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Old 03-11-2014, 01:42 PM   #1
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Living books curiculum.com? CM for dummies?

The more I research, the more I realize CM might be a wonderful fit for DS. I've got two issues. 1) I just don't get the method, and I spent so much energy learning everything montessori and having him hate it, I'd really like someone to say "do this" see if it works, and then if it does I'll invest the time into researching so I "get it right"
2) we are not religious, so every time I see how deeply religious the lessons are I back away.

So I found living books.com and it has a teachers guide and seems a little more laid out. Perhaps I can just leave the bible studies out?

Any advice?

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The more I research, the more I realize CM might be a wonderful fit for DS. I've got two issues. 1) I just don't get the method, and I spent so much energy learning everything montessori and having him hate it, I'd really like someone to say "do this" see if it works, and then if it does I'll invest the time into researching so I "get it right"
2) we are not religious, so every time I see how deeply religious the lessons are I back away.

So I found living books.com and it has a teachers guide and seems a little more laid out. Perhaps I can just leave the bible studies out?

Any advice?
I would say that CM is more of a philosophy of education rather than a curriculum or method. That said, have you looked at ambleside online? Their lesson plans are free.

ETA: many of her ideas about education are rooted in the idea that children are persons born in the image of God, and so you are going to get a lot of that intertwined with the lessons, but it's not impossible to just skip it...just know it's one of the founding ideas and reasons for the way she did things.
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Re: Living books curiculum.com? CM for dummies?

Not sure if you are on FB, but this is a great group of women that love to answer questions about CM and several of them are not religious so they might be able to help you figure out a curriculum plan. https://www.facebook.com/groups/char...homeschoolers/

Story of the World is pretty neutral when it comes to religion (teaches many different religions) so that might work for you as a history spine and you can add living books suggested in the activity guide according to what your son is most interested in. My local library system had almost all of the books listed in the guide so I found this history program to be very affordable.

For science, nature study with living books is pretty much the plan for the early years. The One Small square books would be a great jumping off point and I don't think there are any religious view points in them at all.

I know there is also a mama on here that is not religious and has a modified ambleside curriculum that she uses for her two boys. I can't remember her name right off the top of my head but maybe she will chime in for you
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Not sure if you are on FB, but this is a great group of women that love to answer questions about CM and several of them are not religious so they might be able to help you figure out a curriculum plan. https://www.facebook.com/groups/char...homeschoolers/ Story of the World is pretty neutral when it comes to religion (teaches many different religions) so that might work for you as a history spine and you can add living books suggested in the activity guide according to what your son is most interested in. My local library system had almost all of the books listed in the guide so I found this history program to be very affordable. For science, nature study with living books is pretty much the plan for the early years. The One Small square books would be a great jumping off point and I don't think there are any religious view points in them at all. I know there is also a mama on here that is not religious and has a modified ambleside curriculum that she uses for her two boys. I can't remember her name right off the top of my head but maybe she will chime in for you
Thanks! I requested to join a group but haven't been accepted yet. I will look into SOTW thanks. And if were talking about the same mama, I believe I already pm'd her, thanks!
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Re: Living books curiculum.com? CM for dummies?

Yes, it'd be easy. I bought a used guide once of theirs. Someone had crossed out the scheduled bible and replaced it with Usborne World Religions.
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Yes, it'd be easy. I bought a used guide once of theirs. Someone had crossed out the scheduled bible and replaced it with Usborne World Religions.
thanks! I'll look up that world religion a book.
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Re: Living books curiculum.com? CM for dummies?

We have already talked but yes it isn't that hard to do secular CM. Build your library has a secular CM curriculum though it isn't free. AO can be modified as can Tanglewood and Simply Charlotte Mason.

There are so many free Charlotte Mason curriculums out there I don't think I would bother buying one, just choose a booklist you like and get started, it is really fairly simple. There is not really a "lesson plan" and I simply avoid the books that are overtly religious (I know many people like Story of the World but I still find the Christian world view too much we use Kingfisher Encyclopedia instead).

http://www.charlottemasonhelp.com/p/...urriculum.html
http://simplycharlottemason.com/
http://www.tanglewoodeducation.com/index.htm
http://beansblues.wordpress.com/2012.../fools-errand/
http://www.secularcm.com/
http://amblesideonline.org/index.shtml
http://buildyourlibrary.com/

All the links here are free except build your library. Some are secular and some are not. Most are CM, a couple are supposed to be classical/cm mixed and some are just booklists that you can use to make your own curric. I understand that Moving Beyond the Page as well as Sonlight are living book based but I have never used either and don't really know. I found many of these sites frustrating to use and have been happiest with AO but other people may have other experiences. I'm not a blog person so any site set up like a blog frustrates me.
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We have already talked but yes it isn't that hard to do secular CM. Build your library has a secular CM curriculum though it isn't free. AO can be modified as can Tanglewood and Simply Charlotte Mason. There are so many free Charlotte Mason curriculums out there I don't think I would bother buying one, just choose a booklist you like and get started, it is really fairly simple. There is not really a "lesson plan" and I simply avoid the books that are overtly religious (I know many people like Story of the World but I still find the Christian world view too much we use Kingfisher Encyclopedia instead). http://www.charlottemasonhelp.com/p/...urriculum.html http://simplycharlottemason.com/ http://www.tanglewoodeducation.com/index.htm http://beansblues.wordpress.com/2012.../fools-errand/ http://www.secularcm.com/ http://amblesideonline.org/index.shtml http://buildyourlibrary.com/ All the links here are free except build your library. Some are secular and some are not. Most are CM, a couple are supposed to be classical/cm mixed and some are just booklists that you can use to make your own curric. I understand that Moving Beyond the Page as well as Sonlight are living book based but I have never used either and don't really know. I found many of these sites frustrating to use and have been happiest with AO but other people may have other experiences. I'm not a blog person so any site set up like a blog frustrates me.

Thanks for all the resources! Lots of research in my Future!
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