Old Year 1 Booklist


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Year 1 is currently under revision. (View current stage of revisions here) Probable changes may include moving "This Country of Ours" to a later year and using "Our Island Story" by H. E. Marshall and/or "Fifty Famous Stories Retold" by James Baldwin in Year 1 (both of these will be online by the time the revised booklist is finalized). Nature book(s) by Thornton Burgess or Tommy Smith are also being discussed. They will also be available as free online etexts. Changes, including a revised 36-week schedule, will be finalized and posted before the new school-year begins.

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

In order to complete the curriculm, daily or weekly instruction should be provided in the following areas.

Daily Instruction or Practice
Penmanship or Copywork
Phonics    notes on teaching phonics in a CM education
Foreign language

Weekly Instruction or Practice
Music, including the teaching of 1-3 folksongs and hymns each term
Nature Study
An artist and a composer each term

This site has many versions; it is preferable for a child to become accustomed to the language and flow of the KJV, as a familiarity with King James English will make other literature more accessible.

American History
This Country Of Ours by H.E. Marshall 

World History
Child's History of the World by V.M. Hillyer  evolutionary content in Hillyer's

*Paddle to the Sea by Holling C. Holling
**Tree in the Trail by Holling C. Holling
***Seabird by Holling C. Holling

Nature Study
Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock
James Herriot's Treasury for Children by James Herriot

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Engelmann, Haddox and Bruner
Alpha-Phonics: A Primer for Beginning Readers by Samuel L. Blumenfeld
Home Start in Reading by Ruth Beechick

Mathematics (choose one)
Developmental Mathematics by L.George Saad
Making Math Meaningful by David Quine
Math U See homepage
Miquon Math

Foreign Language
Lyric Language

*Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
**Now We Are Six/When We Were Very Young by A.A. Milne 
***Oxford Book of Children's Verse by Iona and Peter Opie
   and/or Ambleside Online's Children's Collection of poems 

Aesop for Children by Milo Winter
Aesop's Fables  soon moving to http://www.aesopfables.com/
Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare by Edith Nesbit
Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang (If you prefer not to use Lang's you may want to look at
Hans Christian Andersen's Tales
) read about fairy tales from CM's original PUR magazine 1 2 3
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling       read Wendi Capehart's article about Fairy Tales
Parables from Nature by Margaret Gatty  dnld text doc,includes 29 Parables  purchase here

Suggested Additional Reading
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
King of the Golden River by John Ruskin
Peter Pan by James M. Barrie
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
St. George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Columbus by Ingri D'Aulaire
Lief the Lucky by Ingri D'Aulaire
Pocahontas by Ingri D'Aulaire
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

For those on a strict budget trying to buy as few items as possible by making use of online resources and library books, recommended purchases are:

Hillyer's Child's History of the World (to be used for 3 years)
Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock (to be used for 6 years)
a Math program
Books by Holling C Holling that your library does not have
D'Aulaire books if your library does not have them (Columbus, Lief the Lucky, Pocahontas)
childrens picture books by James Herriot if your library doesn't have them
Aesop's Fables illustrated by Milo Winter, paperback, is nice to have
a phonics program
a well-illustrated (not by Thomas Kinkade) version of A Child's Garden of Verses is good to own
Laura Ingalls Wilder books if your library does not have them
Other books can be read online or borrowed from the library.

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What about A Child's Garden of Verses illustrated by Thomas Kinkade?

There are some wonderfully illustrated versions of children's poems out there to choose from. Children enjoy seeing pictures of children like themselves. While Thomas Kinkade's paintings enjoy popularity with many people, they aren't really geared for children; they're charming, idyllic scenes that appeal more to adults who may be drawn to peaceful scenes of country tranquility. Since there are so many alternatives that would be better suited to children, the concern was that Kinkade's current fame might cause a parent to choose the version with his pictures based on the fame of a name alone rather than with a child's eye.

My favorite versions of A Child's Garden of Verses are illustrated by Eulalie and Jessie Wilcox Smith. Children dressed as real children were in Robert Louis Stevenson's day helps to set the poems in their correct time context and may help a child form a perspective that children who lived a long ago were a lot like they are today, which I believe gives a better idea of our place in the world; ie, people who lived before were just as real as people who live today. It would be a shame for children to miss seeing pictures of children alongside these poems about children.

One that I especially recommend:
"A Child's Garden of Verses - a classic illustrated edition conceived and collected by Cooper Edens" ISBN 0877016089 Chronicle Books San Francisco http://www.chroniclebooks.com/Chronicle/servlet/at/load-kids and search for Stevenson

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