Please be advised that these booklists and curriculum suggestions are incomplete without a thorough understanding of Charlotte Mason's ideas and methods. We cannot emphasize enough that you take time to familiarize yourself with her philosophy by reading her books.
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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
Formatted etexts for year 4 can be accessed by joining the etext email list
Note: If your child has completed Year 3 and is not quite ready for Year 4, you might consider Year 3.5 as a transitional course of study between Year 3 and 4. It has been designed so that it can be started at any week during the first term, so if you get started on Year 4 and find that your child is struggling, you can switch mid-term. A 36-week schedule is also provided.
In order to complete the curriculum additional instruction should be provided in the following areas.
Penmanship or Copywork
Musical Instrument Practice
Grammar (AO's Language Arts Scope and Sequence for this level is here.)
Correspond history readings with a timeline or century book and map
Music Appreciation, including folksongs and hymns
One Life from Plutarch
A Shakespeare play
This site has many versions. [note] x Penny Gardner has a list of Old and New Testament stories to read straight from the Bible that may be useful for Bible time. | Bible timeline | Study questions with nice maps |
This Country of Ours by HE Marshall Charles I-George III [note]
** ***George Washington's World by Genevieve Foster 349 pages
OR The Story of Mankind by Hendrick Van Loon [note] x
optional supplement: ***An Island Story [note] 1 2 x
This Country of Ours [note]
George Washington's World by Genevieve Foster [note]
OR Story of Mankind by Van Loon [note]
OR A Child's History of the World [note]
optional extra: An Island Story [note]
The Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock, as scheduled in Nature Study; online. You may find it helpful and fun to participate in the Outdoor Hour Challenge blog.
Madam How and Lady Why by Charles Kingsley (see links to images and info on some chapters below) OR Explore His Earth by Ann Voskamp, available here.
It Couldn't Just Happen by Lawrence Richards
Optional: Physics Lab in the Home by Robert Friedhoffer [note]
Select a program that meets your family's needs from our page of Math Options.
The Age of Fable by Thomas Bulfinch preface to 14 (Minerva-Niobe)
* ** The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe [note] Free audio podcast.
** *** Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
*** The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
*** The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving (listen to it on librivox.org)
*** Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (listen to it on librivox; scroll down)
*** Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving (listen to it on librivox.org; scroll down)
Additional Books for Free Reading [note]
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; 22 chapters; The Complete Peterkin Papers has a few additional chapters, but each chapter can stand alone. These were originally printed as serials in a magazine.
** 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
For those on a strict budget, recommended purchases are:
Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock (to be used for all 6 years)
a math program
George Washington by Genevieve Foster (check library)
Poor Richard by James Daugherty
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution by Natalie S. Bober
Minn of the Mississippi if your library doesn't have it
It Couldn't Just Happen by Lawrence Richards
a Latin/foreign language program
The Incredible Jouney by Sheila Burnford if your library doesn't have it
Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis if your library doesn't have them
Elizabeth Enright books are nice if you can find them cheap (but not worth high collector prices)
Other books can be read online or borrowed from the library.
MADAME HOW AND LADY WHY LINKS
Chapter 2 Earthquakes
http://www.scecdc.scec.org/recenteqs/ - has a map with current and recent earthquakes in CA & NV.
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/4kids/ - lots of fun stuff for kids
Chapter 3 Volcanoes
Chapter 5 The Ice-Plough (glaciers and the ice age)
Also, another book that goes along well with this topic is Life in the Great Ice Age sold by Answers in Genesis
and has lesson plans available http://www.answersingenesis.org/cec/archive.asp (scroll down to the bottom of the page for lesson plans for this book)
(Thanks to Cindy Gould for many of these Madame How and Lady Why resources)
Last update Mar. 16, 2007
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