CM Curricula Compared

Dear Reader,

I have done a series of posts comparing various Charlotte Mason and CM-inspired curricula. As the number of them has expanded, I realize this has become a bit cumbersome for you, the reader. So this is my attempt to put it all in one place.


A little background — my goal has been to present what each curriculum has to say about itself rather than to give my opinions. I tried to choose the questions I would have when comparing curricula. Topics range from What does it cost? to How does it deal with high school science? to How Christian is it?

There is a lot out there for homeschoolers these days and the list seems to be ever-expanding. The curricula I have chosen to compare are all from Ambling along Together’s list of CM curricula.  Originally I looked at the truly Charlotte Mason style curricula (as compared to merely “CM influenced” or adaptable). For these I have charts comparing various aspects. Over time as the CM world has expanded, I have added posts with blurbs on the more CM-inspired curricula, including what makes them more or less CM.

Though personally I have made use of many of these websites and have taken bits and pieces from various sources, I do not use any of these curricula exclusively. I do have some opinions, but I don’t have one favorite curriculum.

The Curricula

As the list of curricula has gotten longer and longer, it has become quite cumbersome so I now have a chart which lists all the curricula with brief identifying bits — how CM it is, its religious stance, and what ages it is for — so that you can begin to narrow your choices. After you have some curricula in mind, you can go to the charts and pages that are linked either in the document or in the next section (they are the same links).

Charlotte Mason, CM-Inspired, and CM-Adaptable Curricula (opens a Google doc)

Charts and Posts on the CM Curricula

Though the goal of this post is to put everything in one place, I still can’t figure out a good way to put it all in one document. Here then, in three documents, are all the CM (as opposed to CM-inspired) curricula compared:

AO SCM Alvery ADE 8-13-18 (covers Ambleside Online, Simply Charlotte Mason, Alveary, and A Delectable Education)

MCM LBC HUFI 8-13-18 (covers a Modern Charlotte Mason, Living Books Curriculum and High Up and Further In)

Gentle Feast Wildwood Ambleside Schools 8-13-18 (covers Gentel Feast, Wildwood, and Ambleside Schools)

CM curricula CMEC Mater Am (covers Mater Amabilis and CMEC)

For the CM inspired curricula and speciality curricula see these posts:

Let’s Play is it CM, part 1 here (covers Sonlight, The Good and the Beautiful, Easy Peasy, Masterbooks, Five in a Row, My Father’s World)

Let’s Play is it CM, part 2 here (covers Heart of Dakota, Build Your Library, Winter Promise, Train Up a Child, Wayfarers, Mind in the Light)

Let’s Play is it CM, part 3  (covers Under the Home, Torchlight, Queens, Beautiful Feet, Book Shark, Blossom and Root, Gather Round, A Humble Place)

Specialty Curricula (=Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, LDS, or Secular) CM curricula here (covers Ani-ve-Ami, Mater Amabilis, The Good and the Beautiful, Ursa Minor, Wayfarers, Build Your Library, Our Muslim Homeschool, Middle Way Mom)

As always, let me know of updates and revisions. Consider this page a work in progress; I will try to update as there are new curricula available or changes in current ones.


18 responses to this post.

  1. […] See my most updated post on CM curricula here. […]


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  4. Posted by Deborah Brenna on September 18, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Mater Amabilis is a free, comprehensive, Catholic CM curriculum you might want to add.


    • Thank you for the reminder, Deborah. When I first did this, there were a few curricula listed that were particular to specific traditions and I chose to do the ones that were more general. But since then the landscape has changed with some new curricula and some older ones seeming to disappear so that distinction seems to make less sense. I will try to get back to this one when I get a chance.


  5. Posted by Jen Spencer on August 7, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Hi, Nebby! I’m the Project Manager for Charlotte Mason’s Alveary. Thank you for including us in your review. I’m writing to let you know that we have a new online home at There have also been lots of updates to our program since your review. Please contact me if you are interested in getting a clearer picture of what we do at Thanks!


  6. […] I just updated my charts comparing Charlotte Mason curricula. Find them all here. […]


  7. […] can find all the charts comparing CM curricula here. Thus far I have restricted myself to fully CM curricula and not CM inspired ones. If you know of […]


  8. Posted by Ligaya Hartman on February 6, 2019 at 7:26 am

    This is the best comparison and most helpful collection of information on Charlotte Mason Curricula I’ve seen. I wish I would have started with this. Thank you for all the work you’ve done to put this together. I’ll be referencing this for a long time and will refer others to your blog.


  9. Posted by Angela on August 28, 2019 at 9:18 am

    THANK YOU! This is such a great resource- there is so much out there that claims to be CM and most busy homeschooling moms (and dads) have a hard time weeding through it all to find the right fit for their family. This gives me hope:)


  10. […] in the past shared some charts which compare the various Charlotte Mason curriucla out there (see this post). I chose to limit what I included to those that fit the bill “strictly Charlotte […]


  11. […] first one here. I also have charts on the various “pure” Charlotte Mason curricula (see this post). There is a lot out there that claims to be CM or that is used and discussed by folks who are CM. […]


  12. […] have a few posts now looking at the various Charlotte Mason (here) and Charlotte Mason-inspired (here and here) curricula out there. My goal in all of this is just […]


  13. […] It has been some time since I did my “Is It CM?” posts parts 1 and2 but it seems like there are more and more CM-ish curricula out there so I thought it was about time for another. The quickest way to find all the info I have on CM and CM-inspired curricula is to go to this post. […]


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