AmblesideOnline for Groups Form 2C Booklist

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.

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AmblesideOnline Form 2C Curriculum

Bible [6]

Old Testament: 1 and 2 Kings
New Testament: Christ's Later Ministry, Death and Resurrection taken from all four gospels

History: 1910-1990, and ancient

Keep a simple timeline. [4]

¹ Story of the World, Vol 4: The Modern Age by Susan Wise Bauer ($amzn) (K) [8]
Answering the Cry for Freedom by Gretchen Woelfle ($amzn) (K) [9]
² Story of the Greeks by H. A. Guerber β α ($amzn) K
² ³ Augustus Caesar's World by Genevieve Foster ($amzn) [10]


Trial and Triumph by Richard Hannula ($amzn) (K) [12]
¹ ² Never Give In by Stephen Mansfield (about Winston Churchill) ($amzn)
² ³ Genesis, Finding Our Roots by Ruth Beechick ($amzn)


The Age of Fable by Thomas Bulfinch β α α ($amzn) (K) Ω K Ω [24]
¹ Animal Farm by George Orwell ($amzn) (K)

² The Iliad by Homer: we suggest a good retelling, such as
The Iliad for Boys and Girls by Alfred Church α (£) (£amzn) (£amzn) ($amzn) (K) Ω
or Black Ships before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff ($amzn) [26]

³ The Odyssey by Homer: we suggest a good retelling, such as
The Odyssey for Boys and Girls by Alfred Church α ($amzn) (K)
or The Wanderings of Odysseus by Rosemary Sutcliff ($amzn)

Shakespeare for the 2022-2023 School Year:
* Henry V
** The Tempest
*** The Merchant of Venice

Poetry [23]

¹ Robert Frost
² Carl Sandburg
³ The Dreamkeeper by Langston Hughes ($amzn) (K) (Langston's poems online) or AO's collection of 63 classic poems.
Purchase AO's Volume 6 poetry collection which includes Frost, Sandburg, and our Year 6 anthology of favorites in paperback or Kindle ($amzn) (K)


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: ($amzn) Level B: ($amzn)
Getty Dubay Italic Handwriting Series ($earch)


Grammar and Composition

Recitation [recit]

Term 1
Genesis 12:1-3; Psalm 4:3-5; Psalm 5:11-12; Psalm 9:7-10; Psalm 19:7-10
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Fire and Ice by Robert Frost
A passage from the term's Shakespeare play
Term 2
Acts 2:38; Psa 23:1-6 (Lord's Prayer); Psa 25:8-10; Psa 33:12-19; Psa 36:5-9
Fog by Carl Sandburg
Lost by Carl Sandburg
A passage from the term's Shakespeare play
Term 3
Psalm 46:7-11; Psalm 55:22; Acts 10:34-40; Proverbs 14:34
Dreams by Langston Hughes
I, Too, Sing America by Langston Hughes
A passage from the term's Shakespeare play

Foreign Language



The Occident by Richard Halliburton (£) (£amzn) (£amzn) [13]

Material World: A Global Family Portrait by Peter Menzel ($amzn) [20]
What the World Eats by Faith D'Aluisio and Peter Menzel ($amzn) [14]

Ten minutes of map drills each week [16]
Locate places from the day's reading on a map

In addition, these geography concepts should be explained and taught this year: [18]
Term 1: Animal features (feet, teeth, covering) and their purposes; how we use animals (meat, milk, fur, silk, horns, hooves, labor, pets)
Term 2: Things mined from the earth: minerals and metals such as coal, iron, gold, silver, lead, tin, copper, mercury, salt. Quarried stones: granite, sandstone; limestone (chalk), marble, slate and their uses. Where brick and glass come from; mortar.
Term 3: People around the world live in different dwellings, eat, work, learn and play. Terms: agriculture (farming), stock-raising, mining, lumbering, fishing. Town people: manufacturing, trade/commerce, transportation and other occupations.


Plutarch for the 2022-2023 School Year:
Term 1: Marcus Brutus (Study Guide with text; Text Only)
Term 2: Pericles (Study Guide with text; Text Only)
Term 3: Fabius (Study Guide with text; Text Only)
Purchase this year's study guides, Vol 8, in one book: ($amzn) (K)
AO's full Plutarch rotation

Nature Study and Science

The Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock α ($amzn) as scheduled in Nature Study.

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 all

The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson, selections (over three years; for older students) ($amzn) (K) [21]
It Couldn't Just Happen by Lawrence Richards (used over three years; ($amzn) (K)
The Child's Book of Nature: Part II. Animals, by W. Hooker or Christian Liberty Nature Reader, Book 5 by W. Hooker, edited by Michael J. McHugh (£) (£amzn) ($amzn) [22]
¹ Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity by Robert Cwiklik ($amzn)
OR Ordinary Genius by Stephanie McPherson ($amzn)
² Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick ($amzn) (K)
³ Galileo and the Magic Numbers by Sidney Rosen (K)
The Storybook of Science by Jean-Henri Fabre (used over three years) α (£) (£amzn) ($amzn) (K) Ω [19]

Great Inventors and Their Inventions by Frank P. Bachman (£) (£amzn) (K)
(or The Story of Inventions Michael J. McHugh and Frank P. Bachman) α (£amzn) (K) Ω [20]

Nature Study Topics for the 2022-2023 School Year:
summer/fall: Birds
winter: Mammals
spring: Wildflowers/flowerless plants AO's full Nature Study rotation


Select a program from our page of Math Options.


Artists (Picture Study) for the 2022-2023 School Year:

2022-2023 Term 1 Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890; Dutch Post-Impressionist)

(This term's composer: Mahler, Bruckner)

1. The Starry Night, 1889, Museum of Modern Art, New York City
2. The Chair and the Pipe, 1888, National Gallery, London
3. The Night Café, 1888, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
4. Self Portrait as an Artist, 1888, Paris, Arles, St. Remy, Auvers-sur-Oise (part of a traveling exhibit?)
5. The Vase with Sunflowers, 1888, Paris, Arles, St. Remy, Auvers-sur-Oise
6. Bedroom at Arles, 1889, Musee d'Orsay, Paris
Further Interest: The Yellow House (be sure it's the picture book by Susan Goldman Rubin)
Download a pdf file of this term's six prints here [NOTE]

2022-2023 Term 2 Raphael Sanzio (1483-1520; Italian Renaissance)

(This term's composers: Ralph Vaughn Williams, Edward Elgar; 20th Century British.)

Biography. Note: If you use the Wikipedia biography, preview it first.
1. The Knight's Dream, 1504, National Gallery, London
2. St. George and the Dragon, 1504-6, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
3. Galatea, 1512, Villa Farnesina, Rome
         OR Young Woman with a Unicorn, 1506, Galleria Borghese, Rome (more here)
4. Sistine Madonna, 1512-1514, Dresden, Germany
5. The Miraculous Draft of Fishes, 1515, The Vatican, Rome (more about this series here)
6. Ezekiel's Vision, 1518, Palazzo Pitti, Florence
Download a pdf file of this term's six prints here [NOTE]

2022-2023 Term 3 John Singer Sargent (1856-1925; American)

(This term's composer: Grieg and Sibelius)

1. Oyster Gatherers of Cancale, 1878, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
2. The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, 1882, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
3. The Breakfast Table, 1884, also here Fogg Museum of Art, Cambridge, MA. The woman is Violet, Sargent's younger sister.
4. Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, 1885-6, Tate Britain, London (also here)
5. An Artist in his Studio, 1904, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
6. Lady Agnew of Lochnaw, 1892-3, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Further Interest: Theodore Roosevelt, 1903, The White House, Washington, D.C.
       Robert Louis Stevenson and his Wife, 1885, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR
Download a pdf file of this term's six prints here [NOTE]

AO's full Artist rotation

Note: PDF files for AO's picture study are being made available for you to download and print yourself from "A Humble Place"; you can access the PDF files of pictures by clicking the "Individual Artworks Only" link by each artist's name. The "Picture Study aid" link is an additional optional resource and may require you to submit your email address or make a purchase, but the "Artworks Only" link is provided with no strings attached.


Composers for the 2022-2023 School Year:

2022-2023 Term 1 Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) and Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) (This term's artist: Vincent Van Gogh)

1. Mahler: Symphony 1 in D major "Titan" * *
2. Mahler: Symphony 9 * *
3. Mahler: Kindertotenlieder (song cycle) * *
4. Bruckner: Symphony no 4 in E-flat major "Romantic" WAB 104 * *
     Classics for Kids Past Shows: Bruckner; Mahler

2022-2023 Term 2 Edward Elgar (1857-1934) and Ralph Vaughn Williams (1872-1958; 20th Century British) (This term's artist: Raphael Sanzio)

1. Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony 1 (A Sea Symphony) * *
2. Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves * *
3. Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis * *
     Further Interest: The Lark Ascending * *
4. Edward Elgar: Serenade for String Orchestra in E minor Op 20 * *
5. Edward Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance Op 39 No.1 March in D Major * *
6. Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations Op 36 * *
     Classics for Kids Past Shows: Elgar; Vaugn Williams

2022-2023 Term 3 Jean Sibelius (1865-1957; zhan suh BAY lee us) and Edvard Grieg (1843 -1907) (This term's artist: John Singer Sargent)

1. Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite no 1 Op 46 * *
2. Grieg - Piano Concerto in A Op 16 * *
3. Grieg - Norwegian Dance Op 35 no 2 * *
4. Grieg - Lyric Suite Op 54 * *
     For further interest: Lyric Pieces Op. 12 * *
5. Sibelius - Finlandia Op. 26 no 7 * *
6. Sibelius - Symphony No. 1 in E min Op. 39 * * or Symphony No. 2 in D maj Op. 43 * *
     Free Ebook for younger students Edvard Grieg: The Boy Who Made Music in the Land of the Midnight Sun by Thomas Tapper
     Classics for Kids Past Shows: Sibelius; Grieg

AO's full Composer rotation

Hymns for the 2022-2023 School Year:
August: More Love To Thee, O Christ *
September: He Leadeth Me * * * *
October: Dear Lord and Father of Mankind *
November: He Hideth My Soul * * * *
December: How Sweet The Name of Jesus Sounds * * *
January: What A Friend We Have In Jesus * *
February: I'll Praise My Maker While I've Breath * *
March: Redeemed, How I Love To Proclaim It *
April: I'm Not Ashamed to Own My Lord *
May: Sweet Hour of Prayer * * *
June: Rock of Ages * *
July: I Stand Amazed in the Presence *
August: The Rock That Is Higher Than I *

AO's full Hymn rotation

Folksongs for the 2022-2023 School Year:
July: My Country 'Tis of Thee AO doesn't schedule folksongs for summer, but Hannah Fridenmaker picked a couple of songs to supplement for those doing folksongs in July/August.
August: America The Beautiful
Bonus: I Know Moonlight, I Know Starlight * * * *

September: Did You Go To the Barney * * ($mp3)
October: Waltzing Matilda * ($mp3)
November: The Fox (went out on a chilly night) * * ($mp3)
During your Christmas break, try a carol you may be less familiar with:
The Wexford Carol or While Shepherds Watched Their Flock *
January: The Mermaid * * ($mp3)
February: Wayfaring Stranger * A Christian "take" from 1978 * ($mp3)
March: Whoopie Ti Yi Yo Git Along Little Dogies * ($mp3)
April: Red River Valley * ($mp3)
May: Crawdad Song * ($mp3)
June: I'll Fly Away * * ($mp3)

AO's full Folksong rotation

Physical Education

One option is Swedish Drill Revisited by Dawn Duran purchase

Additional Books for Free Reading [28]

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien ($amzn) (K)
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls; 20th century ($amzn) (K)
¹ The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia by Esther Hautzig ($amzn) (recommended by AO users!)
¹ The Winged Watchman by Hilda Van Stockum ($amzn) (K)
¹ Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor ($amzn) (K); deals with racism in the 1930's
¹ Blue Willow by Doris Gates ($amzn); dust bowl story - there is another book by this name
¹ Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen ($amzn) (K); depression era fiction- sweet, upbeat, nature appreciation
¹ Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse ($amzn) (K); very literary story of a Jewish Immigrant to post WWI America
¹ Jungle Pilot: The Life and Witness of Nate Saint, Martyred Missionary to Ecuador by Russel T. Hitt ($amzn) (K)
¹ The Von Trapp Family Singers by Maria Von Trapp ($amzn) (K)
¹ Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan ($amzn); true story of Norwegian children who spirited away gold for the resistance right under the Nazi's eyes
¹ Number the Stars by Lois Lowry ($amzn) (K); WWII based on a true story of the Danish efforts to save the Jews
¹ The Ark by Margot Benary-Isbert; refugee family attempts survival in post WWII Germany ($amzn) Can also be purchased directly from the publisher.
¹ The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen ($amzn) (K); a girl finds herself transported back in time and experiences the Holocaust first-hand.
¹ The Chestry Oak by Kate Seredy ($amzn); The effects of WWII on a young Hungarian prince
³ The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth Speare ($amzn) (K)
Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott β α ($amzn) (K) Ω Vol 1 K Vol 2 K
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain β α ($amzn) Ω Λ
Little Men by Louisa May Alcott β α ($amzn) Ω
Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott β α ($earch) Ω K (every homeschool family should read this)
The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens β α ($amzn) Ω K
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss β α ($amzn) (K) Ω
The Call of the Wild by Jack London β α ($amzn) Ω Ω K Λ
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne β α ($amzn) Ω K Λ
Penrod by Booth Tarkington β α ($amzn) Ω K
A Little Brother to the Bear by William J. Long α ($amzn) (K) K
School of the Woods α by William J. Long (Google Books, ($amzn) (K)
¹ God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew and John Sherrill ($amzn) (K) Ch 2 discusses his wartime experience and may need to be screened for very young or sensitive readers; ch 5 mentions a loose woman at a chocolate factory with some comments that should be screened.
² ³ Ben Hur by Lew Wallace β α ($amzn) K Ω
¹ The Search for Planet X by Tony Simon [out of print; this book has a PNEU connection.]

If you would like some easier, but still excellent, living books, for a Form 2 student to read independently for free reading, consider choosing from this list:

Sarah Plain and Tall series by Patricia MacLachlan
Sarah Plain and Tall ($amzn) (K)
Skylark ($amzn) (K)
Caleb's Story ($amzn) (K)
More Perfect than the Moon ($amzn) (K)
Grandfather's Dance ($amzn) (K)

The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen by Lloyd Alexander ($amzn)
Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop ($amzn)
Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson ($amzn)
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois($amzn) (K)
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George ($amzn) (K)

Kate Seredy books, including:
The Good Master ($amzn)
The White Stag ($amzn)
The Singing Tree ($amzn)
The Chestry Oak ($amzn)

Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien ($amzn)
The Rescuers by Margery Sharp ($amzn) (K) (and others in the series)
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden ($amzn) (K)
Homer Price by Robert McCloskey ($amzn) (K)
Centerburg Tales by Robert McCloskey ($amzn) (K)
The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald; particularly interesting to boys; skip (or preview) the last chapter, ch 8, "The Great Brain's Reformation," as it's a light-hearted tale told in a frivolous manner about a boy's attempts to do himself in after his father disparages his disability. ($amzn) (K)

Noel Streatfeild books (appealing to girls in particular)
Ballet Shoes ($amzn) (K)
Skating Shoes ($amzn) (K)
Dancing Shoes ($amzn) (K)
Theater Shoes ($amzn) (K)


2. 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. (Cindy Rollins did a Circe Mason Jar podcast that included the role of audiobooks with difficult books.) For children who have difficulty reading, one solution is to have them follow the audio version along in a written text
Librivox free audio is done by volunteers, and some are better than others. Forgotten ClassicsHeidi Nash has a list of some favorite Librivox readers. Be aware that apps, including Librivox, that have clickable ads can open a browser and allow children unfiltered access to the internet, even when browsers have been disabled by the parent. There are options: either download mp3 files from Librivox and listen without the app, or only install the app on a parent-controlled device. Librivox has a pay option to turn off ads. (Back)

4. Timeline: At this age, students should be keeping a simple, single-page timeline of major events and a Book of Centuries. Read an Advisory member's blog post about early timelines at Wendi Wanders. Instructions for making your own timelines and charts are included in these Parents' Review articles: Book of the Centuries; Teaching Chronology; The Correlation of Lessons. For more details about the why, when, how of keeping CM timelines (and other notebooks), we recommend Laurie Bestvater's book, The Living Page ($amzn). Two Book of Centuries options: (£) (£) (Back)

6. It is a good idea for children 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. For more about this, read Lynn Bruce's article on the King James Version.
Optional Bible Resources: Bible Gateway has many versions of the Bible online. Timeline; Study questions with maps. (Back)

8. Story of the World: The historical books that were recommend for AO 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. Pgs 244-474 are used this year. To help with your planning, a table of contents for this book, with loose dates. (Back)

9. Answering the Cry for Freedom: This book is scheduled over three years. Parents, please note that chapter 9, about Sally Hemings, tells about the physical relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slave, Sally Hemings, that resulted in six children being born. Please pre-read this chapter, depending on the age and maturity of your student. (Back)

10. Augustus Caesar's World: This book contains sections on the birth of world religions presented from a secular humanist point of view. Teachers may wish to cover these sections closely with their students. AO has a KJV side by side comparison for Chapter 44, The Law of Moses. (Back)

12. Trial and Triumph: Descriptions of some trials of the Christians may be intense; preview chapters to determine suitability based on your student's's sensitivities. If you prefer, you can skip this book and cover church history in Form 3 with a different book, Saints and Heroes, by George Hodges.
This book tells church history from a definite Protestant perspective; some may wish to skip this book or find an alternative. (Back)

Recitation: Charlotte Mason's PNEU schools expected children to be able to recite two Bible verses and a poem for their term exams. We have listed suggestions, but students should be allowed to have some input into what is memorized for recitation. Some students will gravitate towards a specific poem, or want to memorize all of a Psalm, and that should be encouraged. There are some possible suggestions for Shakespeare passages on our Shakespeare recitations page. (Back)

13. The Occident: There's a sequel called "The Orient." (£) (£amzn). Both The Occident and The Orient are included in The Complete Book of Marvels (£), which is back in print. There's a list of suggested supplemental videos for volume 1 at Wonder and Wildness blog.
Note that in the sequel, The Orient, ch 8 - The Slave City, Halliburton talks in a humorous vein about the purchase of two children from a slave market. The apparent callousness is shocking and difficult to read. Halliburton's travelling companion at the time says this never happened, and his own travel notes indicate that it did not happen. Instead this was a quick story he told off the cuff to a group of reporters. It's not clear who added it to the book, as his father helped with quite a bit of the editing. It is clear it didn't trouble his editors, publshers, or reviewers at the time. The Orient was published in 1938 and by March of 1939 Halliburton was missing, presumed dead. We do not have any way of knowing if his views and attitudes, and those of his editors, would have changed over time in step with the rest of the west.
Chip Deffaa, who retraced Halliburton's adventures in 1973, wrote, "To my surprise and amazement, I discovered his letters had been highly edited (doctored would be a better word) by his father before publication. Lines were changed, deleted, added. Not all of Halliburton's adventures took place as he described them. For example, he wrote that he had bought and sold slaves in Timbuktu, when in reality he had left the city in a rush to escape the flies. The slaves were an afterthought, a story he tried out on reporters at his hotel suite in Paris. They loved it." Read the article here. The Orient is not scheduled in AO for Groups. (Back)

14. Material World/What the World Eats - How to use these books:
Leave them out, preferably near a globe or world map, and browse through them together from time to time.
Leave them out, browse through them and maybe once a month pick a country of special interest. Look it up (briefly) on Wikipedia or in a good Atlas. Read a little bit more about it. Find it on a map or globe.
If a child is interested, he can pursue additional research in his free time and learn more about countries that particularly interest him, but this should be his own delight directed study or hobby.
How not to use these books: as the basis of a unit study or a burdensome checklist of additional tasks to fulfill.
Note: Material World: pg 16 and pg 70 have some National Geographic types of photos that may need screening.
Hungry Planet: What the World Eats by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio looks similar to What the World Eats; we think it could be used interchangeably. ($amzn) (Back)

16. Geography: SeterraOnline offers Free Map Quiz Games. If you have an iPad or iPhone, TapQuiz is a free map quiz app. (Back)

18. Geography: 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.
Term 1: Animal features (feet, teeth, covering) and their purposes; how we use animals (meat, milk, fur, silk, horns, hooves, labor, pets)
These topics are covered in these chapters:
Long's Home Geography α (£) (£amzn) 37. The Parts of Animals
Long's Home Geography α 38. The Covering of Animals
Long's Home Geography α 39. Uses of Animals

Term 2: Things mined from the earth: minerals and metals such as coal, iron, gold, silver, lead, tin, copper, mercury, salt. Quarried stones: granite, sandstone; limestone (chalk), marble, slate and their uses. Where brick and glass come from; mortar.
These topics are covered in these chapters:
Long's Home Geography α 41. Things Found in the Earth
Long's Home Geography α 42. More About Things Found in the Earth

Term 3: People around the world live in different dwellings, eat, work, learn and play. Terms: agriculture (farming), stock-raising, mining, lumbering, fishing. Town people: manufacturing, trade/commerce, transportation and other occupations.
These topics are covered in these chapters:
Long's Home Geography α 43. How People Live, and What They Are Doing
Long's Home Geography α 44. More About What People Are Doing
Long's Home Geography α 45. A Review Lesson

Plutarch: Charlotte Mason recommended Thomas North's "inimitable translation." (Back)

19. Storybook of Science: chapter 57 (Belladonna Berries) tells of a little friend of Emile and Jules who died; this is meant to be a jarring cautionary tale about eating poisonous plants, and may be upsetting to sensitive readers. (Back)

20. 'The Story of Inventions' is online, except for the last 2 chapters, which were a later addition and still copyrighted. The online edition does not have the two later chapters. If you have the second edition, the chapter order may not match the AO schedule. AO member Amy H. posted a revised list on her blog. Great Inventors and Their Inventions, by Frank P. Bachman (£) (£amzn) is an earlier version of the same book. If you have a copy, you can substitute. Or, boys might enjoy War Inventions, by Charles R. Gibson (the Advisory hasn't read this yet.) All About Famous Inventors and Their Inventions α, by Fletcher Pratt is similar; The Story of Great Inventions, by Elmer Ellsworth Burns α might be another option. Chatper 10: Watch 6 min video on Medieval Manuscripts (Back)

21. The Sea Around Us: If you're curious why this book is scheduled, The Guardian has an article that describes The Sea Around Us as "the first, and still perhaps the best science bestseller. . . The reader is immersed in a new and wonderful world, one where everything really is connected to everything else. This sense of the sea and all its constituents as part of an interrelated system infuses the entire book."
The special edition we've linked "features a new chapter written by Jeffrey Levinton, a leading expert in marine ecology, that brings the scientific side of The Sea Around Us completely up to date. Levinton incorporates the most recent thinking on continental drift, coral reefs, the spread of the ocean floor, the deterioration of the oceans, mass extinction of sea life, and many other topics." ($amzn) (Back)

22. Christian Liberty Nature Reader, Book 5: either the 1992 edition, or the 2002 edition and its 2012 reprint, which is organized slightly differently. NOTE - the new (2018?) Third Edition reprint of this book has the same title, but different content. The new reprint is about ocean animals, not about the body. See image below to help identify the correct book cover. The book AO scheduled came from a public domain book called The Child's Book of Nature, a three-part volume by Worthington Hooker, "Part II - Animals." It's online at Project Gutenberg beginning at pg 2007, and beginning on pg 144. Part II (by itself) is online at Google Books. (Back)

Christian Liberty Nature Reader Book Covers

23. Poetry: How do you "do" poetry? Simply read it and enjoy it, re-read it, read it again and listen to the sound of the phrases, let them paint a word picture in your mind. Do you feel like you need more direction? How to Read a Poem: Based on the Billy Collins Poem "Introduction to Poetry" by Tania Runyan is "less as an instructional book and more of an invitation." This is a suggested optional parent resource that encourages you read poetry for enjoyment. (Back)

24. Age of Fable, used over three years, is a book about Greek mythology, and some editions use illustrations of nudes, which some might find objectionable. This year: ch 29 (Ulysses) - end (Druids)
Term 1: ch 29 (Return of Ulysses) to ch 33 (Camilla, Opening the Gates, Camilla)
Term 2: ch 33 (Evander, Infant Rome) to ch 36 (The Unicorn, the Salamander)
Term 3: ch 37 (Zoroaster, Hindu Mythology) to ch 41 (Iona) (Back)

26. The Iliad: two other options are Tales of Troy by Andrew Lang β α ($amzn) K (the sections titled Ulysses the Sacker of Cities and The Wanderings of Ulysses are retelling The Iliad and The Odyssey) or The Iliad of Homer, by Barbara Leonie Picard ($amzn)
We have scheduled some of the worthy re-tellings of The Iliad, but if you prefer the original, we suggest the translation by Robert Fagles ($amzn) (K) The Iliad is 24 "books;" to use this in Term 3, you will need to schedule two "books" per week. (Back)

28. 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. Advisory member Wendi C. suggests, "How you handle these is up to you . . ." (more) Students should understand 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)

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