Weekly schedule is here.
Table of Contents:
In order to complete the curriculum additional instruction should be provided in the following areas.
Penmanship or Copywork
Musical Instrument Practice
Physical activity; one option is Swedish Drill Revisited by Dawn Duran purchase
Art Appreciation (see AO's scheduled rotation of picture study here.)
Correspond history readings with a timeline or century book  and map
Music Appreciation, including a composer, folksongs and hymns
One Life from Plutarch per term (see AO's scheduled Plutarch rotation here)
A Shakespeare play each term (see AO's scheduled Shakespeare rotation here)
Old Testament: 1 and 2 Samuel
New Testament: The ministry of Jesus taken from all four gospels
This Country of Ours by H. E. Marshall β α (£) (£) ($amzn) K Ω 
Answering the Cry for Freedom by Gretchen Woelfle, ch 5-8 ($amzn) (K)
¹ ² Abraham Lincoln's World by Genevieve Foster ($amzn) 
³ The Story of the World Volume 4, The Modern Age by Susan Wise Bauer ($amzn) (K) 
¹ ² Of Courage Undaunted: Across the Continent with Lewis and Clark by James Daugherty ($amzn)
² ³ The Story of David Livingstone by Vautier Golding ($amzn) (K) 
Material World: A Global Family Portrait by Peter Menzel ($amzn) 
What the World Eats by Faith D'Aluisio and Peter Menzel ($amzn) 
Ten minutes of map drills each week 
Locate places from the day's reading on a map
In addition, these geography concepts should be explained and taught this year: 
Supplies for Nature Study:
The Storybook of Science by Jean-Henri Fabre (used over three years) α (£) ($amzn) (K) Ω
Madam How and Lady Why, Volume II, Further Afield by Charles Kingsley, with notes by Anne White ($amzn) (K) 
The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson, selections (over three years; for older students) ($amzn) (K) 
It Couldn't Just Happen by Lawrence Richards (used over three years; ($amzn) (K)
The Child's Book of Nature: Part II. Animals, by W. Hooker, (£) or Christian Liberty Nature Reader, Book 5 by W. Hooker, edited by Michael J. McHugh (used over two years) 
Wild Animals I Have Known by Ernest Thompson Seton (selections) β α (£) ($amzn) K 
A curriculum or program for handwriting is not necessary, but if you want to use one, these are some we've used and can suggest:
Select a program from our page of Math Options.
Plutarch's Lives, one per term (or semester) following AmblesideOnline's Plutarch rotation 
A Shakespeare play each term (or semester) following AmblesideOnline's Shakespeare rotation
The Age of Fable by Thomas Bulfinch β α α ($amzn) (K) Ω K Ω 
¹ Tales of King Arthur and the Round Table by Andrew Lang ($amzn) (K) Ω
² ³ Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens β α ($amzn) ($amzn) (K) Ω K Λ 
Consult AO's artist rotation for this term.
One option is Swedish Drill Revisited by Dawn Duran purchase
Passion for the Impossible: The Life of Lilias Trotter by Miriam Huffman Rockness There is much focus on this book right now, with the movie/DVD associated with it, and there is a great need for such a hero of the faith, who worked with Muslims. Students should read the first half; the second half is optional. ($amzn) (K)
Kim by Rudyard Kipling β α ($amzn) (K) Ω
The Courage and Character of Theodore Roosevelt by George Grant ($amzn) Also called Carry a Big Stick: The Uncommon Heroism of Teddy Roosevelt ($amzn) (K)
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott β α ($amzn) (K) Ω Λ
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens β α ($amzn) Ω K Λ ∩
Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling β α (£) ($amzn) (K) Ω K
Puck of Pook's Hill by Rudyard Kipling β α ($amzn) Ω K
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain β α ($amzn) (K) Ω K Λ
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain β α ($amzn) (K) Ω
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson β α ($amzn) (K) Ω Ω K Λ
Lad: A Dog (or another book in the Lad series) by Albert Payson Terhune α ($amzn)
The Treasure Seekers by Edith Nesbit β α ($amzn) (K) Ω K
The Wouldbegoods by Edith Nesbit; sequel to The Treasure-Seekers β α ($amzn) Ω K
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery β α ($amzn) ($eries) (K) Ω Λ
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder ($amzn) (K) 9-bk series: ($amzn) Paperback: ($amzn) (K)
Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder ($amzn) (K)
These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder ($amzn) (K)
The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder ($amzn) (K)
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin β α ($amzn) (K) Ω K
Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge β α (£) Ω K
Michael Faraday, Father of Electronics by Charles Ludwig ($amzn) (K)
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham ($amzn) (K)
Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith ($amzn) (K)
Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt ($amzn) (K)
Falcons of France by Charles Nordhoff, James Norman Hall ($amzn) (K)
Goodbye Mr. Chips by James Hilton ($amzn) (K)
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller β ($amzn) (K) Ω K
Rilla of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery; shows WWI effects on a community. Eighth book in the Anne of Avonlea series; those who like these books might enjoy Rilla more if they read some of the earlier ones first. β α ($amzn) (K) ($et) Ω
If you would like some easier, but still excellent, living books, for a Form 2 student to read independently for free reading, consider choosing from this list:
Sarah Plain and Tall series by Patricia MacLachlan
The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen by Lloyd Alexander ($amzn)
Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop ($amzn)
Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson ($amzn)
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois($amzn) (K)
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George ($amzn) (K)
Kate Seredy books, including:
Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien ($amzn)
The Rescuers by Margery Sharp ($amzn) (K) (and others in the series)
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden ($amzn) (K)
Homer Price by Robert McCloskey ($amzn) (K)
Centerburg Tales by Robert McCloskey ($amzn) (K)
The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald; particularly interesting to boys; skip (or preview) the last chapter, ch 8, "The Great Brain's Reformation," as it's a light-hearted tale told in a frivolous manner about a boy's attempts to do himself in after his father disparages his disability. ($amzn) (K)
Noel Streatfeild books (appealing to girls in particular)
2. Audiobooks: While links to audio books are added as a courtesy, Miss Mason's approach to grammar and composition is heavily dependent upon the children receiving an immense amount of visual exposure to the written word over many years, so parents should exercise extreme caution in how many audiobooks they use each year. Our brains just work differently when we see the words. (Cindy Rollins did a Circe Mason Jar podcast that included the role of audiobooks with difficult books.) For children who have difficulty reading, one solution is to have them follow the audio version along in a written text.
Librivox free audio is done by volunteers, and some are better than others. Heidi Nash has a list of some favorite Librivox readers. Be aware that apps, including Librivox, that have clickable ads can open a browser and allow children unfiltered access to the internet, even when browsers have been disabled by the parent. There are options: either download mp3 files from Librivox and listen without the app, or only install the app on a parent-controlled device. Librivox has a pay option to turn off ads. (Back)
4. Timeline: At this age, students should be keeping a simple, single-page timeline of major events and a Book of Centuries. Instructions for making your own timelines and charts are included in these Parents' Review articles: Book of the Centuries; Teaching Chronology; The Correlation of Lessons. For more details about the why, when, how of keeping CM timelines (and other notebooks), we recommend Laurie Bestvater's book, The Living Page ($amzn). (Back)
5. It is a good idea for children to become accustomed to the language and flow of the King James Version of the Bible, as a familiarity with King James English will make other literature more accessible. For more about this, read Lynn Bruce's article on the King James Version by clicking here.
Optional Bible Resources: Bible Gateway has many versions of the Bible online. Timeline; Study questions with maps. (Back)
6. This Country of Ours: Washington-Wilson this year.
Term 1: ch 64-72 (Washington-Adams, 1783-1828)
Term 2: ch 73-82 (Jackson-Buchanan, 1829-1861) ch 83-91 are skipped
Term 3: ch 92-99 (Johnson-Wilson, 1865-1919)
This Country of Ours is our first choice for this term's US history book, and is used in all terms. The 'OR' options are world history selections; they are not an adequate substitute for this book. This year uses the chapters that cover the time period between 1783-1919. Be aware that the edition for sale from Wilder Publications has no Table of Contents or chapter numbers. Public domain texts are available for anyone to copy, paste and publish, and many new companies are springing up publishing and selling these texts without editing for typos.
For planning purposes, there is a Table of Contents with dates for This Country of Ours here. (Back)
7. Abraham Lincoln's World: This book has several different editions with slightly different page numbers and section headings. Weekly schedules use the Beautiful Feet reprint; adjust the schedule to fit the copy you have. (Back)
8. Story of the World: The historical books that were recommend for Forms I and II such as An Island Story, A Child's History of the World, Abraham Lincoln's World, The Story of Mankind were carefully selected based on literary quality and availability for those historical periods and we believe that Susan Wise Bauer's Story of the World Volume 4 is the best book for the twentieth century that meets that same criteria. The book is not used until Term 3. To help with your planning, a Table of Contents for this book, with loose dates, is here.
Term 3: ch 1-22 (Back)
10. Trial and Triumph: Descriptions of some trials of the Christians may be intense; preview chapters to determine suitablity based on their student's sensitivities. If you prefer, you can skip this book and cover church history in Form 3 with a different book, Saints and Heroes by George Hodges.
This book tells church history from a definite Protestant perspective; some may wish to skip this book or find an alternative. (Back)
14. Material World/What the World Eats - How to use these books:
Leave them out, preferably near a globe or world map, and browse through them together from time to time.
Leave them out, browse through them and maybe once a month pick a country of interest. 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 a 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.
Note: Material World: pg 16 and pg 70 have some National Geographic types of photos that may need screening.
Hungry Planet: What the World Eats by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio looks similar to What the World Eats; we think it could be used interchangeably. ($amzn) (Back)
18: Geography: The Following geography concepts should be explained and taught this year; a book is not necessary as these can be explained informally during walks and outings. AO's complete list of geography topics is here.
20. Madam How and Lady Why: This year, the second half of the book is covered:
Term 1: The Chalk Carts, Madam How's Two Grandsons, The Coral Reef
Term 2: Field and Wild, The World's End
Term 3: Homeward Bound
Anne White has formatted the text with her study notes into separate volumes. Volume 1, "A Walk Through the Glen," is scheduled in Form 2a (last year). Volume 2, "Further Afield," is scheduled this year, in 2b.
If you'd like a copy of just the Further Afield text with a few edits (mostly for comments that would be considered racist by today's standards) for your student to read along, you can access that here.
The text with Anne White's study guide which is linked above is recommended but not required. If you prefer just the original book without the study guide or edits, it is available at these links: Project Gutenberg β α ($amzn) (£) Ω K There's a schedule that lines up with Anne's study guide here. Groups 2B lines up with Year 5 on that schedule.
Madam How and Lady Why is scheduled slowly over two years. This is an earth science book; if you use the study guide, you'll see that it takes time to adequately cover the subject matter. Researching the topics is what makes this useful as a science book.
Of what value is an old science book like Madam How and Lady Why? Apart from the superior writing quality, the best thing you can get out of old science books is a strong sense that science is a constantly changing thing, and that the "scientific evidence/theory/conclusion" of today can be debunked in a year, or two, or ten. Children should learn to take the words "Scientists think . . ." for exactly what they are worth (always worth considering, but never to be considered the final word). Reading older books will help you develop that sense.
Note on Kingsley's "old earth" comments: During the era when Madam How and Lady Why was written, there was no "young earth" discussion out there: evidence seemed to show an old earth, and the Church of England (Charles Kingsley was a clergyman), by and large, accepted a kind of theistic evolution.
This book is invaluable for understanding the deeper ideas of how to approach science. If you do nothing else with this book, at the very least, read the preface and chapter 8 (Madam How's Two Sons) -- that's the bare minimum, but, really, this whole book is truly worthwhile. Some parents are hesitant to use this book because of outdated science information; keep in mind that whatever is current, accurate and up to date changes all the time. Even if you buy a current science book today, there is material in it that is already out of date and will be defunct next year. Some science teachers complain that in some areas what is currently held as true changes so fast that they think science would be best taught using science journals as the text, and even then, in some topics, over half of what is published in journals ends up being retracted later. But that's data, and it's easy to correct outdated data. The ideas in this book are the foundation of a CM philosophy. This is a book to read together with your kids, to discuss, to research together. Some of the style of the writing can be off-putting, but that is also something that could become an advantage: use it as a writing or narration project, asking your student to 'retell what the author is getting at, but in current terms.' (Back)
21. The Sea Around Us: If you're curious why this book is scheduled, The Guardian has an article that describes The Sea Around Us as "the first, and still perhaps the best science bestseller. . . The reader is immersed in a new and wonderful world, one where everything really is connected to everything else. This sense of the sea and all its constituents as part of an interrelated system infuses the entire book."
The special edition we've linked "features a new chapter written by Jeffrey Levinton, a leading expert in marine ecology, that brings the scientific side of The Sea Around Us completely up to date. Levinton incorporates the most recent thinking on continental drift, coral reefs, the spread of the ocean floor, the deterioration of the oceans, mass extinction of sea life, and many other topics." ($amzn) (Back)
22. 'The Story of Inventions' is online, except for the last 2 chapters, which were a later addition and still copyrighted. The online edition does not have the two later chapters. If you have the second edition, the chapter order may not match the AO schedule. AO member Amy H. posted a revised list on her blog here. Great Inventors and Their Inventions by Frank P. Bachman (£) is an earlier version of the same book. If you have a copy, you can substitute. Or, boys might enjoy War Inventions by Charles R. Gibson (the Advisory hasn't read this yet.) All About Famous Inventors and Their Inventions α by Fletcher Pratt is similar; The Story of Great Inventions by Elmer Ellsworth Burns α might be another option. Chatper 10: Watch 6 min video on Medieval Manuscripts (Back)
24. Christian Liberty Nature Reader, Book 5: This book has been newly reprinted by Living Books Press and our amazon link will take you to that edition ($amzn). If you purchase a different edition, be sure to get either the 1992 edition, or the 2002 edition and its 2012 reprint, which is organized slightly differently but still fine to use. NOTE - the new (2018?) Third Edition reprint of this book by Wendy Kramer has the same title, but completely different content. The new reprint is about ocean animals, not about animals and the body. See image below to help identify the correct book cover. The book AO scheduled came from a public domain book called The Child's Book of Nature, a three-part volume by Worthington Hooker, "Part II - Animals." It's online at Project Gutenberg beginning at pg 2007, and archive.org beginning on pg 144. Part II (by itself) is online at Google Books. For those using the online public domain edition, there's a slightly adjusted schedule here. (Back)
25. Wild Animals I Have Known chapters are scheduled as followed:
Term 1. The Pacing Mustang; Silverspot (about crows)
Term 2. Raggylug (rabbits)
Term 3. Bingo (a dog) (Back)
26. Longfellow, used in Form 1, is repeated in Form 2 because his longer poems are more historically appropriate for this year; try breaking up longer poems and reading them over a few days. (Back)
27. Poetry: How do you "do" poetry? Simply read it and enjoy it, re-read it, read it again and listen to the sound of the phrases, let them paint a word picture in your mind. Do you feel like you need more direction? How to Read a Poem: Based on the Billy Collins Poem "Introduction to Poetry" by Tania Runyan is "less as an instructional book and more of an invitation." This is a suggested optional parent resource that encourages you read poetry for enjoyment. (Back)
28. Age of Fable, used over three years, is a book about Greek mythology, and some editions use illustrations of nudes, which some might find objectionable. This year: ch 15 (Graeae) - ch 28 (Troy)
Term 1: ch 15 (The Graeae, Perseus and Medusa, Perseus and Atlas) to ch 20 (Theseus)
Term 2: ch 20 (Olympic and other games, Daedalus, Castor and Pollux) to ch 24 (Amphion-Muusaeus)
Term 3: ch 25 (Arion) to ch 28 (Agamemnon-Troy) (Back)
30. Oliver Twist: Yes, the language in this book is a challenge, but the challenging books are the ones that will slowly scaffold children to comprehend the nuances and meanings of longer sentences and more complex sentence structure so that they'll be able to read anything by high school with ease. (Back)
32. Free Reading books are books that no child should miss, but rather than overloading school time, these can be read during free time. No narrations need be required from these books. Advisory member Wendi C. suggests, "How you handle these is up to you . . ." (more) Students should understand that historical fiction, while often well-researched, is still fiction, and contains the author's ideas of how things might have happened. Books with asterisks pertain to that term's historical studies. (Back)
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