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Talking about the homeschool method we use, it changes from time to time. We also mix up several methods and classify ourselves into the eclectic homeschool. However, we still adopt the classical method until right now. Today I would like to share some classical curriculum resource you can use to homeschool children. In the first part, it was discussed reasons people choose using the classical resource and methods in this modern days and some books to find out more information about the classical education.
This post will share some online purchased materials or resources, curriculums, and the suppliers.
Classical Curriculum Resource
There are different kinds of classical education that I cannot explain further here. However, in general, all of the curriculum versions use classical literature and pieces. The curriculums mentioned bellow are mixes of Charlotte Mason and some various classical curriculum. I don't say that Charlotte Mason is the same as classical. There are some similarities and difference that can be learned further. Even there are some versions of the classical curriculum. For example, The Well Trained Mind Curriculum and Classical Conversation. Basically, what makes Charlotte Mason and classical education different is the existence of Trivium. Here are some both Charlotte Mason and classical curriculum or any curriculum that use classical resources. I only have tried some of them, but I found they work well for some other homeschoolers:
Ambleside Online is a free curriculum based on the Charlotte Mason methods for children in K-12 grade levels. All of the content based subjects use what is called as living books. Some books are purchased while the others are available for free or online
Old Fashioned Education is almost similar to the Ambleside Online, but it uses mainly free public domain resources so that the content tends to be elder.
To know more about the Charlotte Mason, you might want to check out these books:
A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on The Gentle Art of Learning(TM)When Children Love to Learn: A Practical Application of Charlotte Mason's Philosophy for TodayA Charlotte Mason Education: A Home Schooling How-To ManualHome Education (Charlotte Mason's Homeschooling Series)For the Children's Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School
Classical Conversation is a community that provides Christian parents with resources and tools to get closer to God. It also models the classical education with foundation, essentials, and challenge. This community is founded by Leigh Bortins, writer of The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education
The Well-Trained Mind is really one of my favorite classical education books as it provides already step by step growth of children academic, tips for classical homeschooling, and resources.
To know more about the classical education, you might need to check out:
The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Fourth Edition)The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical EducationClassical vs. Modern Education: A Vision from C.S. Lewis (Classical Education, Lost Tools of Learning, Liberal Arts, Trivium, Homeschool, Homeschooling, Curriculum, Charlotte Mason)The Harp and Laurel Wreath: Poetry and Dictation for the Classical CurriculumDesigning Your Own Classical Curriculum: A Guide to Catholic Home EducationThe Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric
Tapestry of Grace is another classical Christian curriculum based on the 4 years of rotational topics using a guided unit study approach. It includes history, church history, literature, geography, fine arts, government, philosophy, writing, and composition
Covenant Home has some sets of books for each grade K-12 so you don't have to compile from many different stores. There is also a day by day scheduling guide leading you scheduling your curriculum.
Konos is like a semi homeschooling community that provides curriculum, activities, and communities for homeschoolers.
Memoria press also provides sets of curriculum for classical education. It also includes the references, the complete schedule and all Latin subjects.
Where to buy the printed classical curriculum
For general curriculum or book shopping, I have already shared the place where we like to purchase. It sounds pretty common for the place. Recently I have been very happy that a friend of mine living in the USA is going home soon and she is very nice to help me get some resources I purchase from other suppliers, especially those that sell the classical resources. You would be much more familiar with more supplier if you live in the USA. I am not a US residence, so I am just going to share which one I have tried.
This is the greatest store for the classical curriculum I think. I purchase most of the printed books here as it offers a great price. Even I didn't pay for delivery or shipping fee when I ordered more than $50.
It is the store where I bought all of my digital edition for Story of The World, First Language Lessons, Writing WIth Ease, and Writing WIth Skills. I love this store because it provides the digital one so I don't need to wait too long to use the books
I purchased my Rod and Staff English here as it gives a great deal discount price and there are some bundle sale that really save my money.
I love purchasing some homeschooling resources here, especially the ones for the religion and bible.
Online and Digital Classical Resource
As I told you before, I am an international homeschooler that don't have any library around here. Our internet connection is sometimes not good or even doesn't work. Therefore, we like using downloadable classical curriculum resources. Here are some of them:
Yesterday Classic Ebook Package with Gateway to The Classic
These are paid site, but they are really worth to pay, especially the Gateway to The Classic. They have hundreds of classical books or ebooks from long time ago written. There might be some online free ebook versions in Gutenberg, but those won't be as clear as these ones. There are some online customized curriculum builder for daily classic book reading. I just love them a lot. I try using it for my 3 sons and they love it a lot. There are some nursery rhymes and pictured books too.
Classical Composer Monthly
This is an awesome site for composer, artist, and fine arts study. You will find a lot of links to see some information and performance of master piece. There are a lot of free online links available, but using this site, we don't need to look for in uncertainty so that we can save the time a lot.
Our youngest son learn spelling and vocabulary from McGuffey's Eclectic Readers a lot. They are old books, but worth a lot for us. Finish reading, he did copywork to practice his handwriting, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary. Copy working plays great role in the classical education. This set of classical copy working book will really safe your time. There are also some poetry, bible, and catechism copy working books.
Squilt Curriculum E-book
It is a seri of classical composer study, written by Mary Prather. SQUILT is the abbreviation of Super Quiet Uninterrupted Listening Time. It is a method to appreciate classical music for everyone.
Bright Idea Press
It has the best Geography resources I know for sure. Wonder Map should be one of the greatest map resources needs to be featured. Bright Idea Press has also Mystery of History, a history curriculum with strong Biblical Worldview, completed with some supplemental books. There are also other digital curriculum sets sold by this publisher. Most of the books in this publisher are available in both physic and digital edition.
I just came across this online store and really love all of the Bible Memorization Made Easy books. I just wrote the review here. There are also Write from History, an elementary grade writing curriculum that combines writing, history, and handwriting practice all in one workbook. Includes cursive writing models.
This site provides both online resources of classical living historical materials and printed format files on CDs. There are also guides accompanying the products. The online site can track the reading progress of children.
Harmony Fine Arts
You can find a lot of fine arts and music curriculum planned especially for homeschooling children and parents based on the trivium stages. They are also available for Charlotte Mason methods.
As more and more people back to the classics, there should be more classical resources available at the moment. For more information about the hard copy resources, you might look up The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Edition)
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Adelien Tan is a mother of three awesome boys and a wife of a great husband. They are a home education family who live in Surabaya, Indonesia, where home education is still very rare. English is her foreign language, but She tries to use it in blogging.