Curriculum Choices 2020-2021

Hello everyone! Welcome to school year 2020-2021. We started school this year in August. Today I am sharing with you our book choices for this year.

We follow a Charlotte Mason method in our homeschool. Charlotte Mason was an English educator in England at the turn of the 20th century. She had a firm belief that the child is a whole person and we must educate that whole person, not just their mind. As Miss Mason describes it, “Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life.” We use mostly living books to educate our children at home instead of dry facts from a textbook. Living books makes a subject come alive. 

Group Subjects

  • Let Me Die In Ireland – David W. Bercot
  • Brother Frances – Jacob Streit
  • Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! – Laura Amy Schlitz
  • No Excuses Watercolors – Gina Rossi Armfield
  • Shakespeare A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Bruce Coville & Taming of The Shrew by Edit Nesbit
  • Epic Poetry (Idylls of the King, Sir Gawian and the Green Giant)
  • De Colores Spanish – Jose-Luis Orozco
  • Pio Peep – Alma Flor Ada
  • Big Barefoot Book of Spanish & English Words – Sophie Fatus
  • Handel Who Knew What He Liked – M.T. Anderson and Kevin Hawkes
  • Riding On Duke’s Train – Mick Carlon
  • Michelangelo for Kids – Simonetta Carr
  • Leonardo Da Vinci for Kids – Janis Herbert
  • Artist of the Reformation: The Story of Albrecht Durer – Joyce McPherson
  • Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost – Gary D. Schmidt
  • Selected Poems – John Donne
  • Classic Poetry – Michael Rosen


  • Calendar Time (Days of the week, months of the year, temperature tracking, season discussion, Clock learning the time, address/phone number memorization)
  • All About Reading Level Pre-1
  • Practice writing letters and numbers
  • Art (Free play with play-doh, clay, paint, drawing, stickers, etc.)
  • Bible
  • Leap Frog Letter DVD
  • Loads and loads of reading good books together
  • Loads of outside free play time to run and climb and just be a little boy
  • He is also included in Tea time and shared wonder with my older students

I feel like learning through play is the most important thing to focus on at this age. There is no pressure in any of the “school” activities that I do with my preschooler. I try to make it fun and engaging so he can just enjoy being 4.

As I mentioned above, we use living books so I will list book choices for all 4 terms for each of the other 3 students. This will look like a very large book list and it is but keep in mind that we spread these books throughout each week/year and only read a small amount from each book each day. These books are also spread throughout the school year. These are specific to each student separate from our group studies.

3rd Grade (Form One)    


  • Great Tales from English History – Robert Lacey
  • Life of Fred Math
  • The Lion Children – Angus, Maisie and Travers McNeice
  • Draw Africa – Kristin J. Draeger
  • Beastly Neighbors – Mollie Rights
  • Talking to Fireflies, Shrinking the Moon – Edward Duensing
  • Little Pilgrim’s Progress – Helen L. Taylor
  • Torch in Darkness – Alan Garinger
  • Kisses from Katie – Katie Davis Majors
  • A Nest for Celeste – Henry Cole
  • The Siege – Stephen Shapiro
  • Poet’s Dog – Patricia MacLachlan
  • Dear Benjamin Banneker – Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • Stories of Starland – Mary Proctor
  • Among the Farmyard People – Clara D. Pierson
  • Galileo for Kids – Richard Panchyk
  • Salsa Spanish
  • Will’s Words: How Shakespeare Changed the Way you Talk – Jane Sutcliffe
  • Awesome Artists Lettering –
  • Life in the Boreal Forest – Brenda Z. Guiberson
  • Favorite African Folk Tales – Nelson Mandela
  • Drawing for Kids – Kathryn Temple
  • Insect Folk – Margaret Warner Morley
  • Moonshot – National Geographic
  • Outbreak – Bryn Barnard

9th Grade (Form 3)

  • Great Tales from English History – Robert Lacey
  • Life of Fred Math
  • The Lion Children – Angus, Maisie and Travers McNeice
  • Draw Africa – Kristin J. Draeger
  • Pondwater zoo – Peter Loewer
  • Talking to Fireflies, Shrinking the Moon – Edward Duensing
  • Tanglewood Tales – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Coding
  • Do Hard Things – Alex & Brett Harris
  • Famous Men of the Renaissance & Reformation – Rob Shearer
  • Kisses from Katie – Katie Davis Majors
  • Drawing for Kids – Kathryn Temple
  • Exploring the history of Medicine – Hudson Tiner
  • The Black Arrow – Robert Luis Stevenson
  • Thinking Physics – Lewis Carroll Epstein
  • The Planets – Dava Sobel
  • Getting Started in Spanish – William E. Linney
  • Every man a Morality Play – Robert Pyle
  • Signs and Seasons- Jay Ryan
  • Signs and Seasons Field guide – Jay Ryan
  • Weston’s Plutarch – W.H. Weston
  • Lively Art of Writing – Lucile Vaughn
  • Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyon
  • Salsa Spanish
  • Awesome Artists Lettering –
  • The Great Brain Book – HP Newquist
  • First book of the Brain – Patricia J. Wynne
  • Let me Play – Karen Blumenthal
  • English Grammar – Lawton Bryan Evans
  • Ourselves – Charlotte Mason
  • Thief Lord – Corneila Funke
  • Men of Iron – Robert Pyle
  • Phineas Gage – John Fleischman

11th Grade (Form 4)

  • A little History of the World-Ancient – E.H. Gombrich
  • Life of Fred Math
  • Draw the World – Kristin J. Draeger
  • 100 Steps for Science – Lisa Jane Gillespie
  • Undeniable – Douglas Axe
  • Wonderous Workings of Planet Earth – Rachel Ignotofsky
  • The Art of War – Sun Tzu
  • Japanese
  • Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
  • Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis
  • Oxford Ancient History – Roy Burrell
  • Historium – Jo Nelson
  • City Atlas – Georgia Cherry
  • How Cities Work – Lonely Planet Kids
  • Modern Drawing – Chelsea Ward
  • The Way Life Works – Mahlon Hoagland
  • Biology Coloring Book – Robert D. Griffin
  • The Making of America – Robert D. Johnston
  • Politics by Aristotle – Aristotle
  • To America – Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Consequence of Ideas – R.C. Sproul
  • Waste Not – Erin Rhoads
  • Signs and Seasons – Jay Ryan
  • Signs and Season Field guide – Jay Ryan
  • Living History of America – Jay Bruun
  • Our White House – Various
  • An Indigenous People’s History – Jean Mendoza
  • Soul of Science – Nancy R. Pearcey
  • Journey – DK
  • Getting Started in Spanish – William E. Linney
  • Full Tilt – Dervla Murphy
  • Rock and Dirt – Erin Rhoads
  • Planetarium – Raman Prija
  • Before Columbus – Charles C. Mann
  • 360 Longitude – John Higham
  • Common Sense – Thomas Paine
  • Draw Europe – Kristin J. Draeger
  • Life Itself – Boyce Rensberger
  • Life God and other Small Topics – Eric Metaxes
  • Essays from Francis Bacon – Francis Bacon
  • Glorious Adventure – Richard Halliburton
  • Big Earth Book – Lonely Planet Kids
  • An African American Latinx History of the US – Paul Ortiz

There you have it. 2020-2021 picks for our home school. I hope this helps! Remember, all families and kids are different. We have changed up how we do things throughout the years that my kids have been at home. It just depends on how the kids learn best. This is what works for our family during this time.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I would be happy to help in any way I can.  ❤


  1. Wow, kids learn so much more at home.

    I wish I had the choice to be home schooled. It is such a freedom to explore and learn.

    There are two books that stand out :

    The art of war by Sun Tzu
    Common Sense by Francis Bacon.

    They are work reading by any person, young or old on earth.


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