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  New Members: Help Us Test an Email Project!
Posted by: LeslieNoelani - 04-03-2017, 05:26 AM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (39)

ARE YOU NEW to AO and/or CM? Would you like to help us test a new project by taking a crash course in CM?

1. WHO CAN DO THIS? All AO moms are welcome. This is specifically for new moms, but any of our friends are welcome to check it out and give us feedback. Smile

2. WHAT'S REQUIRED? For this part of the project, you need to join the AO Forum, since the beta testing will only be happening there.

3. HOW DOES IT WORK? Every couple of days, a new topic will be posted in a specific area of the forum. It will be brief.

4. WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO? All you have to do is read it. That's all. If you want to give feedback, ask questions, talk about it, that is more than welcome, but you are only obligated to read the new posts as they get posted.

5. WHEN IS THIS HAPPENING? The very first topic will be posted tomorrow -- Monday! But you can catch up if you join after it's already been posted.

5. CAN YOU TELL ME MORE? There are 36 of these topics -- the eventual plan is to email these out once a week to moms who are in their first year of using AO. We know homeschooling can be overwhelming, learning about CM can be an intimidating prospect, and AO itself can seem daunting. We're hoping to ease a new mom's first year with some encouragement and a very basic but gentle introduction to CM.

6. HOW DO I GET IN ON THIS? Check out the newest part of the AO forum -- we're calling it "The Patio," because it's a comfortable place for brand new AO users who are unsure where to go in the regular forum, hesitant to post for fear of posting in the wrong place, wondering if their question will seem dumb. We're inviting them to our Patio, where they can check things out without committing to come all the way in to the rest of "the house."
The Patio area of our forum is at https://amblesideonline.org/forum/forumd...hp?fid=100

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  Geography Addition: Years 4-6
Posted by: LeslieNoelani - 03-29-2017, 12:48 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (17)

We added two resources to Years 4, 5 and 6 for geography:

Material World: A Global Family Portrait by Peter Menzel (amazon link)

What the World Eats by Faith D'Aluisio and Peter Menzel (amazon link) or Hungry Planet: What the World Eats by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio (amazon link)

These are listed as resources to supplement geography, and they have not been added to the weekly schedules.

How to use these books:
Leave them laying out, preferably near a globe or world map, and browse through them together from time to time.
Leave them laying out, browse through them and maybe once a month pick a country that especially interests your child. 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 your 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.

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  Schedule Changes
Posted by: LeslieNoelani - 03-22-2017, 10:28 AM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (46)

We made a few changes to our schedules for Year 4, 5 and 6:

In Year 4:
Ocean of Truth/Isaac Newton was added (this is where he fits historically)

In Year 5:
Halliburton (or Hillyer) was scheduled at one chapter per week instead of two.
Passion for the Impossible was moved to free reading, and
Of Courage Undaunted and Carry a Big Stick were spaced out more slowly to fill in that extra term.
Alexander Graham Bell and GW Carver were spaced out slower to fill the term Isaac Newton vacated.

In Year 6:
Missionary Travels was removed except as an option for those who can't get Halliburton/Hillyer
Halliburton/Hillyer still starts in Year 5, but continues into Year 6, terms 1 and 2
Vautier Golding's David Livingstone book is scheduled in Term 3
School of the Woods was moved to free reading;
The Sea Around Us was spaced out over the whole year.
The Iliad moved to Term 2 so that The Odyssey could be added to Term 3.
We scheduled a retelling of the Iliad/Odyssey rather than the original.

The old schedules are still linked, and no new books were added (except The Odyssey, which has a free ebook option). It's more of a slight shuffling than a real change.

The grid chart schedules haven't been updated yet, but should be updated in the next day or two (thanks to Kathy!) Even after that happens, you'll still be able to access the old weekly schedules and their grid charts. The link will be at the top of the current (newer) 36-week schedule.

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  Forum Email
Posted by: lklivingston - 03-17-2017, 02:14 PM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

Would you check your email address in UserCP? If your address is incorrect, you will not be able to receive email notifications from the forum.

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  Christmas Break 2016
Posted by: lklivingston - 12-13-2016, 12:46 AM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (7)

[Image: 1ea5b15bd438a60d1d31392cd6b95bb3.jpg]Dear AmblesideOnline members,

This is a VERY important announcement, so please read!

The AO Forum and Facebook group will take a restful Holiday Break beginning on Saturday, December 17. We'll re-open the forum again on Charlotte Mason's birthday, Sunday, January 1, and re-open our Facebook chat group on Epiphany, January 7. Thus, the forum will be closed to posting for two weeks, and the Facebook group will be closed for a three week period.

Why are we taking this break? The CM method is about more than homeschooling; it's about life and relationships. We would like our AmblesideOnline 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 AmblesideOnline website will remain up and running.

We encourage you all to explore AO's special Holiday pages during the break!

The Advisory's Favorite Holiday Stories and Poems:

Holiday Carols and favorite CDs:

May you find time to reflect on the meaning of Christmas, enjoy time with those you love, and be refreshed as you anticipate the coming year.

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

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  Year 7 Free Read Change
Posted by: lklivingston - 10-05-2016, 11:22 AM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (8)

Disappearing Spoon has been removed from the Year 7 free read list.

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  Year 9 Science
Posted by: AO Advisory - 09-11-2016, 07:28 AM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (38)

AO Year 9 Science

We are so sorry, but a full version of the new science for AO Year 9 isn't going to be ready for a debut when we had hoped. We have hit a few glitches. However, do not despair, we have some ideas for you! (Links for the suggested resources are on our website

Option 1:
While a full new science for AO year 9 would be ideal, sometimes we have to settle for 'good enough.' We formerly recommended Apologia, and using a standard biology text this year is still a viable option. Apologia's Exploring Creation with Biology, CK-12 (which is free for Kindle) are two choices. Using a biology text and doing the labs is a traditional school approach which is 'good enough.'

Option 2: Help us by providing feedback on Year 9's science and reviewing other science books:
Illustrated Guide to Home Biology by Thompson: For a more living science approach, plan to use a standard biology text along with The Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments and spread it out over the next four years. On the Illustrated Guide to Home Biology website, the authors have kindly provided a key matching up experiments to the corresponding pages in several popular biology texts, including Apologia, CK-12, and Bob Jones:
"The lab sessions in Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments are easy to coordinate with the lecture material in any standard homeschool biology text, including the two texts we recommend, Miller and Levine Biology and CK-12 Biology."
Miller and Levine Biology correlation (pdf)
CK-12 Biology correlation (pdf)
Biology, 4th edition (Bob Jones University Press) correlation
Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd edition (Apologia) correlation" (pdf)

You, the parent, will definitely want to read the introduction to the Illustrated Guide to Home Biology, and happily if you go to Amazon and read the free sample provided, the intro is included (if you have younger children, say, years 7-8 especially, you should read the intro in the free sample as well. It will help you overall).

Other books:
Signs and Seasons by Jay Ryan - continue from previous years, Ch 6-Epilogue, and do the observations.
Great Astronomers by R.S. Ball - continue from previous years, reading the chapters on Flamsteed and Laplace where they fit historically.
The Microbe Hunters, by Paul de Kruif only the chapter on Spallanzani this year where he fits historically.

Body by Design: An Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body by Alan L. Gillen we suggest scheduling this for Term 1.

First Studies of Plant Life, by George Francis Atkinson - Continue from last year (pages and experiments to be announced)

Longitude by Dava Sobel - assign as Geography; we suggest term one. There is also a movie which some of us have enjoyed. We don't ordinarily recommend movies, but the upper years can be hard and crunched for time.

The Periodic Kingdom by P.W. Atkins
Reactions: The Private Life of Atoms by Peter Atkins - If you want a Lite year, just use The Periodic Kingdom. Key experiments to the material in these books (see below).

The Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry by Thompson, with experiments matched to topics in the chapters of the Atkins books OR Chemistry for the Logic Stage. Link These books may or may not be in our final line-up later, but if they are, Chemistry for the Logic Stage would probably be used just for Year 9, as a transitional book, and the Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry would be spread out over at least 2 of the higher years.

Optional: The Biology Coloring Book by Robert Griffin and Cinthea Vadala
Gray's Anatomy Coloring Book by Freddy Stark

Keeping a lab book for high school science is truly not optional. See the free foreword samples provided at Amazon for the Home Biology and Home Chemistry books for more information on lab-books for science.

If we use Illustrated Home Chemistry, for most students we would plan the following experiments (and corresponding chapters in a basic chemistry text) over 2-4 years
Illustrated home chemistry:

separating mixtures
solubility and solutions
colligative properties of solutions
intro to chemical reactions and stoichiometry
reduction-oxidation (redox) reactions
acid-base chemistry
chemical kinetics
chemical equilibrium and le chatelier's principle
gas chemistry
thermochemistry and calorimetry
colloids and suspensions
qualitative analysis
quantitative analysis
synthesis of useful compounds
forensic chemistry

Your young scholars who want an AP course, or are interested in science fields will want to do more.

Those using the Illustrated Home Biology book for this year will want to do these 15 experiments (and read the corresponding chapters in a text):

building and observing microcosms
observing succession in aquarium microcosms
observing the effects of pollution on microcosms
acids, bases, and buffers
carbohydrates and lipids
proteins, enzymes, and vitamins
extracting, isolating, and visualizing dna
build a gel electrophoresis apparatus
simulated dna separation by gel electrophoresis
chlorophyll and photosynthesis
investigating osmosis
investigating cell division
sampling plant populations in a community
observing the effect of rhizobia on plant growth
air pollution testing
soil and water pollution testing
exploring mendelian genetics
observing specialized eukaryotic cells
preparing culturing media
culturing bacteria
investigating bacterial antibiotic sensitivity
investigating protista
investigating fungi
investigating simple plants: mosses and ferns
investigating seed plants
investigating porifera and cnidaria
investigating platyhelminthes, nematoda, and annelida
investigating arthropods
investigating vertebrate tissues

If you are working with us on testing year 9's living science program, we would be spreading the above labs over 3 or 4 years, recommending additional labs for those who want AP science or are interested in science fields.

We regret a settled year 9 is not ready for release, but we have an invitation which may also help. We need to test the above year, as well as read and preview some other books for consideration. We invite those willing to use the above living science program this year and test it out together, asking questions, sharing ideas, problems you discover, offering support, suggestions, advice and so on. We could also use a few people who would not be using year 9, but are willing to help us preview books and offer suggestions in a private subforum. If you are part of a curriculum creation team for another curriculum, please understand that is a conflict of interest. We'd love to hear your ideas about a great science book, but we'd prefer you shared them here in the open area of the forum.

If you would be interested, please let us know you would like to join us in a private forum for this purpose, and explain why ('I'm testing year 9 with my students; I love science and AO and want to help and I have time to read and review. . .' 'I have a degree in a science field and want to help. . .' ).

This will be a working group. Our purpose is to support members trying out year 9's science and to build the living science program for AO, so we will be periodically removing inactive members from the private science group. We understand (believe me, we really understand) that sometimes real life means we cannot complete what we wanted to complete, so if something urgent arises that prevents your participation, we will understand and lift you and your family up in prayer during one of our Advisory prayer meetings.

Thanks for reading!

This page can be accessed on our website at http://www.amblesideonline.org/Year9Science.shtml

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  Final plenary
Posted by: AO Forum - 08-20-2016, 12:46 AM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (7)

Everyone needs to hear this! Lynn Bruce made us all laugh and cry as she talked about the heart of AO. Get your copy fast, while the price is low, or if you come by later, it's worth the cost. smile

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  Third conference plenary
Posted by: AO Forum - 08-06-2016, 03:52 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (8)

Would you like to hear Karen Glass talk about narration and synthetic thinking? Come get her talk from the TX conference! AO's birthday month is over, but we'll say that the jubilee year continues. smile Plus, we just have a tradition now. The download will cost $.99 for the first 24 hours after release, and then the price will go up.

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  Next conference plenary (extra special!)
Posted by: AO Forum - 07-29-2016, 09:57 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (10)

We're going out of order and offering Anne White's plenary next in honor of a big event: Minds More Awake, one of Anne's books, is a year old! And remember? July is AO's birthday month. So, this weekend we have two deals for you: the Kindle version of Anne's book is free and her talk is available for $.99.

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  Second conference plenary!
Posted by: AO Forum - 07-23-2016, 02:28 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (24)

Wendi's inspiring talk about "The Riches" is available now! Again, as we celebrate AO's birthday month, the price will be 99 cents during the first 24 hours, and then it will go up.

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  Conference audio!
Posted by: AO Forum - 07-18-2016, 05:12 AM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (28)

This past May, we were honored and excited to gather in a humble patch of Texas prairie. For months, we planned and prayed over every hour of that time together. Our deep-in-the-heart desire was for that conference to bless the boots off of our attendees. God met us, and we had three golden days of AO goodness, under the big Texas sky.  

And now - it's your turn! We want to share that Deep in the Heart of AO conference with you. From the very beginning, AmblesideOnline has been about growing and learning together in community. All of this began with a handful of newfound online friends wading into the unknown deeps of Charlotte Mason's six astonishing, all-but-forgotten books. As her timeless ideas came to life in our midst, they brought purpose, delight, clarity, ease, and beauty into our family learning endeavors. So we decided to recreate Mason's rich PNEU school curriculum for our children.

The AO Advisory never dreamed that this thing we did for the love of our own children would grow up to become a non-profit educational foundation. Today, the AO community numbers far into the thousands, and circles the globe. It's always AO time somewhere!

So join us - we will be releasing audio files from the conference, one at a time, so you can savor the riches and the fellowship. Our first one is the opening plenary by Advisory member Donna-Jean Breckenridge, on "Renewing the Mind: Homeschooling in Hard Times." For our 15th anniversary celebration, we want to offer it for .99 the first day. The price will return to $5 after that.

We're delighted to be able to share this with you!

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  Happy 15th Birthday, AO!
Posted by: LynnBruce - 07-04-2016, 03:00 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (34)

(Click it!)

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  Folksongs 2016-2017
Posted by: lklivingston - 06-12-2016, 06:04 AM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (4)


Folksongs for the next school year have been added to the list! Each song has a link to at least one YouTube version and the same link through Viewpure. Clicking the song title should take you to lyrics.

Wendi's YouTube playlist is linked at the top.

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  Conference Resources (notes & things promised at the Heart of AO Conf 2016)
Posted by: NaomiG - 05-22-2016, 12:41 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (26)

KimSanDiego suggested a thread where resources from the conference could be posted - great idea!

Here are my nature journaling supplies I promised. Quick Disclaimer: This is what we use for painting in our nature journals out in the field, I am in no way saying these are the only or the best things available. This is just what we've come to use. 

Windsor & Newton small paint set - learn to mix colors.

A little vial for water, or use one section of the lid for water

mechanical pencil - keeps a fine point

black water color paint (not in my palette and never black enough when I mix blue and brown)

gouache - transparent white paint

paper towel - for dabbing excess water

Pilot Fineliner pen - for writing in nature journal

Strathmore Visual Journal - 5.5 x 8 in mixed media journal 34 sheets spiral bound - small and lightweight enough to carry and thick paper to prevent bleed through.

hydroflask water bottle - keeps water ice cold for 24 hours

Carson microbrite lighted microscope - takes a little getting used to, inexpensive field microscope

field guides - laminated & folded so it's durable in the field, useful in field because not a lot of info on it, shows all the different types on one page for quick id. Here are a couple examples:



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  Pardon Our Slowness
Posted by: lklivingston - 05-18-2016, 06:34 AM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (2)

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Many AA and mods will be at the conference this weekend. Some are already en route. Please be patient if we don't approve new members or answer questions quickly. We'll be back next week!

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  Conference Deadline is Tomorrow, Apr 24
Posted by: LeslieNoelani - 04-23-2016, 11:49 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (4)

AO's "Deep in the Heart" Conference Status:

We have exceeded our limit of 200, but because quite a few are commuting, we still have room for a few more. Last day to register (if spaces don't fill before then) is Sunday, April 24th -- that's TOMORROW!

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  Conference scholarships!
Posted by: WendiC - 04-16-2016, 08:14 AM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (11)

Great news! thanks to the generosity of a very special lady, we have some scholarships we can award and we want to share them!

If you could not come to the conference before, but a 100 dollar donation towards your conference fee would make it possible, please email us and include a short note about why you think our conference will help you. You do need to be sure you can come w/that help, because we want to award them quickly!

Unfortunately, the deadline for special meal requests has passed, so you need to be able to eat the regular fare, or bring your own and eat out on the grounds or, I suppose, your hotel rooms, not sure what Lakeview prefers, except they say no outside food in their dining hall.
We have a limited number of these scholarships, so please only email if you are sure you can come with this help.

Email us at amblesideonline@gmail.com to tell us you are coming and want a scholarship. Priority goes to those we hear from in the next 3 days.

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  Year 5 Schedule Change
Posted by: lklivingston - 04-16-2016, 06:16 AM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (5)

Year 5's schedule has changed.  Wild Animals I Have Known is now scheduled across all three terms instead of only in Term 1.  I just changed the charts.  I expect the booklist and schedule to be updated soon.

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  2016 Conference - What to Bring
Posted by: lklivingston - 04-16-2016, 01:38 AM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (10)

We'll have more substantive information about what to bring soon, but for now, feel free to bring something to share at the fair!

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