This is a VERY important announcement, so please read!
The AO forum and Facebook group will take a restful Holiday Break beginning on Friday, Dec 19. We'll re-open the forum and Facebook group again on Charlotte Mason's birthday, Thursday, January 1. The forum will be closed to posting.
The CM method is about more than homeschooling; it's about life and relationships. We would like our AO family of members, moderators, Auxiliary and Advisory to step back from lessons and computers, and take time to savor the holidays with their loved ones.
Should you need AO information during the break, existing threads will remain available at the forum, and of course the AO website will remain up and running.
We encourage you all to explore AO's special Holiday pages during the break!
As it is soon after the beginning of the traditional school year, we thought this was a good time to remind you about the HEO student area of the forum. For those parents who do not have students already participating in the HEO student area, but would like more information:
The HEO student area is comprised of 2 sections. There is an area in which only the HEO teens can interact, then a second area that allows the parents of HEO teens to interact with all the HEO teens. The second section is a great place for book discussions! The HEO teen areas are only viewable by the teens and the parents of said teens. Your student must be at least 13 to participate because of legalities with children and the internet and they must be actively using HEO for their homeschooling.
Ambleside Online proudly announces that we at AO are creating our own course of science instruction that is closer to Charlotte Mason's principles in the upper years as a replacement to previous suggestions to use a textbook such as Apologia. The overall plan moved "Secrets of the Universe" up a year, replacing it in Year 6 with "The Mystery of the Periodic Table" and "The Elements" as preparation for chemistry topics. Users will also find an addition to year 4 as well as additional science free reads in years 6 and 7. Years 6 and 7 are posted on the AO booklists and schedules, and AO will be transitioning Years 8-12 as completed. Those who prefer to use Apologia (or another program) may still do so, and the change doesn't need to affect them at all. The switch to a more "living" style of science is an exciting work in progress. Stay tuned for further updates, information on implementation, etc. As always, those with children pursuing STEM fields will need to ensure upper level course requirements for college admission are met.