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AO Old (2011) Year 3 - AmblesideOnline.org

Ambleside Online - Old (2011) Year 3 Booklist

Please be advised that 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.

Exam Questions

If you're planning to use Ambleside Online, your first stop should be the the FAQ for some information about the curriculum and basic instructions. It is not advisable to attempt this curriculum without first reading the FAQ. Homeschoolers hoping to raise their children to be readers, as Charlotte Mason urged, owe it to themselves to take the first step in reading by looking over the instructions for the curriculum they plan to use. The FAQ has all the questions that people routinely ask, with detailed answers and explanations collected from two years of responses to user questions.

Asterisks refer to which term the book is used.
* the book is used in term 1
** the book is used in term 2
*** the book is used in term 3

Formatted etexts for year 3 can be accessed by joining the etext email list

In order to complete the curriculum additional instruction should be provided in the following areas.

Daily Instruction:

Penmanship or Copywork (AO's Language Arts Scope and Sequence for this level is here.)
Phonics (Read notes on teaching phonics in a CM education.) Free online beginning readers by Harriette Taylor Treadwell
Math
Foreign language

Weekly Instruction:

Art
Correspond history readings with a timeline or century book and map
Handicrafts
Music Appreciation, including folksongs and hymns
Nature Study
An artist and a composer each term





Bible

This site has many versions. [note] x Penny Gardner has a list of Old and New Testament stories to read straight from the Bible that may be useful for Bible time. | Bible timeline | Coloring Sheets from Calvary Chapel: OT and NT | Study questions with nice maps |

History: 1400-1600 Renaissance to Reformation

An Island Story by H.E. Marshall [note] 1 2 x
This Country of Ours by HE Marshall [note]
A Child's History of the World by Virgil Hillyer
     OR The Discovery of New Worlds and The Awakening of Europe by M.B. Synge [note]

     Term 1
        An Island Story by HE Marshall [note]
        This Country of Ours by H.E. Marshall [note]
        A Child's History of the World by Hillyer [note]
             OR The Discovery of New Worlds and The Awakening of Europe by MB Synge [note]
        [Story of Mankind by Van Loon: note]

     Term 2
        An Island Story by HE Marshall [note]
        This Country of Ours by HE Marshall [note]
        A Child's History of the World by Hillyer [note]
             OR The Awakening of Europe by MB Synge [note]
        [Story of Mankind by VanLoon: note]

     Term 3
        An Island Story by HE Marshall [note]
        This Country of Ours by H.E. Marshall [note]
        A Child's History of the World by Hillyer [note]
             OR The Awakening of Europe by MB Synge ch 30
        [Story of Mankind by VanLoon: note]

History Tales and/or Biography

Trial and Triumph by Richard Hannula [note]
* Da Vinci by Emily Hahn [note] x OR Michelangelo by Diane Stanley [note] or, a biography of Galileo
** Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare by Peter Vennema and Diane Stanley OR Good Queen Bess by Diane Stanley
*** Squanto by Feenie Ziner [note] OR Landing of the Pilgrims [note] by James Daugherty

Geography

Marco Polo (see link here for recommended books and resources)


Natural History

The Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock, as scheduled in Nature Study; online. You may find it helpful and fun to participate in the Outdoor Hour Challenge blog.
Secrets of the Woods by William J. Long

Science

Optional: Science Lab in a Supermarket by Robert Friedhoffer [note]
The Story of Inventions by Michael J. McHugh and Frank P. Bachman; purchase from CLP) [note]

Those preferring a textbook option may use the Exploring Creation With . . . series by Jeannie Fulbright for science in Years 3-6, available here. A support group is available.

Mathematics

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

Foreign Language

Lyric Language, Phrase-A-Day, Triple Play, Triple Play Plus, Springboard to French/Spanish are some programs we can recommend

Poetry

* William Blake
** Sara Teasdale and Hilda Conkling
*** Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Literature

Parables from Nature by Margaret Gatty, selections. purchase [note]
American Tall Tales by Adrien Stoutenburg
Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb
The Heroes by Charles Kingsley (also here)
Pilgrim's Progress Part One (Christian's Journey) by John Bunyan OR Part Two, Christiana's Journey - the original language is recommended; read why and see recommended versions here.
* The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
** Children of the New Forest by F Marryat
*** The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling Book 1 and Book 2


Additional Books for Free Reading [note]
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley [download an abridged, slightly annotated Word doc of this book by Anne White here.]
At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald
Men of Iron by Howard Pyle
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
The Bears of Blue River by Charles Major
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
* Unknown to History: Captivity of Mary of Scotland by Charlotte Yonge
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright
English Fairy Tales and more by Joseph Jacobs
King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry (18th century, Africa, France and England)
The Four Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright
Then There Were Five by Elizabeth Enright
The Wheel on the School by Meindert De Jong


For those on a strict budget, recommended purchases are:

Year 3
A Child's History of the World by V. Hillyer (to be used for 2 years)
Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock (to be used for 6 years)
a Math program
a phonics program if necessary
Da Vinci by Emily Hahn, Landmark Book OR Michelangelo by Diane Stanley (check library)
Bard of England by Peter Vennema and Diane Stanley OR Good Queen Bess by Diane Stanley
Squanto (Dark Pilgrim) by Feenie Ziner OR Landing of the Pilgrims Landmark Book by James Daugherty
Story of Inventions published by Michael J. McHugh and Frank P. Bachman
American Tall Tales by Adrien Stoutenberg, unless your library has a copy of tall tales
Laura Ingalls Wilder books if your library does not have them
Elizabeth Enright books are nice if you can find them cheap (but not worth high collector prices)
Other books can be read online or borrowed from the library.

Last update Mar. 16, 2007