Our Charlotte Mason High School Curriculum 2014-15

Aug 4, 2014

A Charlotte Mason high school curriculum covering all subjects from nature study to writing, history to science.

Our Charlotte Mason High School Curriculum


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World History and American History

Alexis will be taking both World and American history this year. Although we've been studying world history from the beginning of our Charlotte Mason education, I believe that high school is an opportunity to study those periods again more intensely and with a more mature mind.

I've chosen the following two courses from Train Up A Child Publishing. 

World History I: Ancients through the Renaissance & Reformation

Literature: The courses offer a choice of books, including AP literature. I've chosen the following books:

The Ancients
Middle Ages

American History I: Colonization through the Civil War

I would love to share my details/literature for this one, but the truth is I haven't ordered this yet. I'm running a bit behind on things due to a car accident. However, I will be updating this shortly, so stay tuned.


Our geography comes from the history we're studying. Our history curriculum, living books and Wondermaps do the job for us.


I am forever finding books I want the kids to read. I would like Alexis to read these this year.
I will be getting together with Alexis to choose short stories and essays to read. I'll add those as we go.

Free Reading

Science and Nature Study

We are using Supercharged Science and other resources to make science easy.

For nature studies:


Alexis has dyscalculia. Math is something she'll never really be able to do. We work on things as we go, but we've not found a thing that actually helps move her past the basics. (There is a reason colleges excuse these students from math.)


For writing, Alexis will be taking two courses. I actually won these in a giveaway, so I don't know a lot about them just yet. 

The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School - This course teaches students to essays, a biography, a literary analysis, research papers with MLA documentation and other nonfiction writing.

Writing Fiction [In High School] - This writing course teaches students to write fiction including setting the scene, escalating conflict, selecting a point of view, hooking the reader, creating emapthetic protagonists, writing engaging dialog and all other aspects of fictional writing.

Foreign Language

I'm hoping to find a decent course for her to continue her studies of Japanese, which she's been teaching herself. Unfortunately, many are expensive. She's not interested in Spanish and we stopped ASL long ago.

Know of any affordable, effective Japanese programs?

Art and Music

We've always used picture studies and artist studies. We will continue that as well as music and composer studies.


We will be studying the poetry of 
I will also be looking for some good biographies about these poets. Just as with artists and composers, we also want to get to know the poets beyond their works. We want to get to know them as people.


We will be studying The Taming of the Shrew this year.

Scripture Memory

I honestly haven't decided on the scriptures yet, but this is the system we use for scripture memory.

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  1. Looks good mom! I love how you consistently meet her where she's at.

    1. Thanks, Heather. I'm the first to admit it's not always easy, but it's what we moms do, isn't it?

  2. You might want to check into Mango Languages. They have a program for homeschoolers for conversational language where you pay one price and get access to over 60 different languages. We used it 6 months for Japanese and liked it, but at the last minute my daughter changed her mind to Spanish.

    1. We have used Mango for the past 3 years for free through our libraries subscription, we have used it as a main curriculum in middle school and as a supplement in High School

    2. We're going to look into Mango. Thanks!

    3. Anonymous10/02/2014

      I was just coming to recommend Mango myself! Even if you can't get it free through your local library (I can't, as I'm in the UK) I think it is worth buying the homeschool subscription. I've got it for myself as my language - Arabic - isn't available as a personal subscription yet. It's a wonderful way to learn a language and I don't think it's expensive compared to the quality you get. I've tried a couple of courses and this is by far the best. May.

  3. Taming of the Shrew is one of my Shakespeare favorites. :-)

    1. I recall studying it in the 10th grade. Can't wait to get started!

  4. I also love the BBC modern rendition Shakespeare Retold - Taming of the Shrew. You've also mentioned some curriculum I've not heard about that I will have a look at. Thanks for sharing your CM curriculum.

    1. Michelle, Thank you for stopping by! I'll look into that.


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