This is an AmblesideOnline student's idea of which books were most helpful and most indispensible for someone needing to pare down. This schedule does not have official Advisory approval. ;) To see Lesa's side by side table of regular year 7, and the lighter version, click here.
Follow the Bible reading plan of your choice, or use AO's plan which goes through the Bible semi-chronologically over 6 years in Years 6-11. This year's readings would be as follows:
* Numbers 1-30 and Luke 1-6
** Numbers 31-36, Deuteronomy 1-27, and Luke 7-14
*** Deuteronomy 28-34, Joshua, and Luke 15-24
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis (search amazon.com/Kindle) OR More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell (purchase/Kindle)
The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer (online) OR The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges (purchase) (starts in week 13)
The Birth of Britain by Winston Churchill (volume 1 of his History of the English Speaking Peoples; purchase) [A schedule here]
William of Malmesbury's account of the Battle of Hastings (online here) (week 11)
The Magna Carta (online here; also available in a modern paraphrase) (week 24)
In Freedom's Cause by G.A. Henty (online here; purchase) OR The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey (purchase) (starts in week 4) (Richard picture for Tey book is here.)
The Life of King Alfred by Asser, selected passages (online here or download here; copy and paste entire contents of file to your Word Processor to print) (starts in week 3)
(Personal Recollections of) Joan of Arc by Mark Twain (online here; purchase/Kindle)
Government and Economics
Whatever Happened to Penny Candy by Richard Maybury (purchase) (starts in week 20)
Ourselves by Charlotte Mason (online here, also available in a modern paraphrase) (purchase/purchase Leslie Laurio's paraphrase for Kindle) (starts week 23)
Plutarch's Lives (follow Ambleside Online's rotation)
Keep up with daily news (resource options here) and keep a calendar of events
The History of English Literature for Girls and Boys by H.E. Marshall ch 1-31 (online here)
The Age of Chivalry by Thomas Bulfinch (online here; purchase) [This assumes your student read King Arthur in Year 5; if this isn't the case, consider using one of the Year 5 options instead.]
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott (online here; purchase/purchase for Kindle) (download Katie Barr's Word Doc notes)
A Taste of Chaucer by Anne Malcolmson (purchase) OR other version of Canturbury Tales edited for students (Chaucer needs editing!) As a last resort, use The Chaucer Story Book, by Eve Tappen, (online here; purchase) which is Chaucer retold in prose (starts in week 25)
Shakespeare (continue with Ambleside Online rotation)
The Oxford Book of English Verse (Poems 1-24, 29, 31-33) (online here; the same text, but with a different title, is also at Project Gutenberg) OR Idylls of the King by Tennyson (online here)
Check online sites such as Librivox for free audio readings of poems; this is a growing project and more poems are online every month.
Grammar and Composition
Our Mother Tongue: An Introductory Guide to English Grammar by Nancy Wilson (purchase) (start week 26 with Unit 1, Lessons 1-9, continue the book next year)
Include selections from Shakespeare, the Bible, poetry and other sources. These selections may be the same ones used for recitation. Consider begining a personal quote book.
Also, do dictation regularly.
Continue your math program; for some options, see this page.
The Fallacy Detective by Nathaniel and Hans Bluedorn (purchase)
Continue the composer rotation and hymn rotation posted at Ambleside Online
Term 1: The Bold Pedlar and Robin Hood; The Three Ravens; and The Outlandish Knight. (lyrics and midi files here)
Term 2: When The King Enjoys His Own Again; Farewell to Lochaber; Battle of Otterburn (try this site)
Term 3: Go No More a Rushing; Greensleeves; Scarbourough (lyrics and midi files here)
Begin Latin if you've not started already OR Continue with any previous foreign language studies
Life and Work Skills
Work on useful skills such as budgeting, gardening, cooking, car maintenance, carpentry, etc.
Try to use books that were not included from Year 7, or the Year 7 Free reading List
Last update Oct 20, 2011
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