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Welcome to AmblesideOnline

AmblesideOnline is a free curriculum designed to be as close as possible to the curriculum that Charlotte Mason used in her own PNEU schools. Our goal is to be true to Charlotte Mason's high literary standards. AmblesideOnline uses the highest quality books and costs no more than the cost of texts. The curriculum uses as many free online books as possible, and there is no cost to use this information or join the forum.

Learn more about AmblesideOnline:

• Our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) answers many of the questions that come up most often. Start here!
• Our Forum offers many resources and individualized help. We are happy to work with you!
• Our YouTube playlist has helpful video tutorials.

"AmblesideOnline is an awesome curriculum. I love the flexibility yet the academic rigor." (Amy S.)
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The AmblesideOnline Curriculum

Booklists by Year

Yr 0 (K)
Year  1
Year  2
Year  3
Year  4
Year  5
Year  6
Year  7
Year  8
Year  9
Year 10
Year 11
Year 12

Additional Options:

Year 3.5 (an optional step between Years 3 and 4)
Pre-7 (for students beginning AO later to "catch up")
Upper Years in Five Years (instead of six)
Unofficial Year 12 (based on Advisory suggestions for ancient history)

AO-Help Emergency Lesson Plan (a minimalist approach for families in the midst of emergencies or crises.)

New! AO for Groups, a lightened, streamlined version of AO for co-ops and cottage schools.

Complete Booklist for Years 1-12 on Google Docs

Subject Resources

Art Appreciation/Picture Study
Music Appreciation/Composer Study for all years
Nature Study for all grades
Folksongs and Hymns
Poets are listed with each year's booklist
Shakespeare for grades 4 and up
Plutarch for grades 4 and up

How to Use the AO Website video tutorial


CM Original Homeschool Series (read online in original language, modern paraphrases, or summaries)
Parents' Review Articles (CM's original vintage magazine for parents and teachers using her curriculum)
PNEU Programmes (i.e., booklists from CM's own PNEU schools)
PNEU Exams (exam questions used in CM's PNEU schools)
Articles by AO moms about Living Books, Ideas, CM's Principles, Science, KJV and more!
Books used by CM that were put online by AO members

Canadian users: click here.

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