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AO Year 1 - Schedule - AmblesideOnline.org

Ambleside Online Year 1:
36-Week Schedule



As a help for scheduling Year One of Ambleside Online's curriculum, we are pleased to offer printable charts, the weekly assignments in list form below, or families may choose to use a modification of either for their own personal use. However, please see Our Fair Use Policy before sharing any part of the curriculum.

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(Printable chart schedules include details for all three terms)

Daily Work

Weekly Work
Suggested Additional Books
for Free Reading

Copywork (penmanship)
Reading Instruction
Math







Outdoor Nature Study
Picture Study
Composer Study
Handicrafts

Foreign language
may also be started.


Charlotte's Web
King of the Golden River
Peter Pan
Pinocchio
Red Fairy Book
St. George and the Dragon
The Velveteen Rabbit
Little House in the Big Woods
Pocahontas


The following weekly readings should be broken up into daily readings in whatever way works best for your family.

Week 1
Bible: Gen. 1:26-31; 2:7, 20-25; 3:1-24 (Adam and Eve)
An Island Story: chapter 1 "The Stories of Albion and Brutus"
Fifty Famous Stories Retold: "The Sword of Damocles" (Greek)
Parables from Nature: "A Lesson of Faith"
Aesop's Fables: "The Wolf and the Kid" (pg. 7 in the Milo Winter version) and "Tortoise and the Ducks" (pg. 8 in the Milo Winter version)
Just So Stories: "Whale"
A Child's Garden of Verses: a poem every day
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 1
This term, focus on explaining and teaching the following geography concept(s): The world is round. Left, right, front (before), back (behind) are positions; know which is which and realize they are dependent on perspective.

Week 2
Bible: Gen. 6:5-8, 13-22; 7:13-18; 8:13-22 (Noah and the ark)
Fifty Famous Stories Retold: "Damon and Pythias"; and "A Laconic Answer" (Greek)
Trial and Triumph: chapter 1 "Polycarp Witness in the Arena" (69-155 AD)
Aesop's Fables: "Belling the Cat" (pg. 11 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Eagle and the Jackdaw" (pg. 12 in the Milo Winter version)
Burgess's Bird Book: chapter I "Jenny Wren Arrives: Introducing the House Wren" (pictures for each bird)
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 2
A Child's Garden of Verses: a poem every day

Week 3
Bible: Gen. 22:1-19 (Abraham and Isaac)
An Island Story: chapter 2 "The Coming of the Romans"
Fifty Famous Stories Retold: "The Brave Three Hundred"
Aesop's Fables: "The Boy and the Filberts" (pg. 12 in the Milo Winter version) and "Hercules and the Wagoner" (pg. 13 in the Milo Winter version)
Blue Fairy Book: "Beauty and the Beast" OR "The Glass Slipper"
A Child's Garden of Verses: a poem every day
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 3

Week 4
Bible: Gen. 25:27-34 (The sale of a birthright)
Fifty Famous Stories Retold: "Alexander and Bucephelas"; and "Diogenes" (Greek)
Burgess's Bird Book: chapter II "The Old Orchard Bully - The English or House Sparrow"
Aesop's Fables: "The Kid and the Wolf" (pg. 13 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse" (pg. 14 in the Milo Winter version)
James Herriot's Treasury: "Moses the Kitten"
A Child's Garden of Verses: a poem every day

Week 5
Bible: Gen. 28:10-22 (The ladder that reached to heaven)
An Island Story: chapter 3 "The Romans Come Again"
Parables from Nature: "Law of Authority and Obedience"
Fifty Famous Stories Retold: "The Story of Regulus" (Roman)
Just So Stories "Camel"
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 4
Aesop's Fables: "The Fox and the Grapes" (pg. 16 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Bundle of Sticks" (pg. 16 in the Milo Winter version)
James Herriot's Treasury: "Only One Woof"
A Child's Garden of Verses: a poem every day

Week 6
Bible: Gen. 37:1-4, 11, 28b (The coat of many colors)
Fifty Famous Stories Retold: "Cornelia's Jewels" (Roman)
Burgess's Bird Book: choose one chapter based on geographic region and season
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 5
Aesop's Fables: "The Ass and his Driver" (pg. 18 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Oxen and the Wheels" (pg. 18 in the Milo Winter version)
Blue Fairy Book: "Why the Sea is Salt" (a man tells his brother to go the Dead; a ship sinks and all perish) OR "Felicia and the Pot of Pinks"
A Child's Garden of Verses: a poem every day

Week 7
Bible: Gen. 41:15-49, 53-57 (The dreams of a king)
An Island Story: chapter 4 "How Caligula Conquered Britain, and How Caractacus Refused to be Conquered"
Fifty Famous Stories Retold: "Horatius at the Bridge" (Roman)
Shakespeare: "Midsummer Nights Dream"
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 6
Aesop's Fables: "The Lion and the Mouse" (pg. 19 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf" (pg. 20 in the Milo Winter version)
Trial and Triumph: chapter 2 "Blandina Martyr of Lyons" (155-177 AD)
A Child's Garden of Verses: a poem every day

Week 8
Bible: Exod. 2:1-10 (Moses, the child who was found in the river)
Fifty Famous Stories Retold: "Cincinnatus" (Roman)
Burgess's Bird Book: choose one chapter based on geographic region and season
Aesop's Fables: "The Gnat and the Bull" (pg. 21 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Plane Tree" (pg. 21 in the Milo Winter version)
Benjamin Franklin by Ingri D'Aulaire: take 1-3 weeks as needed
A Child's Garden of Verses: a poem every day

Week 9
Bible: Exod. 3:1-4:17 (The burning bush)
An Island Story: chapter 5 "The Story of a Warrior Queen" (Boadicea)
Fifty Famous Stories Retold: "Androcles and the Lion" (Roman)
Just So Stories: "Rhino"
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 7
Shakespeare: "The Tempest"
Aesop's Fables: "The Farmer and the Stork" (pg. 22 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Sheep and the Pig" (pg. 22 in the Milo Winter version)
Benjamin Franklin by Ingri D'Aulaire: take 1-3 weeks as needed
A Child's Garden of Verses: a poem every day

Week 10
Bible: Num. 13:1-14:9 (The grapes from Canaan)
Fifty Famous Stories Retold: "King Alfred and the Beggar" (Saxon England)
Burgess's Bird Book: choose one chapter based on geographic region and season
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 8
Aesop's Fables: "The Travelers and the Purse" (pg. 24 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Lion and the Ass" (pg. 24 in the Milo Winter version)
Benjamin Franklin by Ingri D'Aulaire: take 1-3 weeks as needed
A Child's Garden of Verses: a poem every day

Week 11
Bible: Judges 6:11-24; 6:36-7:25 (Gideon and his three hundred soldiers)
An Island Story: chapter 6 "The Last of the Romans"
Fifty Famous Stories Retold: "The Story of William Tell" (Switzerland1300's; the AO Advisory prefers Horace Scudder's version of this story.)
Parables from Nature: "The Unknown Land"
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 9
Aesop's Fables: "The Frogs who Wished for a King" (pg. 25 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Oak and the Reeds" (pg. 28 in the Milo Winter version)
A Child's Garden of Verses: a poem every day

Week 12
Bible: Judges 13:1-25; 16:4-31 (Samson, the strong man)
An Island Story: chapter 7 "The Story of St. Alban"
Fifty Famous Stories Retold: "Arnold Winkelried" (1386)
Trial and Triumph: chapter 3 "Constantine Defender of the Church" (272-337 AD)
Burgess's Bird Book: choose one chapter based on geographic region and season
Just So Stories: "Leopard" (The original version of this story contains an offensive racial epithet near the very end of the chapter that will need to be substituted with another word)
Aesop's Fables: "The Boys and the Frogs" (pg. 29 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Crow and the Pitcher" (pg. 30 in the Milo Winter version)
Blue Fairy Book: "Prince Darling" and "Toads and Diamonds" (a selfish girl dies in the woods); OR "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" (An troll woman bursts with anger)
A Child's Garden of Verses: a poem every day

Optional Exam Week

Week 13
Bible: The whole book of Ruth spread over several days or Ruth 1:1-17; 2:1-2; 3:1-6; 4:13-17 (Ruth, the gleaner)
An Island Story: chapter 8 "Vortigern and King Constans"
Fifty Famous Stories Retold: "Bruce and the Spider" (Britain, 1329)
Aesop's Fables: "The Ants and the Grasshopper" (pg. 30 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Ass Carrying the Image" (pg. 31 in the Milo Winter version)
James Herriot's Treasury: "Bonny's Big Day"
A.A. Milne a poem a day
Blue Fairy Book: "The Glass Slipper" OR "Beauty and the Beast"
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 10
This term, focus on explaining and teaching the following geography concept(s): Fixed direction (north, south, east, west). The sun shows direction: East is where the sun rises, west is where it sets. Stars (North or Pole Star, constellations) show direction and help mariners find their way. The length and direction of shadows can help us tell time as well as direction.

Week 14
Bible: 1 Sam. 16:1, 5-13 (David: the shepherd boy)
An Island Story: chapter 9 "The Story of the Coming of Hengist and Horsa"
Fifty Famous Stories Retold: "The Black Douglas" (James Douglas, Britain, d 1330)
Burgess's Bird Book: choose one chapter based on geographic region and season (pictures for each chapter)
Just So Stories: "Elephant's Child"
Aesop's Fables: "A Raven and a Swan" (pg. 31 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Two Goats" (pg. 32 in the Milo Winter version)
Trial and Triumph: chapter 4 "Athanasius against the World" (296-373 AD)
A.A. Milne: a poem a day
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 11

Week 15
Bible: 1 Sam. 17:1-54 (The fight with the giant)
Fifty Famous Stories Retold: "Whittington" (Britain, 1423)
Aesop's Fables: "The Ass and the Load of Salt" (pg. 32 in the Milo Winter version)
"The Lion and the Gnat" (pg. 34 in the Milo Winter version)
A.A. Milne: a poem a day
Blue Fairy Book: "Master Maid" (Unnecessary cruelty to her suitors. Couldn't she just say no?) OR "Prince Hyacinth"
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 12

Week 16
Bible: 1 Sam. 24:1-22 (David spares Saul)
An Island Story: chapter 10 "Hengist's Treachery"
Fifty Famous Stories Retold: "The Inchcape Rock" (1500's; look for Peter Graham's painting)
Burgess's Bird Book: choose one chapter based on geographic region and season
Shakespeare: "As You Like It"
Aesop's Fables: "The Leap at Rhodes" (pg. 34 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Wild Boar and the Fox" (pg. 36 in the Milo Winter version)
A.A. Milne: a poem a day
Just So Stories: "Kangaroo"

Week 17
Bible: 1 Kings 1:28-40; 6:1-14, 38 (Solomon and his temple)
Fifty Famous Stories Retold: "Sir Philip Sidney" (1586) and "The Ungrateful Soldier"
Aesop's Fables: "The Ass, the Fox and the Lion" (pg. 36 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Birds, the Beasts and the Bat" (pg. 37 in the Milo Winter version)
Parables from Nature: "Training and Restraining"
A.A. Milne: a poem a day
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 13

Week 18
Bible: 1 Kings 18:20-39 (Elijah and the prophets of Baal)
An Island Story: chapter 11 "The Story of How the Giant's Dance was Brought to Britain"
Fifty Famous Stories Retold: "George Washington and his Hatchet"; and "Doctor Goldsmith" (1774)
Burgess's Bird Book: choose one chapter based on geographic region and season
Aesop's Fables: "The Lion, the Bear and the Fox" (pg. 37 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Hares and the Frogs" (pg. 39 in the Milo Winter version)
Trial and Triumph: chapter 5 "Ambrose Bishop of Milan" (339-397 AD)
A.A. Milne: a poem a day
Blue Fairy Book: "Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp" (A wicked Magician and his wicked Brother are killed) OR "Why the Sea is Salt" (a greedy man tells his brother to go the Dead; a ship sinks and all perish)
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 14

Week 19
Bible: Jonah 1:1-2:10 (Jonah and the whale)
Fifty Famous Stories Retold: "Casabianca" (1798)
Aesop's Fables: "The Fox and the Stork" (pg. 40 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Travelers and the Sea" (pg. 41 in the Milo Winter version)
George Washington by Ingri D'Aulaire: take 1-3 weeks as needed
A.A. Milne: a poem a day
Shakespeare: "The Winter's Tale"
Just So Stories: "Armadillos"
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 15

Week 20
Bible: Daniel 3 (The fiery furnace)
An Island Story: chapter 12 "The Coming of Arthur"
Fifty Famous Stories Retold: "Picciola" (1800's)
Burgess's Bird Book: choose one chapter based on geographic region and season
Aesop's Fables: "The Stag and his Reflection" (pg. 42 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Peacock" (pg. 42 in the Milo Winter version)
George Washington by Ingri D'Aulaire: take 1-3 weeks as needed
A.A. Milne: a poem a day

Week 21
Bible: Daniel 6 (Daniel in the lion's den)
Fifty Famous Stories Retold: "How Napoleon Crossed the Alps" (1800's)
Aesop's Fables: "The Mice and the Weasels" (pg. 44 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Wolf and the Lean Dog" (pg. 44 in the Milo Winter version)
James Herriot's Treasury: "Blossom Comes Home"
George Washington by Ingri D'Aulaire take: 1-3 weeks as needed
A.A. Milne: a poem a day
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 16

Week 22
Bible: Luke 1:5-20, 57-66 (The angel by the altar)
An Island Story: chapter 13 "The Founding of the Round Table"
Fifty Famous Stories Retold: "Maximillian and the Gooseherd" (King of Bavaria, 1800's)
Trial and Triumph: chapter 6 "Monica and Augustine Christian" Mother and Son (354-430 AD)
Burgess's Bird Book: choose one chapter based on geographic region and season
Aesop's Fables: "The Vain Jackdaw and his Borrowed Feathers" (pg. 47 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Monkey and the Cat" (pg. 50 in the Milo Winter version)
A.A. Milne: a poem a day
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 17

Week 23
Bible: Luke 1:26-38; 2:1-20 (The Babe of Bethlehem)
Fifty Famous Stories Retold: "Antonio Canova" (1822)
Parables from Nature: "Waiting"
Aesop's Fables: "The Dogs and the Hides" (pg. 51 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Bear and the Bees" (pg. 52 in the Milo Winter version)
A.A. Milne: a poem a day
Just So Stories: "First Letter"
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 18

Week 24
Bible: Matthew 2:1-12 (The star and the wise men)
An Island Story: chapter 14 "The Story of Gregory and the Pretty Children"
Fifty Famous Stories Retold "Grace Darling" (1842)
Burgess's Bird Book: choose one chapter based on geographic region and season
Aesop's Fables: "The Fox and the Leopard" (pg. 52 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Heron" (pg. 54 in the Milo Winter version)
James Herriot's Treasury: "The Market Square Dog"
A.A. Milne: a poem a day

Optional Exam Week

Week 25
Bible: Luke 2:41-52 (The child in the temple)
An Island Story: chapter 15 "How King Alfred Learned to Read"
Fifty Famous Stories Retold: "The Kingdoms" (Frederick William, King of Prussia)
Parables from Nature: "Law of the Wood"
Aesop's Fables: "The Fox and the Goat" (pg. 58 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Cat, the Cock and the Young Mouse" (pg. 59 in the Milo Winter version)
Oxford Book of Children's Verse: a poem a day
Just So Stories: "Alphabet"
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 19
This term, focus on explaining and teaching the following geography concept(s): The round world can be divided into two spheres. The line dividing it across the middle is the equator; its parallel lines are latitude. The line where the earth meets the sky is called the horizon.

Week 26
Bible: John 2:1-11 (The water that was turned into wine)
Viking Tales: "The Baby"
Burgess's Bird Book: choose one chapter based on geographic region and season (pictures for each chapter)
Aesop's Fables: "The Wolf and The Shepherd" (pg. 59 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Farmer and His Sons" (pg. 61 in the Milo Winter version)
Oxford Book of Children's Verse: a poem a day
Blue Fairy Book: "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" OR "Snow-white and Rose red" (a bear kills an evil gnome)
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 20

Week 27
Bible: John 4:5-42 (The stranger at the well)
An Island Story: chapter 16 "King Alfred in the Cowherd's Cottage"
Viking Tales: "The Tooth-thrall"
Aesop's Fables: "The Goose and the Golden Egg" (pg. 62 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Astrologer" (pg. 65 in the Milo Winter version)
Trial and Triumph: chapter 7 "Patrick Missionary to the Irish" (389-461 AD)
Oxford Book of Children's Verse: a poem a day
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 21

Week 28
Bible: Luke 5:1-11 (The story of the fishermen)
Viking Tales: "Olaf's Farm" [image of a ship's head like the one described in this chapter here]
Burgess's Bird Book: choose one chapter based on geographic region and season
Aesop's Fables: "Three Bullocks and a Lion" (pg. 66 in the Milo Winter version) and "Mercury and the Woodman" (pg. 66 in the Milo Winter version)
James Herriot's Treasury: "Oscar, Cat-About-Town"
Buffalo Bill: by Ingri D'Aulaire take 1-3 weeks as needed
Oxford Book of Children's Verse: a poem a day

Week 29
Bible: Matt. 5:1-10 (The sermon on the mount)
An Island Story: chapter 17 "More About Alfred the Great"
Viking Tales: "Olaf's Fight with Havard"
Aesop's Fables: "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" (pg. 69 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Milkmaid and her Pail" (pg. 74 in the Milo Winter version)
Buffalo Bill by Ingri D'Aulaire: take 1-3 weeks as needed
Oxford Book of Children's Verse: a poem a day
Shakespeare: "King Lear"
Just So Stories: "Crab"
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 22

Week 30
Bible: Luke 7:1-10 and other stories of miracles, if desired (The miracle worker)
Viking Tales: "Foes' - Fear"
Burgess's Bird Book: choose one chapter based on geographic region and season
Aesop's Fables: "The Goatherd and the Goat" (pg. 75 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Wolf and the Housedog" (pg. 77 in the Milo Winter version)
Buffalo Bill: by Ingri D'Aulaire take 1-3 weeks as needed
Oxford Book of Children's Verse: a poem a day
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 23

Week 31
Bible: John 10:7-18 and Luke 10:29-37 (The Good Shepherd and the good samaritan)
An Island Story: chapter 18 "Ethelred the Unready"
Viking Tales: "Harald is King"
Parables from Nature: "Daily Bread"
Aesop's Fables: "The Quack Toad" (pg. 78 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Cat and the Fox" (pg. 82 in the Milo Winter version)
Oxford Book of Children's Verse: a poem a day
Blue Fairy Book: "The Forty Thieves" OR "Prince Darling"
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 24

Week 32
Bible: Matthew 21:1-11 (The palm branches)
Viking Tales: "Harald's Battle"
Trial and Triumph: chapter 8 "Pope Gregory I Servant of the Servants of God" (540-604 AD)
Aesop's Fables: "Two Travelers and a Bear" (pg. 83 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Dog and His Reflection" (pg. 84 in the Milo Winter version)
Oxford Book of Children's Verse: a poem a day
Burgess's Bird Book: choose one chapter based on geographic region and season

Week 33
Bible: Luke 22:39-51 (The betrayal)
An Island Story: chapter 19 "How Edmund Ironside Fought for the Crown"
Viking Tales: "Gyda's Saucy Message"
Aesop's Fables: "The Hare and the Tortoise" (pg. 84 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Fox and the Crow" (pg. 87 in the Milo Winter version)
James Herriot's Treasury: "Smudge, the Little Lost Lamb"
Oxford Book of Children's Verse: a poem a day
Just So Stories: "Cat"
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 25

Week 34
Bible: Mark 16:1-8 (The empty tomb)
Viking Tales: "The Sea Fight"
Burgess's Bird Book: choose one chapter based on geographic region and season
Aesop's Fables: "The Lion's Share" (pg. 90 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Northwind and the Sun" (pg. 91 in the Milo Winter version)
Shakespeare: "Twelfth Night; Or, "What You Will"
Oxford Book of Children's Verse: a poem a day
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 26

Week 35
Bible: Acts 1:1-11 (The ascension)
An Island Story: chapter 20 "Canute and the Waves"
Viking Tales: "King Harald's Wedding"
Parables from Nature: "Cobwebs"
Aesop's Fables: "The Ass in the Lion's Skin" (pg. 93 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Bees, and Wasps and the Hornet" (pg. 94 in the Milo Winter version)
Oxford Book of Children's Verse: a poem a day
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 27

Week 36
Bible: Acts 3:1-16; 4:1-22 (The man at the beautiful gate)
An Island Story: chapter 21 "Edward the Confessor"
Viking Tales: "King Harald Goes West-Over-Seas"
Trial and Triumph: chapter 9 "Boniface Missionary to the Germans" (680-754 AD)
Burgess's Bird Book: choose one chapter based on geographic region and season
Aesop's Fables: "The Fighting Cocks and the Eagle" (pg. 96 in the Milo Winter version)
Oxford Book of Children's Verse: a poem a day
Blue Fairy Book: "White Cat" (The white cat is killed and the princess appears) OR "Princess and the Glass Hill"
Just So Stories: "Butterfly"

Optional Exam Week


Last update August 12, 2013 by Amy Tuttle (printable charts updated)