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AO Yr 7 Lite AmblesideOnline.org

This is an AmblesideOnline student's idea of which books were most helpful and most indispensible for someone needing to pare down. This schedule does not have official Advisory approval. ;)

AmblesideOnline Year 7 Lite

based on AO's Year 7 (AmblesideOnline has provided detailed weekly schedules for these books in various formats: Html List; PDF; DOC, ODT)

History studied in Year 7: Middle Ages, 800-1485
Term 1: 800-1066, Term 2: 1066-1333, Term 3: 1327-1485

As students mature, their reading material will present more challenging content, and may include strong language and more mature themes. We have placed footnotes linked in red beside those books that most parents will consider an issue. However, we cannot anticipate which content might be an issue for every family. We encourage parents to pre-screen material to determine its appropriateness for their child and family. 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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KEY TO SYMBOLS
BIBLE AND CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY
HISTORY
BIOGRAPHIES
GEOGRAPHY
GOVERNMENT AND ECONOMICS
CITIZENSHIP
CURRENT EVENTS
LITERATURE
POETRY
GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION
RECITATION
COPYWORK/TRANSCRIPTION
MATH
SCIENCE AND NATURE STUDY
LOGIC
ART
MUSIC
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
HEALTH
LIFE AND WORK SKILLS
FREE READING
EXAMS

Key:
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.
β - manybooks.net, another free ebook site.
Δ - free etext at archive.org.
K - free Kindle text from amazon.com.
($) - hard-copy book purchase from amazon.com.
(K) - Kindle purchase from amazon.com.
- free audiobook at Lit2Go
Ω - free audiobook at Librivox [Audio Note]
- other free audiobook source
[0] - Click the bracketed numeral to view a note about the book near the bottom of the page.
[0] - red footnotes indicate a heads-up for parents about the title. We are unable to foresee every incident that might potentially be an issue to every family, but we have red-flagged those that are commonly a concern.

Asterisks refer to which term the book is used:
      * Term 1
     ** Term 2
   *** Term 3

Bible and Christian Theology

Follow the Bible reading plan of your choice, or use AO's plan. [0]
How to Be Your Own Selfish Pig, by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay ($; under review.) This is a "read-aloud and discuss" book. [1a]
The Pursuit of God, by A.W. Tozer β $ K Ω OR The Pursuit of Holiness, by Jerry Bridges ($) (starts in week 13)
Saints and Heroes, Vol 1, by George Hodges Δ ($ K) [1]

History

Make a century chart of the period studied. [tl]
The Birth of Britain, by Winston Churchill ($ K) OR A History of England, by Arnold-Forster Δ [1a]
William of Malmesbury's account of the Battle of Hastings (week 11)
The Magna Carta (modern paraphrase) (week 24)
In Freedom's Cause, by G.A. Henty β Δ Ω ($) OR The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey ($ K) (starts in week 4) (Richard picture for Tey book is here.)

Biographies

The Life of King Alfred, by Asser, selected passages (Δ [2] (starts in week 3)
(Personal Recollections of) Joan of Arc, by Mark Twain (online: Vol 1 and Vol 2; $ K) Ω [3]

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Geography

The Brendan Voyage, by Tim Severin ($ K) OR How the Heather Looks, by Joan Bodger ($ K)

Government and Economics

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy, by Richard Maybury ($) (starts in week 20)

Citizenship

Ourselves, by Charlotte Mason ($) [4] (starts week 23)
Plutarch's Lives (follow AmblesideOnline's rotation)

Current Events

Keep up with daily news (resource options here) and keep a calendar of events

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Literature

The History of English Literature for Girls and Boys, by H.E. Marshall ch 1-31 (β Δ K) [4b]
The Age of Chivalry, by Thomas Bulfinch β Δ ($) Ω [5]
Ivanhoe, by Sir Walter Scott β Δ ($ K) Ω [6]
The Chaucer Story Book, by Eva Tappan Δ ($; starts in week 25) [7]
Shakespeare (continue with AmblesideOnline rotation)

Poetry

The Oxford Book of English Verse [8] OR Idylls of the King, by Tennyson β Δ Ω

Grammar and Composition

Our Mother Tongue: An Introductory Guide to English Grammar, by Nancy Wilson ($ Answer Key: $) [9]

Recitation

Psalm 45, Psalm 46, and Psalm 51
Shakespeare passages
A poem per term from the term's poetry selections (For Term 1, 8 Praise of Women and 32 The True Knight)

Copywork/Transcription

Include selections from Shakespeare, the Bible, poetry and other sources. These selections may be the same ones used for recitation. Consider begining a personal quote book.
Also, do dictation regularly.

Math

Continue your math program; for some options, see this page.

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Science and Nature Study

The Handbook of Nature Study Δ, by Anna Botsford Comstock (as a reference) ($)
* Eric Sloane's Weather Book, by Eric Sloane ($)
The Life of the Spider, by Jean Henri Fabre β ($) Ω Fabre texts with photos
Secrets of the Universe: Discovering the Universal Laws of Science, by Paul Fleisher [10]
First Studies of Plant Life, by George Francis Atkinson Δ [Google Books] ($) [11]
Adventures with a Microscope, by Richard Headstrom, chose 11 adventures if you are able to procure/borrow a microscope. ($ K) Jeanne Webb's study guide
Signs and Seasons: Understanding the Elements of Classical Astronomy, by Jay Ryan ($) and accompanying Field Journal ($) Both the book and journal are cheaper from CBD. Field work is an integral part of this book. [12]
Great Astronomers, by R.S. Ball β Δ (Intro, Ptolomy, Copernicus, and Brahe)

Logic

The Fallacy Detective, by Nathaniel and Hans Bluedorn ($)

Art

The Story of Painting, by H. W. Janson - chapters 1-3 ($) [13]
Continue the artist rotation posted at AmblesideOnline

Music

Continue the composer rotation and hymn rotation posted at AmblesideOnline
Folk Songs:
Term 1: The Bold Pedlar and Robin Hood; The Three Ravens; and The Outlandish Knight. (lyrics and midi files here)
Term 2: When The King Enjoys His Own Again; Farewell to Lochaber; Battle of Otterburn (try this site)
Term 3: Go No More a Rushing; Greensleeves; Scarbourough (lyrics and midi files here)

Foreign Language

Begin Latin if you've not started already OR Continue with any previous foreign language studies

Health

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, by Paul Brand ($ K) (or save for a later Year; see notes here)

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Life and Work Skills

Work on useful skills such as budgeting, gardening, cooking, car maintenance, carpentry, etc.

Free Reading

Try to use books that were not included from Year 7, or the Year 7 Free reading List


Footnotes

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. (Back)

0. AO's Bible plan goes through the Bible semi-chronologically over 6 years in Years 6-11. This year's Bible readings would be as follows:
    * Numbers 1-30; Luke 1-6; Psalms 56-74; Proverbs 17-21
    ** Numbers 31-36, Deuteronomy 1-27; Luke 7-14; Psalms 75-88; Proverbs 22-26
    *** Deuteronomy 28-34, Joshua; Luke 15-24; Psalms 89-105; Proverbs 27-31 (Back)

1a. How To Be Your Own Selfish Pig: Preread; later chapters in the book discuss intense situations (such as a woman who had attempted suicide) and subjects that parents may prefer not to introduce yet. Some may wish to use More Than a Carpenter, by Josh McDowell ($ K), about a chapter a week, instead. The Advisory is considering moving this book up a year. (Back)

1. Saints and Heroes: for church history, if you didn't use Trial and Triumph in Years 1-6; all of book 1 is covered in Year 7. (Back)

Timeline: At this age, students should be keeping a Century Chart and Book of Centuries. 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 ($). (Back)

1a. The Birth of Britain is Volume 1 of Winston Churchill's 4 volume set, "A History of the English Speaking Peoples." The next three volumes will be used in Years 8, 9 and 10. Don't get the one edited by Henry Steele Commager, as it's abridged. If you can figure out how to use this, this book is online in audio For planning purposes, there is a Table of Contents with dates for all 4 volumes of A History of the English Speaking Peoples, and a schedule to break down the week's chapter into 4 short daily readings.
(Maps of medieval England)
Term 1: Chapter 1-9
Term 2: Chapter 10-20
Term 3: Chapter 21-30
Or, use A History of England, by Arnold-Forster, online at archive.org, Google Books; a schedule is here. (Back)

2. The Life of King Alfred: a plain text copy of this document, with weeks for this schedule marked, is here; copy and paste entire contents of file to your Word Processor to print. (Back)

3. Joan of Arc: Andrew Lang wrote a Joan of Arc that may be easier; Heritage History Δ Ω (Back)

4. Ourselves: There is a modern English paraphrase of this book. You can read it online (K) (Back)

4b. The History of English Literature for Girls and Boys: $ from Kelly Kenar, who typed this e-text for the use of AOHEO. Postage at lulu.com is automatically set to UPS ground which is expensive, but you can choose media mail which is substantially cheaper. (If you purchase this book, we request that you purchase from the link provided, as other publishers' reprints of this book have used Kelly's hand-typed etext.)
Term 1: ch 1 (The Listening Time) - ch 12 (Father of English Song)
Term 2: ch 13 (How Caedmon Sang) - ch 24 (Chaucer)
Term 3: ch 25 (First English Guide-book) - ch 31 (Sign of the Red Pale)
AO schedules this book in conjunction with Invitation to the Classics; more material is covered in Marshall's History of English Literature from Year 7 to the middle of Year 10, and more is covered in Invitation to the Classics from the middle of Year 10, and through Year 11. If you prefer to use only Invitation to the Classics, by Louise Cowan and Os Guinness ($), Year 7 students would read pg 77-112 Early Christian Writers to Geoffry Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales. A Table of Contents to help with planning is here. (Back)

5. The Age of Chivalry: This assumes your student read King Arthur in Year 5; if this isn't the case, consider using one of the Year 5 King Arthur options instead. (Back)

6. Ivanhoe: Katie Barr has provided study notes to go along with this book; you can access that here. (Back)

7. Chaucer: AO originally scheduled the out-of-print A Taste of Chaucer, by Anne Malcolmson ($); be sure to use a version of Canturbury Tales specifically edited for students (Chaucer needs editing!) (Back)

8. Oxford Book of English Verse: (Poems 1-24, 29, 31-33) ; the same text, but with a different title, is also at Project Gutenberg) Check online sites such as Librivox for free audio readings of poems; this is a growing project and more poems are online every month. (Back)

9. Our Mother Tongue: start week 26 with Unit 1, Lessons 1-9, continue the book next year. (Back)

Science: If your child wants to pursue a scientific major and needs to prepare for special exams, you may want to contact your college of choice to find out what the requirements are. We have not undertaken to prepare our students for specialty exams, but to give them a foundation of knowledge about science which will make it a matter of interest to them for life. (Back)

10. Secrets of the Universe was republished as five separate books:
     Liquids and Gases: Principles of Fluid Mechanics ($)
     Objects in Motion: Principles of Classical Mechanics ($)
     Waves: Principles of Light, Electricity, and Magnetism ($)
     Matter and Energy: Principles of Matter and Thermodynamics ($)
     Relativity and Quantum Mechanics: Principles of Modern Physics ($); see help in corresponding the books here.
The original book has gone out of print and seems to be difficult to find, although it does pop up; public libraries would be the obvious first place to look since the book isn't really that old. Please don't feel that the Advisory is asking anyone to go on a major quest for the only excellent book out there. That's not what was intended by leaving the book on the list, only that if you CAN get a copy, it's still our first choice for Year Six. If you are unable to access it, another option might be "The Boy Scientist", by John Bryan Lewellen, out of print, but more readily available at used book sources than Secrets of the Universe. Another option is 'The Sciences', by Edward Holden, out of print, but online. Charlotte Mason herself recommended Holden's book, so even simply taking a look at it will give an idea of the kind of science text she would have used. We don't usually recommend out of print books, or very expensive books. All of these books are good, and if you can obtain them, we suggest you use them. However, we continue to seek an alternative that fits our guidelines of excellence, availability, and affordability. (Back)

11. First Studies in Plant Life: this book will be continued next year. Planting, growing and observing germinating seeds and plants is necessary to benefit from this book. If you prefer, you may substitute Exploring Creation with Botany, by Jeanne Fulbright ($) over Years 7 and 8, with selected activities from the book. (Back)

12. Signs and Seasons - read Prologue-Chapter 2 this year, including note on how to use properly. If you prefer, A Walk through the Heavens: A Guide to Stars and Constellations, by Milton Heifetz may be used. ($ K) (Back)

13. If you already have Janson's Picture History of Painting, Janson's History of Art for Young People or Janson's History of Art, those books are broken down into their appropriate terms for Years 7-11 here. Note that Janson's History of Art is a huge book, and may be too much for most students on top of their other reading. (Back)

Last update July 30, 2014