Introducing a Charlotte Mason Year 0.5 Curriculum!
I have always been of the mindset that it was better to wait on “school things” for my son, following a better-late-than-early approach. I hadn’t pushed him to start reading at an early age or tried to force any kind of structured preschool program on him and was quite happy with those decisions. When he turned six in August of 2016, I wanted to do something more “official” with him that fall, but I didn’t think he was quite ready for Ambleside Online (AO) Year 1. So, I started to look around for some kind of alternative.
If anyone else reading this has tried searching for a good Year 0.5 curriculum, you’ll know that it can be pretty frustrating. I’d find a post that someone had put up with a beautiful book list, but no idea how to implement it on a weekly basis. I found posts with very intense curricula that looked like they’d take longer than even a typical AO Year 1 week would. And I found others that claimed to be Charlotte Mason but had pretty questionable book selections.
For this reason, I decided to make my own Charlotte Mason Year 0.5 Curriculum! And because it was so difficult for me to find one that I liked, I’ve decided to share mine with others who might be in the same spot. If you fall into this weird Year 1? Year 0? limbo, I sincerely hope it is a help to you!
With this book, you will get….
…a book list including both modern and classic living books as well as free read ideas.
…Morning Time tips, with information about why Morning Time can be helpful, a sample of what we did during our own Morning Time, and ideas for how to implement it.
…supply lists, including everything you’ll need for the science projects, math activities, and handicrafts over the course of the year as well as broken down each week. I included this because it is one thing that always keeps me from being more efficient in my homeschooling. I find that if I have all of the supplies I need before a term, or even before a week starts, I’m much more likely to do them rather than scrambling around at the last second to get everything together!
…term overview schedules, in the Ambleside Online format with books and activities listed for history, geography, nature study, science, literature, poetry, math, and handicrafts.
…weekly schedules. I have gone through the term overview schedules and broken them down day-by-day for each week, so you have 36 weeks of 4-day schedules (with a nature study hike scheduled for Fridays) already laid out for you! The only thing you need to do is pre-read and you’re set!
What does a Charlotte Mason Year 0.5 Curriculum day look like?
A typical school “day” for us was only about 45 minutes long, including Morning Time, and generally looked like this:
- a single poem read every day
- Math time (and I’ve laid out the entire MEP Reception Math year for you!)
- one to two readings chosen from history, geography, literature, science, or nature study
- one handicraft per week
- time for copywork every day
The beauty of this curriculum is that you can truly make it yours. If you find a book that you’ve either read before and don’t want to read again or just don’t like, feel free to substitute it (and I do offer a suggestions for substitutions in a few subjects in the book as well)! If there’s a part of the curriculum that you don’t want in there, leave it out! Use this as a framework from which to build your own, unique Year 0.5 that fits your family’s needs.
What people are saying…
Amazing and well thought out curriculum. It’s sweet and beautiful and fun! Hands-down, I recommend this product. It’s very easy to customize it to your child’s strengths, hobbies and interest! I’m so grateful for this package! – Heather Elder, 26 August 2018
Great product, very comprehensive overview and reasoning for choices made and allowed for flexibility within the curriculum. Any questions were answered really quickly and resolved via email promptly and politely. Rebecca has been most helpful during the purchasing process and I’m very happy with the layout and book choices. – Jem Schouten (verified owner), 5 January 2019
We are beginning our journey in Charlotte Mason and homeschooling and I absolutely love how Reb has pulled together such a beautiful curriculum. Even if we only get through half of it, it is so rich and full. Such a feast. Thanks, Reb for all of your hard work with this and for passing it on. Well done. – Rachelle G. (verified owner), 24 January 2019
This year 0.5 curriculum is perfectly put together with helpful tips and a list of supplies, a great resource for prepping your student for year 1. – Christina Hernandez (verified owner) – 16 March 2019
We are so excited to use this valuable resource for our son next year. It’s full of good resources, excellent advice and solid encouragement. It’s also organized in an easy to understand manner!! – Lara C. (verified owner) – 1 April 2019
Finally, if you have any questions at all about the curriculum, feel free to contact me and I’m happy to help however I can!