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AO Year 3 - AmblesideOnline.org

Ambleside Online - Year 3 Booklist

History studied in Year 3: late 1400's-1600's Renaissance to Reformation
* late 1400's-1580's, ** 1580's-1600's, *** 1600's

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 Ambleside Online, your first stop should be the the FAQ for some information about the curriculum and basic instructions. It is not advisable to attempt this curriculum without first reading the FAQ. Homeschoolers hoping to raise their children to be readers, as Charlotte Mason urged, owe it to themselves to take the first step in reading by looking over the instructions for the curriculum they plan to use. The FAQ has all the questions that people routinely ask, with detailed answers and explanations collected from two years of responses to user questions.

Key:
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 [Audio Note]
- other free audiobook source
[0] - Click the bracketed numeral to view a note about the book near the bottom of the page.
[0] - red footnotes indicate a heads-up for parents about the title. We are unable to 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:

Penmanship or Copywork (AO's Language Arts Scope and Sequence for this level is here.)
Phonics (Read notes on teaching phonics in a CM education.) Free online beginning readers by Harriette Taylor Treadwell
Math
Foreign language

Weekly Instruction:

Art
Correspond history readings with a timeline or century book and map
Handicrafts
Music Appreciation, including folksongs and hymns
Nature Study
An artist and a composer each term





Bible

This site has many versions. [1]

History: 1400-1600 Renaissance to Reformation

An Island Story by H.E. Marshall ($ K) Ω [2]
This Country of Ours by H.E. Marshall β Δ ($) Κ Ω [3]
A Child's History of the World by Virgil Hillyer ($) [4]
          OR The Discovery of New Worlds by M.B. Synge (Heritage) ($) Ω and The Awakening of Europe by M.B. Synge ($) Ω [6]
     [Note on The Story of Mankind by VanLoon] Ω Δ [5]

History Tales and/or Biography

Trial and Triumph by Richard Hannula ($ K) [7]
* Leonardo Da Vinci by Emily Hahn ($) [8] OR Michelangelo by Diane Stanley ($) [9] or, a biography of Galileo
** Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare by Peter Vennema and Diane Stanley ($) OR Good Queen Bess by Diane Stanley ($)
*** Squanto by Feenie Ziner ($) [10] OR Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty ($) [11]

Geography

Marco Polo (We know of one online; see link here for additional recommended books and resources)

In addition, these geography concepts should be explained and taught this year: [Geo]
   Term 1: Measuring distance: inch, foot yard; mile. A country's proximity to the equator or poles determines its climate. Parallel lines from pole to pole are longitude.
   Term 2: The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
   Term 3: A map (plan) is a picture of a room, town, country or earth and should show where N is; how maps are made; maps of towns, regions, countries, the world.

Natural History/Science

The Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock Δ ($), as scheduled in Nature Study; online. You may find it helpful and fun to participate in the Outdoor Hour Challenge blog.
Supplies for Nature Study:
     Nature notebook and pencils or paint for each student
     Begin to build a library of regional field guides
     Plenty of time to allow Nature Study to be a fun learning experience for both parent and child

* ** Pagoo by Holling C Holling (Term 1: ch 1-13; Term 2: ch 14-20) ($)
** *** Secrets of the Woods by William J. Long (Term 2: to Keeonekh; Term 3: Koskomenos to end) β Δ ($) Κ
Optional: Explore His Earth by Ann Voskamp, available here or (here).
Optional: Science Lab in a Supermarket by Robert Friedhoffer (K) [12]

If your kids really love science and if they can handle it, you may like the Exploring Creation With . . . series by Jeannie Fulbright for science in Years 3-6 ($): also available here. This would be in addition to the regular AO recommendations, so should only be considered by families whose children can handle the additional work load. A support group is available.

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:
A Reason for Writing (Level A: $) (Level B: $)
Getty Dubay Italic Handwriting Series ($)

Mathematics

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

Foreign Language

Lyric Language ($), Phrase-A-Day ($), Triple Play, Triple Play Plus ($), Springboard to French/Spanish ($) are some programs we can recommend.
Read a Parents' Review article on teaching foreign languages

Poetry

(Purchase all three terms of Year 3's poetry for Kindle)
* William Blake (K) Ω Ω
** Sara Teasdale and Hilda Conkling (K)
*** Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (K) Hiawatha Ω

Literature

Parables from Nature by Margaret Gatty, selections. Δ ($ K) Ω A modern English paraphrase is available (K). [13]
American Tall Tales by Adrien Stoutenburg ($)
Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb β Δ ($ or $) Κ Ω
The Heroes by Charles Kingsley β Δ (also here) ($) Ω Κ
Pilgrim's Progress Part One (Christian's Journey) by John Bunyan (also here) β Δ ($) Ω Κ OR Part Two, Christiana's Journey (also here) Δ [14]
* The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald β ($ K) Ω Κ
** Children of the New Forest by F. Marryat β Δ ($) Ω Κ
*** The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling Book 1 β Δ and Book 2 β Δ ($) Ω Κ


Additional Books for Free Reading [15]
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett β Δ ($) Ω Κ
The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley β Δ ($ K) Κ Ω [download an abridged, slightly annotated Word doc of this book by Anne White here.]
At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald β Δ ($) Ω Κ
Men of Iron by Howard Pyle β Δ ($) Ω Κ
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll β Δ ($ K) Ω Κ
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll β Δ ($ K) Ω Κ
The Bears of Blue River Δ by Charles Major ($)
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome ($ K), Swallowdale ($ K), and others in the series. ($earch)
* Unknown to History: Captivity of Mary of Scotland by Charlotte Yonge β Δ ($) Κ
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink ($ K)
On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder ($)
The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge ($)
The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright ($) 4 Books; Includes: The Four Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright ($), Then There Were Five by Elizabeth Enright ($) Ω (kayray has read three in the series, but you'll to search her listings for them.)
English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs β Δ Δ ($) Ω Κ (more)
King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry (18th century, Africa, France and England) ($ K)
The Wheel on the School by Meindert De Jong ($)

If you would like some easier, but still excellent, living books, for a year 2/3 student to read independently for free reading, consider:
The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace
Billy and Blaze books by C. W. Anderson
Impunity Jane by Rumer Godden
Holly and Ivy (a Christmas book) by Rumer Godden
Fairchild Family series (Happy Little Family), also by Rebecca Caudill
The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth
If you would like some easier, but still excellent, living books, for a year 3/4 student to read independently for free reading, consider choosing three or four books from this list:
The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds
The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh
Sarah Plain and Tall (a series of five books) by Patricia MacLachlan
The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen by Lloyd Alexander
Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop
Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

(Purchase a Kindle)


Footnotes

Note on Audiobooks: While links to audio books are added as a courtesy, Miss Mason's approach to grammar and composition is heavily dependent upon the children receiving an immense amount of visual exposure to the written word over many years, so parents should exercise extreme caution in how many audiobooks they use each year. Our brains just work differently when we see the words. For children who have difficulty reading, one solution is to have them follow the audio version along in a written text. (Back)

1. It is preferable for a child to become accustomed to the language and flow of the King James Version of the Bible, as a familiarity with King James English will make other literature more accessible. Please read Lynn Bruce's article on the King James Version by clicking here.
The weekly schedule lists readings taken from J. Paterson Smyth's commentaries, with Old Testament readings focusing on Exodus and the life of Moses, and New Testament in the book of Luke. (see AO's Bible plan) Charlotte Mason taught both with commentaries, reading the Bible passage first, then narration, then reading the commentary, but Smyth's commentaries may reflect the doctrine of his era and denomination; they are not necessary to follow the Bible schedule.
Optional Bible Resources: Timeline; Calvary Chapel Coloring Sheets; Study questions with maps. (Back)

2. An Island Story, Chapters 62-94 1509-1760, Henry VIII-George II this year. Term 1: ch 62-71 (1509-1588, Henry VIII-Elizabeth; Armada defeated)
Term 2: ch 72-82 (1588-1685, Elizabeth Charles II)
Term 3: ch 83-94 (1685-1760, James II - George II)
Kings and Queens Timeline Figures
This book was published in the UK under the title, 'OUR Island Story;' both books are identical except for the title. Be aware that the edition for sale from Wilder Publications has no Table of Contents or chapter numbers. Public domain texts are available for anyone to copy, paste and publish, and many new companies are springing up publishing and selling these texts without editing for typos.
For planning purposes, there is a Table of Contents with dates for An Island Story here. (Back)

3. This Country of Ours, Term 1: ch 6-11 (1497-1584, Henry VII-Elizabeth)
Term 2: ch 12-22 (Elizabeth-James I, 1584-1622)
Term 3: ch 23-28 (James I-Charles I, 1618-1691)
For planning purposes, there is a Table of Contents with dates for This Country of Ours here. (Back)

4. A Child's History of the World,
Term 1: ch 63-66 (ch 60-62 in 1st edition) skip Colombus, Explorers-Renaisance 1492-1520
Term 2: ch 67-69 (ch 63-65 in 1st edition) Reformation/Elizabeth, Age of Elizabeth, 1520-1600
Term 3: ch 70 (ch 66 in 1st edition) James I
For planning purposes, there is a Table of Contents with dates for A Child's History of the World and M. B. Synge's Story of the World here. (Back)

5. Chapters from 'The Story of Mankind' by Hendrick Van Loon are shown where they overlap with history being studied for those wishing to have an older student (5th grade and up) follow along in the same rotation or for those who are limited to only this text. Story of Mankind is for an older age group and not really recommended for children this young. The text for the Story of Mankind is online here.
Term 1: ch 39-40, Renaissance, Age of Expression, 1471.
Term 2: ch 41-42 Great Discoveries 1497?, Buddha Confucius.
Term 3: ch 43 Reformation, 1517.
For planning purposes, there is a Table of Contents with dates for The Story of Mankind here. (Back)

6. The Discovery of New Worlds and The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge may be used in place of A Child's History of the World. The Discovery of New Worlds: ch 31 and 49; The Awakening of Europe: ch 5, 6, 14, 15, 30. Term 1: ch 31, 49, 50, and The Awakening of Europe ch 5
Term 2: The Awakening of Europe ch 6, 14, 15
Term 3: The Awakening of Europe ch 30
For planning purposes, there is a Table of Contents with dates for A Child's History of the World and M. B. Synge's Story of the World here. (Advisory note: look also at Synge's A Book of Discovery Δ) (Back)

7. Trial and Triumph: Descriptions of some trials of the Christians may be intense; parents should preview chapters to determine suitablity based on their children's sensitivities. If you prefer, you can skip this book and cover church history in Years 7-9 with a different book, Saints and Heroes, by George Hodges.
This book tells church history from a definite Protestant perspective; some families may wish to skip this book or find an alternative.
Google Books does have permission from Canon Press to have this book in full online. Here is a statement from Canon Press: "I believe we have extended permission to them to display that title. Obviously we would love for folks to purchase hard copies but we understand the limitations of many folks. If they do benefit from the online version though, we would be grateful for some sort of review whether it be on a blog, on Amazon, or on our own website. Thanks for contacting us to check. We really appreicate it. - David Hoos, Canon Press - Customer Service www.canonpress.com." (Back)

8. Leonardo Da Vinci by Emily Hahn is a 'Landmark' book and can be purchased from Sonlight. (Back)

9. The Michelangelo book contains drawings of nude art and drawing of cutting a cadaver. (Back)

10. The 1965 edition of Ziner's Squanto book was called 'Dark Pilgrim;' Squanto has references to native spiritism.(Back)

11. Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty is a 'Landmark' book. (Back)

The Following geography concepts should be explained and taught this year; a book is not necessary as these can be explained informally during walks and outings. AO's complete list of geography topics is here.
   Term 1: Measuring distance: inch, foot yard; mile. A country's proximity to the equator or poles determines its climate. Parallel lines from pole to pole are longitude.
          These topics are covered in these chapters:
          Charlotte Mason's Elementary Geography: Hot Countries and Cold Countries Part I
          Charlotte Mason's Elementary Geography: Hot Countries and Cold Countries Part II
          Charlotte Mason's Elementary Geography: Parallel Lines

   Term 2: The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
          These topics are covered in these chapters:
          Charlotte Mason's Elementary Geography: Sunrise and Sunset
          Charlotte Mason's Elementary Geography: Why the Sun Rises and Sets
          Charlotte Mason's Elementary Geography: Mid-day Lines

   Term 3: A map (plan) is a picture of a room, town, country or earth and should show where N is; how maps are made; maps of towns, regions, countries, the world.
          These topics are covered in these chapters:
          Long's Home Geography Δ 7. How to Tell Distance
          Long's Home Geography Δ 8. Pictures and Plans
          Charlotte Mason's Elementary Geography: The Plan of a Room
          Charlotte Mason's Elementary Geography: The Plan of a Town
          Charlotte Mason's Elementary Geography: Map of a County
          Charlotte Mason's Elementary Geography: How Maps are Made

12. Friedhoffer's "Science Lab in a . . ." books are a great resource, but they're out of print; don't spend more than $10 on a used copy. (Back)

13. "Parables of Nature" is a Christian character book using elements of nature to make its point. and is scheduled for 3 years - Years 1, 2 and 3. It is not a science book. If you feel you must substitute, we suggest Clara Dillingham Pierson's "Among the __ People" series because "each story closes with a gentle moral, inspiring children to right behavior," rather than substituting with a science book. (Back)

14. Pilgrim's Progress - The original language is recommended; read why and see recommended versions by clicking here. (Back)

15. Free Reading books are books that no child should miss, but rather than overloading school time, these can be read during free time. No narrations need be required from these books. Parents should also explain to students that historical fiction, while often well-researched, is still fiction, and contains the author's ideas of how things MIGHT have happened. Books with asterisks pertain to that term's historical studies. (Back)




For those on a strict budget, recommended purchases are:

A Child's History of the World by V. Hillyer (to be used for 2 years; $, unless you plan to use M.B. Synge's online books instead)
Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock (used for 6 years; ($) - online, but would be cumbersome to utilize that way
a Math program
a phonics program if necessary
Da Vinci by Emily Hahn, Landmark Book ($) OR Michelangelo by Diane Stanley ($) (check library for these)
Bard of Avon by Peter Vennema and Diane Stanley ($) OR Good Queen Bess by Diane Stanley ($) (check library for these)
Squanto (Dark Pilgrim) by Feenie Ziner ($) OR Landing of the Pilgrims Landmark Book by James Daugherty ($ K)
American Tall Tales by Adrien Stoutenberg, unless your library has a copy of tall tales ($)
Laura Ingalls Wilder books if your library does not have them ($)
Elizabeth Enright books are nice if you can find them cheap (but not worth high collector prices) ($)
Other books can be read online or borrowed from the library.

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