Scheduling Workshop Resources

I was so blessed, once again, by the Charlotte Mason Institute Conference! This was my sixth year in attendance, and every single year, I say it was the best year yet.

This year I did a presentation on Preparing a Charlotte Mason Schedule, and I made a promise to add material from that talk to this blog. I think I will start with last things first — the resources which I referred to.


I talked a lot about the schedules and programmes that the P.U.S. schools used. I think it is worthwhile to really study these. It is a lot to take in, and frankly it’s taken me years to figure out some of the idiosyncrasies, but it’s definitely worth studying. Furthermore, every year things change: your children change forms, you add another piece of the CM puzzle to your schedule, another child becomes old enough to officially be schooled. It’s important to go back to the true foundation each year as you begin making your schedule.

P.U.S. Time-Tables (Schedules)

AO has the original version of the Time-tables, and my reformatted Time-tables as well. I did not change any of the information on the reformatted version. My goal was just to make it so they would all print out on one page. 

P.U.S. Programmes

AO has various P.U.S. Programmes transcribed, and you can find even more of them at Redeemer. Use “search database” and search for “programmes”.

My Matrix

After years of studying the programmes and time-tables myself, I created a matrix of subjects based on the PUS Time-tables and Programmes. I needed a more orderly look at what the students were doing, and found that by re-ordering the schedules I was able to see so much more. Such as what the forms have in common, and how a subject changed over the years. (More time or less, more individual subjects or less.) Print here

Form Breakdown
Consider this form breakdown to determine what form your child will be in. There is some speculation about whether a child would have moved up based entirely upon their age, or if their level of ability would be taken into account. You will have to make that decision for your own children.  I have found that it helps me to look at what is required at each level in order to find the best fit for my child. 

“I will refrain from enlarging upon the involved state of affairs when there are children working partly in one class and partly in another; nor will I discuss what happens when one has a child of 10 who cannot read.” – K. Clendinned

Sample Lessons

We looked at a sample lesson from Plutarch during my presentation. There are MANY more sample lessons in the back of volume 3, and I would strongly advise you to study them. They are not all the same, nor do all of them include the use of a book. There are lectures and a picture talk, history and geography lessons, and even a cooking lesson for handicraft! You can find these in School Education: Volume 3, Appendix V.

The Work and Aims of the Parents’ Union School by Miss O’Ferrall, an ex-student of the House of Education. *Note that towards the bottom of this article she refers to the student teachers as the “students”, and children and “children”.

15 thoughts on “Scheduling Workshop Resources

  1. Dawn

    Thank you for sharing, Nicole! I didn't take the opportunity to attend your talk because I felt the need to learn more about implementing Shakespeare, but I am grateful for the opportunity to peek in on a little of what you shared. PS – It was wonderful to meet you in person, as I am a regular subscriber of your blog:).

  2. Silvia

    Thanks a lot. I am printing those. I kind of forget the lessons have to be short, as I tend to think we need to add time, and you showed me what is needed is to distribute it well, as CM did.

  3. Autumn

    I really loved your presentation and all that you shared from your personal journey. Thank you so much for sharing all of this with us! 😀

  4. Beth

    Thanks so much for adding your forms! I enjoyed your presentation and learned much to (hopefully) implement this year! 🙂

  5. Amanda

    This is great! I had trouble getting a printable matrix. Is there a way you can share it in a printable format? Or am I just mixed up? I'm on a mac.

    We use Mater Amabilis with a hint of AO, and though our subjects aren't broken down weekly like AO, the creators have always included weekly, 2x or 3 x a week for the subject which was great going in. Of course this is such a good reminder, along with Christy's article on Brandy's site, to keep to the times. I think it would fix a lot of our frustrations.

  6. Nicole Williams

    Thank you everyone for your encouragement! I'll keep publishing more notes from my presentation. I hope it will help everyone create a schedule that will transform your year!

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  8. Ashley

    I have one question about form I. Why do they lump history and literature together under the heading of reading? How many days are history, and how many days are literature? Also, where is reading instruction/phonics?


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