Language Arts in our Classical / Charlotte Mason Homeschool

Friends, I hope your new year is off to a great start! Are you ready for all of the grand adventures that 2015 will bring?

We are finally getting back into our regular routines after a busy fall of activities, productions, and holiday festivities. To help kick off our new semester of studies, I am participating in the Virtual Curriculum Fair hosted by Susan at Homeschooling Hearts and Minds. Come and join us each week as we share some of our favorite curricula, books, and resources.

This first week we are sharing all about the Language Arts. Within this broad category we are including phonics, reading, writing, grammar, spelling, speech, literature, Latin, and other foreign language studies.

Our family is currently in our 16th year of homeschooling. I am amazed at God's faithfulness to bring us this far in our journey. I am filled with thankfulness for the freedom we enjoy to structure our academic pursuits according to our children's learning styles. In 2015 we are homeschooling our daughter (12 years / 8th grade) and nephew (5 years / Preschool).

The educational philosophies of my family are primarily based on Classical and Charlotte Mason influences. In many ways, Classical and Charlotte Mason are intertwined. There are a few slight differences within the realm of Language Arts. Charlotte Mason advocated a focus on oral language development in the early elementary years through the reading aloud of great literature and use of narration and copywork. She encouraged the delay of the formal study of English Grammar until the upper-elementary years. In contrast, Modern classical education advocates for formal English Grammar instruction in early elementary. This is the primary difference between the otherwise compatible educational philosophies.

Here are two helpful articles on this topic:

Charlotte Mason and Classical Education

The Classical Side of Charlotte Mason

Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition by Karen Glass is on my reading list for 2015. I look forward to reading the insights Glass brings forth in this new work on the compatibility of Charlotte Mason and Classical Education.

In the Language Arts realm, I tend to navigate towards modern Classical approaches (reference: The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer) for English Grammar simply because this meets the individual needs and learning styles of our family.

And now, here is a virtual tour of some of our favorite resources for Language Arts.


All About Spelling - Level 1

All About Spelling Apps


We love read-alouds!

Here are a few things to inspire you to read-aloud on a regular basis.

Read-Aloud Revival Podcast

Caught Up in a Story

Preschool Explorations

ABC Mouse

ABC Mouse Apps

Writing / Grammar

IEW: Teaching Writing Structure and Style

IEW: Elegant Essay (Co-op Course)

Our Mother Tongue


Our daughter is a voracious reader. She picks out classic works that correlate with her studies in World and American History. Additionally, she has the freedom to select from other classic works, vintage books, and historical readers of her choice. Our family tends to drift towards quality literature rather than the volumes of modern fluff you can find in the teen or young adult section of the library.

Here are a few guides we use as guides in selecting and analyzing good literature.

Teaching the Classics

How to Read a Book

The Well-Trained Mind


Our daughter loves the Bard so much that he deserves his own category. She reads Shakespeare every year. We do not follow a particular schedule of studies. This year she selected Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream to read and study.


Memoria Press Second Form Latin

Rosetta Stone Latin Level 1

Friends, what are your favorite resources for the Language Arts?

Happy Homeschooling in 2015!

Please be sure to visit the other blogging friends participating in the Virtual Curriculum Fair

Building a Foundation of Words by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
Language Arts for 2015 by Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses
Bible-Based Language Arts Resources by Tauna M @ Proverbial Homemaker
Relaxed Homeschooling: Language Arts in the Early Elementary Years by Brittney @ Mom's Heart
Loving Books and Words by Sarah@Delivering Grace
5 Language Arts Resources We Love by Becky @ Milo & Oats
Teaching Reading at Home: A Tale of 5 Readers by Kristen H. @ Sunrise to Sunset
A More Simplistic Approach to 7th Grade Language Arts by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
Language Arts Reading for Delight-Directed Learning by Susan @ The Every Day of Education
How To: Spelling Dictation by Heather @ Only Passionate Curiosity
The World of Words in our Homeschool by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
Unschooling and Words, Words, Words by Nicole @ Schooling in the Sun
Learning With Literature and Language Arts Resources by Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road
Words and More Words! by Michele @ FamilyFaithandFridays
Language Arts in Our Homeschool (2014 – 2015) by Laura O @ Day by Day in Our World
Our curriculum choices ~ Language Arts by Renata @ Sunnyside Farm Fun
The 2015 Virtual Curriculum Fair ~ Language Arts in Our Homeschool by Jennifer @ A Glimpse of Our Life
Loaded Pistols: Virtual Curriculum Fair Playing with Words by Lisa @ Golden Grasses
A Renewed Focus on Reading Aloud by Debra @Footprints in the Butter
Language Arts in our Classical / Charlotte Mason Homeschool by Sharra @ The Homeschool Marm
Logic of English Foundations: The Grand Prize Winner of Phonics by Chelli @ The Planted Trees
A Sentence a Day Teaches Grammar the Fun Way by Amy A @ One Blessed Mamma
Tackling Language Arts by Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning
Middle School Monday - Lightning Literature and Composition by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
The Great Grammar Discovery by Laura @ Four Little Penguins


Sara Dennis said…
You have listed some of my favorite curricula. I love IEW's Teaching With Structure and Style!

Do you cover two Shakespeare plays every year, or has it changed over the years you've been homeschooling?