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AO Old (2011) Year 5 - AmblesideOnline.org

Ambleside Online - Old (2011) Year 5 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 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 5 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 Lessons:

Penmanship or Copywork
Math
Foreign language
Latin
Musical Instrument Practice

Weekly Lessons:

Art Appreciation
Art
Grammar (AO's Language Arts Scope and Sequence for this level is here.)
Correspond history readings with a timeline or century book and map
Handicrafts
Music Appreciation, including folksongs and hymns
Nature Study
One Life from Plutarch
A Shakespeare play





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 | Study questions with nice maps |

History: 1800-1914 up to WWI

This Country of Ours by HE Marshall [note]
* ** Abraham Lincoln's World by Genevieve Foster, 342 pages
    OR The Story of Mankind by Hendrick Van Loon [note] x
*** The Story of the World Volume 4 The Modern Age by Susan Wise Bauer [note]
    OR *** What Everyone Should Know About the 20th Century Axelrod, Phillips; click
    optional: An Island Story [note]

     Term 1
        Abraham Lincoln's World by Genevieve Foster, first half, 171 pages
             OR The Story of Mankind by Hendrick VanLoon [note]
             OR A Child's History of the World by Virgil Hillyer [note]
             optional: An Island Story by H.E. Marshall [note]
        This Country of Ours by H.E. Marshall [note]

     Term 2
        Abraham Lincoln's World by Genevieve Foster, second half, 171 pages
             OR The Story of Mankind by Hendrick VanLoon [note]
             OR A Child's History of the World by Virgil Hillyer [note]
             optional: An Island Story by H.E. Marshall [note]
        This Country of Ours by H.E. Marshall [note]

     Term 3
        The Story of the World Vol 4 by Susan Wise Bauer [note]
             OR The Story of Mankind by Hendrick VanLoon [note]
             OR A Child's History of the World by Virgil Hillyer [note]
             optional: An Island Story by H.E. Marshall [note]
        This Country of Ours by H.E. Marshall [note]

History Tales and/or Biography

Trial and Triumph by Richard Hannula [note]
* Of Courage Undaunted: Across the Continent with Lewis and Clark by James Daugherty [note] x
** Passion for the Impossible: The Life of Lilias Trotter by Miriam Huffman Rockness [note] x
     OR possibly a book about Beatrix Potter
*** Carry a Big Stick: The Uncommon Heroism of Teddy Roosevelt by George Grant

Geography

Explore the Holy Land by Ann Voskamp, available here
OR The Book of Marvels: The Occident and/or Second Book of Marvels: The Orient by Richard Halliburton, (see contents here), OR A Child's Geography of the World by Virgil Hillyer, (see contents here), both out of print but wonderful if you have access to them.

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.
* Wild Animals I Have Known by Ernest Thompson Seton

Science

Christian Liberty Nature Reader, Book 5 by Worthington Hooker, edited by Michael J. McHugh [note]
The Fairy-land of Science by Arabella Buckley view page images or download text or purchase
Optional: Physics Lab in a Housewares Store by Robert Friedhoffer [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.

Science Biography

* biography of Isaac Newton there is a chapter about him in R. S. Ball's Great Astronomers
** biography of Alexander Graham Bell, like Always Inventing by Tom L. Matthews, or Talking Wire by O.J. Stevenson
*** biography of George Washington Carver

Mathematics

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

Foreign Language

Latin

Poetry

* Rudyard Kipling
** Henry Wadsworth Longfellow [note]
*** John Greenleaf Whittier and Paul Lawrence Dunbar

Literature

Age of Fable by Thomas Bulfinch ch 15 (Graeae) - ch 28 (Troy)
* King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green
    OR The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle [note] sequel
** Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
*** Kim by Rudyard Kipling


Additional Books for Free Reading [note]
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
Puck of Pook's Hill by Rudyard Kipling
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Lad: A Dog (or another book in the Lad series; many are online) by Albert Payson Terhune
The Treasure Seekers by Edith Nesbit
The Wouldbegoods by Edith Nesbit
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Hans Brinker by Mary Mapes Dodge
Michael Faraday, Father of Electronics by Charles Ludwig
* Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
** Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
** Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
*** Rilla of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery; shows WWI effects on a community. Eighth book in the Anne of Avonlea series; those who like these books might enjoy Rilla more if they read some of the earlier ones first.
*** Falcons of France by Charles Nordhoff, James Norman Hall
*** Goodbye Mr. Chips by James Hilton
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller


For those on a strict budget, recommended purchases are:

Year 5
Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock (to be used for all 6 years)
a math program
Abraham Lincoln's World by Genevieve Foster
Explore the Holy Land by Ann Voskamp, or Complete Book of Marvels by Richard Halliburton or other geography book (try the library or used book vendors)
The Story of the World Volume 4 The Modern Age by Susan Wise Bauer (used in year 5 and 6)
Of Courage Undaunted by James Daugherty (check library)
Carry a Big Stick: The Uncommon Heroism of Teddy Roosevelt by George Grant
Biography of Alexander Graham Bell (check library)
Biography of George Washington Carver (check library)
Christian Liberty Nature Reader grade 5
Exploring Creation With . . . by Jeannie Fulbright if you're using this series
a Latin/foreign language program
Laura Ingalls Wilder books if your library doesn't have them
Other books can be read online or borrowed from the library.

Last update Mar. 16, 2007