AmblesideOnline Year 3 Booklist

"Children make large demands upon us. We owe it to them to initiate an immense number of interests. Thou hast set my feet in a large room; should be the glad cry of every intelligent soul."
Charlotte Mason, Volume 3, p. 170

A Basic Overview of Year 3


  • Joshua, Judges, Ruth
  • Matthew


  • Examples through history


  • Late 1400s-1600s Renaissance and Reformation
  • English monarchs
  • Pilgrims
  • Da Vinci/Michelangelo
  • Timeline


  • Maps
  • Climate
  • Marco Polo/China

Science and Math

  • Nature Study
  • Ocean life
  • Woods Animals
  • Math

Language Arts

  • Copywork
  • Oral Narration
  • Recitation
  • Reading


  • Blake, Teasdale, Conkling, Jackson
  • Tall Tales
  • Jungle Book, mythology, and more...

Foreign Language

  • Modern Language

Music and Arts

  • Hymns and Folk Songs
  • Artist/Picture Study
  • Composer
  • Drawing and Handicrafts

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.

If you're planning to use AmblesideOnline, your first stop should be the the FAQ for some information about the curriculum and basic instructions. Our FAQ answers all the questions that people routinely ask: AO's history scope and sequence, how to schedule your school days, how to do narration, and more.

Key: (What do all those symbols mean?)

Book titles are linked to Project Gutenberg (which offers free etexts in a variety of formats) or other online text when no Project Gutenberg text is available.

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AmblesideOnline Year 3 Curriculum

Some students may be ready to tackle one or two of their own books this year. They will continue with daily copywork, still in short lessons. History becomes a little more rigorous with stories of kings and queens. They will keep a simple timeline. Every scheduled reading will still be narrated orally as in past years. Foreign language study continues.

Daily Work

  • Copywork - 5-10 minutes a day
  • Phonics or reading practice
  • Recitation
  • Mathematics
  • Foreign language
  • Physical activity - one option is Swedish Drill Revisited by Dawn Duran purchase
  • Every scheduled reading is narrated orally.

Weekly Work

Bible [06]

Old Testament - Joshua, Judges, Ruth
New Testament - Matthew 8-28

History: 1400-1600 Renaissance and Reformation

Begin or continue a simple timeline. [4]

An Island Story by H. E. Marshall β α (£) (£amzn) (£amzn) ($amzn) (K) Ω [8]
This Country of Ours by H. E. Marshall β α ($amzn) (K) (£) (£amzn) (£amzn) Ω [10]
A Child's History of the World by Virgil Hillyer ($amzn) [12]


Trial and Triumph by Richard Hannula (ChrBk) ($amzn) (K) [18]

* Leonardo Da Vinci by Emily Hahn ($amzn) Borrow Online: α [20]
OR Michelangelo by Diane Stanley (ChrBk) ($amzn) [22]

** Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare by Peter Vennema and Diane Stanley (ChrBk) ($amzn)
OR Good Queen Bess by Diane Stanley (ChrBk) ($amzn)

*** The Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty (ChrBk) ($amzn) [24]


American Tall Tales by Adrien Stoutenburg α (ChrBk) ($amzn)
Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb (ChrBk) β α (£) (£amzn) ($amzn) K Ω [32]
The Heroes by Charles Kingsley (also here) β α (£) (£amzn) ($amzn) K New: Purchase Kingsley's Heroes and Water-Babies in one volume with Anne White's study helps ($amzn) (K) Ω
* The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald β (£) (ChrBk) (£amzn) ($amzn) (K) Ω K
** Children of the New Forest by F. Marryat β α (£) (ChrBk) (£amzn) (£amzn) ($amzn) Ω K
*** The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling β α Ω (ChrBk) ($amzn) K (Only Book I is scheduled.)

Parables from Nature by Margaret Gatty. α (£) (£amzn) ($amzn) (K) Ω Ω
A modern English paraphrase is available ($amzn) (K). [33]

Pilgrim's Progress Part I (Christian's Journey) by John Bunyan (also here) β α ($amzn) Ω K
        OR Part II Christiana's Journey (online here or here) α [34]

Poetry [31]

* William Blake (£) Ω Ω
** Sara Teasdale (£) and Hilda Conkling (£)
*** Helen Hunt Jackson

Purchase AO's Volume 3 collection, which includes William Blake, Sara Teasdale, Hilda Conkling, and Helen Hunt Jackson in paperback or for 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)

AO's Language Arts Scope and Sequence for this level

Recitation [recit]

Term 1
Luke 2:11; Luke 4:4; Proverbs 2:6
The Tyger by William Blake
Eternity by William Blake
Term 2
Luke 7:16; Luke 10:2; 2 Thessalonians 3:3; Exodus 20:1-17 (Ten Commandments)
April by Sara Teasdale
The Coin by Sara Teasdale
Term 3
Luke 21:33; Deuteronomy 31:6; Jeremiah 29:11
Chance by Helen Hunt Jackson
June from Calendar of Sonnets by Helen Hunt Jackson

Foreign Language

Choose a foreign language program that focuses on oral learning. Some that are popular among Charlotte Mason parents are The Learnables, Little Pim, Cherrydale Press, Language Learning for Children by Alyssa Johnson and Christine Lewis (K or free for AO Forum members)

Celeste at Joyous Lessons wrote a 3-part blog series on teaching young children a foreign language. There's also a vintage Parents' Review article on teaching foreign languages


Marco Polo: His Travels and Adventures by George Makepeace Towle (£) (£amzn)
       or other Marco Polo book; see suggested books and resources.

In addition, these geography concepts should be explained and taught this year: [26]

Term 1:
Measuring distance: inch, foot yard; mile.
A country's proximity to the equator or poles determines its climate.
Parallel lines from pole to pole are longitude.

Term 2:
The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

Term 3:
A map (plan) is a picture of a room, town, country or earth.
A map should show where North is
How maps are made
Maps of towns, regions, countries, the world

Nature Study and Science

The Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock α (ChrBk) ($amzn), as scheduled for 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 both parent and child

Nature Study Topics for the 2023-2024 School Year:
summer/fall: Trees/shrubs/vines
winter: Stars/sky
spring: Amphibians
AO's full Nature Study rotation

A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder by Walter Wick (ChrBk) ($amzn) [28]
* ** Pagoo by Holling C Holling (Term 1: ch 1-13; Term 2: ch 14-20) (ChrBk) ($amzn)
** *** Secrets of the Woods by William J. Long β α (£) (£amzn) ($amzn) K Ω

Optional: Science Lab in a Supermarket by Robert Friedhoffer ($amzn) [30]


Select a program that meets your family's needs from our page of Math Options.


Artists (Picture Study) for the 2023-2024 School Year:

2023-2024 TERM 1 Tintoretto (1518-1594; Renaissance)
(This term's music: Renaissance)
Self portrait
1. Crucifixion, 1565, Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice; study
2. Christ Before Pilate, 1567, also here Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
3. The Adoration of the Magi, 1582, Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice; study
4. Portrait of a Man, 1586-1589, State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
5. Paradise, 1588, Doge's Palace, Venice
6. The Last Supper, 1592-1594, San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
Download a pdf file of this term's six prints here [NOTE]

2023-2024 TERM 2 Claude Monet (1840-1926; French Impressionist)
(This term's composer: Ravel)
1. Terrace at St. Adresse, 1866, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
2. Women in the Garden, 1866, Musee d'Orsay, Paris
3. Jean Monet on His Hobby Horse, 1872, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
4. Woman with a Parasol: Madame Monet and Her Son, 1875, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (see also here)
5. Tulip Fields in Holland, 1886, Musee d'Orsay, Paris
6. The Waterlily Pond, 1899, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey (Similar image here)
Download a pdf file of this term's six prints here [NOTE]

2023-2024 TERM 3 Georges Seurat (1859-1891; French Post-impressionist)
(This term's music: Opera Overtures)
1. Rock-Breakers, Le Raincy, 1882, also here Norton Simon Art Foundation, Pasadena, CA, USA
2. Man Cleaning His Boat, 1883, Courtauld Institute Galleries, London, UK
3. Bathers at Asnieres, 1883-84, National Gallery, London, UK
4. Sunday on La Grande Jatte 1884, Art Institute of Chicago, USA
5. The Eiffel Tower, 1889, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, USA (also here)
6. The Circus, 1891, Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Download a pdf file of this term's six prints here [NOTE]

AO's full Artist rotation; How-to on YouTube

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 2023-2024 School Year:

2023-2024 TERM 1 Renaissance Music (This term's artist: Tintoretto)
1. Songs * * * * *
2. Guillaume Dufay * *   Ave Maris Stella ("Hail, star of the sea") * *
3. Dance Music * * * * *
4. Josquin des Prez * * * *
5. Vocal Music of William Byrd * * * * *
6. Claudio Monteverdi * * * *   Monteverdi wrote the earliest opera still regularly performed: "L'Orfeo" *
     CD and mp3 Options:
     -- The Hillard Ensemble: Music for Tudor Kings seems to offer a nice variety of music from the era. ($amzn) ($mp3); also English and Italian Renaissance Madrigals. ($mp3) The Hilliard Ensemble has multiple CD's featuring Renaissance era composers.
     -- Gloriae Dei Cantores: Masters of the Renaissance (choral sacred music) ($amzn) ($mp3)
     -- Oxford Camerata: Renaissance Masterpieces (vocal) ($amzn) ($mp3)
     -- Dances of the Renaissance ($amzn) ($mp3)
     -- Catherine King: Elizabethan Songs and Consort Music (solo voice, instrumental) ($amzn) ($mp3)

2023-2024 TERM 2 Maurice Ravel (1875-1937; Impressionist) (This term's artist: Claude Monet)
1. Daphne et Chloe - selections * *   complete *
2. Bolero * *
3. Mother Goose Suite * *
4. Pavane pour une infante dufunte (no, there really is no dead princess) * *
5. Piano Concerto in D for the Left Hand (composed for a pianist who lost his right arm in WWI) * *
6. Rhapsody Espagnole * *

2023-2024 TERM 3 Opera Selections (This term's artist: Georges Seurat)
1. Giuseppi Verdi: "Triumphal March" from Aida * * and "Vedi! le fosche" (Anvil Chorus) * * from Il Trovatore
2. Giuseppi Verdi "Libiamo Ne'lieti Calici" (Brindisi; drinking song - parents, preview!) from La Traviata * * and "La Donne Il Mobile," from Rigoletto * *
3. Giacomo Puccini: "O Soave Fancuilla" * * and "Quando M'en Vo" * * from La Boheme, and "E Lucevan Le Stelle" * * from Tosca.
4. Giacamo Puccini: "Un Bel Di Vedremo" * * from Madama Butterfly, and "Nessun Dorma" * * from Turandot.
5. Gioacchino Rossini: overture * * and "Largo al factotum" (Figaro Figaro Figaro. . .) from Il Barbiere Di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) * *
6. Gioacchino Rossini: William Tell overture * *
We suggest using a selection of Opera favorites that contains most of these, such as Best Opera Album In The World . . . Ever! ($amzn) and filling in any missing pieces with whatever else is on the CD. Puccini's "O mio babbino caro" from Gianni Schicchi, Bizet's "Au fond du temple saint" from The Pearl Fishers, Verdi's "Celeste Aida" from Aida would be worthy substitutes.
One possibility: 25 Opera Favorites CD ($amzn)
1 - track 7. Giuseppi Verdi: "Triumphal March" from Aida; track 17. Gypsies' Chorus from Il Trovatore
2 - track 3. Giuseppi Verdi: "Libiamo Ne'lieti Calici" (Brindisi) from La Traviata; track 9. "La Donne Il Mobile," from Rigoletto
3 - track 21. Giacomo Puccini: "Che Gelida Manina" from La Boheme; track 23. "Quando M'en Vo" from La Boheme; track 18. "Vissi d'Arte" from Tosca
4 - track 6. Giacamo Puccini: "Un Bel Di" from Madama Butterfly, track 5. "Nessun Dorma" from Turandot
5 - track 4. Georges Bizet: "Au Fond du Temple Saint" from the Pearl Fishers; track 2. Gioacchino Rossini: "Largo al factotum" from The Barber of Seville
6 - track 1. Gioacchino Rossini: William Tell overture
     Free Ebook for younger students Verdi: The Little Boy who Loved the Hand Organ by Thomas Tapper
     Classics for Kids Past Shows: Verdi; Puccini; Bizet; Rossini

AO's full Composer rotation

Hymns for the 2023-2024 School Year:

August: The Rock That Is Higher Than I *
September: For All the Saints who from their Labours Rest *
October: For the Beauty of the Earth * * *
November: Anywhere with Jesus * *
December: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow * *
January: My Song is Love Unknown * *
February: This is My Father's World * *
March: Ah, Holy Jesus * *
April: Count Your Blessings * *
May: All Creatures of Our God and King * * *
June: Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending *
July: Holy, Holy, Holy * * *

AO's full Hymn rotation

Folksongs for the 2023-2024 School Year:

AO's Intro to 2023-2024's Folksongs
August (Bonus): God Bless America
September: Aiken Drum * *   Scottish version: * *
October: The Ash Grove * * * *
November: The Lion Sleeps Tonight * *
Over Christmas break, try learning a less familiar carol: Sleep, Sleep, Sleep My Little Child and/or O Little Town Of Bethlehem
January: The Water is Wide (Oh Waly, Waly) * * * *
February: Now is the Hour * * *
March: Log Driver's Waltz * * *
April: A Man's A Man for A'That ("Should'a been Scotland's national anthem...") * * *
May: Simple Gifts * * *
June: Click Go the Shears * *

July (Bonus): This Land is Your Land

View AO's full Folksong rotation; Hannah Fridenmaker at FolksAndHymns has been recording folk songs and hymns -- they are beautiful, simple, and joyful. You can view them for free on her YouTube channel, and purchase downloadable mp3s from her Patreon. This dot ∘ in place of an asterisk will take you to a YouTube link to her channel. Hannah has received specific and seldom-granted permission from the AmblesideOnline Advisory to use our name, and we appreciate her consistent dedication to the vision of AO per our license statement.

Physical Education

One option is Swedish Drill Revisited by Dawn Duran purchase

Additional Books for Free Reading [36]

Are Free Reads required reading?

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett β α ($amzn) Ω Ω Λ
At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald β α (£) (£amzn) ($amzn) Ω K
Men of Iron by Howard Pyle β α (£) (ChrBk) (£amzn) ($amzn) Ω K
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll β α (ChrBk) ($amzn) (K) Ω Λ [38]
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll β α (ChrBk) ($amzn) (K) Ω K
The Bears of Blue River by Charles Major α (£) (£amzn)
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome (ChrBk) ($amzn) (K), Swallowdale ($amzn) (K), and others in the series. ($earch)
* Unknown to History: Captivity of Mary of Scotland by Charlotte Yonge β α ($amzn) K
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink (ChrBk) ($amzn) (K)
On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder (ChrBk) ($amzn) ($amzn) (K) 9-bk series: (ChrBk) ($amzn) (paperback K)
The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge ($amzn) (K)
English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs β α α (£) (ChrBk) (£amzn) ($amzn) Ω K (more)
King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry (18th century, Africa, France and England) (ChrBk) ($amzn) (K)
The Wheel on the School by Meindert De Jong ($amzn)

The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley (also here) β α ($amzn) ($amzn) (K) K New: Purchase Kingsley's Heroes and Water-Babies in one volume with Anne White's study helps ($amzn) (K) Ω

The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright (ChrBk) ($amzn) (K) and sequels:
The Four Story Mistake (ChrBk) ($amzn) (K)
Then There Were Five (ChrBk) ($amzn) (K)
Spiderweb for Two (ChrBk) ($amzn) (K)
Ω (kayray has read all of these; you'll have to search for them)

If your Year 2-3 student needs some additional reading practice, we suggest choosing from the following:

The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh ($amzn)
The Hundred Dresses, by Eleanor Estes ($amzn)
The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth ($amzn)
Impunity Jane: the Story of a Pocket Doll by Rumer Godden ($amzn)
The Story of Holly and Ivy (a Christmas book) by Rumer Godden ($amzn)

Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace:
Betsy-Tacy ($amzn)
Betsy-Tacy and Tib ($amzn)
Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill ($amzn)

Billy and Blaze books by C. W. Anderson:
Billy and Blaze ($amzn)
Blaze and the Forest Fire ($amzn)
Blaze and Thunderbolt ($amzn)
Blaze and the Mountain Lion ($amzn)
Blaze Finds the Trail ($amzn)
Blaze and the Lost Quarry ($amzn)
Blaze and the Gray Spotted Pony ($amzn)
Blaze Shows the Way ($amzn)

Fairchild Family series by Rebecca Caudill:
Happy Little Family ($amzn)
Schoolhouse in the Woods ($amzn)
Up and Down the River ($amzn)
Schoolroom in the Parlor ($amzn)

If your Year 3-4 student needs some additional reading practice, we suggest choosing from the following:

The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds (ChrBk) ($amzn) (K)
The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh (ChrBk) ($amzn) (K)
The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen by Lloyd Alexander ($amzn)
Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop (ChrBk) ($amzn)
Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson (ChrBk) ($amzn)
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois (ChrBk) ($amzn) (K)
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George (ChrBk) ($amzn) (K)

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

(Purchase a Kindle)


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.

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. Heidi 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.

Cindy Rollins did a Circe Mason Jar podcast that included the role of audiobooks with difficult books.

4. Timeline: In the early school years, Charlotte Mason recommended two types of simple and developmentally-appropriate timelines (note: simple. It is easy to overcomplicate this). The first is a timeline of the child's personal/family history: when they were born, when a pet came into the family, a house move, etc. The second is a very general outline of history, which is described in Home Education, p. 292. This can be created as per Miss Mason's instructions, or it can be as simple as a string on the wall with notecards clipped to it. The point of this early timeline exercise is not to memorize dates, but rather to begin to "suggest a graphic panorama to the child's mind" (p. 292). Those who are ready for "more," but are not quite advanced enough to begin a Book of Centuries (recommended for ages 10 and up), may like to begin a slightly more detailed chart, which Laurie Bestvater has named a "Stream of History" (The Living Page, p. 47-50). However, such a chart must still be kept quite simple, with a focus more towards general time periods and centuries rather than single years: "[it should be] conveniently visible as a whole, say, within the compass of at most a yard in length" (p. 48).

Resources: Read an Advisory member's blog post about early timelines at Wendi Wanders. Instructions for 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, and how of keeping CM timelines (and other notebooks), we strongly recommend reading The Living Page by Laurie Bestvater ($amzn). We have more links on our history page here. (Back)

6. Bible: Bible Gateway has many versions of the Bible online. It is preferable for a child 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. Please read Lynn Bruce's article on the King James Version.
Year 3 students read stories of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, and parts of the gospel of Matthew. See AO's Bible plan. Charlotte Mason taught both with commentaries, reading the Bible passage first, then narration, then reading the commentary, but Smyth's commentaries may reflect the doctrine of his era and denomination; they are not necessary to follow the Bible schedule.
Optional Bible Resources: Timeline; Calvary Chapel Coloring Sheets; Study questions with maps. (Back)

8. An Island Story, Chapters 62-94 1509-1760, Henry VIII-George II this year. 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)
This book was published in the UK under the title, 'OUR Island Story;' both books are identical except for the title. 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.
For planning purposes, there is a table of contents with dates for An Island Story. (Back)

10. This Country of Ours is available in an "Annotated, Expanded, and Updated" version that includes correct tribal names, added information, and a pronunciation guide. Vol 1, used this year, contains ch 1-28. Available in Paperback: ($amzn) or Hardcover: ($amzn) as well as Kindle: (K) More details are explained on our blog
If you prefer, you can still purchase the original version: ($amzn) K The link to Project Gutenberg's etext and Librivox's audiobook have used the original public domain version.
Scheduled in 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)
For planning purposes, there is a table of contents with dates for This Country of Ours. (Back)

12. A Child's History of the World,
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
For planning purposes, there is a table of contents with dates for A Child's History of the World and M. B. Synge's Story of the World.

Another option if you prefer: The Discovery of New Worlds ($amzn) (K) Ω and The Awakening of Europe by M.B. Synge ($amzn) (K) Ω
The Discovery of New Worlds and The Awakening of Europe, by M. B. Synge may be used in place of A Child's History of the World. The Discovery of New Worlds: ch 31 and 49; The Awakening of Europe: ch 5, 6, 14, 15, 30. Term 1: ch 31, 49, 50, and The Awakening of Europe ch 5
Term 2: The Awakening of Europe ch 6, 14, 15
Term 3: The Awakening of Europe ch 30
For planning purposes, there is a table of contents with dates for A Child's History of the World and M. B. Synge's Story of the World. (Advisory note: look also at Synge's A Book of Discovery α)
Note on The Story of Mankind, by VanLoon Ω α 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 here.
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.
For planning purposes, there is a table of contents with dates for The Story of Mankind.

18. Trial and Triumph: Descriptions of some trials of the Christians may be intense; parents should preview chapters to determine suitability based on their children's sensitivities. If you prefer, you can skip this book and cover church history in Years 7-9 with a different book, Saints and Heroes, by George Hodges.
This book tells church history from a definite Protestant perspective; some families may wish to skip this book or find an alternative.
Trial and Triumph used to be online, but now only a sample of the book is available online. This is what we used to post about the online posting: Google Books does have permission from Canon Press to have Trial and Triumph in full online. Here is a statement from Canon Press: "I believe we have extended permission to them to display that title. Obviously we would love for folks to purchase hard copies but we understand the limitations of many folks. If they do benefit from the online version though, we would be grateful for some sort of review whether it be on a blog, on Amazon, or on our own website. Thanks for contacting us to check. We really appreciate it." - David Hoos, Canon Press - Customer Service (Back)

20. Leonardo Da Vinci, by Emily Hahn is a 'Landmark' book and can be purchased from Sonlight. This is a picture book with a good bit of text and can be scheduled any time during the term over as many readings as best suits your family. (Back)

22. The Michelangelo book contains drawings of nude art and drawing of cutting a cadaver. This is a picture book with a good bit of text and can be scheduled any time during the term over as many readings as best suits your family. (Back)

24. Landing of the Pilgrims, by James Daugherty is a 'Landmark' book.
Optional alternate: Squanto, by Feenie Ziner; the 1965 edition of this book was called 'Dark Pilgrim;' be aware that it has references to native spiritism. ($amzn) An online file of Feenie Ziner's book can be borrowed for 14 days from Squanto, Friend Of The Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla is shorter and easier and could be used as a supplement, but wouldn't be sufficient for a replacement. (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. (Back)

26. 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: Measuring distance: inch, foot yard; mile. A country's proximity to the equator or poles determines its climate. Parallel lines from pole to pole are longitude.
These topics are covered in these chapters:
Charlotte Mason's Elementary Geography (£) (£amzn): Hot Countries and Cold Countries Part I
Charlotte Mason's Elementary Geography: Hot Countries and Cold Countries Part II
Charlotte Mason's Elementary Geography: Parallel Lines

Term 2: The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
These topics are covered in these chapters:
Charlotte Mason's Elementary Geography: Sunrise and Sunset
Charlotte Mason's Elementary Geography: Why the Sun Rises and Sets
Charlotte Mason's Elementary Geography: Mid-day Lines

Term 3: A map (plan) is a picture of a room, town, country or earth and should show where N is; how maps are made; maps of towns, regions, countries, the world.
These topics are covered in these chapters:
Long's Home Geography (£) (£amzn) α 7. How to Tell Distance
Long's Home Geography α 8. Pictures and Plans
Charlotte Mason's Elementary Geography: The Plan of a Room
Charlotte Mason's Elementary Geography: The Plan of a Town
Charlotte Mason's Elementary Geography: Map of a County
Charlotte Mason's Elementary Geography: How Maps are Made

28. A Drop of Water: Experiments are all on pgs 38-39; adjust the timing of winter experiments (sections 14, 15, 16) to suit your climate if necessary (Back)

30. Friedhoffer's "Science Lab in a . . ." books are a great resource, but they're hard to find; don't spend more than $10 on a used copy. Barnes and Noble still has copies. (Back)

31. 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)

32. Shakespeare: If you are concerned about some of the themes in Shakespeare because of the age or sensitivity of your students, or if you have never done anything like Shakespeare before, you may wish to adjust the line-up AO has scheduled for Years 1-3 (scheduled plays are listed on AO's weekly schedule) and instead do a couple of the comedies first -- Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, and maybe a historical Shakespeare play. These are the plays AO schedules to be read in a paraphrase for younger students:
     Year 1
          Midsummer Nights Dream
          The Tempest
          As You Like It
          The Winter's Tale
          King Lear
          Twelfth Night; Or, What You Will
     Year 2
          The Two Gentlemen of Verona
          Romeo and Juliet
          All's Well That Ends Well
          The Comedy of Errors
     Year 3
          The Merchant of Venice
          Pericles, Prince of Tyre
          The Taming of the Shrew
          Measure for Measure
          Much Ado About Nothing
          Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (Back)

33."Parables from Nature" is a Christian character book using elements of nature to make its point, and is scheduled for 3 years - Years 1, 2 and 3. It is not a science book. If your child needs something more manageable, a Modern English paraphrase version of this book is available. You can read it for free online or purchase. ($amzn) (K). Relying on paraphrases will prevent your child from developing the mental muscles needed to comprehend older books. But sometimes a paraphrase is needed. If a child is completely lost, then nothing in their brain is firing up, so there are times (and specific children) where it can make the difference between giving up on a book, or using a paraphrase so the ideas at least get through. Read more about this in Wendi Capehart's blog post Imagination and the Mind's Eye. (Back)

34. Pilgrim's Progress - The original language is recommended; read why and see recommended versions. (Back)

36. 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) Parents should also explain to students 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)

38. Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass are nonsensical fun with words and math/logic. The Advisory likes this quote from the author: "I believe that when you and I come to lie down for the last time, if only we can keep firm hold of the great truths Christ taught us--our own utter worthlessness and His infinite worth; and that He has brought us back to our one Father, and made us His brethren, and so brethren to one another--we shall have all we need to guide us through the shadows. Most assuredly I accept to the full the doctrines you refer to--that Christ died to save us, that we have no other way of salvation open to us but through His death, and that it is by faith in Him, and through no merit of ours, that we are reconciled to God; and most assuredly I can cordially say, 'I owe all to Him who loved me, and died on the Cross of Calvary.'" (Lewis Carroll, 1897) (Back)

For those on a strict budget, recommended purchases are:

A Child's History of the World, by V. Hillyer is used for 2 years; ($amzn), unless you plan to use M.B. Synge's online books instead
Handbook of Nature Study, by Anna Botsford Comstock is used for 6 years; ($amzn) (Also online, but would be cumbersome to utilize that way.)
a Math program
a phonics program if necessary
Da Vinci, by Emily Hahn, Landmark Book ($amzn) OR Michelangelo, by Diane Stanley ($amzn) (check library for these)
Bard of Avon, by Peter Vennema and Diane Stanley ($amzn) OR Good Queen Bess, by Diane Stanley ($amzn) (check library for these)
Squanto (Dark Pilgrim), by Feenie Ziner ($amzn) OR Landing of the Pilgrims Landmark Book, by James Daugherty ($amzn) (K)
American Tall Tales, by Adrien Stoutenberg, unless your library has a copy of tall tales ($amzn)
Pagoo ($amzn)
A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder, by Walter Wick ($amzn)
Laura Ingalls Wilder books if your library does not have them ($amzn)
Elizabeth Enright books are nice if you can find them cheap (but not worth high collector prices) ($amzn)
Other books can be read online or borrowed from the library.

Last updated March 31, 2023 (to update Bible)

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