Mythology (and Shakespeare)

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    Does SCM incorporate Bulfinch’s Age of Fable, and if yes, at what grade level — or what suggested grade level, if some have added this selection independently?

    Currently we utilize Ambleside Online as our primary curriculum alongside elements of SCM. The past few years we’ve covered two Greek mythology retellings by Hawthorne and another by Kingsley, and now Bulfinch is proposed. Planning for my eldest’s upcoming school year has me questioning certain choices all over again.

    While I am not opposed to familiarity with mythology per se, I struggle to believe it need be as concentrated or introduced so early as other curricula propose (and as Charlotte Mason herself practiced). It could be argued the premise of this early introduction is to spark imagination, as with any fairy tale; but as a Christian parent with only so many hours in my day and only so many years with my children, I would rather those who come after me have a firm foundation in Biblical truths before so much saturation in things opposing them.

    Similarly, I am curious how and when SCM approaches the inappropriate aspects of Shakespeare.

    Thank you!

    Tamara Bell

    I’d love to help!

    We do not incorporate Bullfinch’s Mythology into our curriculum and are careful about how much mythology we do include.  You will find some mythology at the start of The Story of the Greeks and The Story of the Romans but only because it helps give us a look at what both cultures believed historically concerning their origins.

    We have chosen to lay a solid foundation Biblically, weaving the Word of God through history studies.  By doing so, children…families really, will see Bible history as not a separate subject but as a part of World history.  As part of His story.


    “I would rather those who come after me have a firm foundation in Biblical truths before so much saturation in things opposing them.“


    This is beautifully said. I also used to use Ambleside, and am so grateful for all the tireless work the Ambleside team has contributed to CM homeschooling. However, I have moved over entirely to SCM, even to the point of buying all curriculum recommended for my children’s grade levels, since SCM is more closely aligned with my view of Scripture, and the world. I do want my children to know well Rome, Greece, and Shakespeare, to better understand the world they live in, but from where I stand, I see those ancient men and their tales as the backdrop to biblical culture, not the main event.

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