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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Something New ~ a memoir

I used to like to add something new all the time. I think I had an aversion to doing the same thing. I liked to change houses, I enjoyed moving my furniture around, I loved traveling, and I wanted to change homeschool curriculum every year or more :)

However, my life now involves so much change and newness that I really do love having a homeschool curriculum that we have used for 3 years now. Ambleside online is so great. As a part of that there are new books every year, every term in fact we start new books. So, in that way it doesn't get old. But it has enough continuity that we can all get into a comfortable routine of how we do things.

So that said, new stuff for this year:
I am looking into possibly integrating Mystery of History in for history... we'll see. And I'm really impressed with Heart of Wisdom for Bible and adding an element of delight directed study. All will have to complement our AO schedule. So without further ado:

(new AO titles for year 4)
George Washington's World by Genevieve Foster
Poor Richard by James Daugherty
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution by Natalie S. Bober
The Age of Fable by Thomas Bulfinch preface to 14
The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit
A Book of Golden Deeds by Charlotte Yonge
Bambi by Felix Salten
The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
Little Britches series by Ralph Moody
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight
Gentle Ben by Walt Morey
Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright
Return To Gone Away by Elizabeth Enright
By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Peterkin Papers by Lucretia Hale
Calico Captive (girl interest) or The Sign of the Beaver (boy interest) by Elizabeth George Speare
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
Tree of Freedom by Rebecca Caudill
Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
The Reb and the Redcoats by Constance Savery (British view of revolution)
Justin Morgan had a Horse by Marguerite Henry


Sarah at SmallWorld said...

Sounds like a great year of reading! Linda Hobar, author of the Mystery of History books, is coming to speak here in a couple of weeks. I don't use her curriculum either, but I'm looking forward to hearing her!

Anonymous said...

Those are some great books that you are going to be reading this year. I liked Mystery of History but my kids did not so we aren't using it this year.

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