Friday, April 26, 2019

Curriculum Bookshelf 2019-2020

The book boxes were starting to scare me a bit!  I needed to get a visual on all these lovely books and how they will plan out, so I started laying them out in subject matter and taking pictures to share.  So this is my first layout that I will be working through to update and expand.  I also need to add in some books that I did choose to use as ebooks.  I'm a book lover hands down.  I love the feel of the covers, the smell of the binding cracking open, and turning the pages!

We will be using A Gentle Feast for the core program, but it's kind of evolved into a lovely potluck of all my favorites and heartfelt desires to learn beside and teach my girls together. 

I've been researching the book lists and choosing books for our upcoming school year that will form a beautiful feast that works for our family.  We are using books primarily from Cycle I - Forms II & III.

Our Menu




- Bible -  I wanted to include Journey through the Bible and Celebrate the Biblical Feasts.  They tie in so beautifully with our Ancient History focus.

- Beauty Loop - 
- Morning Time Menus - recitations, poetry, artists, & composers.  I have a teacher's menu which includes our weekly grid, attendance records and other pertinent papers.

Soup &  Salad

- Literature -

- Language Arts -  This will be our first year using A Gentle Feast Language Arts, so I'm a little nervous in this one area since I really like what we currently use (have them on back-up-just in case), but we are going to try to embrace as much of this curriculum as we can.  

Main Course

History and Citizenship - our family's primary focus is on Ancient History.  I've scheduled in American and British History also - if time allows.  I have 2 different main resources for Ancient History - Master Books and Guerber's by New Leaf Press.  I've scheduled both resources, but intend to drop one as they seem to duplicate much of the same information.  I want to compare/contrast for a while before I can make an official decision, but I really like the format and layout of the Master Books edition with narration questions and other ideas it offers.
We will also be enjoying some online video content over the year to enhance our learning.

I "might" be changing this to Bible maps - but still praying over it.  This map area is not fully available on the member's site until August, and we start school prior to that so I'm praying over switching this out to using a Bible Atlas to correlate with our Old Testament Bible journey.

Geography & Maps - I'm loving this new Special Edition maps book!  I think it will bring a lot of fun into our learning alongside what A Gentle Feast has planned.

- Book of Centuries - I debated on purchasing the suggested books, but it was not in our budget.  I found these to be similar in layout and much more affordable.

Science - Our primary resource will be Science in the Ancient World which focuses on a biographical approach to scientific discoveries. My older daughter will be going through Biology 101 in addition.  I'm really looking forward to the lessons unfolding! 

- Nature Studies and Journaling -

Math - Teaching Textbooks Algebra I and Math Lessons for a Living Education Book 5.  I was blessed to obtain the older version when it was offered as a free download - which I prefer this version due to the larger text and layout of the book. 

... and still working on Electives for 9th grader - Typing/Keyboard & Home Economics (part of this will be giving her charge of daily tea time!!).

Desserts - Tea Time

Handicrafts - I have had so much fun putting together some handicrafts for our tea time!   Art in History kits, wool felting kits, embroidery, papyrus art, brushwork, wax seals, and more!   Our first handicraft will be making challah covers for our Sabbath evenings.

and Physical Education - EXERCISE after all this feast will be needed!  I have a FitBit and my girls have off brand similar watches - so we will be counting our steps this year, adding in some aerobics and other videos to keep us active.

-Mother Culture-
I've wanted to learn Hand Lettering and bought this kit a while ago.  This box sat here collecting dust, so I'm going to try and make good use of it during tea time and hope my girls show some interest in my example.

I've also subscribed to Common Place Quarterly as part of my Mother Culture encouragement.

May the Lessons Unfold and root us deeper in faith!


  1. Girl you never cease to amaze me with your beautiful blogs, Home Schooling Planning and just your sharing of your sweet life with the rest of us.. I have cherished our online relationship all these years.. :)


    1. It has been many, many years and I cherish every one of them. Lots of trials, but such sweet learning experiences. I look forward to many more years!!

  2. The Wild+Free Handicraft I see sacking up... is that a book full of ideas or was that part of one of their bundles? It looks like we have some of the same favorites too. I can't wait to start A Gentle Feast.

    1. The Wild & Free Handcrafts is a book of ideas. I don't think I see it available anymore but it has ideas - ones that are actually shared and easily found if searched for, but this is nice to kind of have them all in one place to spark ideas. It's so nice to meet another #AGentleFeast mama! Blessings on your year ahead and please link up with the blog roll if you start to blog.


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