Wayfarers (Kathy Jo Devore History)


Classical Mason may not be a term that you are familiar with, but it perfectly describes this four-year chronological guide that follows the trivium learning stages. Courses include Ancient History, Medieval History, Revolution History and Modern History. Each course is divided into 3 terms (12 weeks each) and provides a 5-day schedule for nearly all subjects. Although this is not an actual teacher guide, additional required resources for the core subjects are listed with an abundance of suggested literature for read aloud. While it may seem to be overwhelming, the authors dedicated efforts to create a schedule for PreK-12, and the teaching parents understanding of their familys educational needs makes this a well-rounded, flexible and successful guide to homeschool multiple ages. Other than grade specific math and language art lessons, children learn the same general topic with age appropriate materials. Religious studies are scheduled (which may be skipped without hindering the study).

Spine books vary by level and course. A sampling include Story of the World, H.A. Guerber books, Diana Warings History Revealed program or Susan Wise Baurs History of the _______ World, Reading Lessons through Literature, English Lessons through Literature (or Rod and Staff English), Quark Chronicles (Science), Joy Hakims Story of Science, Math-U-See, Miquon Math (younger levels), or Singapore methodology Math. Additional recommendations in science, history, geography, sex-education, nutrition, art, music, and bible are included for families to select the best fit. Please contact us for a comprehensive list for each guide. The author provides information on how to use the program, and appendices with additional literature lists, the Pathways reading program schedule (available free at authors site), dictation instruction, Montessori instruction, optional high school science spines, and a schedule for the Guerber history spines. Flexibility is built into each course, allowing you to pick and chose from the quality resources that are the best fit for your family. Since the course is designed to be cyclic, the abundance of resources means that every 4 years, you will have new resource suggestions to keep the learning interesting for students (and parent)! Worth mentioning, Science is only scheduled twice per week, and science-minded families may wish to schedule more activities from the suggested resources for a more robust science experience. Guides include a link and password to free online extras to enhance your studies, for example maps, coloring pages, etc.

Providing an excellent marriage of Classical Education and the Charlotte Mason philosophy to meet the needs of homeschooling different age groups, this course makes it is possible to have it all! With the flexibility these courses offer, I encourage you to look at the expansive PDF samples available. Grab your favorite highlighter and study the introduction, preview the book lists and highlight the options that best fit your family. It is possible to confidently create the perfect path for your family! Each guide approximately 250 pgs, pb. ~ Deanne

  • History Based Complete Curriculum Guide with daily lesson plans.
  • Designed to teach all your children together.
  • Cyclic approach to history.
  • Quality spine resources and literature recommendations to take the guesswork out of your planning.
Teaching Method
Teacher-centered curriculum commonly used in classrooms that may include a text, teacher manual, tests, etc.
Charlotte Mason
A methodology based on the work of a 19th century educator who maintained that children learn best from literature (Living Books), not textbooks.
A methodology based on the Latin Trivium (three stages of learning), including the grammar stage (memorization and facts), logic stage (critical thinking), and rhetoric stage (developing/defending ideas).
Unit Study
A thematic or topical approach centered around one topic that integrates multiple subject areas.
Montessori (Discovery)
A methodology based on the work of a 20th century educator that emphasizes student and sensory-driven discovery learning and real-life applications.
Other methodologies
Religious Content
Contains content contrary to common Christian beliefs (i.e. evolution).
Avoids religious or theoretical topics or presents multiple viewpoints without preference.
Faith-based or including instructional religious content.
Learning Modality
Learns through listening, talking out loud or reading out loud.
Learns through seeing, prefers written instructions and visual materials.
Kinesthetic/Tactile (Hands-On)
Learns through moving, doing and touching.
Curriculum that employ a variety of activities/components.
Curriculum progresses through well-defined learning objectives. Emphasizes mastery before moving to the next topic.
Topics and concepts are repeated from level to level, adding more depth at each pass and connecting with review.
Focus is on the “why,” often with a unifying concept as well as specific skills; coverage may be broader.
Teacher Involvement
Low Teacher Involvement
Student-led materials; parent acts as a facilitator.
Medium Teacher Involvement
A mix of teacher-led time and independent student work.
High Teacher Involvement
Teacher-led lessons; may utilize discussions, hands-on activities and working together.
Additional Materials Required
No other materials needed
Everything you need is included.
Other Materials Required
There are additional required resources that are a separate purchase.
Other Materials Optional
There are additional resources mentioned or recommended but are not absolutely necessary.
Designed to be written in; not reusable.
Not designed to be written in; reusable.