For the past 5 years we’ve been using My Fathers World for our home school curriculum. We really love how simple it is to use, very open and go. We also enjoy that it makes lessons easier for me as all my students 2nd – 8th grade are grouped together for History, Science, Art, Music, and Bible. The elements of Charlotte Mason that we find important are also included: short lessons, copy work, and great books. As well as the elements of Classical that we find important: care for the stages of learning (logic, rhetoric, ect), a 4 year history cycle (MFW included a 1 year geography making the program 5 year), latin/greek, and great books! Cant say enough about My Fathers World. 🙂
History, Science, Music, Art and Bible (aka “Together Studies”):
This year we are journeying through Explorers to 1850 in our together studies.
We use a workbook form of Primary Language Lessons for grades 2-3 and Intermediate Language Lessons for grades 4-6. In 7th grade My Fathers World recommends All in One English so that is what we chose for this year.
We use a program called Writing Strands, also recommended by My Fathers World. We start with book 2 in third grade and work our way through the series. Its a great program, mostly independent and fun.
For handwriting we like A Reason for Handwriting. Handwriting is not recommended by My Fathers World but we add it for practice. Natalie is not using any handwriting for the first time this year in 7th grade!
We are trying the Sequential Spelling DVD this year for spelling.
We use the Book Basket list for readers as well as 1000 Good Books reading list, Sonlight Reading List and McGuffys Readers. I tend to do a hodge podge based on the children’s needs at the time. Natalie is using Progeny Press Study guides as well for her literature.