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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.


Regarding Trial and Triumph in Years 1-6: If you prefer, you can skip this book and cover church history later, in Years 7-9 with a different book, Saints and Heroes, by George Hodges. The books are online; they come in two volumes, but the writing style is more suited for older students.


Regarding book purchases: 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.

An Island Story was published as OUR Island Story in England; both titles are the exact same book.


Parables of Nature is not scheduled as a science book; it is a Christian character book using elements of nature to make its point. 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. That would make a much better substitute in keeping with the purpose of the book than a science text.

Parables of Nature is scheduled for three years, from Years 1-3.


Note - How the Leopard Got His Spots has one occurance of a racial slur that will need to be omitted; it's near the very end of the chapter.


The Story of Inventions by Michael J. McHugh and Frank P. Bachman (online, except for the last 2 chapters, which were a later addition and still copyrighted, or purchase from Christian Liberty Press). Great Inventors and Their Inventions by Frank P. Bachman is an earlier version of the same book.OR, if you have a copy, you can substitute All About Famous Inventors and Their Inventions by Fletcher Pratt, which is very similar. Or, boys might enjoy War Inventions by Charles R. Gibson (the Advisory hasn't read this yet.)


Don't let your son be put off by this book because it's 'about a girl.' We've had many, many requests from moms to suggest a Boy Option because their son balked at this book - only to have the same moms later report that 'Understood Betsy' turned out to be a favorite book. 'Understood Betsy' was also published as 'Betsy' in the UK.


Parents May Wish to Make Some Omissions in Peter Pan: This book is very British and, on a few ocassions, Tinker Bell uses the word for a donkey in name-calling. Her character is not admirable, and in chapter 6, fairies are said to be coming home from a wild partying revelry, but the word that is used sounds odd to us because it has changed meaning since the book was written. There is also a casual attitude about violence, although there is nothing realistically explicit. Over all, the book is fun and JM Barrie has a fun sense of humor and a charming writing style that is delightful to read. If you read the book aloud, ommissions can be made.


James Herriots 'Treasury for Children' was also published as 'James Herriot's Treasury of Inspirational Stories for Children'


Charlotte Yonge is an author CM used in the PNEU curriculum. This is a lively, literary biography of Richard, Duke of Normandy, great-grandfather of William the Conqueror, beginning in 943 AD. Yonge's historical information about events of the Viking era is meticulously researched, although presented in a somewhat Victorian tone.


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 at http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/VanStor.html


This book may be continued into the summer if necessary to finish. Don't let the language put you off this book. After getting a feel for the rhythym and phrases, many moms report that this is a favorite with their children, especially boys. It can be the book that helps transition children to some other challenging AO books.


It is preferable for a child to become accustomed to the language and flow of the KJV, as a familiarity with King James English will make other literature more accessible. Please read Lynn Bruce's article on the King James Version here.


The Michelangelo book contains drawings of nude art and drawing of cutting a cadaver.


Book II, The Further Adventures, is not scheduled and is not included in most versions) This will be difficult for most students; we recommend that it be read aloud. An audio book might help; this podcast is free. The book starts slow, but most students end up loving it.


The historical books that were recommend for Years 1-6 such as An Island Story, A Child's History of the World, Abraham Lincoln's World, The Story of Mankind were carefully selected based on literary quality and availability for those historical periods and we believe that Susan Wise Bauer's Story of the World Volume 4 is the best book for the twentieth century that meets that same criteria.


Friedhoffer's books are a great resource for science experiments, but they're out of print; don't spend more than $10 on a used copy.


A sequel to King Arthur, Champions of the Round Table, is here.) OR King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green (Green's will be easier for students to read on their own; if you use Pyle's, you may need to read it aloud.) If you have The Boy's King Arthur by Sidney Lanier, you may opt to use that, although, for scheduling, it doesn't break down as neatly into the 12-week term. Students should have some familiarity with King Arthur in preparation for Year 7.


What about A Child's Garden of Verses illustrated by Thomas Kinkade?

There are some wonderfully illustrated versions of children's poems out there to choose from. Children enjoy seeing pictures of children like themselves. While Thomas Kinkade's paintings enjoy popularity with many people, they aren't really geared for children; they're charming, idyllic scenes that appeal more to adults who may be drawn to peaceful scenes of country tranquility. Since there are so many alternatives that would be better suited to children, the concern was that Kinkade's current fame might cause a parent to choose the version with his pictures based on the fame of a name alone rather than with a child's eye.

My favorite versions of A Child's Garden of Verses are illustrated by Eulalie and Jessie Wilcox Smith. Children dressed as real children were in Robert Louis Stevenson's day helps to set the poems in their correct time context and may help a child form a perspective that children who lived a long ago were a lot like they are today, which I believe gives a better idea of our place in the world; ie, people who lived before were just as real as people who live today. It would be a shame for children to miss seeing pictures of children alongside these poems about children.

Other favorites are those illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith, Millicent Sowerby, Maria L. Kirk . . .


The selected Tales are historically vital for cultural literacy. No child should grow up without knowing the story of William Tell or Horatio at the Bridge. These tales not only have deep value as stories of courage, bravery, and wit, but they will also show up in many other readings (and in media sources as well) for the rest of your child's life. There will be newspaper articles that allude to the Sword of Damocles, such as this one, for just one example. If you do not know the stories, you miss those references and so some nuances are lost. Your child's life will be the richer for knowing these stories.


Free Reading: These 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.


Viking Tales are hero stories and myths of Norway.Only Part 1, chapters 1-11, are read. The rest of the book is about material covered in another Year 1 book.


Paddle to the Sea: After reading the book, you can watch a three-part docu-drama of the book on YouTube by clicking the linked parts (1 2 3)


The Burgess Bird Book for Children: Choose 6 chapters per 12-week term based on season and which birds frequent your geographical region: Fall/winter: ch 36-45; Early spring ch 3-32; Late spring/summer ch 3-35.


The original language is recommended; read why and see recommended versions by clicking here.


Heidi wasn't written in English, and there are various translations out there; some leave things out. Look for one that has all of the chapters and includes the hymns. There is a beautifully illustrated, unabridged 'gift edition' online (click here), and one with Jessie Wilcox Smith illustrations (click here), although that one may not be complete.


Tanglewood Tales is similar to Charles Kingsley's book 'The Heroes,' which is read in Year 3


Mary Poppins: Some versions say 'revised' because P.L. Travers revised chapter 6 herself in 1981 to get rid of some rather nasty racist things; read more about that by clicking here.


Otto of the Silver Hand: Be aware that the child loses a hand in this story; if your child is sensitive, you might want to gloss over or edit that part.


Da Vinci by Emily Hahn: This is a 'Landmark' book and can be purchased from Sonlight by clicking here


Squanto by Feenie Ziner: The 1965 edition of this book was called 'Dark Pilgrim;' Squanto has references to native spiritism.


Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty: This is a 'Landmark' book


George Washington's World by Genevieve Foster - Either the original edition by Genevieve Foster, or the edition Expanded by Joanna Foster can be used.

Year 4
Term 2: First half has 170 pgs, or 180 pages in the Expanded Edition.
Term 3: Second half this term (Parts 4, 5, 6)

Augustus Caesar's World by Genevieve Foster: This book contains sections on the birth of world religions presented from a secular humanist point of view. Parents may wish to cover these sections closely with their children.


Minn of the Mississippi: Click on the MR link to see the Mississippi River Page for more about the river. Or, click on either of the online maps, 1 or 2. Beautiful Feet Books sells a set of maps for the Holling books, click on the BF link and then do a search for Holling Maps.


The Story of the World Vol 4 by Susan Wise Bauer
Read pgs 4-242 in Year 5; the book will be finished in Year 6.


Year 5: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poetry, used in Year 3, is repeated in Year 5 because his longer poems are more historically appropriate for this year; try breaking up longer poems and reading them over a few days.


David Livingstone: Livingstone's journeys were selected for their geography of Africa, so map work is vital. The Map link goes to a map created by Livingstone himself. This book could be covered in one term, leaving time to use another resource (perhaps one of the options from Year 5). Or, you may prefer to use 'Missionary Travels' by David Livingstone, although some students have found it very dry. You can access that at Project Gutenburg by clicking here


Story of the Greeks/Story of the Romans by H.A. Guerber purchase from various sources, including Nothing New Press (click the link that says NNP), Lifetime Books (click the LB link), or Tree of Life (click the TL link and search under history books).

Christian Liberty Nature Reader, Book 5 - use either the 1992 edition, or the 2002 edition, which is organized slightly differently


Passion for the Impossible: The Life of Lilias Trotter by Miriam Huffman Rockness - Reprint is available from Lifetime Books by clicking xhere


Of Courage Undaunted: Across the Continent with Lewis and Clark by James Daugherty - Reprint is available from Beautiful Feet Books Books by clicking here. Their website is http://www.bfbooks.com/">[hover]


A Child's History of the World

Year 2
Term 1:
Term 2: ch 54-57 (ch 52-54 in 1st ed) Richard I-John I Magna Charta, 1189-1215
Term 3: ch 58-61 (ch 55-58 in 1st edition) (Marco Polo-Joan of Arc; 1275-1456)

Year 3
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

Year 4
Term 1: ch 71-72 (ch 67-68 in 1st ed) Charles I, Louis XIV, -1620
Term 2: ch 73-74 (ch 69-70 in 1st ed) Peter the Great, Frederick the Great, 1750)
Term 3: ch 75-76 (ch. 71-72 in 1st edition) American Revolution, French Revolution, 1789)

Year 5
Term 1: ch 77-78 (ch 73 in 1st edition).
Term 2: ch 79-81 (ch 74-76 in 1st ed) Music.
Term 3: ch 82-84 (ch 77 in 1st ed) Civil War, Florence Nightingale, Machines.

Year 6
Term 1:
Term 2:
Term 3:

Year 2 ch. 47 on Charlemaigne-60; skip ch. 61 on Alfred, as that is also covered in 'An Island Story.


An Island Story was published as OUR Island Story in England; both titles are the exact same book.

Year 2
Term 1: ch 22-32 (1066-1189, Harold II Henry II)
Term 2: The chapters that correspond to this term are ch 33-50 (1189-1399, Richard I Richard II)
Term 3: The chapters that correspond to this term are ch 51-61 (1399-1553, Henry IV-Henry VII)

Year 3
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)

Year 4
Term 1: none corresponds to this term's history
Term 2: none corresponds to this term's history
Term 3: ch. 95-96, 1760-1820, George III

Year 5 (This is better used as an optional extra than a spine for this time period and this age group.)
Term 1: ch. 97-102 1820-1845, George III-Victoria)
Term 2: ch. 103-109 1820-1914, George IV-George V.
Term 3: ch. 110-114 1899-1899, Victoria George V)

Year 6
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Term 2:
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This Country of Ours

Year 2
Term 1: ch. 1 (How the Vikings...)
Term 2: none
Term 3: ch 2-5 (Columbus, 1492-1497, Henry VII)

Year 3
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)

Year 4
Term 1: ch 29-40 (Charles I-Charles II/Anne, 1636-1680)
Term 2: ch 41-50 (George I-George III 1723-1766)
Term 3: ch 51-63, p 344-418, 74 pages (George III, 1765-1782)

Year 5: This is our first choice for this term's US history book. The 'OR' options listed on the booklist for Year 5 are world history selections; they are not an adequate substitute for this book.
Term 1: ch 64-75 (Washington-Tyler, George III - George IV- Victoria, 1783-1845)
Term 2: ch 76-87 (Monroe-Buchanan, George IV-Victoria, 1818-1863)
Term 3: ch 88-99 (Johnson-Wilson, Victoria-George V, 1865-1919)

Year 6
Term 1:
Term 2:
Term 3:


The Discovery of New Worlds/The Awakening of Europe

Year 3
Term 1: The Discovery of New Worlds ch 31, 49, 50, and The Awakening of Europe ch 5
Term 2: The Awakening of Europe ch 6, 14, 15
Term 3:

Year 4
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Term 2:
Term 3:

Year 5
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Year 6
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The Story of Mankind online here; read Charlotte Mason's book review of 'The Story of Mankind' by clicking here

Term 3:

Year 3 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.
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

Year 4
Term 1: ch 44-45 Religious Warfare, 1535-1648; English Revolution 1714
Term 2: ch 46-49 Balance of Power (Louis XIV), Peter 1698; Frederick William I, Prussia, (1740-1886)
Term 3: ch 50-52, Mercantile System, American Revolution; French Revolution, 1789-99

Year 5
Term 1: ch 53-56 Napoleon, 1804; Holy Alliance; The Great Reaction; 1860, National Independence, 1791-1871, Age of the Engine, stone age 1878.
Term 2: ch 57-61 Social Revolution/1848; Emancipation/1831-1867; Age of Science/1846; A Chapter of Art/1827.
Term 3: ch 62-65 Colonial Expansion and War 1868 - 1914; A New World, Part of the 20th century text up through WWI.

Year 6
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Year 2
Term 1: ch. 1 (How the Vikings...)
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Year 4
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Year 5
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Year 6
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