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AO Old (2011) Year 6 - AmblesideOnline.org

Ambleside Online - Old (2011) Year 6 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

Year 6 reflects a transition year between the education of childhood and the challenging education of the upper years. As such, more mature subject matter is included in some areas. We have endeavored to make note of this where applicable, but we encourage parents to pre-screen such material to determine its appropriateness for their child and family.

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 6 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: end of WWI to present day, and 2 terms in ancient history

Year 6 reflects a transition year between the education of childhood and the challenging education of the upper years. As such, more mature subject matter is included in some areas. We have endeavored to make note of this where applicable, but we encourage parents to pre-screen such material to determine its appropriateness for their child and family.

     Term 1
        Story of Mankind ch 66-71 1920 [note]
             OR Child's History of the World ch 85-91
        Story of the World, Vol 4: The Modern Age by Susan Wise Bauer pgs 244-474 [note]
             OR What Everyone Should Know About the 20th Century Axelrod, Phillips; click.

     Term 2
        Augustus Caesar's World by Genevieve Foster [note]
        ** Story of the Greeks by H. A. Guerber [note] Purchase: NNP, LB or TL

     Term 3
        Augustus Caesar's World (second half) [note]
        *** Story of the Romans by H. A. Guerber [note] Purchase: NNP, LB, or TL

History Tales and/or Biography

Trial and Triumph by Richard Hannula [note]
* Select a book from the Free Reading selections below [note]
** Genesis, Finding Our Roots by Ruth Beechick
*** Never Give In (about Winston Churchill) by Stephen Mansfield

Geography

The Story of David Livingstone by Vautier Golding. [note] Map x

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.
* ** School of the Woods by William J. Long
** *** The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson (we recommend the Young Readers Edition if you can find it.)

Science

Secrets of the Universe: Discovering the Universal Laws of Science by Paul Fleisher; republished as five separate books; see help in corresponding the books here. Hover for more information here

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

* Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity by Robert Cwiklik OR Ordinary Genius by Stephanie McPherson
** Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick
*** Galileo and the Magic Numbers by Sidney Rosen (available as a reasonably priced eBook, but there are copyright rules about using it; it must be read off your computer.)

Mathematics

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

Foreign Language

Latin

Poetry

* Robert Frost
** Carl Sandburg
*** Alfred Noyes a few poems online
Term 3's poems aren't selected yet; until then, you might enjoy these 59 poems

Literature

Age of Fable by Thomas Bulfinch ch 29 (Ulysses) - end (Druids)
* ** The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (16 weeks)
** Animal Farm by George Orwell (8 weeks)
*** The Iliad - perhaps Black Ships before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff, or Tales of Troy by Andrew Lang (A Homer website)


Additional Books for Free Reading [note]
* Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls 20th century
* The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia by Esther Hautzig (recommended by AO users!)
* Winged Watchman by Hilda Van Stockum
* Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor deals with racism in the 1930's
* Blue Willow by Doris Gates, dust bowl story - there is another book by this name
* MIracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen; depression era fiction- sweet, upbeat, nature appreciation
* Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse - very literary story of a Jewish Immigrant to post WWII America
* Jungle Pilot: The Life and Witness of Nate Saint, Martyred Missionary to Ecuador by Russel T. Hitt
* The Von Trapp Family Singers by Maria Von Trapp
* Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan (true story of Norwegian children who spirited away gold for the resistance right under the Nazi's eyes)
* Number the Stars by Lois Lowry WWII based on a true story of the Danish efforts to save the Jews
* The Ark by Margot Benary-Isbert refugee family attempts survival in post WWII Germany [OOP]
Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott (every homeschool family should read this)
The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
Call of the Wild by Jack London
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Penrod by Booth Tarkington
A Little Brother to the Bear by William J. Long
***The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth Speare
God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew

Charlotte Mason created a "List of Attainments;" what a child should be able to do by age 6, and by age 12. It might be helpful to take a look at this list since many Year 6 students are around age 12.


For those on a strict budget, recommended purchases are:

Year 6
The Story of the World Volume 4 The Modern Age by Susan Wise Bauer (used in year 5 and 6)
Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock (to be used for all 6 years)
a math program
Augustus Caesar's World by Genevieve Foster
Story of the Greeks by H. A. Guerber
Story of the Romans by H. A. Guerber
Secrets of the Universe by Paul Fleisher (out of print, but worth making the effort to locate) OR The Boy Scientist by John Llewellyn
Genesis, Finding Our Roots, by Ruth Beechick
Never Give In (Winston Churchill) by Stephen Mansfield
The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson if your library doesn't have it
Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick if your library doesn't have it
Galileo and the Magic Numbers by Sidney Rosen if your library doesn't have it
biography-type books about Michael Faraday, Albert Einstein, etc
a Latin/foreign language program
Animal Farm by George Orwell (check libray)
The Hobbit by Tolkein if your library doesn't have it

Last update Mar. 16, 2007