Free Curriculum Guide

A Charlotte Mason-style education can be a richly rewarding experience! We’re happy to provide our suggestions to help you walk through the years with confidence and freedom. Learn more by reading about the heart of the SCM Curriculum Guide.

Here at SCM, we encourage you to teach all your children together for as many subjects as possible. Our free curriculum guide will give you detailed book lists and resource recommendations to enjoy a feast of Charlotte Mason-style studies. Use it as is or simply as a starting point to customize a delightful plan for your family. You can view it with the options below.

Explore on your own
View an overview chart with links to information on each subject.

Use this chart to explore our suggestions. The Family Subjects chart will show you which subjects we recommend you teach with all your children together. The second chart details the grade-level subjects that we recommend you teach individually: math, science, and language arts. Click on the links to see our specific book recommendations.

Family Subjects (all grades combined)

History, Geography, Bible One study per year, choose from
Genesis—Deuteronomy & Ancient Egypt
Joshua—Malachi & Ancient Greece
Matthew—Acts & Ancient Rome
Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation & Epistles
Early Modern & Epistles
Modern Times & Epistles, Revelation
Scripture Memory Verse Packs 1–12, one per year
Picture Study Three artists per year
Music Study Three composers per year
Hymn Study Hymn Groups 1–12, one group per year
Handicrafts & Art Three projects per year
Shakespeare One play every other year
Foreign Language Hear and speak, then read and write the language
Nature Study Outdoor time and nature notebooks once a week
Poetry One poet study sometime during the year, plus selected poems
Literature Read aloud favorite books to the whole family;
older students may have additional silent reading
Personal Development Work on habits; older students read and
discuss additional books with parents

Math, Science, Language Arts by Grade

Grade 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Math Hands-on math courses Pre-Algebra Algebra Geometry Algebra II (Electives) Stewardship or Pre-Calculus (Elective) Calculus
Science Living books and nature study OR Conversational science courses and nature study General Science Physical Science Biology Chemistry (Electives) Advanced Courses
Language Arts

(plus Shakespeare, Poetry, & Literature mentioned in Family Subjects above)

Beginning reading and writing; reading and writing practice; oral narration Studied dictation; typing; English grammar; oral and written narration

Step-by-step guide
We'll walk you through designing a plan in three easy steps.

Use this guide to customize a year of studies for your own family in 3 steps! You can jot down your selections on this free Plans for My Year download.

1. Choose a History time period for the whole family to study together.

SCM History Series Chart

Genesis through Deuteronomy & Ancient Egypt Joshua through Malachi & Ancient Greece Matthew through Acts & Ancient Rome Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation & Epistles Early Modern & Epistles Modern Times, Epistles & Revelation

Each study includes history, geography, and Bible. We use a 6-year history rotation because we want to emphasize Bible history alongside world history; therefore, we spread the ancient civilizations over three years so you’re not rushing through Genesis to Acts in one year.

If you are just starting out, you may want to start at the beginning of history with Genesis. If your children have already studied a time period, feel free to pick up from there and move forward in subsequent years. Or just select a time period that would be interesting to your students.

2. Then make a selection from each Family Enrichment subject listed below that you want to include.

Or grab one of these ready-made plans:

Enrichment Year Ideas 1
Enrichment Year Ideas 2
Enrichment Year Ideas 3
Enrichment Year Ideas 4

Most of these subjects will take only 5–15 minutes, once or twice a week. They are the variety that adds spice and spreads a feast of a wide curriculum.

3. Last, add math, science, and language arts for each student.

Additional resources
More help planning a curriculum for your family.

Here are a some other good resources you might find helpful:

Note: You can still refer to the old SCM Curriculum Guide charts if you want to, but they are no longer being updated.