Classical Reading Lists & Extras

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Classical vs. Charlotte Mason Reading Lists

If you have been homeschooling for a while then you may have noticed that there is a lot of overlap in Classical Education and the Charlotte Mason model of education. Both methods of education love what Charlotte Mason called “Twaddle” free books, both emphasize language learning,  and imitation in writing. Robinson Crusoe modifiedHowever, there are many differences between these two complimentary methods.If your providing a “pure” Charlotte Mason Education you’d only introduce the child to the original manuscripts and never to an abridged or age adjusted version of the book. While the classical method of teaching encourages the teacher to create “hooks” i by introducing the student to an abridged (or age adjusted) book . By doing so the child’s brain creates a hook where they can place more information as they learn and grow. So due to this, as you review the book list you will notice that we have multiple books on the same topics.

Additionally, the classical educator should keep in mind that classical education is cyclical and that every 4 years we should “cycle” back through the same material.

My Classical Reading List
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We are in Mystery of History Volume 3 studying the Reformation to the Renaissance and I try to assign books that are with the time period being studied. This is a conglomeration of books that were purchased this year and books that I have collected over the past 8 years.

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 Classical Reading List for Science: God’s Design for Science Chemistry & Ecology

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I would really like to beef up my science collection in the area of Chemistry so if you have any suggestions please leave them in the comments.

Classical Listening Audiobooks

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I am no longer in denial and I am in a serious time crunch when we are homeschooling so I tend to play  a lot of free audiobooks from Librivox, Library Streaming and borrowed from friends and I only plan to read novels occasionally throughout the year. This year we have several novels I plan to have the children listen to during lunch.

Extras

So here are some of the extra books and activities we will be involved with during our school year. As the year continues I will purchase some more books and games as funds allow.

(Begins August 4, 2014)

 

The Mystery of History
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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

9 thoughts on “Classical Reading Lists & Extras

    1. My friend recommended Stack the States and I think it’s a good compliment to our State Study. I agree Netflix is a great way to add a bit of depth and interest into their studies! Thank you for stopping by Brandi!

  1. I teach literature in a Christian high school & am always interested to know what great books kids are reading. This looks like a very full year. May God bless as these words work in your children’s hearts. I’m your neighbor at Titus2Tuesday. Blessings!

  2. Interesting comparison between Classical and Charlotte Mason. I am always trying to understand those differences better.

    1. When we first started homeschooling I was CM and used Ambleside. I’ve read nearly every book on CM education out there. Although there is a lot of overlap that is definitely a distinct difference between the two methods. I see distinct differences and lots of overlap between the two methods. Then last week I was listening to Perrin (of Classical Academic Press) and he said he believed Charlotte Mason was actually Classical. I can see that in places too. Thanks for stopping by!

      1. Yes, I completely agree. I like to say that CM is classical, but put her own spin on it =) I’m sure I’ll learn more as I read more! I know I definitely need to understand her time and place in history better to understand some of the why’s behind her thinking as well.

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