A Charlotte Mason Approach to Classical Conversations Cycle 2 Quarter 2

Here is our booklist for Quarter 2 of Cycle 2! Full disclosure: This is one cycle where we definitely go at our own pace. We do not make every subject match where we are in the CC schedule, especially with History! We are taking our time and going slowly through the Middle Ages. If you are looking for a CM friendly curriculum that goes through the Middle Ages for younger kiddos, check out The King Kingdom from Peaceful Press.


To give you an idea of where we are right now, the boys and I have enjoyed a rich summer of study together that began with a close look at the Fall of Rome back in May. We are currently on week 2 of CC and at home we have just wrapped up our study of the Crusades. We are keeping apace with CC’s science schedule and are choosing one or two items from the Timeline to highlight each week during Morning Time. The rest we use as memory work review during Morning Time. I pull from the list below depending on what we need that particular week. There is no way we would read all of these books every week. There is a difference between feasting and gorging. 🙂 We hope this list is useful to you and your family.

Week 7
Martin Luther by Paul Maier
Martin Luther by Simonetta Carr
John Calvin by Simonetta Carr
Trial and Triumph by Richard Hannula
Courage and Conviction by Brandon Withrow
95 Theses by Martin Luther

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Spear
Beric the Briton by GA Henty
Trial and Triumph by Richard Hanula
Step Back into Ancient India by Daud Ali
For the Temple by GA Henty

What a Waste by Jess French
One Plastic Bag: The Recycling Women of Gambia by Miranda Paul
One Well by Rochelle Strauss
Buried Sunlight by Molly Bangs

Week 8

Magellan’s World by Stuart Waldman
Around the World in a 100 years by Jean Fritz
The Forgotten Explorer: Amerigo Vespucci by Lorene Lambert
The King’s Fifth by Scott O’Dell
To the Edge of the World by Michelle Torrey

A Castle with Many Rooms by Lorene Lambert
Chp 1– The Long Fall (Visigoths sack Rome)
Trial and Triumph
Chp 6 Monica and Augustine
Peril and Peace by Mindy Withrow
Chp 10 Early Creeds and Councils
Chp 17 Jerome

Pond by Donald Silver
By Pond and River by Arabella Buckley
Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner
Pond by Jim LaMarche
The Raft by Jim LaMarche
Swamp by Donald Silver
Journey into an Estuary by Rebecca Johnson
Journey into a Lake by Rebecca Johnson
Journey into a River by Rebecca Johnson
Journey into a Wetland by Rebecca Johnson
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Week 9

Peter the Great by Diane Stanley
The King’s Day by Aliki

A Castle With Many Rooms by Lorene Lambert
Chp 2 Justinian the Great
Chp 4 The Monastery
Chp 6 Making a Nation (Franks)
Chp 7 The Scroll and the Stone (Muhammed founds Islam)
Chp 8 Charles the Hammer (Battle of Tours)
Chp 10 The Rushing North Wind (Vikings Raid)
Monks and Mystics by Mindy Withrow
Chp 6 Islam
Peril and Peace by Mindy Withrow
Chp 19 Benedict
The Vikings by Elizabeth Janeway
Viking Tales by Jennie Hall
Viking Adventure by Clyde Robert Bulla

The Sun, Our Nearest Star by Dr Franklyn Branley
The Sun by Seymour Simon
Sun Up, Sun Down by Gail Gibbons
What Makes Day and Night by Dr Franklyn Branley
Brother Sun, Sister Moon by Katherine Pearson (Not a science book, but a beautifully illustrated prayer by St Francis Assisi (circa 1200AD)

Week 10


History (We’ll be looking at books on Russian Culture & Russian History)
Eyewitness Russia by Kathleen Murrel
Catherine the Great by Kristiana Gregory
Another Celebrated Dancing Bear by Gladys Falk
The Littlest Matryoshka by Corine Bliss


A Castle With Many Rooms by Lorene Lambert
Chp 3 The Earliest Explorers (Erik the Red)
Chp 9 Charlemagne
Trial and Triumph by Richard Hannula
Chp 11 Alfred the Great
Lief the Lucky by Ingrid D’Aulaire
Monks and Mystics by Mindy Withrow
Chp 5 Charlamagne Crowned by God
Chp 8 Vladimir
Chp 9 A Divided Church (East West Schism)

The Stargazer’s Guide to the Night Sky by Dr Jason Lisle (Creation perspective)
The Planets  by Gail Gibbons
Our Solar System by Seymour Simon

Week 11

In the Reign of Terror by GA Henty (This Audio Production is FANTASTIC!)
Huguenot Garden by Douglas Jones (A Reader recommended this book a few weeks ago. I have not yet read it but its on our list!)
Moi and Marie Antoinette by Lynn Cullen
In Search of Honor by Donna Hess
Royal Diaries: Marie Antionette by Kathryn Lasky
A Castle with Many Rooms by Lorene Lambert
Chp 13 The Battle of Hastings (Norman Conquest)
Chp 14 Feudalism
Chp 16 The Cross Upon the Shield
Chp 17 Lionheart and Robin Hood
Trial and Triumph by Richard Hannula
Chp 15 Francis of Assisi
Monks and Mystics by Mindy Withrow
Chp 11 Crusades
Chp 13 Francis of Assisi
Chp 15 Aquinas
Augustus Caesar’s World by Genevieve Foster p. 239-242 (Incas)
Machu Picchu by Elizabeth Mann (Incas)
The Sad Night by Sally Matthew (Aztecs)
Sundiata: Lion King of Mali  by David Wisnieski
Mansa Musa and the Empire of Mali by PJ Oliver
Ashanti to Zulu by Margaret Musgrove
Sundiata: Lion King of Mali by David Wisnieski 
Ancient Japan by Fiona MacDonald (Shoguns)

The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons
The Moon Seems to Change by Dr Franklyn Branley
What the Moon is Like by Dr Franklyn Branley
If You Decide to Go to the Moon by Faith Mcnulty
Moon Cake by Frank Asch


Week 12

The Story of Napoleon by HE Marshall
The Heroic Symphony by Anna Celenza
My Napoleon by Catherine Brighton
Napoleon: The Story of the Little Corporal by Robert Burleigh
I, Crocodile by Fred Marcellino

A Castle With Many Rooms by Lorene Lambert
Chp 19 The Great Charter (Magna Carta)
Chp 20 The Mongols
Chp 21 The Travels of Marco Polo
Chp 25 The Black Prince, The Black Death and the White Knight of Orleans (100 years war + Black Death)
Chp 29 Rebirth (Renaissance)
Chp 28 Conquest of Constantinople
Stories of the Nations Vol 1 Lorene Lambert
Ch 2 The Ottomans
Chp 9 Kangxi, Emporer of China (Ming and Qing Dynasties)
The Travels of Marco Polo by Marco Polo
Khubla Khan by Kathleen Krull
Masters of the Renaissance by Jim Weiss
The Magna Carta by James Daugherty
Genghis Khan by Demi 
The White Stag by Kate Seredy

Comets, Meteors and Asteroids by Seymour Simon

4 thoughts on “A Charlotte Mason Approach to Classical Conversations Cycle 2 Quarter 2

  1. This is so exciting! I always love your book lists, Elsie. I don’t know how you find all these gems but I’m glad you share them. Just wondering…is there a reason you’ve never just gone full Charlotte Mason?


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