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Ambleside Online Library

     Etexts and Online Books Books used in AO or in Charlotte Mason's PNEU schools. (Not an exhaustive list.)
     The CM Series The original six-volume series by Charlotte Mason in the original Victorian language, modern English paraphrase, and concise summaries.
     Articles and Topical Discussions by Advisory members and current AO users about Living Books, Living Ideas, CM's Principles, Science, KJV and more!
     General Resources for help with your own planning
     Programmes Charlotte Mason's original PNEU curriculum
     Exams from Charlotte Mason's PNEU schools.





Etexts and Online Books

     A New Handwriting by Monica Bridges
     The British Museum for Young People by Frances Epps
     A New Grammar of the English Tongue by J.M.D. Meiklejohn (in progress) There's a complete pdf file here; it's a huge (8MB) file.
     Elementary Geography by Charlotte Mason

Also, from Google books, the five-volume geography series that Charlotte Mason wrote for use in her schools, called The Ambleside Geography Books, written between 1880-1892:
    I. Elementary Geography Book I for Standard II (1881) view page images
    II. The British Empire and the Great Divisions of the Globe Book II for Standard III (1882) view page images
    III. The Counties of England Book III for Standard IV (1881) view page images
    IV. The Countries of Europe Their Scenery and Peoples Book IV for Standard V (1883) view page images
    V. The Old and New World: Asia, Africa, America, Australia Book V (1884) view page images

From the Bible for School and Home series, written by J. Paterson Smyth and used by Charlotte Mason in her schools:
    The Book of Genesis (PDF and alternate source)
    Moses and the Exodus (PDF)
    Joshua and the Judges (typed PDF, missing parts) (PDF)
     Prophets and Kings (PDF) [Old link: text of Prophets and Kings and Joshua and the Judges (try here)]
     St. Matthew's Gospel of the Kingdom: typed, will be online soon (PDF)
     Some commentary on Mark and the first part of Acts (PDF)
     More J. Paterson Smyth PDFs are available here
     Volumes 1-3 of the Bible for School and Home, alternate source


The CM Series

     The Original Series
     Modern English Paraphrase
     Concise Summaries of each volume
     Reading Schedule for the CM Series email list
     Which Volume Should I Read First?


Articles and Topical Discussions

     A Magical Expansion - A Study of CM's Principle 12 by Lynn Bruce
     An Imaginary Conversation with a Great Mind - A Study of CM's Principle 8 by Tammy Glaser
     An Oyster and a Jewel - A Study of CM's Principle 10 by Lynn Bruce
     AO Placement For Those Coming From Textbooks
     The benefit of reading books slowly over an extended period of time rather than cramming in lots of books quickly
     Books Build Character by Wendi Capehart
     Christians, Charlotte Mason and Fairy Tales
     Copywork discussion
     Cultural Fun by Wendi Capehart ideas for including culture on a modest income
     Discussion about Foreign Language
     Endangered Minds - Leslie's review of Jane Healy's book
     Escapist Literature by Wendi Capehart
     Free Reading - how to incorporate AO's extra suggested books in your schedule
     Gaps by Wendi Capehart - What if we forget to teach something?
     Grammar Discussion
     Grammar Worksheets - 9 exercises for elementary students
     Handicrafts Discussion
     History - discussion and AO's chronological history sequence
     Imparting Living Ideas to Children Advisory comments
     Language Arts discussion
     Language Arts Scope and Sequence for AO by Karen Glass
     Math comment by Anne White
     Narration discussion
     Phonics Discussion
     Picture Study discussion
     Pilgrim's Progress suggestions, links, and resources
     Poetry discussion and CM quotes and PR articles about poetry
     Raising Patriotic Kids: US History Through Holidays by Donna-Jean Breckenridge
     Readaloud discussion - does CM discourage reading aloud?
     Science: Homeschooling the High Schooler the CM Way by Wendi Capehart
     Shakespeare discussion
     Shearing Samson - the Place of Films in a Literary Education by Lynn Bruce
     Should I Combine Children in 1 Year to Streamline our Schedule?
     Should Pictures Have a Place in Education? Does Research Support Quality Over Quantity?
     Should I wait until my child is 6 to move on to Year 1?
     Solfa - shape note discussion
     Some considerations about the books used (and not used) by AO
     Some Thoughts on Narration by Donna-Jean Breckenridge
     Special needs ("backward children") discussion
     Teaching Music Appreciation
     The benefits of Mother Goose
     The Once and Future King book discussion
     The Spiritual Octopus - A Study of CM's Principle 11 by Lynn Bruce
     The Virtues of Tea by Lynn Bruce
     Thoughts about Exams
     Thoughts about Year 0/Kindergarten
     Tips and suggestions for new members from current AO users
     Toward a Definition of a Living Book by Colleen Manning
     Was CM an evolutionist? Why does AO use evolutionary books like Hillyer's CHOW and Van Loon's Story of Mankind?
     What is CM?
     What Year/Level Should I Place My Child?
     Why Read Plutarch? by George Grant
     Why Read the KJV? by Lynn Bruce
     Year 1 Primer - Lorraine Nessman's Tips on Implementing AO for Beginners
     Year 7 - Wendi Capehart goes through book by book explaining why each book was chosen
     You Know You're Hooked On AO When . . . (A fun look at AO)


General Resources

     Charlotte Mason's 20 Principles side-by-side original/paraphrase version of the 20 Principles that boiled down CM's education
     Parents' Review Articles from the monthly magazine that was sent to parents and teachers in CM's PNEU schools
     In Memoriam - A tribute written by students, co-workers and friends of Charlotte Mason after she died in 1923; this book includes concise explanations of her methods, selections from her books, personal remembrances and insight into her character.
     List of Attainments - Charlotte Mason's lists of what a child know at age six, and at age 12.

Vintage PNEU Programmes - These were the Booklists for CM's own schools:
     PNEU Forms/Class corresponded to grades and page count comparisons from included 1921 PNEU programme schedule
     Programme for Term 1 Form I - approx 1st-3rd grade
     Programme for Term 1 Form II - approx 4th-6th grades; the "N.B." at the bottom of these programmes means "nota bene," or take notice.
     Programme for Term 2 Form III - approx 7th/8th grade
     Programme for Term 42 Form Ia - approx 2nd and 3rd grades
     Programme for Term 42 Form Ib - approx first grade
     Programme for Term 42 Form II - approx 4th-6th grades
     Programme for Term 43 Form Ib - approx first grade
     Programme for Term 43 Form II - approx 4th-6th grades
     Programme for Term 44 Form Ia - approx 2nd and 3rd grades
     Programme for Term 90 (Spring 1921) Form I - approx 1st-3rd grade
     Programme for Term 90 Form II - approx 4th-6th grades
     Programme for Term 90 Form III - approx 7th/8th grade
     Programme for Term 91 (Fall 1921) Form I - approx 1st-3rd grade
     Programme for Term 91 Form II - approx 4th-6th grades
     Programme for Term 91 Form III and IV - approx 7th-9th grade
     Programme for Term 91 Form V and VI - approx 10th-12th grade
     Programme for Term 92 (Winter 1921/22) Form I - approx 1st-3rd grade
     Programme for Term 92 Form II - approx 4th-6th grades
     Programme for Term 92 Form III - approx 7th/8th grade
     Programme for Term 92 Form IV - approx 8th/9th grade
     Programme for Term 93 (Spring 1922) Form I - approx 1st-3rd grade
     Programme for Term 93 Form II - approx 4th-6th grades
     Programme for Term 93 Form III - approx 7th/8th grade
     Programme for Term 93 Form IV - approx 8th/9th grade
     Programme for Term 94 Form I - approx 1st-3rd grade
     Programme for Term 94 Form II - approx 4th-6th grades
     Programme for Term 94 Form III - approx 7th/8th grade
     Programme for Term 94 Form IV - approx 8th/9th grade
     Programme for Term 94 (Fall Form V and VI - approx 10th-12th grade
     Programme for Term 95 Form I - approx 1st-3rd grade (half done)
     An image of a PNEU weekly schedule/timetable - from a 1908 Parents Review magazine article
     British currency conversion rates (to help translate book prices on PNEU programmes
See also Charlotte's Daughters: 12 years of PNEU booklists (try the archived link)

Vintage PNEU Exams - These were the exam questions given to CM's students in her schools:
     Exam for Term 42 Form I - approx 1st-3rd grade
     Exam for Term 62 Form IV - approx 8th/9th grade (back page is probably mismatched from another Form IV exam)
     Exam for Term 90 Form I - approx 1st-3rd grade
     Exam for Term 90 Form II - approx 4th-6th grades
     Exam for Term 90 Form III - approx 7th/8th grade
     Exam for Term 91 Form I - approx 1st-3rd grade
     Exam for Term 91 Form II - approx 4th-6th grade
     Exam for Term 91 Form III - approx 7th/8th grade
     Exam for Term 92 Form I - approx 1st-3rd grade
     Exam for Term 92 Form II - approx 4th-6th grades
     Exam for Term 92 Form III - approx 7th/8th grade
     Exam for Term 92 Form IV - approx 8th/9th grade
     Exam for Term 93 Form I - approx 1st-3rd grade
     Exam for Term 93 Form II - approx 4th-6th grades
     Exam for Term 93 Form III - approx 7th/8th grade (incomplete; only half was available)
     Exam for Term 93 Form IV - approx 8th/9th grade (back page possibly mismatched)
     Exam for Term 94 Form I - approx 1st-3rd grade
     Exam for Term 94 Form II - approx 4th-6th grades
     Exam for Term 94 Form III - approx 7th/8th grade (missing 2 middle pages)
     Exam for Term 94 Form IV - approx 8th/9th grade

     See the kinds of questions CM asked of her youngest students - (grades 1-3)
     See the kinds of questions CM asked of her middle students - (grades 4-6)
     See the kinds of questions CM asked of her older students - (grades 7-9)