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. However, 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
Classical Reading List for History: Mystery of History Volume 3
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.
- Hernando de Soto (Explorers of the New Worlds)
- Jolliet & Marquette (Explorers of the New Worlds)
- Ferdinand Magellan (Explorers of the New Worlds)
- Cartier: Jacques Cartier in Search of the Northwest Passage (Exploring the World)
- Meet the Men who Sailed the Seas
- Dangerous Journey: The Story of Pilgrim’s Progress
- Pilgrim’s Progress Simplified – Based on John Bunyan’s Allegory (A Beka Book Reading Program 3-8)
- The Pilgrim’s Progress
The Story of the Amistad (Dover Children’s Evergreen Classics)
- If You Lived When There Was Slavery In America (If You…)
- Dick Whittington and His Cat
- Stories in Time: Library Book Grade 5 Discovery of the Americas (Discovery of the Americans)
Three Young Pilgrims
- Sarah Morton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl
Classical Reading List for Science: God’s Design for Science Chemistry & Ecology
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.
- One Day in the Desert (Trophy Chapter Book)
- Name Your Link
- One Day in the Tropical Rain Forest
- One Day in the Woods
- Kitchen Science
Classical Listening Audiobooks
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.
- Robinson Cursoe (Free on Librivox)
- A Night of the white Cross by GA Henty
- St Barthalomew’s Eve by GA Henty (Free on Librivox)
- Under Drakes Flag by GA Henty (Free on Librivox)
- Pike & Dyke by by GA Henty (Free on Librivox)
- A Lion of the North by GA Henty
- Friends Though Divided by Henty
- Jacobite Exile by GA Henty
- Grammar Songs (You Never Forget What You Sing)
- Stack the States
- Amazon Streaming Video
- Veritas Press History Cards
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.
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