English Lessons Through Literature (Updated version, Secular)
Now English Lessons Through Literature has a secular version (Aspiring, Blossoming, Cultivating, Discerning, Enlightening, Flourishing). The general approach and most of the content is the same; the only difference is that any faith-based content has been removed from the secular version. This means that some exercises/activities have been tweaked and a few changes have been made in the Literature selections. But, all-in-all, the two versions are comparable in terms of course content and rigor. And, it makes this secular version somewhat unique since most of the Charlotte Mason language arts programs have faith-based content.
The six levels currently available can be used for grades 1 through 8. These volumes are designed for the teacher and provide three lessons per week for 36 weeks (108 lessons per level). Each lesson follows a similar format. In each level, whole books are provided as read-alouds, with chapters to be read daily as the first lesson item. Fables, stories, excerpts, and poetry are also regularly used. Occasionally, the student is asked to think about something from the reading, but the author avoids comprehension questions. The instructional nugget is next and "nugget" does seem like the best description particularly in Aspiring/Blossoming. In the upper levels, the "nugget" is something more like a "chunk." Systematic grammar instruction starts in Blossoming and is pretty impressive, covering everything from punctuation to parts of speech to types of sentences and includes diagramming in Cultivating - Flourishing. In fact, in Blossoming and up, the lesson