Another school year has come to an end and it is time to take a look back at our favorite Charlotte Mason books from the school year!
2022-2023 School Year Review
This past year was a really good school year for my family. We enjoyed the content that we studied, and we made progress in instilling good habits into our school days. There is always room for improvement (for both mother and children!), but it is encouraging to see growth and maturity.
This past school year I had one Form 1 student and two Form 2 students. Our American History cycle focused on the American Revolution era, our British History followed a similar timeline to our American History, and our Ancient History Cycle focused on Ancient Rome through the Middle Ages.
We read so many wonderful books this past school year, and I thought it would be fun to take a look back on our favorite books.
Favorite Charlotte Mason Books
I listed these books by which form I used them in this past year, but that does not mean that they cannot be used in a different form. I read several of the Form 1 books out loud for all of my children, because my older two enjoy revisiting some of the lovely books from their previous studies.
I hope that these books serve as inspiration for you and your homeschool!
Form 1 Charlotte Mason Books
Benjamin Franklin by Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
This book has been a favorite each time I have read through it with my children. It is a lovely introduction into Benjamin Franklin and his many accomplishments.
Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
This is an illustrated version of Longfellow’s poem about the infamous Paul Revere. It is a simple and short read, but I love the illustrations in this book.
The 4th of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh
I am a big fan o Alice Dalgliesh, and this is a wonderful book for Form 1 students studying the Revolutionary War era.
Science All About Us by Agnes Craig and Gerald S. Burke
This book, oh my, it is one of my all time favorite books of our homeschool journey. It was so sweet to share it once again with my youngest. With lovely vintage illustrations, this book introduces simple concepts of science that are found in our everyday world. This book is a gem!
Poems to Read to the Very Young by Josette Frank
Another vintage book that we all just adore. My youngest loved the poems and illustrations that are in this book.
Form 2 Charlotte Mason Books
The World of William Penn by Genevieve Foster
Genevieve Foster has such a unique way of incorporating events that were happening all over the world during a certain time period. I will admit that my older two sometimes got a little confused along the way, but they enjoyed learning about William Penn through this book.
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution by Natalie S. Bober
We all loved this book! It is a wonderful look into the life of Abigail Adams and those that surrounded her. I particularly enjoyed learning of her affinity for dairy farming.
George vs. George: The American Revolution as Seen from Both Sides by Rosalyn Schanzer
This was an insightful book that shares perspectives on the American Revolution from both sides of the pond. It is an easy read, but we gleaned some good information from it.
Our Island Story by H.E. Marshall
This classic book has been our British History spine for the last few school years. We enjoy the narrative form and the breadth of topics that it shares about.
Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling Clancy Holling
We really enjoy Hollings works, but I do believe this one is our absolute favorite by a longshot. We used this as a Geography read and learned about the Great Lakes region. As a fun reminder of our journey with Paddle, I bought my kids a carved wooden figurine of Paddle and gave it to them for Christmas. That was such a fun surprise for them!
Diary of an Early American Boy: Noah Blake 1805 by Eric Sloane
This book was my favorite academic read from the whole year. Eric Sloane is really a master at his craft. I loved learning about how Noah’s family managed their land and the tools and livestock that were integrated into their work. It is a fascinating read!
We used this book as our spine for our Ancient History study. I very much appreciate the high quality of the book with its many pictures. I have a few minor grievances with the book, but nothing that is worth getting nitpicky over. Overall this series has served us well as a spine to dip in and out of as we learn ancient history.
Favorite Read Alouds
We love our read aloud time as a family. After much trial and error, we have discovered that the best time for us to do our read aloud is at the very beginning of the school day.
We find that this is a good way for us to transition into our school day. Our mornings are busy with milking, animal chores, and family worship time. We use the read aloud time to finish up breakfast and take a moment to pause before we jump into our other school work.
Here are a few of our favorite read alouds from our past school year.
Sweet Home Alaska by Carole Estby Dagg
We opened the school year with this book and it was a cozy fall read for us. It would also would be a good book to read if you are studying the Great Depression as that is the time period in which it takes place.
Treasures of the Snow by Patricia St. John
This was hands down my favorite read aloud of the school year. We read it in December, which was the perfect time of year to read this book. I tend to not get very emotional when I read books, but this one made me tear up as I watched the unfolding of true biblical repentance and forgiveness in the story. This book made me fall in love with Patricia St. John and her works.
Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink
You will have to forgive my horrible 1980s copy of this book that is pictured above. It is so hideous that it is laughable! Please do not judge this book by its cover! Originally written in 1937 by the author of Caddie Woodlawn, this is an adventurous yet sweet story. It was a hit with the whole family.
Flag in Hiding by Trella Lamson Dick
I always try to incorporate a few read alouds that take place in the time period that we are studying for the year. We all enjoyed reading this story that took place in upstate New York during the American Revolution.
And that is a wrap on our 2022-2023 school year. In addition to these books, we read many other delightful books. I always get a sweet nostalgic feeling as I reflect on all that we read and learned together in the past school year.
What were your favorite books of the school year? Feel free to share them in the comments below!