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 Kings
New Testament: Christ's Later Ministry, Death and Resurrection taken from all four gospels
¹ Story of the World, Vol 4: The Modern Age by Susan Wise Bauer ($amzn) (K) 
Answering the Cry for Freedom by Gretchen Woelfle ($amzn) (K) 
² Story of the Greeks by H. A. Guerber β α ($amzn) K
² ³ Augustus Caesar's World by Genevieve Foster ($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 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 (£) ($amzn) 
¹ Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity by Robert Cwiklik ($amzn)
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 ($amzn) (K) Ω K Ω 
¹ Animal Farm by George Orwell ($amzn) (K)
² The Iliad by Homer: we suggest a good retelling, such as
³ The Odyssey by Homer: we suggest a good retelling, such as
Consult AO's artist rotation for this term.
One option is Swedish Drill Revisited by Dawn Duran purchase
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien ($amzn) (K)
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls; 20th century ($amzn) (K)
¹ The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia by Esther Hautzig ($amzn) (recommended by AO users!)
¹ The Winged Watchman by Hilda Van Stockum ($amzn) (K)
¹ Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor ($amzn) (K); deals with racism in the 1930's
¹ Blue Willow by Doris Gates ($amzn); dust bowl story - there is another book by this name
¹ Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen ($amzn) (K); depression era fiction- sweet, upbeat, nature appreciation
¹ Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse ($amzn) (K); very literary story of a Jewish Immigrant to post WWI America
¹ Jungle Pilot: The Life and Witness of Nate Saint, Martyred Missionary to Ecuador by Russel T. Hitt ($amzn) (K)
¹ The Von Trapp Family Singers by Maria Von Trapp ($amzn) (K)
¹ Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan ($amzn); true story of Norwegian children who spirited away gold for the resistance right under the Nazi's eyes
¹ Number the Stars by Lois Lowry ($amzn) (K); WWII based on a true story of the Danish efforts to save the Jews
¹ The Ark by Margot Benary-Isbert; refugee family attempts survival in post WWII Germany [OOP]
¹ The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen ($amzn) (K); a girl finds herself transported back in time and experiences the Holocaust first-hand.
¹ The Chestry Oak by Kate Seredy ($amzn); The effects of WWII on a young Hungarian prince
³ The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth Speare ($amzn) (K)
Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott β α ($amzn) (K) Ω Vol 1 K Vol 2 K
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain β α ($amzn) Ω Λ
Little Men by Louisa May Alcott β α ($amzn) Ω
Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott β α ($earch) Ω K (every homeschool family should read this)
The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens β α ($amzn) Ω K
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss β α ($amzn) (K) Ω
The Call of the Wild by Jack London β α ($amzn) Ω Ω K Λ
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne β α ($amzn) Ω K Λ
Penrod by Booth Tarkington β α ($amzn) Ω K
A Little Brother to the Bear by William J. Long α ($amzn) (K) K
School of the Woods α by William J. Long (Google Books, ($amzn) (K)
¹ God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew and John Sherrill ($amzn) (K) Ch 2 discusses his wartime experience and may need to be screened for very young or sensitive readers; ch 5 mentions a loose woman at a chocolate factory with some comments that should be screened.
² ³ Ben Hur by Lew Wallace β α ($amzn) K Ω
¹ The Search for Planet X by Tony Simon [out of print; this book has a PNEU connection.]
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)
6. 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)
8. Story of the World: The historical books that were recommend for AO 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. Pgs 244-474 are used this year. To help with your planning, a Table of Contents for this book, with loose dates, is here. (Back)
9. Answering the Cry for Freedom: This book is scheduled over three years. Parents, please note that chapter 9, about Sally Hemings, tells about the physical relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slave, Sally Hemings, that resulted in six children being born. Please pre-read this chapter, depending on the age and maturity of your student. (Back)
10. Augustus Caesar's World: This book contains sections on the birth of world religions presented from a secular humanist point of view. Teachers may wish to cover these sections closely with their students. AO has a KJV side by side comparison for Chapter 44, The Law of Moses. (Back)
12. Trial and Triumph: Descriptions of some trials of the Christians may be intense; preview chapters to determine suitablity based on your student's'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)
13. The Occident: There's a sequel called "The Orient." (£). Both The Occident and The Orient are included in The Complete Book of Marvels, which is out of print. There's a list of suggested supplemental videos for volume 1 at Wonder and Wildness blog. (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 special 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. ($amzn) (Back)
18. Geography: The Following geography concepts should be explained and taught this year; a book is not necessary as these can be explained informally during walks and outings. AO's complete list of geography topics is here.
20. 'The Story of Inventions' is online, except for the last 2 chapters, which were a later addition and still copyrighted. The online edition does not have the two later chapters. If you have the second edition, the chapter order may not match the AO schedule. AO member Amy H. posted a revised list on her blog here. Great Inventors and Their Inventions, by Frank P. Bachman (£) is an earlier version of the same book. If you have a copy, you can substitute. Or, boys might enjoy War Inventions, by Charles R. Gibson (the Advisory hasn't read this yet.) All About Famous Inventors and Their Inventions α, by Fletcher Pratt is similar; The Story of Great Inventions, by Elmer Ellsworth Burns α might be another option. Chatper 10: Watch 6 min video on Medieval Manuscripts (Back)
21. The Sea Around Us: If you're curious why this book is scheduled, The Guardian has an article that describes The Sea Around Us as "the first, and still perhaps the best science bestseller. . . The reader is immersed in a new and wonderful world, one where everything really is connected to everything else. This sense of the sea and all its constituents as part of an interrelated system infuses the entire book."
The special edition we've linked "features a new chapter written by Jeffrey Levinton, a leading expert in marine ecology, that brings the scientific side of The Sea Around Us completely up to date. Levinton incorporates the most recent thinking on continental drift, coral reefs, the spread of the ocean floor, the deterioration of the oceans, mass extinction of sea life, and many other topics." ($amzn) (Back)
22. Christian Liberty Nature Reader, Book 5: either the 1992 edition, or the 2002 edition and its 2012 reprint, which is organized slightly differently. NOTE - the new (2018?) Third Edition reprint of this book has the same title, but different content. The new reprint is about ocean animals, not about 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. (Back)
23. 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)
24. 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 29 (Ulysses) - end (Druids)
Term 1: ch 29 (Return of Ulysses) to ch 33 (Camilla, Opening the Gates, Camilla)
Term 2: ch 33 (Evander, Infant Rome) to ch 36 (The Unicorn, the Salamander)
Term 3: ch 37 (Zoroaster, Hindu Mythology) to ch 41 (Iona) (Back)
26. The Iliad: two other options are Tales of Troy by Andrew Lang β α ($amzn) K (the sections titled Ulysses the Sacker of Cities and The Wanderings of Ulysses are retelling The Iliad and The Odyssey) or The Iliad of Homer, by Barbara Leonie Picard ($amzn)
We have scheduled some of the worthy re-tellings of The Iliad, but if you prefer the original, we suggest the translation by Robert Fagles ($amzn) (K) The Iliad is 24 "books;" to use this in Term 3, you will need to schedule two "books" per week. (Back)
28. 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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