I’ve been homeschooling our four kids (with my working husband’s input) for almost a decade now, and most of those years have included the books mentioned in the AmblesideOnline.com curriculum. Ambleside Online was created by homeschooling mothers and others who wanted to create a curriculum that is similar to what Charlotte Mason, the 18th century educator, would have used.
If you use the curriculum fully, your child would have a classical, literature-deep, rich, and beautiful education. I’m not a very scheduled person, so I don’t use the curriculum as fully as it should be used, but I use it loosely, taking from it with what we wish to study, and adding books from other lists based on what we own. Our eldest is in college, and not only does he love to learn, but he knows what his professors are talking about when they refer to old authors and artists or classic books, hymns, and works of art.
I encourage you to check out Ambleside Online. It may be just the curriculum you’ve been looking for; and in any case, it will provide you with book lists that will give your child a love of reading.
Ambleside Online is a free curriculum to use; there are even daily schedules for each grade. Since many of the books are copyright-free classics, most of them are also free online. Others can be found at your local library, but you’ll probably wish to own most of them.