Wayfarers: My Pick for a Charlotte Mason Homeschool Curriculum
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Oh my goodness, this turned into a MONSTER post and I keep adding things that I forgot! Like humour, which apparently didn’t come easily to me at 2:00 am when I published this beast.
Unless you’re one of the grandparents who is secretly panicking about my children’s education, I don’t expect you to read the entire post. To help the rest of you out, I’ve added some quick links to each page so you can skip right to the subjects that interest you.
Please note that I have purchased all of these books and programs myself. I have not been compensated for this post, though I should probably disclose that I am a National Geographic Kids Insider, given that I link to their site at one point. But I’m not sure if that’s official disclosure or me just bragging. Probably a bit of both… 😉
QUICK LINKS: Our Curriculum Pick for 2016/2017
Wayfarers by Barefoot Ragamuffin: Our Charlotte Mason Homeschool Curriculum
Language Arts: English Lessons through Literature
Math: RightStart + Prodigy
History: Wayfarers: Revolution History
Geography: Wayfarers: Revolution History
Science: Simply Charlotte Mason’s Nature Studies + MysteryScience
Bible: Telling God’s Truth by Peter Enns (maybe)
Literature: Wayfarers: Revolution History
Jump ahead to our 2017/2018 Curriculum Picks
About a year and a half ago, I gave up on Charlotte Mason.
Well, not quite.
It’s more that I gave up on finding a Charlotte Mason homeschool curriculum because none of the popular choices were working for my family. And they were confusing. I wanted something that was more “open-and-go” than what I was using at the time, you know what I mean? Of course it makes total sense — I had a newborn baby at home and I had very little brain power to devote to organization.
I did my best though. For awhile, we plodded determinedly through some books, even when they didn’t interest me or my daughter. Finally though, I decided that we’d be better off scrapping the official curriculums and creating our own living book list based on our own interests, using a variety of literature-based curriculums as a guide.
So I got started. I remember sitting at the counter for hours with our laptop and a notebook. I made lists and more lists. I wrote down book names, I made sure they were in our library. For the first time in a long time, I was excited about my daughter’s school work.
And then, in the middle of my searching, I stumbled across the Wayfarers history curriculum. Wayfarers? I’d never heard of it, but I was surprised to see that many of the book titles I had just written down in my notebook were also in the Wayfarers book lists. And then when I downloaded the curriculum samples, I discovered that the curriculum was more than just history; it was science, geography, composer study, art, literature, Bible and more — all conveniently scheduled in a day-by-day planner.
It was the open-and-go Charlotte Mason homeschool curriculum that I was looking for. Cue church bells and angel choirs.
So what is this amazing curriculum?