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Personal Development

Personal Development is all about character training. Laying Down the Rails will help your whole family focus on cultivating good habits one at a time. In addition, books are listed for older students to read and discuss with the parents.

Family

Laying Down the Rails: A Charlotte Mason Habits Handbook by Sonya Shafer
Laying Down the Rails for Children: A Habit-Training Companion by Lanaya Gore

Grades 7–12

(Each year read & discuss the given portion of the listed book in short segments.)
Grade 7: Begin The Holy War (in Modern English) by John Bunyan.
Grade 8: Finish The Holy War (in Modern English) by John Bunyan.
Grade 9: Begin Ourselves, Book 1: Self-Knowledge by Charlotte Mason.
Grade 10: Finish Ourselves, Book 1: Self-Knowledge, by Charlotte Mason.
Grade 11: Begin Ourselves Book 2: Self-Direction, by Charlotte Mason.
Grade 12: Finish Ourselves Book 2: Self-Direction, by Charlotte Mason.

Other Book Possibilities

Family

The Young Peacemaker by Corlette Sande
Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends by Sarah, Stephen, and Grace Mally

Grades 7–8

(girls) Beautiful Girlhood edited by Karen Andreola OR Before You Meet Prince Charming by Sarah Mally
(boys) Boyhood and Beyond by Bob Schultz
(girls) Raising Maidens of Virtue by Stacy McDonald
(boys) Thoughts for Young Men by J. C. Ryle

Grades 9–12

(girls) A Young Woman After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George
(boys) A Young Man After God’s Own Heart by Jim George
Of Knights and Fair Maidens by Jeff and Danielle Myers

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