Charlotte Mason Form 2
Living Books and Supplies for Grades 4-6
Form 2 roughly corresponds with grades 4-6 of the U.S. school system. Students ages in Form 2 can range from 9 to 12, or, sometimes, even up to age 13.
For more information about Form 2, or to plan your own custom curriculum, see the CM Your Way Form Guide for Form 2.
Or, for more information about Forms in general, see Understanding Forms in a Charlotte Mason Education.
Living Books for Your Form 2 Student (Grades 4-6)
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.
World Religions & Philosophies
If you are not a religious family, feel free to replace with books about world religions or spiritual stories. Elements such as character building, virtues, and morality are woven into many other subjects, especially Literature, History, and Citizenship. You can also wait and add in world religions at a later date.
Literature for Your Form 2 Student (Grade 4-6)
Mythology for Your Form 2 Student (Grade 4-6)
Poetry for Your Form 2 Student
Additional Living Books for Free Reading
Living History Books for Your Form 2 Student (Grades 4-6)
Form 2 History includes American History, British History, and Ancient History.
See the Form 2 Guide for more detailed info
I am providing several options for American History:
- Option #1: Use one American History book as your History Spine >> jump to this section
- Option #2: Use a series of books as your History Spine >> jump to this section
- Option #3: Use the Betsy Maestro series to study American History through picture books >> jump to this section
- Option #4:Use many books to study American History through Biographies and Events >> jump to this section
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).
American History Option #1
Use one of the 4 books listed below as your main History Spine:
American History Option #2
The Steve Sheinkin American History Series
This option includes easier, but more modern books.
Don’t be put off with the style look of these books by Steve Sheinkin – they pack a good deal of information in a very engaging style!
Unfortunately, this series leaves out certain periods in American history (most notably early American history), so you will need to supplement with other books if you wish to cover those time periods. You can fill in the gaps with biographies.
History Option #4:
American History through Biographies & Events
These books are good examples of books you could use instead of or in addition to the spines listed above.
Books for Early American History
Books for the American Revolution
Books for American History 1790 – 1850
Books for the American Civil War Era
Options for British History
Any of the books listed here can be used as a History Spine for a second history stream focused on British History.
Options for Ancient History
Any of the books listed here can be used as a History Spine for a third history stream focused on Ancient History.
These books are good examples of books you could use for History Tales / Historical Fiction.
Other Books & Things I Love for Form 2 Students
These are good examples of books you can use as reference books, supplements, or books just for fun!
Living Science Books for Your Form 2 Student (Grades 4-6)
Any of the books listed here can be used as a Science book for Form 2
Nature Lore Books for Your Form 2 Student (Grades 4-6)
Science Experiment Books for Form 2
Any of the books listed here can be used for Science Experiments
Other Books I Love for Form 2 Student (Grades 4-6)
Books you can use for special studies or just for fun!
Science Supplies for You and Your Form 2 Student (Grades 4-6)
Supplies and fun things for you and your student!
More options coming soon…
Handicraft Books for Your Form 2 Student (Grades 4-6)
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 2 Student
N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945) was an American artist who was known for his illustrations in many children’s books published by Scribner’s.
Vermeer (1632-1675) was a Dutch artist of the Baroque period. He is known for his domestic scenes of middle-class life.
Have fun singing together! Many children’s songs are based on folk songs. Here are some music suggestions that my kids loved when they were little. I have so many fond memories of singing these songs together!
Also see the “For Parents” tab under this subject for more resources.
For specific Folk Song recommendations, see the Folk Songs Rotation Page for the Wildwood Curriculum or their page listing Folk Songs by Historical Era.
Drill / Physical Education
I recommend the Composer Study Companion Series by RaeAnna Goss. The Bach Issue listed below is a free sample, but she has many other composers available.
See the example for Bach below for how you might add a picture book as a biography for a composer.
More options coming soon…
Another option for Form 2 Latin is Minimus.