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    I was looking for more resources for a sort of story based curriculum. I have found a couple of separate options that sound good (Curiosity Chronicles, Sassafras Science Adventures, and Stories of the Great Composers) that we are going to be ordering soon. Just looking for more options for curriculum if anyone has any ideas. I was also looking into more chapter books that might provide a link to art, science, history, math... anything really. Many of my searches have left me with the classic Charlotte Mason style book lists and that just isn't our thing. My boys are 8 and 12 now so Captain Underpants and Minecraft are big deals here. While there are a few classics I read to them here and there, we would all rather have something that feels relevant to their lives. Anyways, any ideas are much appreciated, even thoughts for search terms that I could be using to find the types of books I'm looking for. Thanks!

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    Have you tried searching "secular Charlotte Mason" or "modern Charlotte Mason"? While I love the old fashioned CM books, my kids are less enthusiastic about most of them lol. Wildwood Curriculum is a secular Charlotte Mason curriculum with lots of updated reading suggestions. It does include some older texts but the prose isn't as antiquated in the ones they chose to include. They even include Harry Potter in the upper forms.

    There is also all the usual literature based curriculums that are secular like BookShark, Build Your Library, Torchlight, Moving Beyond the Page and I'm sure there are others I'm forgetting right now. Blossom and Root Book Seeds look interesting but they may not have any at an appropriate level for your boys yet but worth a look, it's fairly new and they have quite a few offerings. If nothing else, you can just use the book lists for these curriculums as a jumping off point for your own adventures.

    For math, there is Life of Fred which does include some religion but it has been very editable on the fly in my experience. There is also Penrose the Mathematical Cat, The Number Devil, the Sir Cumference series, the Bedtime Math series, the MathStart series, The Grapes of Math and others by Greg Tang, Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and tons of math titles by David A. Adler.

    For science and history, I would just look up the topic you want study or that your kids are interested in at the library. There are just so many great books and book series for these subjects that it would be hard to make recommendations unless you have a specific topic you want recommendations for. If your library isn't very big or has a poor selection of children's books like mine does, find out what libraries around you do have a good selection of children's books. Once you find one, see if you have reciprocal borrowing privileges with your local library or if you can get a non-resident library card for that library. I pay $30 a year to borrow books from the library in the next county over because they have an amazing children's book selection. We go to that town at least once a month anyways and $30 a year is reasonable to me since I would pay much much more than that in ILL fees if I tried to borrow them that way through my local library. Plus I can reserve the books online and they have them ready and waiting for me to just pick up when I come through that town while running errands or going shopping. I can also access e-books, movies and apps through my non-resident library card from home.

    We are enjoying Curiosity Chronicles as well. Do you have the teachers guide? I noticed your boys enjoy Minecraft, my kids do as well. The CC teacher's guide suggests projects in Minecraft to go along with some of the chapters. It also has book recommendations to go along with each chapter. We've enjoyed most of them so far.

    The Art Book for Children series that is suggested in Build Your Library's curriculum look great but I haven't had a chance to experience them first hand yet. Classics for Kids is a radio show about music and composers for kids but I wish someone would make something similar in video format for art appreciation. I had to take art history in college and the teacher I had for that class was just so passionate about art history and her enthusiasm was contagious. I never much cared for art history before taking her class, I just needed a fine art credit and that class fit my schedule, but now I find it fascinating. Hmmm, maybe I need to shoot her an email and ask her if she would be interested in a side gig.... lol.

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    Thanks for the ideas! I haven't purchased Curiosity Chronicles yet, but I am even more set on it after hearing they have Minecraft projects! I will be sure to get the whole package. I feel like this whole process is going to be trial and error, but any ideas help... so thanks for your input!

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    Beast academy math is story based through comics. My son loves it.

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