused on Ancient History, and this year we looked at the Middle Ages.
We have these reference books from last year, and these will be well-used in the years to come!
History & Geography
We used Veritas Press Self-Paced History (Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation) for this year’s history, which was a brilliant course for learning this period (it uses a Classical approach). Because it’s so thorough, we simply supplemented with library books.
We dropped Sonlight for 2 years, as we didn’t do the 2 years of American history, and so did Ancient History last year and Middle Ages this year. If you chose to do the same, here is what I’d consider the next best thing:
- Story of the World (Volume Two) – Middle Ages.
– Main text
– Student workbook
– Test Book and Answer Key
– Supplementary activities (my Pinterest Board on SOTW)
- Middle Ages Notebooking Pages (to supplement activity and map pages in SOTW workbook)
- Timeline Chart
We did some American History this year, using a fully downloadable program called Heroes and Heroines of the Past.
Bible and Character
- Jesus Storybook Bible (Sally Lloyd Jones)
- Discoverer’s Bible (large print)
- Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing (Sally Lloyd-Jones) – A fabulous book with 101 thoughts from the bible to engage your child’s heart in relationship with their Creator.
- “What’s in the Bible” DVD series (plus heaps of other resources such as downloads, music, curriculum, books)
- “Why Do We Call it Christmas?” DVD – and our own unit studies, that include using notebooking pages.
- Our 24 Family Ways – Clay and Sally Clarkson (family devotions)
- Who is God? (the first of a series by Apologia) – we are using both teacher’s book and student notebook
- New Testament Lap Book (Homeschool In the Woods)
- Notebooking Pages for every kind of notebooking page imaginable
See my Ancient History and Middle Ages Book List (for elementary level)
- Writing with Ease – level 3 (continued)
- Fix-It Grammar (IEW) – Book 1: The Nose Tree
- Bible Heroes Writing Lessons (IEW) – used in co-op setting
- Handwriting Without Tears – Cursive Handwriting
Readers (Grade 4/5)
- Along Came a Dog
- B is for Betsy
- Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill
- The Children of Noisy Village
- Emily’s Runaway Imagination
- Encyclopaedia Brown
- Ginger Pye
- Henry and Ribsy
- McBroom’s Wonderful One-Acre Farm
- More Stories from Grandma’s Attic
- Ralph S Mouse
- The Toothpaste Millionaire
- Justin Morgan had a Horse
- King of the Wind
- Misty of Chincoteague
- The King’s Equal
- A Llama in the Family
- Lumber Camp Library
- Marco Polo
- More Stories from Grandma’s Attic
- Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West
- The Whipping Boy
After trying Math-U-See for a number of years, we decided to switch Maths programs from this one to Teaching Textbooks. So to ensure coverage of the different topics, we have used Teaching Textbooks 3 to fill in the gaps that Math-U-See didn’t cover, then continued onto Teaching Textbooks 4.
- Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day – Apologia (finish mid—year)
- Anatomy Text – Apologia (begin mid-year)
- Anatomy (notebook) – Apologia
We’re continuing with most of the same resources we used last year, but dropped some as English/Language Arts has become more intensive and we don’t have the time to do so many electives.
- Shakespeare’s Stories (Leon Garfield) – 13 stories in narrative form.
- Composer Study each month and listen to their music (Using pages from Notebooking Pages)
- The Story of the Orchestra (Robert Levine)
- Mozart the Wonder Boy (Opal Wheeler)
- Ludwig Beethoven and the Chiming Tower Bells – Opal Wheeler
- Bernstein Favourites: Children’s Classics (CD)
- The Children’s Book of Art (Rosie Dickins)
- How Artists See the Elements (Carroll)
- How Artists See Feelings (Carroll)
- Artist Lap Book (on 33 Artists)
SOME ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS
What makes us a Charlotte Mason ‘inspired’ homeschool? Have a read of this post on Our Charlotte Mason Homeschool, and these are the principles we mostly follow. Note however, that we aren’t going to use all aspects of a method if they don’t work for us though, so we prefer take a flexible approach as well!
What makes us a Classical ‘leaning’ homechool? Some might say that because we aren’t following the trivuim exactly then we aren’t Classical. However, I like to think we can take the best out of a method and make it work for us. We’re a little Classical in that we’re moving through stage one of learning rules of grammar, spelling, and phonics, also stories of history and literature, and the building blocks of Maths, and so forth. This is setting us up for the next stage of learning, which is developing analytical thinking, and how things fit into a framework. The final stage we aren’t near yet, but is what is known as the ‘rhetoric’ stage. A Classical education is language-focused, and all knowledge is inter-related.
What makes us Eclectic? Quite simply, we are using the aspects of different methods that suit our family. Sometimes we do unit studies and lapbooks that aren’t on our official schedule, or take a delight-directed approach where the children have found something they enjoy learning and we find a way of tailoring our learning accordingly. We don’t plan to become a slave to any particular method or philosophy, as adding that sort of pressure doesn’t help anyone! The idea is, learning is supposed to be enjoyable, and we keep the overall end goal in mind, which is that our children have a rich education and childhood, and are also well-equipped for life in what they chose for themselves to do.