Enrichment Year Ideas 1

Here is one way to combine the various Family Enrichment studies. Use these ideas as is or as a starting point. Add your selected history time period books and grade-level math, science, and language arts to complete your year’s plan.

Scripture Memory: Verse Pack 1

The memory verses packs, which contain about fifty verses each, are designed to be learned and recited together as a family. Our Scripture Memory System gives tips on how to easily memorize and review any verses you want to use. We also have the verse packs available in a free download of printable verse cards.

Genesis 1:1
Genesis 1:27
Genesis 1:31
Genesis 2:7
Psalm 23
Psalm 35:9
Psalm 100
Psalm 119:30
Proverbs 4:7
Proverbs 4:20, 21
Proverbs 22:29
Mark 12:30, 31
John 13:34, 35
1 Corinthians 10:31
Ephesians 2:8–10
Ephesians 4:25
Ephesians 4:32
Ephesians 6:1–3
Philippians 4:4–9
Philippians 4:13
1 Thessalonians 5:18
1 Timothy 6:6
Hebrews 11:1
Hebrews 13:17
James 4:1
James 5:8
1 Peter 4:8
1 John 1:8, 9
Revelation 4:11

Literature: Book Group 1

Select one level to read aloud: younger, middle, or older. Use the links below to view all the books in a group in the CM Bookfinder for easy scheduling in our CM Organizer. You can also see our suggestions for where to find the books.

Younger Students (Grades 1–4) (View on the CM Bookfinder)

Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Middle Students (Grades 5–8) (View on the CM Bookfinder)

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Bambi: A Life in the Woods by Felix Salten
The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit
Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

Older Students (Grades 9–12) (View on the CM Bookfinder)

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton

Poetry: Robert Louis Stevenson

Read Stevenson’s poems for several weeks (six at least). If possible, read a short, interesting biography about him as well. During the other weeks of the year, simply read a variety of poems and enjoy them together. Our Enjoy the Poems series makes it simple to continue with Stevenson’s poems for an entire year.

Picture Study: Velazquez, Constable, Rembrandt

Our Picture Study Portfolios make it simple to get to know these new friends.

Term 1: Rembrandt
Term 2: Constable
Term 3: Velazquez

Handicrafts & Art: Hand Sewing, Pastels, Crochet

Our Handicrafts Made Simple video series is a good resource to help your children (and you) learn a new-to-you handicraft. Creating a Masterpiece teaches several different media (pastel, pencil drawing, ink, sculpture, watercolor, acrylic painting) on several levels.

Term 1: Handicrafts Made Simple: Hand Sewing
Term 2: Creating a Masterpiece: Pastels
Term 3: Handicrafts Made Simple: Crochet

Music Study: Bach, Chopin, Beethoven

Listen to pieces by the composer for several weeks until the children become familiar with that composer’s style. If possible, read or listen to a short biography about that composer sometime during your study of his work. Our Music Study with the Masters portfolios make it simple to get to know these great composers.

Term 1: Bach
Term 2: Chopin
Term 3: Beethoven

Hymn Study: Hymn Group 1

Sing the hymn together until all of the family members have learned every stanza. If you learn one hymn every six weeks or so, you will be able to cover six in a school year. Singing the Great Hymns includes all of these hymns, along with audio recordings, to make hymn study simple.

I Sing the Mighty Power of God
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
To God Be the Glory
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Crown Him with Many Crowns
O Come, All Ye Faithful

Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

It’s easy to do Shakespeare with a simple three-step approach. Our Shakespeare in Three Steps series gives you lesson plans to make studying Shakespeare a delight.

Personal Development: Laying Down the Rails

Laying Down the Rails: A Charlotte Mason Habits Handbook and Laying Down the Rails for Children: A Habit-Training Companion will help your whole family focus on cultivating good habits one at a time.

Foreign Language: Speaking [Spanish] with Miss Mason and Francois

Each volume from Cherrydale Press is designed to last several years. Work as a family at your own pace with your language of choice.

Sample Schedule

Here is one way to spread the feast throughout a week, including your selected History/Geography/Bible study and math, science, and language arts for individual students. Click any subject below for more details.

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

Scripture Memory

History/Geography/Bible

Picture Study

Foreign Language

Literature

Math/Science/Language Arts

Scripture Memory

History/Geography/Bible

Music Study

Personal Development

Literature

Math/Science/Language Arts

Scripture Memory

Poetry

History/Geography/Bible

Handicraft or Art

Literature

Math/Science/Language Arts

Scripture Memory

History/Geography/Bible

Hymn Study

Shakespeare

Foreign Language

Literature

Math/Science/Language Arts

Scripture Memory

History/Geography/Bible

Nature Study

Personal Development

Literature

Math/Science/Language Arts

Lesson Plans

Our Enrichment Studies, Volume 1, will give you day-by-day lessons using the resources above.

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