CHARLOTTE MASON FORM 1

LIVING BOOKS AND SUPPLIES FOR GRADES 1-3

Form 1 roughly corresponds with grades 1-3 of the U.S. school system. Students begin Form 1 at the age of 6 and continue through age 8 or 9.

Charlotte Mason Your Way Form 1 GuideFor more information about Form 1, or to plan your own custom curriculum, see the CM Your Way Curriculum Form Guide for Form 1.

Or, for more information about Forms in general, see Understanding Forms in a Charlotte Mason Education.

Living Books for Your Form 1 Student (Grades 1-3)

Please use the religious texts applicable to your family’s faith and denomination. 

If you are not a religious family, see World Religions & Philosophies below.

Christianity

Judaism

Paterson Smyth Commentaries

World Religions & Philosophies

If you are not a religious family, I recommend waiting until Form 2 to introduce World Religions. Until then, I would add more fables and simple picture books like the ones below. See Form 2 for book suggestions regarding World Religions.

Living Books for Your Form 1B Student (Grade 1)

Literature

Little House books

Fairy Tales

Fables & Folk Tales

Paul Galdone’s series of Folk Tales is wonderful

Poetry

Living Books for Your Form 1A Student (Grades 2-3)

Literature

Literature

Mythology

Poetry

Religious Allegorical Tale

Additional Living Books for Free Reading

Fun Stuff

6.5

Peter Rabbit

Benjamin Bunny

Benjamin Bunny

Peter Rabbit Porcelain Tea Set in Box with Handle
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Flopsy

Flopsy Bunny

Squirrel Nutkin

Beatrix Potter Collection

Jemima Puddle Duck

Jemima Puddle-Duck

Mrs. Tiggy WInkle

Mr. Jeremy Fisher

Living History Books for Your Form 1 Student (Grades 1-3)

Any of the books listed here can be used as a History Spine for Form 1

To give you a choice of where to shop, you will find links to Amazon, BookShop.org, Beautiful Feet Books, and Usborne Books (when applicable).

History through Biographies & Events

These books are good examples of books you could use instead of or in addition to the spines listed above.

Other History Books I Love for Form 1 Students

These books are good examples of books you can use just for fun or as reference books!

Living Geography Books for Your Form 1 Student (Grades 1-3)

Physical Geography
Map Skills
Regional Geography
Regional Geography

Other Books I Love for Form 1 Geography

Supplies and Other Fun Stuff for You and Your Form 1 Student

Globe

Wall Maps

Placemats

Puzzles

Wooden Puzzle Maps

Living Science Books for Your Form 1 Student (Grades 1-3)

Any of the books listed here can be used as a Science book or Nature Lore book for Form 1

“Among the People” series by Clara Dillingham Pierson

The Burgess Books for Children by Thornton Burgess

“Eyes and No Eyes” series by Arabella Buckley

Other Books I Love for Form 1 Students (Grades 1-3)

These books are good examples of books you can use for special studies or just for fun. 
I have also listed specific Field Guides for young children here.

The “Take Along Guides” series is excellent

The Usborne Pocket Books series are great for beginner Nature Study

Any book by Gail Gibbons!

“Field Guides for Young Naturalists” are great beginner field guides

Stokes Beginner’s Field Guides are also a good choice for children

BFSU
Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding

Science Supplies for You and Your Form 1 Student (Grades 1-3)

Supplies and fun things for you and your student!

Reading Instruction for Your Form 1 Student (Grades 1-3)

Discover Reading uses the Charlotte Mason method for teaching reading

I used this book to teach both my children to read

Wonderful literature-based approach to reading

Fun Things for Learning to Read!

Living Books for Beginner Readers

Billy & Blaze Series

Syd Hoff books

Frog & Toad Series

Other Arnold Lobel books

Harry the Dirty Dog Series

Millicent Selsam books

Bernard Waber books

Let’s Read and Find Out Science Series

Kevin Henkes books

Little Bear Series

Esther Averill books

P.D. Eastman books

N.C. Wyeth

N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945) was an American artist who was known for his illustrations in many children’s books published by Scribner’s.

Johannes Vermeer

Vermeer (1632-1675) was a Dutch artist of the Baroque period. He is known for his domestic scenes of middle-class life.

Handicraft Books for Your Form 1 Student (Grades 1-3)

Rooted Childhood
Rooted Childhood

Rooted Childhood is a lovely monthly download designed by a fellow CM mom. It features handicrafts, poems, songs, and recipes to share with your child. Use the coupon code CMPLENARY10 to get 10% off!

Handicraft Supplies for You and Your Form 1 Student

Supplies and fun things for you and your student!

Physical Education Books for Your Form 1 Student (Grades 1-3)

Other Books and Fun Stuff I Love for Form 1 Students

P.E. Supplies for You and Your Student

These are all items that my children have used for exercise fun.

Music for Your Form 1 Student (Grades 1-3)

More options coming soon…

More options coming soon…

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