I hope you find this simple review of A Gentle Feast homeschool curriculum helpful as you go about your homeschool journey! In this post I share our favorite things about this curriculum. Our family has been truly blessed by A Gentle Feast, and I love sharing about it.
Where We Are In Our Homeschool Journey
We just completed our first full homeschool year with A Gentle Feast back in May. Though we dabbled in some preschool resources prior, this was our first year of elementary education with my oldest.
Over the past school year, A Gentle Feast guided us through a beautiful living education full of rich book reading, chewing on big ideas, making connections among subjects, and abundant margin for outside time and imaginative play.
Yes, by May we were all ready for a break. But I knew I would be able to truly enjoy the break, because I was satisfied with how the school year shaped up, and I wouldn’t be researching my life away on curriculum choices.
I’m happy to report we’ll be sticking with A Gentle Feast for the new school year and the foreseeable future!
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Positive Review of A Gentle Feast Homeschool Curriculum
There is so much to love about A Gentle Feast. Let me share a few reasons why it’s been a great fit for our family!
A Gentle Feast is heavily influenced by Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education. Central to a Charlotte Mason education is the use of “living books.”
You won’t find pre-digested textbooks on the reading list. What you will find is memorable, well-written, captivating literature for all the subjects.
I have enjoyed reading all the books myself. They are not watered down or boring books, only the good stuff!
Another note on books, A Gentle Feast includes a good mix of old books and new books, as well as books written from the point of view of marginalized people groups. Parents can always supplement with more books, but I love that we have a pretty good base to work from.
A Gentle Feast is a comprehensive curriculum that encompasses all the subjects (and more!) that we wanted to study, except for math.
I love not having to piece together multiple subjects from various curriculum companies.
On the book list, you can find a recommendation for a living math program as well. We’ve decided to take a more traditional approach with Singapore math, but I do like supplementing with good living books about math concepts.
I like that much of our school day consists of simply reading aloud books and talking about them. Yes, there are language arts lessons, copywork and other creative activities. But there’s no busy work, and there aren’t lots of loose pieces and materials to keep up with beyond the parent guides, student packet, schedules, and books.
Designed with Families in Mind
One of the benefits of A Gentle Feast is that it is designed so that you do many things together as a family.
Morning time, which includes Bible, hymn study and other “beauty subjects,” is adaptable for all ages and can easily be done around the table or on the living room floor.
Many of the read aloud books are suitable for multiple ages. Read aloud time has become something we all look forward to each day after lunch as we wind down for naps and quiet time.
History is another subject that can include the whole family. All your school-age kids can be learning about the same history time period at the same time at varying levels of difficulty. History is broken up into 4 main time periods that you cycle through every 4 years.
This means many of the history books overlap for multiple kids, and you get to recycle books over the years. So when my next child starts school, he will be able to jump into the same history cycle as his older sister. We will be studying history as a family rather than having each child in a different history time period.
“Gentle” for Parent and Child
By “gentle,” I don’t mean easy and watered down. This is a comprehensive and challenging program! Here’s what I do mean:
The parent guides and free resources included provide beautiful scaffolding for the new homeschooling (or, new-to-Charlotte Mason) parent. By using this curriculum, I have grown in discipline and developed many good habits that have actually transferred to other areas of my life.
Kids are gently led through their education with short lessons and built-in time for play and processing what they have learned.
The program is also flexible. We can easily adapt it to our needs and preferences, substitute books and move things around on the schedule.
The actual curriculum (found here) is inexpensive compared with other homeschool programs on the market, especially considering you gain unlimited access to the online resources, digital products, and monthly membership Zoom calls with Julie Ross, the creator.
The part that can get expensive is collecting all the books. There are ways to make it more affordable though. Here are some tips:
- Many of the books can be found to read online for free. Links are in the booklist that comes with the program.
- You can use your local library to check out books.
- Buy as many books as you can secondhand at used book stores, library sales, Amazon, Thriftbooks.com, etc.
I do like to buy most of the books. The book choices are so good and we will be using them for multiple kids. My favorite places to buy books are Amazon and Thriftbooks.com. I have found good prices there and ordering online is convenient.
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Want to Learn More About A Gentle Feast Homeschool?
Julie Ross has generously provided many free ways to learn more about Charlotte Mason education and A Gentle Feast. Here are a few to explore:
A Gentle Feast Website – Julie offers a free 2-week trial and free intro course for interested families.
The Charlotte Mason Show with Julie Ross – In this podcast, Julie walks through various aspects of Charlotte Mason’s philosophies, interviews other homeschooling moms, and addresses many homeschooling subjects. You can also find it on your favorite podcast app.
@agentlefeast on Instagram – Julie features real families using A Gentle Feast in their homeschools.
$5 booklists on agentlefeast.com (not free but cheap!) are a good way to get a feel for what a school year with AGF looks like.
FREE Morning Time Packet for Holy Week on agentlefeast.com
More ways to explore Charlotte Mason Education:
Read Charlotte Mason’s original volumes
Read A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola
Need Some Homeschool Organization Inspiration?
Check out my Small Space Homeschool Organization post and see how we got ready for the 2020-2021 school year.
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