Every few years in our decade and a half of homeschooling, we’ve reevaluated how we homeschool. Now it’s happening again, and we’re leaning more heavily towards Charlotte Mason learning, partially because the best year we’ve ever had was totally based on the Ambleside Online curriculum. Unfortunately, it was too much for me at the time because I was in extremely poor health and had a busy preschooler as well as four school-aged children. Now I’m well, the preschooler is almost 9 years old, and I’m looking at this curriculum again.
I love Charlotte Mason’s philosophy as exemplified in Ambleside Online, with its living books, narrations, composer study, nature study, and more. Even better is the fact that it is rigorous while feeling gentle. Because the books in each year are related, covering the same historical time period, students cannot avoid making connections. This provided many ‘aha’ moments, and is probably one of the main reasons why our Ambleside year was the best.
While going through this curriculum last week, I saw once again how much of the Ambleside Online reading material is available online, for free. I had forgotten that. Yes, you might still need to pay for math, phonics, science, and foreign language, but then again, you might not. In any case, there’s a wealth of free downloads, organized by year, scheduled by week, with a huge support base of FAQs and egroups.
If you like Charlotte Mason, classical, or literature-based learning, Ambleside Online just may meet your needs and save you bundles of money in the process. It’s worth a look.
Disclosure As usual, I am not compensated for my posts and have given my own honest opinion.