Charlotte Mason’s original curriculum included comprehensive Bible readings alongside optional Sunday readings. The bible readings were taken directly from the Christian bible and included commentaries and studies. The Sunday readings, especially in the upper forms, included books on church history, devotionals, Christian biographies, prayer books, and other spiritual readings.

Wildwood encourages each family to include books on their own spiritual traditions. It would be impossible for us to include a listing of such resources and so we encourage families to discover their own books.

However, we have also chosen to offer some suggestions for those who may be interested in readings on World Religions, Philosophy or Logic. These are to be additional resources used by families to enrich their ideas about our wonderful world. They are meant to be optional and shared and enjoyed together. As such, they are not always limited to specific forms and parents may switch around books based on their desires or interests, or the levels, abilities and interests of all their children. Parents may choose books from any category, but the reality is that you will NOT be able to do all the books listed here!! Think of these as a giant smorgasbord from which you can pick and choose the ones you want to taste. Move on if something doesn’t appeal to you, or slow down and savour something if it nurtures your family time.

Form 1 Suggestions

World Religions

— In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World by Virginia Hamilton
— Religious biographies by Demi (Muhammad, Rumi, Krishna, Jesus, Buddha, St Francis, etc)
— The Story of Religion by Betsy and Giulio Maestro
— Sacred Stories: Wisdom from World Religions by Marilyn McFarlane

Philosophy

— Wisdom Tales from Around the World by Heather Forest
— The Three Questions by Jon J Muth
— Zen Shorts, Zen Ties and Zen Sock books by Jon J Muth
— I Wonder Hardcover by Annaka Harris
— Peace Tales by Margaret MacDonald
— The Adventures of Mali & Keela: A Virtues Book for Children by Jonathan Collins

Logic

Lots of stories. Board games can also be an excellent way of laying foundational skills for the study of more formal logic in upper forms.

Books

— What Really Happened to Humpty? by Jeanie Franz Ransom
— Tuesday by David Wiesner (This almost wordless book offers lots of opportunities to wonder about what is actually going on and why?)
— Grandpa’s Teeth by Rod Clement
— Piggins by Jane Yolen
— Black and White by David Macaulay
— Any of Mitsumasa Anno’s Anno books
— Before After by Matthias Arégui and Anne-Margot Ramstein

Games

Rush Hour
Set
Colorku
Zoologic
Mastermind
Chess
Checkers
Qwirkle
Connect Four

Upper Forms (coming soon)