Charlotte Mason Learning Center - Schoolhouse Teachers

Charlotte Mason Learning Center

A number of our classes on SchoolhouseTeachers.com include a Charlotte Mason component. Here is a list of the ones that most closely align with her method. If you use a class with a Charlotte Mason component that we don’t have listed here, let us know! Email Director Bonnie Rose Hudson at bhudson@theoldschoolhouse.com. Keep watching as we add new classes to this list.

Art

A Century of Art: Each lesson in A Century of Art explores the unique elements that contribute to the particular style, including the history, and introduces students to key artists of the time period. Each also includes an art project to familiarize students with the style. Numerous opportunities for students to explore one or more styles more deeply are provided.

Art Appreciation: South African Art: This art appreciation course focuses on eighteen South African artists from the 19th-21st centuries. It begins by asking, “How do we look at art?” then goes on to explore the language and elements of art such as line, shape, mass, light, shade, space, texture, and color, as well as aspects of composition such as rhythm, focal points, and balance. The course is designed for ages 6-12 but may also be enjoyed by older students who are looking for an introduction to art appreciation.

Art Techniques: Brenda Ellis of ARTistic Pursuits teaches weekly lessons designed to help your children become visually aware of the wonderful world they live in. More than thirty units are available that teach how to use various artistic mediums such as chalk pastels, colored pencils, watercolors, and more to create pictures of everything from wildlife to your favorite lunch! New units are added monthly, each with four weekly lessons.

Art: The Timeless Treasure: Each lesson in Art: The Timeless Treasure discusses characteristics of the style; art, architecture, sculpture; artists and architects; and each lesson includes a wide variety of activities. Each also includes an art project to familiarize students with the style. Numerous opportunities for students to explore one or more styles more deeply are provided.

Learning About Art is a fun series of ten lessons specially designed to teach preschoolers and early elementary students about art. They’ll look at Audubon, Homer, Rousseau, and many other masters and learn about things like lines, movement, shapes, and more. They’ll also have a chance to make their own creative pictures. Much guidance is given, so there is no former knowledge of art required to present this class.

Studio Art for Teens: Sharon Jeffus of Visual Manna showcases the work of her teen artists who are pursuing art as a ministry. More than forty lessons are available in this ongoing art study. Each lesson is designed to be done in a one- or two-week period. Lessons teach artistic skills through the study and imitation of the masters.

Bible

Charlotte Mason believed in the importance of a child’s spiritual development, not only their academic knowledge. Studying the lessons the Bible teaches, the foundations for a life pleasing to God, and the steps necessary to developing a God-honoring character were an essential part of her approach to education. All of the Bible classes on SchoolhouseTeachers.com support these goals.

Drama and Speech

Reader’s Theatre presented by Susan Brown is a series of 76 short scripts designed to be read by two or more students. Memorization is not required because the focus on this form of drama is on readingthe work with expression rather than reciting it. They are easily adapted to both single-child households and small groups. These scripts are a wonderful tool to increase reading skills, comprehension, speaking skills, and confidence.

Electives

Heritage Crafts are life skills that people in the past used to create art and live productive lives. We will be learning a lot about these life skills by making a variety of cornhusk dolls, writing with quills, making ink, drying apples, making candles, and more. This class is best done as a family, as some portions of the crafts require parental supervision.

Homesteading: If you’ve ever wanted to ditch the chemicals in your household cleaners, can what you grow or purchase at a farmer’s market, make your own gifts and candles, or learn how to do things the natural way, you need to see what Lisa Barthuly is teaching us in her Homesteading class. This ongoing course shares tips and detailed instructions that can enable you and your family to live more simply and naturally. Printables and some how-to videos are included with these weekly lessons.

Whole Foods Cooking with Sue Gregg: You probably already know our next teacher from her more than 900 recipes in the eight cookbooks she has published. Sue Gregg’s class begins with an introduction to whole foods cooking, her story, and an explanation of what children can learn about cooking at various ages. You’ll waste no time putting what you learn into practice by making blender cornbread, almond and coconut milk, almond coffee cake, and more!

Geography

Living Geography introduces students to a few of the many cultures and countries of the world through the story of Lucy, who is stuck inside while recovering from an illness. Printable activities focus on communicating key geography concepts to young students.

History

ABC With Me: Jen McNamara brings history to life for your littlest learners with a preschool history course focused on the ABCs! This twenty-six week preschool class introduces little ones to key figures in American history, one letter at a time. They’ll discover that A is for Abraham Lincoln, B is for Benjamin Franklin, and more. Each week includes information about the historic figure, suggested reading, a coloring sheet, and other helpful resources.

Age of Revolution: A series of thirty-four weekly lessons from TruthQuest History that explores God’s role in history from King James I to 1800.

American History in Picture Books is a series of history studies based on picture books. It is designed for young, struggling, or ESL readers. Each study includes activities and discussion questions, and some units also include suggested vocabulary. Multiple books are suggested for each topic.

Middle Ages History: A series of thirty weekly lessons from TruthQuest History that explores God’s role in history from the time of the barbarians to the time of Tamerlane.

Language Arts

African American Literature: This is an advanced high school literature course for students wishing to explore African American literature from the time of the North American slave narratives to modern plays and playwrights. Students will engage in a variety of learning through various audio/visual resources and multi-media technologies designed to cultivate an understanding of the themes of African American literature. Each student will record his or her experience with the course materials in a creative journal.

Adventures with Books includes suggested reading lists based on a theme and related activities you can do with your family to bring the stories to life. Activities and books for various ages are included, and themes include holidays, authors, and much more.

American Folklore is a semi-formal introduction to both folklore as a general subject and our own national treasury of folklore. Our focus will primarily be on stories, poems, and songs, but we will enjoy various aspects of our national folklife, as well. We will cover six regions of the country systematically after our opening study of American Indian folklore. The main purpose of this class is to enjoy learning about an often undervalued subject that not only is relevant to every American but that also connects with future studies of American literature and arts.

American Literature is more than simply reading classic pieces. It is also a study of the men and women who shaped the times those pieces were written in. This course draws on numerous historical sources to provide a rich and engaging look at the people, places, and literary works of the 1600s-1800s.

Around the World with Stories is a fun way to introduce preschoolers to opposites, taste, smell, texture, shapes, numbers, and more while taking them on a quick trip around the world with stops in Australia, India, Southwest Asia, China, Africa, Canada, Italy, and Mexico.

Beginning Handwriting: Each week of Beginning Handwriting includes three printable lessons in one download that explores foundational skills important for young learners. The class covers topics such as pencil grip, prewriting skills, letter formation, and tips and tricks for remembering which letter is which! Numerous additional resources and printables are included.

The Benjamin Franklin Writing Method taught by Cheri Blomquist explores how a man with limited educational opportunities became one of the literary lights of the nation. In this 24-week course your student will follow in Benjamin Franklin’s footsteps by borrowing his step-by-step study method to improve his/her writing. Each lesson will offer a different selection to study. Topics studied include active reading, notetaking, narration, analysis, and writing in a variety of literary genres.

Christian Values in J.R.R. Tolkien: This 18-week class leads your student on an in-depth study of six Tolkien works as well as a biography of the man behind the stories. These studies are designed to challenge your student to think deeply and critically about the truths presented. Two short papers and one longer paper (10-12 pages) are also required.

Creative Composition: This nine-week course provides students with daily assignments that challenge them to read and analyze a number of selections of literature and create their own composition using what they learn along the way.

Essay Writing 101 will begin with a look at the writing process and then continue with a study of common essay forms including expository, biographical, descriptive, personal experience, eyewitness report, and cause and effect. It will look at the purpose and elements of each and provide rubrics for self-evaluation.

Everyday Copywork brings your student penmanship practice, in both print and cursive, through copying Bible portions, excerpts of literature, foreign language selections, and much more. There are many different lengths, and the copywork varies in difficulty, so it is suitable for many ages. There are also a few copywork selections available in Spanish, helpful for students who wish to practice their Spanish language skills or Spanish-speaking students who wish to practice their handwriting skills. You will also find alphabet worksheets for the little ones who are just learning to print. Help your student improve his/her penmanship with more than 175 copywork selections in both print and cursive.

Great Books, Part One: This 18-week class leads your student on an in-depth study of several of the books included in the Great Books of the Western World series published by Britannica. These studies are designed to challenge your student to think deeply and critically about the truths presented. Two short papers and one longer paper (10-12 pages) are also required.

Great Books, Part Two: This 18-week class leads your student on an in-depth study of several of the books included in the Great Books of the Western World series published by Britannica. These studies are designed to challenge your student to think deeply and critically about the truths presented. Two short papers and one longer paper (10-12 pages) are also required. Completion of Great Books: Part One is not required.

Literature: Adam Andrews, the Director of the Center for Literary Education, offers thirty-five literature studies for various ages. Studies range from picture books to C.S. Lewis classics. Discussion questions can be adjusted to fit the grade level of your child.

Opening the Door to Poetry: This nine-week introduction to poetry is specifically designed for the student who has not read much poetry in the past. It explores how to read and think about poetry, various poetic forms, vocabulary, literary devices, memorization, writing, and more.

Reading List (Monthly Reading List for Families): Michelle Miller, of the Children’s Preservation Library and Truth Quest History, compiles printable monthly suggested book lists in this ongoing series that explores everything from photography to travel, character development to history, spelling and grammar to Africa. Suggested reading levels are included for every topic.

Schoolhouse Spelling: Choose from seven word lists each week to practice spelling and vocabulary on age-appropriate levels. A wide range of spelling and vocabulary skills are explored through engaging activities and puzzles. Flashcard videos are included for Pre-K/K and Lower Elementary visual learners.

Selected Works of Charles Dickens: This course examines five classic Charles Dickens’ works as well as a biography of the author. Taught by Dr. Steven Hake, the Chair of the Department of Classical Liberal Arts and Director of the Literature major at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia, this advanced literature course studies the motivations of author Charles Dickens, his development as an author, and the themes of several of his major works. There are discussion questions in the form of weekly written assignments for the student to complete, along with one-page journal entries and a ten-page final paper.

Worldviews in Literature: This course examines worldviews and how they manifest themselves in literature. Taught by Dr. Steven Hake, the Chair of the Department of Classical Liberal Arts and Director of the Literature major at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia, this advanced literature study will look at how authors have answered the “big questions” of philosophy. There are discussion questions in the form of weekly written assignments for the student to complete, along with one-page journal entries and a ten-page final paper.

Math

Hands-On Math Help with Cuisenaire Rods is designed to empower parents to help their children learn. Its purpose is to help parents of students in preschool-3rd grade make math enjoyable instead of frustrating. Through a free app and weekly tutorial videos, Philip Rowlands shows parents how to teach math in a manner that involves play, directed activities, open-ended tasks, and challenges. It is designed to work with Cuisenaire rods, but instructions for making your own set are included if you do not currently have them.

The Multiplication Workshop is a step-by-step guide to learning or practicing multiplication tables using written problems, manipulatives, flash cards, word problems, and speed drills. The 160 worksheets spend the most time working on the concept of multiplication and learning the 1-12 times tables. As a bonus at the end of the workshop, multiplication with multiple-digit numbers is introduced.

Music

Great Musicians: This course is based on a series of short books originally published in the early 1900s about twelve great musicians. Each book is written in simple, easy-to-understand language that brings the musicians to life for the readers. Each book concludes with simple comprehension questions and an optional story activity.

Music Theory I & II: Music is a language, and in order to fully appreciate it, one first needs to understand how it works. Each sixteen-week course teaches key terminology and concepts in music theory and illustrates these concepts with pieces of classical music.

Science

Botany: This sixteen-week course examines why we study plants and takes an in-depth look at plants, soil, leaves and stems, plant cells, gymnosperms, and more. In Botany with Julie Polanco, we’ll take a look at the amazing gifts our Creator has given us in the botanical world. Weekly lessons include printables, worksheets, and answer keys.

Charlotte Mason Preschool: Join Brittney Jordan for six four-week units that explore nature study themes and incorporate activities such as handicrafts, art, and living books to help you and your littlest ones enjoy purposeful play and fun time together.

Curious Science: From diamonds to quicksand, slime eels to fire ants, this 2-year (72-week) science series incorporates eighteen one-month unit studies that will intrigue, surprise, and fascinate students and parents alike. Designed for elementary grades, each unit includes language arts, math, science, art, Bible, and history for 3rd-4th grade, as well as activities for both younger and older students as well.

Daily Discoveries: Yvonne Blake brings an ongoing series of unit studies that explore various environments such as the forest, the seashore, and ponds. Each environment is studied for four weeks, with each week containing reading material, vocabulary exercises, math, writing prompts, and an activity.

Exploring God’s World with Kindergarten Science combines young children’s love of animals and nature with easy-to-follow short stories and tons of hands-on activities. From flowers to flies and cats to coal, enjoy ninety bite-sized lessons, conduct experiments, and have fun!

Exploring God’s World with First Grade Science is a 36-week introduction to science for first grade. It includes text, experiments, activities, extension activities, and links to further resources.

Exploring God’s World of Fourth Grade Science explores topics often taught in fourth grade including the scientific method, plants and animals, habitats and environments, the earth and solar system, and many other topics. This full-year course includes reading assignments, worksheets, quizzes, and optional labs for hands-on practice.

Exploring God’s World with Fifth Grade Science: This full-year course is designed to teach fifth grade students about the incredible creativity and diversity evident throughout creation. Through weekly lessons and reading assignments, comprehension questions, and periodic activities, students will study and explore the world around them.

Social Studies

Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans is designed to not only bring history to life but to also build language through vocabulary activities, practice handwriting skills with copywork, apply the lessons of the story through Bible activities, help students learn about geography, improve reading comprehension, and foster creativity through hands-on projects.