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Welcome to AmblesideOnline

We're in the process of improving the AO website to make it easier to use the AO curriculum. Thank you for your patience. Check on the AO Forum for updates.

AmblesideOnline is a free curriculum designed to be as close as possible to the curriculum that Charlotte Mason used in her own PNEU schools. Our goal is to be true to Charlotte Mason's high literary standards. AmblesideOnline uses the highest quality books and costs no more than the cost of texts. The curriculum uses as many free online books as possible, and there is no cost to use this information or join the forum.

"AmblesideOnline is an awesome curriculum. I love the flexibility yet the academic rigor." (Amy S.)
Read more user comments here

If you're planning to use AmblesideOnline, 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.

The AmblesideOnline Curriculum

Booklists and Schedules by Year

To see the booklists and weekly schedules based on a 36-week school year, click on the appropriate Year:

Year 0 (K)
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6
Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
Year 12

Additional Options
Booklist and weekly schedule for Year 3 1/2
(Yr 3 1/2 is an optional step between Years 3 and 4)
Pre-7 for students beginning AO later to "catch up"
Yr 7 Lite Booklist and Schedule
Yr 8 Lite Booklist and Schedule
Yr 9 Lite Booklist and Schedule
Yr 10 Lite Booklist and Schedule
Yr 11 Lite Booklist and Schedule

One student's unofficial schedule of ancients created from Advisory notes and book suggestions from their discussion of Year 12 as a year of Ancient history is here.

Subject Resources

Art Appreciation/Picture Study
Music Appreciation/Composer Study for all years
Nature Study for all grades
Folksongs and Hymns
Poets are listed with each year's booklist
Shakespeare for grades 4 and up
Plutarch for grades 4 and up

Complete Booklist Years 1-12 currently available as an UPDATED Google Document

AO-Help Emergency Lesson Plan for Families in Crisis - a minimalist approach
to applying Charlotte Mason's methods in the midst of emergencies or crises.


CM Original Homeschool Series (read the Series online in original language, modern paraphrases, or summaries)
Parents' Review Articles (CM's original vintage magazine for parents and teachers using her curriculum)
PNEU Programmes (these are booklists from CM's own PNEU schools)
PNEU Exams (exam questions used in CM's PNEU schools)
Books used by CM that were put online by AO members
Articles by AO moms about Living Books, Ideas, CM's Principles, Science, KJV and more!

Frequently Asked Questions:
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or would like to find regional AO support, you can see if there's
an AO specialized for you on our links page.

Canadian users: click here.

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Created by Kelly Gibbons :-)

Holiday Reading In keeping with Charlotte Mason's high standards for quality literature, here are some stories, poems, Thanksgiving hymns, and Christmas music to enhance your Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's!