AmblesideOnline - Year 1

Weekly schedule is here.

"A child should be brought up to have relations of force with earth and water, should run and ride, swim and skate, lift and carry; should know texture, and work in material; should know by name, and where and how they live at any rate, the things of the earth about him, its birds and beasts and creeping things, its herbs and trees. . ."

Charlotte Mason, Volume 3, p. 161
A Basic Overview of Year 1
BibleHistoryGeographyScience and Math
Bible Stories


 
 
 
55 BC to 1066 AD

Introduction to Famous People

World and American

Ancient England

Vikings

Shape of Earth

Direction (N, S, E, W)

Great Lakes
Nature

Animal Stories

Birds

Math
Citizenship
Hero Stories
 
Language ArtsLiteratureForeign LanguageMusic and Arts
Simple Copywork

Oral Narration

Recitation

Phonics
 
Stevenson, Milne, children's poems

Just So Stories

Aesop, Fairy Tales, and more. . .
Modern Language Hymns and Folk Songs

Artist/picture study

Composer

Drawing and Handicrafts

History studied in Year 1: Early history (55 BC to 1066 AD), and people throughout history.

Students will be doing a phonics program, or practicing reading skills. They may do simple daily copywork, no more than five or ten minutes a day. Every scheduled reading is narrated orally. History at this phase, while chronological, also consists of stories of people who will come up later, creating a familiarity with famous characters in history. Foreign language study consists of songs and/or stories.

Note: These booklists and curriculum suggestions are incomplete without a thorough understanding of Charlotte Mason's ideas and methods. We cannot emphasize enough that you take time to familiarize yourself with her philosophy by reading her books.

If you're planning to use AmblesideOnline, your first stop should be the the FAQ for some information about the curriculum and basic instructions. Our FAQ answers all the questions that people routinely ask: AO's history scope and sequence, how to schedule your school days, how to do narration, and more.

Detailed weekly schedules for these books are available in various formats:
Html List; PDF; modifiable DOC; modifiable ODT


Table of Contents:

Key: (What do all those symbols mean?)
Book titles are linked to Project Gutenberg (which offers free etexts in a variety of formats) or other online text when no Project Gutenberg text is available.
β - manybooks.net, another free ebook site.
Δ - free etext at archive.org.
K - free Kindle text from amazon.com.
($) - hard-copy book purchase from amazon.com.
(K) - Kindle purchase from amazon.com.
- free audiobook at Lit2Go
Ω - free audiobook at Librivox [2]
- other free audiobook source
[0] - Click the bracketed numeral to view any notes about the book near the bottom of the page.
[0] - red footnotes indicate a heads-up for parents about the title. We cannot foresee every incident that might potentially be an issue to every family, but we have red-flagged those that are commonly a concern.

Asterisks refer to which term the book is used:
      * Term 1
     ** Term 2
   *** Term 3


In order to complete the curriculum, additional instruction should be provided in the following areas.


Daily Instruction or Practice:


Weekly Instruction or Practice:





Bible [6]


History: Early history (55 BC to 1066 AD), and people throughout history.


American History Biography


Geography

In addition, these geography concepts should be explained and taught this year: [18]


Natural History/Science


Penmanship/Copywork

A curriculum or program for handwriting is not necessary, but if you want to use one, these are some we've used and can suggest:

AO's Language Arts Scope and Sequence for this level is here.


Phonics/Reading Instruction

Phonics and reading with CM's methods can be taught effectively and simply without a formal program, carefully following Charlotte Mason's sequence explained in Home Education, volume 1 of her book series (start at page 199). Jennifer S. described how to implement CM's method of teaching reading step by step on her Joyful Shepherdess blog.

Additional (non-CM) programs the AO Advisory has used and can recommend (not an exhaustive list):

Beginning readers might gain confidence from classics retold in A Primary Reader by E. Louise Smythe ($)


Mathematics

Select a program that meets your family's needs from our page of Math Options.


Foreign Language

Choose a foreign language program that focuses on oral learning. Some that are popular among Charlotte Mason parents are The Learnables, Little Pim, Cherrydale Press, Language Learning for Children by Alyssa Johnson and Christine Lewis (K or free for AO Forum members)

Celeste at Joyous Lessons wrote a 3-part blog series on teaching young children a foreign language. There's also a vintage Parents' Review article on teaching foreign languages


Poetry [23]


Literature