Monday, April 25, 2016

My Favorite Charlotte Mason Resources

There's an abundance of great Charlotte Mason resources available to homeschoolers. Here are my favorites...




Living Books...

  • Living book search  - This is a great resource! Use it to find living books by subject and reading level. 
  • The Ultimate Living Book List for History Studies! I arranged living books (recommended by Sonlight and Simply Charlotte Mason) chronologically, by level, to supplement our history studies. These could be used with any history study.  


Narration...



Nature Study...
  • Wild Days, Creating Discovery Journals by Karen Skidmore Rackliffe - This is a short, motivational book of how one mom implemented nature days and discovery journals in her homeschool. She shares good ideas and excerpts from their nature journals, both of which helped me get started with nature study.
  • Completely in Love with Nature Journals - This mom's blog post shows inside their journals and tells what all they bring in their back packs. 
  • Handbook of Nature Study blog - If you're just getting started, maybe these outdoor hour challenges will get you going. 
  • Field Guides - I think the best bet are ones specific to your state or region. I highly suggest checking out a bunch from the library and trying them out before buying one, to figure out which ones you like best. I found a great bird identification book this way. 
  • National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Trees of North America - I liked this tree field guide better than those specific to my state, so I use both. 
  • eNature: An online field guide - I've consulted this site a couple times identifying our finds.
  • Outdoor Learning - Here's some tips and ideas for the wee ones. 


CM Philosophy...



Free Downloads...



Curriculum...

  • SCM Curriculum guide from Simply Charlotte Mason... This is the curriculum I prefer between these two choices since SCM is structured to allow you to teach children of various grades together.  They also offer very reasonably priced teacher's guides so you don't have to make your own lesson plans from scratch. 
  • Ambleside is a free CM curriculum guide, but it requires you to make your own lesson plans. 




On My Bookshelf...


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