I did this to help me visualize other approaches. For instance, Heart of Dakota does two big sweeps of history, and they do American history early on. My Father's World has a year of cultural studies and geography before they get into a history cycle. Each program listed has differences (of course).
I sorta color-coded eras but it's not perfect (but let me know if there's a mistake). The programs break up time periods differently. Within the chart currently are My Father's World, Heart of Dakota, Sonlight, Simply Charlotte Mason, and Ambleside Online.
- light red: ancients
- blue: US history/modern
- green: more of a cultural/geographical approach vs. strict historical period
- yellow: middle ages
- purple: sweep of everything, or a really broad period of history tackled in a year
I linked to the scope & sequence or page that I grabbed the info from, below each column.
(shown as an image but the link to the chart is here)
Important to note:
With Heart of Dakota, I called their "Little Hearts for His Glory" program their kindergarten program, but you can do that for 1st (they say ages 5-7).
With Sonlight, the grade levels mentioned are minimums. Many people use P4/5 as their kindergarten, and do Core A with an older kid and so on. Also, they have years where they do a B+C combo, or a C+D combo if you wanted to hit that content in one year instead of two.
I stopped at roughly 8th grade rather than compare it all the way through 12th.
I am really not sure how to group some of Ambleside's. May need some revisions.
P.S. I don't like Ambleside's approach at all, nor SCM's.
Are there other programs I should include here? Should I throw in classical programs? Any color-coding errors I should fix?