Level 2 Year 1

36 Week Lesson Plan Chart (pdf) (doc)
Year 1 Resource List

General Instruction
+ Subjects considered to be essential at this level. Other subjects should be included if at all possible to give a broad Charlotte Mason style education.
(N) Books/subjects intended for narration.
* Key curriculum – books considered to be key parts of the curriculum are shown in bold type and marked with an asterisk.
Highly Recommended materials/subjects are shown in bold. These should be included if possible, but are not essential.
Optional extras – optional books and suggestions are shown in italics
Selections listed in bright blue are alternatives for home educators in the UK
History Cycle for Australian students [provided by Ruth Marshall]
At this level most lessons should last around 20 – 30 minutes. 


(1) New Testament
Year 1 (Weekly)
(N) * The First Christians: The Acts of the Apostles for Children by Marigold Hunt. Read and narrate one section each lesson.
      • Term 1: Introduction; Ch. 1 to 4
      • Term 2: Ch. 5 to 8
      • Term 3: Ch. 9 to 12
(2) Saints (Twice weekly, Ordinary Time only)
(N) * 57 Stories of Saints by Anne Heffernan
Note: Please preview the contents of the chapters on St. Dymphna (1st Year) and St. Maria Goretti (2nd Year). If you feel that the nature of the stories and the way in which they are told are inappropriate for your child, they can be omitted. The older version 57 Saints does not have the same problematic content, but has a few different saints.

OR The Young People’s Book of Saints by Hugh Ross Williamson
Year 1
    • Term 1: pp. 7-99, Archangels to St. Helen (18 lessons)
    • Term 2: pp. 100-162, St. Martin of Tours to St. Margaret of Scotland (12 lessons)
    • Term 3: pp. 163-220, St. Francis of Assisi to St. Catherine of Siena (12 lessons)
Recommended Reading:
One saint’s biography to be assigned as independent reading each term.
(3) Catechism (Weekly)
(N) * Faith and Life Series (pub. Ignatius Press). Read, narrate and discuss one lesson each week.
Year 1: *Jesus Our Guide, Faith and Life Series 4
      • Term 1: Lessons 1-11
      • Term 2: Lessons 12-21 plus Advent & Christmas Supplement
      • Term 3: Lessons 22-30 plus Lent & Easter Supplement
Optional Extras: Jesus Our Guide activity book 4 
(4) Advent (Twice weekly)
Stories of the Child Jesus from Many Lands by A. Fowler Lutz. Read one story for each lesson. (Use over both years)
(5) Lent (Twice weekly)
Year 1: My Path to Heaven by Geoffrey Bliss
    • Week 1: Made for God & The Best Way of Life
    • Week 2: The Three Sins & My Own Sins
    • Week 3: The Call of a King & The Incarnation
    • Week 4: The Two Standards & The Election
    • Week 5: The Agony in the Garden & The Cross of Jesus
    • Week 6: Jesus the Consoler & How to Love God
(6) Easter (Twice weekly)
Year 1: Saint Jude: A Friend in Hard Times by Michael Aquilina (Out of print but readily available) 


(1) Work through any math program of your choice at a pace appropriate for your child. Short daily lessons lasting 20 -25 minutes should be enough.
(2) Five minutes of daily drill in math(s) facts, particularly multiplication tables.
(3) Mathematical reading and activities from How Math Works by Carol Vorderman 


(1) Reading (Daily)
The books set for Level 2 for history, religion, geography, literature and science should normally be read by the child, either aloud to you or independently.
(2) Writing and Composition
(a) Copywork (10 minutes daily)
Copy two lines daily from favorite poems, prayers, Bible passages or the Shakespeare play being studied.
Recommended Resources:
The Harp and the Laurel Wreath by Laura Berquist
Shakespeare quotations suitable for copywork.
Suggested Activity: When the whole item has been copied illustrate it, decorate it, cover it with contact paper and use it as a place mat.
(b) Composition (Daily)
Regular written narrations from books set for history, religion, geography, literature and science.
(3) Grammar / English Language (three times weekly)
* Intermediate Language Lessons by Emma Serl
Year 1:
    • Term 1: Lessons 1-50, pp. 1-51
    • Term 2: Lessons 51-100, pp. 52-106
    • Term 3: Lessons 101-150, pp. 107-159
UK Alternative
      • Year 1: English Prep 2
(4) Studied Dictation (Twice weekly)
Short paragraphs or passages to be dictated from a section (two or three paragraphs) of a history, literature, geography or religion book that has been studied in advance. 


(1) Mythology (Weekly)
(N) * The Children’s Homer by Padraic Colum
(N) * The Aeneid for Boys and Girls by Alfred J.Church
Year 1
    • Term 1: Children’s Homer – Troy: Chapters 1 to 10
    • Term 2: Children’s Homer – Troy: Chapters 11 to 20
    • Term 3: Children’s Homer – Troy: Chapters 21 to 23; Odyssey: Chapters 1 to 7
Optional Further Reading: D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths by Edgar and Ingri D’Aulaire
(2) Classic Children’s Literature (Ad.Lib.)
Choose at least one book each term from the selection to read aloud. Not for narration, just read and enjoy!
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Swallows and Amazons and other books by Arthur Ransome
The Midnight Folk by John Masefield
The Hobbit by J.R.R.Tolkien
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Anne of Green Gables by L.M.Montgomery
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
(3) Shakespeare (Weekly)
Suggested plays (others of your choice can be substituted):
Year 1
See notes on How to Study Shakespeare
Recommended Resources:
Re-tellings of Shakespeare plays
Choose from:
Books about Shakespeare
Choose from:
Books about plays and teaching notes:
(4) Poetry (Weekly)
The Harp and Laurel Wreath: Poetry and Dictation for the Classical Curriculum by Laura Berquist: Grammatical Stage
At this level The Harp and the Laurel Wreath has a lot of poems related to American history. To give a wider selection of British poetry add The Oxford Treasury of Classic Poems

+ NATIONAL HISTORY (twice weekly; additional book ad.lib.)

At this level, children should begin to keep a Book of Centuries. They will record in it for the rest of their school years. (See The Book of Centuries Revisited for more information)
Option 1: Introduction to British History (Recommended option at this level for American users)
(N) *Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall (Notes on Our Island Story)
(N) * Our Lady’s Dowry by Kathryn Faulkner. 
Recommended additional book each term, to be read either aloud or independently outside lesson time.
See additional schedule, suggestions for further reading and British History Reading Plans.
or Finish three year course in American history. If your child has not done Level 1 you may prefer to use Option 2
Option 2: Introduction to American History
(N) * From Sea to Shining Sea (The Catholic School Textbook Project)
Recommended additional book each term, to be read either aloud or independently outside lesson time.
Option 3: History Cycle for Australian Students
See Australian history outline.
Year 1: American History
(N) * From Sea to Shining Sea (Catholic Textbook Project)
Year 2: Australian History
Arthur Baillie, Our Sunburnt Country: An Illustrated History of Australia [Out of print – available second-hand]
OR H.E. Marshall, Our Empire Story [available online]

 + ANCIENT HISTORY (twice weekly)

Year 1: Ancient Greece
(N) * Famous Men of Greece by John Haaren
      • Term 1: The Gods of Greece to Lycurgus
      • Term 2: Draco and Solon to Socrates
      • Term 3: Xenophon to the Fall of Greece
Each chapter can be spread over two lessons, or can be read and narrated in a single lesson leaving the other free for further reading or working on a book of centuries.
Alternative Option:
Children and families who want to study Greek history in greater detail may prefer to use
(N) The Story of the Greeks by Hélène Guerber. This would require three lessons each week, with one chapter read and narrated per lesson.
Recommended Reference Materials:
Ancient Greece Timeline
Usborne Encyclopedia of the Ancient World
Further reading according to interest see Ancient Greece Booklist
Alternative Option:
Children and families who want to study Roman history in greater detail may prefer to use
(N) The Story of the Romans by Hélène Guerber. This would require three lessons each week, with one chapter read and narrated per lesson.
Recommended Reference Materials
Ancient Rome Timeline
Usborne Encyclopedia of the Ancient World
Optional Extra
Usborne Time Traveller: Rome and Romans
Further reading according to interest – see Ancient Rome Booklist  


Note: Please read our introduction to geography study and the Charlotte Mason method.
(1) American Geography (Twice weekly)
(N) Year 1: * Paddle-to-the-Sea and * Seabird by Holling C.Holling
Recommended Extra
Holling C. Holling Geography Map Set of 4
Optional Extra Reading
Maps: Getting from Here to There by Harvey Weiss
Adventures in Geography by Gertrude Alice Kay – an 11 year old boy and his uncle sail around the world
UK Alternative (Twice weekly)
Year 1: British Geography
Children of Britain Just Like Me
Note: For each copy sold a donation was made to UNICEF, an organization which the Catholic Church no longer supports due to its population policies. We recommend that you either buy a used copy or borrow this book from the library. (At the time of writing it appears to be out of print, so this should not be a problem.)
Children’s Atlas of the British Isles by Clare Oliver and Theodore Rowland-Entwhistle
Usborne Internet-Linked Book of London
(2) Peoples and Places (Ad.Lib.)
Choose one book each term from the selection for independent reading.
Year 1: The Americas
Where the Flame Trees Bloom by Alma Flor Ada (Cuba)
Maya Quest: Interactive Expedition by Dan Buettner – bicycle trek through Central America
The Cay by Theodore Taylor (Caribbean) – fiction
Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark (Peru) – fiction
Chucaro: Wild Pony of the Pampa by Francis Kalnay (Argentina) – fiction
(3) Map Work (Weekly)
Focus particularly on the map of the Americas in the 1st Year and the map of Africa in the 2nd Year. Aim to be able to quickly name and locate countries, capital and other major cities, important rivers and mountain ranges.
Spend a short time each week locating places mentioned in reading for other subjects. 

+ SCIENCE (twice weekly)

Year 1: Science in Ancient Greece
(1) Reading
(N) Science in Ancient Greece by Kathlyn Gay
(N) *Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick
The Librarian Who Measured the Earth by Kathryn Lasky
(2) Activities
Home Science Adventures: Light
Home Science Adventures: Magnetism

             Note for the UK: Available from Ichthus Resources (UK). Kits include all equipment needed for experiments.
Simple Machines (Starting with Science) (Adrienne Mason and Deborah Hodge)
See schedule of lessons and activities


Option 1: Spanish
* Learn Spanish With Grace by Miriam Alvarez Gallaher
Option 2:  French
* First Start French by Danielle L. Schultz
UK Options
Option 1:  Spanish
So You Really Want to Learn Spanish Book 1 (Galore Park)
Option 2: French
So You Really Want to Learn French Book 1 (Galore Park)
Use over two years. CD and answer book also available.
* Skoldo French Book 2
Year 1: Term 1, pp.1-8; Term 2, pp.9-16; Term 3, pp.17-25
Year 2: Term 1, pp.26-33; Term 2, pp.34-42; Term 3, pp.43-50
If your child has not yet started French you will need to begin with Skoldo Book 1. Aim to complete this book in four terms and you will catch up by the end of Level 3.
Optional Extra Resources
Watch a favorite DVD in French. Many DVDs have French as one of the language options.  


(1) Take at least one nature walk each week.
(2) Keep a nature journal.
Recommended Resources:
Keeping a Nature Journal by Claire Walker Leslie and Charles E.Roth
Wild Days: Creating Discovery Journals by Karen Rackliffe
Optional Extra Reading:
Secrets of the Animal World by Eulalia Garcia (series)
Natural Partnerships: The Story of Symbiosis by Dorothy Shuttlesworth
See also: Notes on Nature Study
Other Resources
Discovering Nature Indoors ed. Laurence Pringle 


Music Masters: Handel, Beethoven, Wagner, Dvorak, Haydn and Vivaldi/Corelli.
Study one composer each term. Follow up each Music Masters CD by listening to complete works by the featured composer. Note: Other Music Masters CDs can be substituted so that all children in a family can study the same composer.
Recommended Resource:
Masters of Classical Music (Box Set) – economical set of 10 CDs, each featuring works by a different composer. Ideal as follow up listening to the Music Masters CDs (includes Beethoven, Wagner and Vivaldi). 


Year 1: Gothic and Renaissance Art
See also: Notes on Picture Study
Optional Extra
Art Fraud Detective by Anna Nilsen 

ART (Twice weekly)

Artistic Pursuits: Grades 4-6, Book One: The Elements of Art and Composition
This can be used slowly over two years, or started in the second year of Level 2.
Recommended Resources:
Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters by Mary Ann Kohl and Kim Solga – lots of art projects in the style of great artists. All projects are given a rating for both difficulty and the amount of preparation required.
The Usborne Book of Art Skills by Fiona Watt – lots of simple but effective projects, using a variety of media
[UK] Artists Workshop Series by Penny King and Clare Roundhill – pictures of different works of art and styles are used as the inspiration for art activities for children. 


(1) Singing
Learn two new songs and two new hymns of your choice each term.
(2) Instrumental (Daily practice)

If you have a piano or keyboard available, either start or continue learning to play it. Two beginners’ piano programs that can be used independently are:
Beginning at the Piano books, by Alan Jemison (Catholic)
Bastien Piano Basics

Alternatively either continue or start learning to play the recorder. A good starting point is the The New Nine-Note Recorder Method: Easy Music for Beginners by Penny Gardner.

Optional Extras
The Usborne Book of Easy Recorder Tunes
Easy Duets for Catholics: A Nine-Note Recorder Book by Penny Gardner
Easy Christmas Duets: A Nine-Note Recorder Book by Penny Gardner  


  • Help in house and yard (garden).
  • Work on learning a practical craft or skill of your choice.
UK Resource: Opitec sells a wide range of reasonably priced craft kits, projects and hobby materials. 

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