My prayer is that every child in America receives an education with a solid foundation, the Bible, which leads to eternal life. Educational reform has been happening in our country, with two movements, Charlotte Mason and Classical, both of which were birthed, not in colleges, but in the homes of America, by mothers, with much success! After leaving teaching for a higher calling, motherhood, I began our homeschool in 2011. I learned about the classical method from Susan Wise Bauer , the Charlotte Mason method from Karen Andreola , how to make a family together schedule from Sonya Shafer , and how to make it affordable from Miss Maggie , all to whom I thank! Without the Bible, methods are empty because they do not provide the foundation of truth, so together, with prayer, I present Classical Teaching Textbook®, a free online K-12 classical core curriculum for Christians.
Christian Study is a 30-minute family together course covering the subjects of Bible, History, Geography, Biography around the Timeline. It uses many living books and old-fashioned textbooks available for free online. 1 lesson daily.
Enrichment Study is a 60-minute family together course covering the subjects of Art, Music, Literature around the Timeline, plus Habits, Foreign Languages, Poetry, Nature Study, More! It uses many living books available free online. 1 lesson daily.
Individual Study is a 60+minute grade-level skill course covering Math, Science, Language Arts, plus for older students, Latin, Logic, and Rhetoric. It uses some living books and textbooks available free online. 1 lesson daily.
Do 1 lesson per program per day for a complete classical education. Each program offers a (1) Syllabus with full-year booklist, (2) 36-Week Schedule PDF, and (3) Teaching Guide. The Teaching Guide is a handbook that includes lesson plans, worksheets, tests, and answer key and is made affordable via commercial printing. If you prefer to make your own lesson plans, worksheets, tests, you can use the free Student Weekly Assignment Booklet.
Most lessons follow a read-talk-write-recite pattern. First, we begin by reading a good book often called living books because the subject comes to life through a single author. Second, we talk about the reading through narration or discussion. Third, we write about the reading through copywork, narration, or the recitation notebook (questions and answers about key information). Finally, we complete a recitation  of the information learned so far in the course which helps with mastery. When we start by opening a good book, we can enjoy learning together and are sure to instill a love of learning in our children.
"To introduce children to literature is to install them in a very rich and glorious kingdom, to bring a continual holiday to their doors, to lay before them a feast exquisitely served. But they must learn to know literature by being familiar with it from the very first. A child’s intercourse must always be with good books, the best that we can find.“ -Charlotte Mason, vol 6 pg 51
Because our focus is learning through good books, not testing, we test only once per term in our Teaching Guides, but you are welcome to create your own testing schedule. We follow a 3-Term Schedule.
We use some free old-fashioned books that are in public domain found at Project Gutenberg, Online Books Page, Internet Archive, Baldwin Project and Christian Classics Ethereal Library. The resources found at these sites are all copyright free, so you can read online or print as desired.
Before you begin Classical Teaching Textbook®'s free online K-12 classical core curriculum, please read our license agreement.