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Narration (oral or written) at the end of each lesson.  At least two written narrations each day.

​Sunday Occupations

All terms:

A Book of Centuries. Choose and inscribe texts and mottoes, using your best handwriting. Design holiday cards.

For Weekend Reading (Optional):

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Each term:

Continue with handwriting instruction and practice as necessary or desired.

Transcribe some of your favorite passages from this term's Shakespeare selection, or from Poetry Books.

[The programmes say "A New Handwriting by M. M. Bridges; teacher to study instructions; work from card 6. Choose and transcribe passages from A Midsummer Night's Dream, and other books set."]

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(best handwriting to be used)

All terms:

Two or three pages or a passage (to be prepared first) from a newspaper, or, from the prose and poetry set for reading; words not known to be visualized (see Home Education p 240-243); a paragraph to be then dictated.

In other words, choose two or three pages to go over with your student, noting punctuation and difficult spelling words. If they are unsure of the spelling of certain words, they should visualize them. Once the student feels he knows the passage well enough, a paragraph of your choosing is dictated. This may take several days of preparation.

For exams, a paragraph should be dictated without first reviewing the passage it is taken from.

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 (oral or written narration each day)

All terms:

Write, in verse or prose, on

  • (a) some subject under History, Reading, or Literature
  • (b) the news of the week. 
  • (c) some historical or allegorical subject taken from the term's reading

Doggerel must not be written. Try to imitate the meters of poems you are reading, particularly ones favored by the term’s poet.

(from Wikipedia: Doggerel is poetry that is irregular in rhythm and in rhyme, often deliberately for burlesque or comic effect. Alternatively, it can mean verse which has a monotonous rhythm, easy rhyme, and cheap or trivial meaning.)

Occasionally, write a summary two days after reading on some subject in Literature, news of the week, or history.

(the following is optional, and can wait until Form IIIA)

Begin working with the student to manipulate the material that is being learned, rather than straight narration.  For example, change scenes from books into plays, write newspaper articles about characters in the books being read, write conversations between two characters from different books.

Also, introduce literary analysis and terms, such as setting, plot, climax, and theme.

Write on subjects read previously in the week (for example, read on Tuesdays on news of the week, and write about it on Thursdays).

If you need hand-holding with Composition, use Season 1 of Beyond the Book Report from Analytical Grammar.  Spread this over Term 1, and then continue to practice these skills for Terms 2 & 3.

Season 2 will be used in Form 3 A.

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English Grammar

All terms:

Parse and analyse, each week, from a book of poetry and of prose, making progress each term.

Continue with your grammar program of choice. Some options: KISS Grammar, Analytical Grammar, Winston Grammar.


​(including holiday and evening reading)

All terms:

A Book of Luminous Things by Czesław Miłosz [AMZ]: read poems from the 1900s

  • Term 1:
  • Term 2:
    • A Little History of Literature by John Sutherland, p 47-87
    • This term’s Shakespeare selection
    • Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank [AMZ]
    • Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
    • The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig [AMZ] OR Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls  [AMZ]
    • Focus Poet: Ogden Nash Candy Is Dandy [AMZ] (or any "best of" collection)
  • Term 3:
    • A Little History of Literature by John Sutherland, p 88-133
    • This term’s Shakespeare selection
    • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin  [AMZ] OR (for struggling readers) A Stranger Came Ashore by Mollie Hunter  [AMZ]
    • The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede [AMZ]
    • Focus Poet: Mary Oliver A Thousand Mornings  [AMZ]

U.S. History (Canadian users see this page)

Read a students' daily news report and keep a calendar of events.  Optional: Complete a chart of the 20th century (see this post about the Century Chart -- not affiliated with Wildwood Curriculum)

Consider watching Edwardian Farm and Wartime Farm (BBC) and 1940's House on YouTube or through your library.

General History

Keep a Book of Centuries, putting in illustrations from all the history studied during the term (home country, 2nd country, ancients). Visit history museums regularly.

British History


  • Term 1:
    • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (Spread this out over 2 years. Read approximately 1/6 of the book each term.) [AMZ]
    • Whatever Happened to Penny Candy by Richard Maybury  p [AMZ]
    • This term's Plutarch selection
  • Term 2:
    •  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (Spread this out over 2 years. Read approximately 1/6 of the book each term.) [AMZ]
    • Whatever Happened to Penny Candy  by Richard Maybury  p
    • This term's Plutarch selection
  • Term 3:
    • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (Spread this out over 2 years. Read approximately 1/6 of the book each term.) [AMZ]
    • Whatever Happened to Penny Candy  by Richard Maybury  p
    • This term's Plutarch selection


Map questions to be answered from map before each lesson; then reading and narration; memory sketch maps. 

Know something about foreign places coming into notice in the current newspapers (see under History). Ten minutes' exercise on maps of the world every week.

Teacher may find useful Out-door Geography by H. Hatch

  • Term 1
    • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Geography, 3rd Edition, P 1-40, ch 1-4
    • Physical Geography by Geike, sections 1-39 
      (You may wish to supplement this with TOPS Earth, Moon, and Sun, which would also make a great "special study" for natural history this term.)
    • Lonely Planet ???

Term 2

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Geography, 3rd Edition

P 41-72 (ch 5-8)

Term 3

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Geography, 3rd Edition

P 73-114 (ch 9-11)


Natural History and Botany

Keep a Nature Note-Book (see Home Education, p 54-55), with flower, bird and insect lists, and make daily notes. For out-door work, some special study suitable to season and climate.

Each term:

  • Term 1
    The Study of Plant Life by Stopes p 1-34
    On the Origin of Species Young Readers Edition (adapted by Rebecca Stefoff) [AMZ} p 1-43 (Introduction through Ch 3)
  • Term 2
    The Study of Plant Life by Stopes p 25-63
    On the Origin of Species YRE p 45-99 (ch 4-9)
  • Term 3
    The Study of Plant Life by Stopes p 63-85, 104-122
    On the Origin of Species YRE p 101-160 (ch 10-end)

General Science

  • Term 1
    The Weather Detective by Peter Wohlleben, Introduction through Ch 5
    Liquids and Gases: Secrets of the Universe by Paul Fleisher
  • Term 2
    The Weather Detective, Ch 6-9
    Matter and Energy: Secrets of the Universe by Paul Fleisher
  • Term 3
    The Weather Detective Ch 10-13
    Waves: Secrets of the Universe by Paul Fleisher

Picture Talk

Study, describe (and draw from memory details of) six reproductions of pictures from the artist of your choice, or the term's artist.

See Home Education p 307-311, and School Education p 239.

First foreign language (French/German/Spanish) 

  • Read Home Education for how to teach a second language.
  • Use the program of your choice. If you have been studying a foreign language orally for at least two years, then add in grammar, exercises, and reading.  
  • Consider The ULAT, which is inexpensive and oral for the first 2+ years.  Parents will likely need to monitor to make sure the student is repeating the words and actions and not simply watching the videos.  The first 15 lessons are free.
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  • Read several poems in your target language and learn one.
  • Learn three songs per term in the language you are studying.

Second foreign language

  •  Begin a second foreign language. We recommend your child begin learning orally first before being introduced to the written language.


Continue with the math program of your choice. Charlotte Mason taught Arithmetic, Geometry, and Algebra concurrently at this level, working out of multiple books.

Practice quick mental exercises and review previous work regularly.

Continue to read interesting mathematical books in leisure time.


  • Term 1

Kings and Queens of England 

A selection from this term's Shakespeare selection.


(including holiday and evening reading)

Books set under Literature, History, Geography should afford exercise in careful reading and in composition. 

Poetry should be read daily.

  • Term 1
    •  Bulfinch's Age of Fable
  • Term 2
    •  Bulfinch's Age of Fable
  • Term 3
    •  Bulfinch's Age of Fable

Musical Appreciation

Use this term's selection from the Composer Rotation, or choose your own to study.

World Religions, Philosophy and Logic

10 Things All Mathematicians and Scientists Must Know (but are rarely taught)

N.B. (nota bene -- take special notice)

Pupils should spend two years in Form III (average ages 12 to 14)

For methods of teaching the various subjects, see Charlotte Mason's books Home Education, School Education, and A Philosophy of Education.

The work of the Programmes cannot be fully carried out unless each child keeps a Nature Note Book and a Century Book.

You may also find our podcast, Stonechats, helpful.

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