Wildwood Curriculum

A Charlotte Mason Education for All

Author: Jennifer (page 2 of 2)

[Stonechats 4] Ahead and Behind

Today we muse on what it means to use a CM education with advanced and struggling children, and eventually reflect on how we can reframe what it means to be ahead or behind.

[Stonechats 3] Living Books

Today we muse on living books. We talk about the definition of a living book, why we offer so many options at Wildwood, how we personally pick books for the curriculum, and how we think you should pick them for yur home.

[Stonechats 2] More about What is a Charlotte Mason Education?

Marjorie, Jennifer and Miriam continue to discuss what constituents a Charlotte Mason education.

For more episodes, check out our playlist.

[Stonechats 1] What is a Charlotte Mason Education?

On today’s podcast, we talk about some of the overall features of a Charlotte Mason approach to education.

For more episodes, check out our playlist.

[Stonechats Teaser] Wildwood Stonechats Teaser

A short teaser for our upcoming podcast where Marjorie Lang, co-creator of Wildwood Curriculum, muses on the differences between a Charlotte Mason education and a Waldorf approach.

For all episodes, check out our playlist.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Full Play
Full Play at Gutenberg
A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Wikipedia

FILM: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1968) with Helen Mirren (YT)

FILM: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999) with Kevin Kline (CSM review)

STAGE: Presented by Rice University Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts

ANIMATION: BBC Shakespeare Animated Tales – A Midsummer’s Night Dream

AUDIO: Librivox’s audiobook, unabridged version of A Midsummer’s Night Dream

A Quick Tour of Traditional Eastern Asian Music


Keliwali (in the melodic mode of kastori) by Mohammad Omar (The Virtuoso from Afghanistan)


See Lesson Segment #1 here: https://folkways.si.edu/afghan-rubab-lion-instruments/kabuli/music/tools-for-teaching/smithsonian

Read CD liner notes here: https://folkways-media.si.edu/liner_notes/smithsonian_folkways/SFW40439.pdf


The Gallop of Jonon Khar


See the lesson plan here: https://folkways.si.edu/hooves-on-steppes-morin-huur-mongolia/throat-singing/music/tools-for-teaching/smithsonian

See CD liner notes pages 1-12 and page 20 here: https://folkways-media.si.edu/liner_notes/smithsonian_folkways/SFW40438.pdf


Bageshwari (A Traditional Sitar Baga) · Shamim Ahmed


See the lesson plan here: https://folkways.si.edu/indian-sitar/classical/music/tools-for-teaching/smithsonian

CD Liner notes here: https://folkways-media.si.edu/liner_notes/monitor/MON00489.pdf


Shintaro San of the Mountain


Lesson Plan Section #1: https://folkways.si.edu/shintaro-san-of-the-mountain-mountains-minyo-and-japanese-culture/tools-for-teaching/smithsonian

CD Liner notes here: https://folkways-media.si.edu/liner_notes/folkways/FW04534.pdf



Moonlight on the Ching Yang River written by Yu Shinan


Lesson Plan Section #1 = https://folkways.si.edu/discovering-east-china-elementary-school/lullaby-vocal-outdoor-solo-programmatic/music/tools-for-teaching/smithsonian

CD Liner notes: https://folkways-media.si.edu/liner_notes/folkways/FW06812.pdf

Note: “Moonlight on the Ching Yang ( Xun_vang) River” (2:02). This piece dates from the Tang dynasty and is attributed to Yu Shinan. The pipa and the erhu play much of the main melodic line in unison. The Xiao  embellishes the melody and  ornaments some of the longer notes. This is a performance of Jiangnan fichu by an early touring group from Shanghai. ~The Concise Garland Encyclopedia of World Music


Kepandung Sita by Sekaa Kecak Puspita Jaya


Lesson Plan Segment #3 here: https://folkways.si.edu/vocal-elysia-indonesia/lullabies-world/music/tools-for-teaching/smithsonian

CD Liner Section F here:https://folkways-media.si.edu/liner_notes/hart/HRT15021.pdf

The CM History Rotation

A Quick Overview of CM History

Charlotte believed in exposing her students to a wide variety of history across a long timeline.  Her classes generally followed this pattern:


Now since time spent in a particular form didn’t always match up with the historical spread used, a child passing into a form or out of a form would not actually complete the full reading of the history.  I think this is often confusing for our modern worldview that desires to start a child at the beginning of the book and read through it consistently to the end.  This is not what Miss Mason did.

And I think that can be rather freeing when we realize that learning is about exposure to great material and connections made by our children with that material.

But in planning a modern-day version of the original programmes, we needed to make some changes.  This is the general plan that Wildwood follows:


The main body of the Wildwood curriculum includes a history rotation for American users, where the home country is American history, the secondary is British history, and the third will be either Canadian or Mexican.

For users in other countries, they will need to find spines for the history of their home country, one for the history of a country they are close to or most influenced by (this may mean American for many of us) and then a third country.

We offer some ideas on the Users from Other Countries page.

As You Like It Resources

Full Play
Full Play at Gutenberg
As You Like It on Wikipedia

FILM: As You Like It (1936) with Laurence Olivier (YT with captions)

FILM: As You Like It (2006) by Kenneth Branagh (CSM rating) Classroom Study Guide

STAGE: An outdoor, modern version performed by the Public Theater of Minnesota

ANIMATION: BBC Shakespeare Animated Tales – As You Like It

AUDIO: Librivox’s audiobook, unabridged version of As You Like It

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