A Charlotte Mason Approach to Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Quarter 1 (5th edition)

Here is a look at how we are incorporating our Cycle 3 Memory work within our Charlotte Mason/Classical based homeschool.

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Morning Time Plans:
We always begin with our Daily Collect. When sit at the table to eat, I begin with a verse and we sing the Doxology. Then we eat breakfast and talk. I used to read while the boys ate, but they are older now and I can now eat with them before I begin reading. The Daily Collect is a list of what we do every single day.  Within the collect there is a Learning Loop of four items which switch out on a loop from day to day.

Daily Collect (Every day!)
Daily Bible Reading
Daily hymn
Catechism (1 question per week)
Memory Work Review
Geography (Map Tracing)
Dialectic Exercise (either parse a sentence or use the Five Common Topics to discuss a math problem).
Current Events
Learning Loop*
Family Morning Read Aloud

*Learning Loop: (one a day)
Poetry Study
Art Study
Nature Study


Lit Lunch:
It all starts with a candle! Every day of the week a different boy helps out with lunch, by now the older ones can prepare it on their own. Once I am done eating, I pick up a couple books and we chip away at a few more chapters of reading. This semester we’ve decided to continue our read through of the Uncle Eric books with a reading of his book on Justice. (We’ve greatly enjoyed his books on the World Wars, basic economics andAncient Rome). We’ll be alternating with American Tall Tales.


Now for the Quarter 1 Booklist. Please remember that we do not read every single book on this list in six weeks. This is a list I keep on hand while I plan and then I pull books from it depending our time allowance, interests, etc. I have tried my best to gather books that are 1) living books 2) in print 3) representative of a wide range of experiences in American history.  In our house, education is fed by “living ideas” and so our book list tries to reflect that. We are jumping back and forth between a few different history spines this year and reading as many source documents as we can.  I did not share the history spines in this post, but will share them as we continue on with our year.

Week 1
counter (Voyager Books)by Jane Yolen
The Discovery of the Americas by Betsy Maestro (This book has sparked many conversations in our home!)
The Kidnapped Prince by Ann Cameron
Columbus The D’aulaires
Follow the Dream: The Story of Christopher Columbus by Peter Sis
Pedro’s Journal: A Voyage with Christopher Columbus by Pam Conrad

[(Your Skin and Mine )by Paul Showers

Surrounded By Sea: Life on a New England Fishing Island by Gail Gibbons
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Clooney
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
One Morning in Maine (Picture Puffins) by Robert McCloskey
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall
Obadiah the Bold by Brinton Turkle

Fine Arts: OiLs Basic Shapes practice
Ish (Creatrilogy) by Peter Reynolds

The Creation Story for Childrenby Helen Haidle
The True Story of Noah’s Ark by Tom Dooley
Genesis 1-8
Indus Valley City (Building History)by Gillian Clements
Voices of Ancient Egyptby Kay Winters
Pharaoh’s Boatby David L Weitzman
Pyramid by David Macaulay
Ancient Egypt and Her Neighbors by Lorene Lambert
—Chp 2 The Sumerians
—Chp 3  The Indus Valley
—Chp 9 The Minoans

Week 2
The Pilgrims of Plimoth (Aladdin Picture Books) by Marcia Sewall
People of the Breaking Day (Aladdin Picture Books) by Marcia Sewall
The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower, or John Howland’s Good Fortune by PJ Lynch
The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dagliesh
Sees Behind Trees by Michael Dorries
N.C. Wyeth’s Pilgrims by Robert San Souci
Sarah Morton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl or
Samuel Eaton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy by Kate Waters
Squanto, Friend Of The Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla

The Skeleton Inside You by Phillip Ballestrino
Bones: Skeletons and How They Work by Steve Jenkins
Bones: Our Skeletal System by Seymour Simon

A River Ran Wild: An Environmental History by Lynne Cherry
Amazing Impossible Erie Canal (Aladdin Picture Books)by Cheryl Harness
The Erie Canalby Peter Spier
The Brooklyn Bridge: The story of the world’s most famous bridge and the remarkable family that built it. (Wonders of the World Book) by Elizabeth Mann
The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night (Dell Picture Yearling) by Peter Spier
Libertyby Lynn Curlee
The Story of the Statue of Liberty by Betsy Maestro
Henner’s Lydia by Marguerite de Angeli
The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon by Jaqueline Davies
Thee, Hannah!By Marguerite de Angeli

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Lynn Curlee
The Bible (Patriarchs)
God King: A Story in the Days of King Hezekiah by Joanna Livingstone (Kush)
Ancient Egypt and Her Neighbors by Lorene Lambert
—Chp 7 Babylon
—Chp 8 China (Shang Dynasty)
—Chp 16 The Hittites
—Chp 17 Kush
—Chp 18 Assyria

Week 3
The Boston Tea Party by Russell Freedman
Black Heroes of the American Revolution by Burke Davis
Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
George vs. George: The American Revolution As Seen from Both Sides by Rosalyn Schanzer
Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George? by Jean Fritz
The Scarlet Stockings Spy  by Trina Hanks Noble
Sybil’s Night Ride by Karen Winnick
The Story of the Boston Tea Party: Cornerstones of Freedom
Colonial Voices: Hear Them Speak: The Outbreak of the Boston Tea Party Told from Multiple Points-of-View! By Kay Winters
Benjamin Franklin by D’ulaires

You can’t make a move without your muscles by Paul Showers
Muscles: Our Muscular SystemSeymour Simons

Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birdsby Cynthia Rylant
When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant
The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills
Aunt Flossie’s Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard


Ox, House, Stick: The History of Our Alphabet by Don Robb
Ancient Egypt and Her Neighbors by Lorene Lambert
—-Chp  19 Cyrus the Great- The Persian Empire
Exodus 3-15
Numbers, Judges, 1 Samuel 1-7
1 Samuel 8-31, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings 1-11
The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna by Demi

Week 4
Mumbet’s Declaration of Independenceby Gretchen Woelfle
Crispus Attucks: Black Leader of Colonial Patriots by Dharathula Millender
Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? By Jean Fritz
The Fourth of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh
Ticktock, Banneker’s Clock by Shana Keller
We the People: The Constitution of the United States by Peter Spier
The Declaration of Independence
Phoebe the Spy by Judith Griffiths

Use Your Brain by Paul Showers
The Brain: All about Our Nervous System and More! by Seymour Simons

Parrotfish and Sunken Ships: Exploring a Tropical Reef by Jim Arnosky
Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
Georgia Music by Helen Griffiths
Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood by Mike Artell
Sam the Sea Cow by Francine Jacobs
The Sea, the Storm, and the Mangrove Tangle by Lynn Cherry
Swamp by Donald Silver
River Town by Bonnie Geisert
Minn of the Mississippi by Holling C Holling
Uncle Jed’s Barbershop by Margaree King Mitchell

The Twins by Plutarch
Romulus and Remus by Anne Rockwell
1 & 2 Kings
1 & 2 Chronicles
Depending on skill level:
The Children’s Homer by Padraic Collum
The Odyssey by Geralidne MacCraeghen
Buddha  by Demi
The Legend of Lao Tzu and the Tao Te Ching by Demi
Confucius: The Golden Rule by Russell Freedman

Week 5.
A Spy Called James by Anne Rockwell
George Washington by D’Aulaire
We the People: The Constitution of the United States by Lynne Cherry
George Washington’s Breakfast by Jean Fritz
A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution by Betsy Maestro

My Five Senses (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1) by Aliki

Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling C Holling
Warm as Wool  by Scott Russell Sanders
The Log Cabin Quilt by Ellen Howard
Too Many Mittens / A Good Place to Hide / The Little Mermaid Who Could Not Sing (Dover Children’s Classics) by Lois Slobodkin
Floating House by Scott Russell Sanders
An Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco
Lentil by Robert McCloskey

Daniel 3
Alexander the Great by Demi
The Secret of Alexander’s Horse by Tony Palazzo
The Children’s Plutarch: Tales of the Greeks by Plutarch
Daniel 5
2 Chronicles 36
Herodotus and the Road to History by Jeanne Bendick
Archimedes and the Door to Science by Jeanne Bendick
Galen and the Gateway to Medicine  by Jeanne Bendick
What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras? by Julie Ellis
Rome Antics  by David MacCaulay
Famous Men Of Rome: History for the Thoughtful Child by John Haaren

Week 6
Blades of Freedom by Nathan Hale
Sacagawea by Joseph Bruchac
Sacagawea by Lisolette Erdich
A Prairie Dog for the President by Shirley Redmond
How We Crossed The West: The Adventures Of Lewis And Clark by Rosalyn Schanzer
Seaman’s Journal
Year of the Horseless Carriage: 1801 by Genevieve Foster

What Happens to a Hamburger? by Paul Showers
Guts: Our Digestive System by Seymour Simon

B Is For Bluegrass: A Kentucky Alphabet by Mary Ann McCabe
Down Cut Shin Creek: The Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky by Kathi Appelt
Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys by Elizabeth Howard
A Band of Angels: A Story Inspired by the Jubilee Singers by Deborah Hopkins
Copper-toed Boots by Marguerite de Angeli
Yonie Wondernose by Marguerite de Angeli
The Raft by Jim LaMarche
Saving Strawberry Farm

Julius Caesar by Shakespeare
The Life of Julius Caesar by Plutarch
If You Were Me and Lived in….the Mayan Empire
Secrets in Stone : All About Maya Hieroglyphics
Rome by Andrew Saloway
[(The Children’s Plutarch : Tales of the Romans)
Matthew 3, John 3, Matthew 14

1st Quarter Family Read Aloud Possibilities

Ocean Born Maryby Lois Lenski
Landmarks of American History Voyages of Christopher Columbus (1)
The Landing of the Pilgrims (Landmark Books)
The Courage of Sarah Noble
Justin Morgan Had a Horse
The Matchlock Gun
Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
America’s Paul Revere
Johnny Tremain
Calico Bush
The Cabin Faced West
Of Courage Undaunted

5 thoughts on “A Charlotte Mason Approach to Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Quarter 1 (5th edition)

  1. Thank you for this list. A few things I greatly appreciate about your site: your lack of pop-up adds, your thoughtfulness and thoroughness in sifting through the many books available to distill to what are really excellent living resources, your attention to diversity in history and wanting to portray an accurate full picture, I could go on. I admit I can feel overwhelmed that I will never “live up” to your level of thoughtfulness but am reminded that God has equipped me to love and raise my kids in how he intends me to, not how he intends you to raise your kids. All that to say, I can shake off my feelings of inadequacy and cling to being inspired and spurred on by your excellent work. Thank you again.


  2. Good morning:) I found your website last year and have enjoyed all your posts! As a homeschooling mom of 20+years, I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to put these lists together. I know how much time and energy goes into it and it is wonderful that you share so freely! God bless you in your homeschooling journey!

    Christy Westover 314.239.9818

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