Our School Plans

My two oldest are in fifth grade this year, and then I have two students in Form I: my second grade daughter and my first grade son.

I've compiled our learning plans for the past few years in case they're helpful to others using a Charlotte Mason-style of learning with elementary kids, especially those tweaking AmblesideOnline for their Catholic families.

I have this year's current plans at the top, and then the archive of previous years' plans organized below that.

2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR

Gianna and Vincent's Year 5
Year 5 Exams

Cate and Xavier's Form I
Form I Exams

Morning Basket :: Term 1, Terms 2 and 3

Our Paper Plans :: Schedules, Checklists, Chore Charts, and More
My Pre-Reading and Planning Session
Our Weekly Meeting
The School Year in Review :: Notebooks


Our CM Kindergarten:
Food for Thought
The Morning Basket
Nature Study
Art and Music
Free Reading and Listening

Cate's Kindergarten (2014-2015)
Xavier's Kindergarten (2015-2016) and picture booklist

First Grade in Our Home:
Handicrafts, aka Chores:)
Artist Study
Music Study
Memory Work
Free Reading
Exams - Term 1, Term 2, Term 3

Cate's First Grade (2015-2016)
Cate's Exams - Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
The School Year in Review :: Years 4 and 1

Second Grade in Our Home:
Our Daily Schedule
Fine Arts
Free Reading
Summer School
Exams - Term 1, Term 2, Term 3

Third Grade in Our Home:
Our Weekly Schedule
Morning Basket - Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Exams - Term 1, Term 2, Term 3


  1. Hi Celeste! Our kids are almost the same age as your Cate and Xavier I think (dd9 and ds7 going into years 3 and 1)...I would love to see how you are combining them this year! Your blog is so helpful. Thank you!

    1. Hi Samara! Eventually I hope to get some of my plans for this year up, but it won't be just yet. :) The short answer is that I have them both combined for most of the Year 3 readings, except Xavier is doing history (Our Island Story, Children's History of the World, and The Little Duke) on his own, as is Cate (OIS, CHOW/TCOO, biography, and Children of the New Forest). I did some shifting around here and there, but it's going very smoothly so far. If you remind me via Instagram, I can take a quick snap of my over-arching book breakdown for them and send it to you. ;)

  2. Thanks! I will IG you. but no worries! I mean, new baby and all!!!! :D

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  4. Hello! Do you have any suggestions for alternatives to Pilgrim's Progress?

    1. Hi Jessica! I have a couple suggestions for you. First, we chose to go ahead and read Pilgrim's Progress because it has SUCH a cultural significance -- it comes up in lots and lots of other books. But there is a meaty picture book version of it called Dangerous Journey, which is abridged but still retains the original language. Happily for Catholics, the parts that it abridges are the more theological bits, which we are happy to have excluded. :) I really like that version, and after doing the original with my older kids and DJ with my middles, I will be using DJ from here on out. The format is appealing and the illustrations are wonderfully done. And you get the cultural bits that we didn't want to miss.

      For a couple other options that are less culturally important but are Catholic allegories (so in the same genre as PP but from a Catholic perspective):

      The King of the Golden City by Mother Mary Loyola - http://amzn.to/2xKrdwq (the "boy" edition) and http://staugustineacademypress.com/the-king-of-the-golden-city/ (the original with a girl main character

      The Voyage of the Pax - http://amzn.to/2zoUXmT

      These are both vintage texts, so are literary in nature. The Voyage of the Pax is very short, and King of the Golden City is more involved. We have used it for First Communion prep, but my kids enjoy re-reading it also. And we used Pax as a Term 1 religion free read this year. They are both lovely and a great addition to any Catholic home, whether you choose to use them in place of PP or alongside.

      Hope that helps!

  5. Hello! Do you have any suggestions for alternatives to Pilgrim's Progress?

  6. Oops. I don't know why that posted twice...