Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Looking Forward to 2013

We have had such an amazing year.

It is hard not to look back and wish we could do it all over again. 

However I am looking forward to all the new things we get to this year.

Since being accepted on the Schoolhouse Review Crew we are going to have the opportunity to try out and review lots of new supplies we might otherwise not get to use. However I still have a basic plan and will add new and exciting things as they are offered us through out the year. I will post some of the kids narrations and views of these amazing resources as we go through our year.

Our school year goes from January - December so we have a lot of new beginnings.

JAM is going to start the year studying the end of WW1 to the present day for one term. Then he will step back in time (a favorite for him) to study  Augustus Caesar's World by Genevieve Foster and Story of the Greeks by H. A. Guerber for the second term and Augustus Caesar's World by Genevieve Foster and Story of the Romans by H. A. Guerber for his third term.

To go along with this history study our plan includes reading a selection of excellent books. 
(list taken from Ambleside.org)
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry; WWII based on a true story of the Danish efforts to save the Jews

Never Give In (about Winston Churchill) by Stephen Mansfield
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia by Esther Hautzig
The Winged Watchman by Hilda Van Stockum
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor; deals with racism in the 1930's
Blue Willow by Doris Gates; dust bowl story - there is another book by this name
Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen; depression era fiction- sweet, upbeat, nature appreciation
Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse; very literary story of a Jewish Immigrant to post WWII America
Jungle Pilot: The Life and Witness of Nate Saint, Martyred Missionary to Ecuador by Russel T. Hitt
The Von Trapp Family Singers by Maria Von Trapp
Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan; true story of Norwegian children who spirited away gold for the resistance right under the Nazi's eyes
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry; WWII based on a true story of the Danish efforts to save the Jews
The Ark by Margot Benary-Isbert; refugee family attempts survival in post WWII Germany

Geography - to finish up Second Book of Marvels: The Orient by Richard Halliburton and then we are looking at doing The Story of David Livingstone by Vautier Golding.

English and Spelling: Wheelers Graded Studies in Great Authors a Complete Speller

Science - For the first term we are using Apologia Zoo 2 -  Swimming Creatures I let the kids decide what we do with these so right now what other selections we will be using. Jam however will swap to Exploring Creation with General Science sometime during this year.

I would like for him to read some of these selections too;
Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity by Robert Cwiklik OR Ordinary Genius by Stephanie McPherson
Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick
Galileo and the Magic Numbers by Sidney Rosen
but we will see how the time goes.

We will still be doing our Latin lessons see my previous link here.

Poetry - Term 1 Robert Frost, Term 2 Carl Sandburg, and term 3 Alfred Noyes
Our literature selections will be as follows;
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Iliad, perhaps Black Ships before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff  or Tales of Troy by Andrew Lang

For free reading we are going to work through; (suggested reading from Ambleside.org)

Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott
Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott
The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
Call of the Wild by Jack London
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne
Penrod by Booth Tarkington
A Little Brother to the Bear by William J. Long
The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth Speare
God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew and John Sherrill

Math Mammoth
Life of Fred - Fractions (Finishing up) then Life of Fred Decimals and Percents read more here
khan academy.org

In History Boo is studying the 1700's up to the French and American Revolutions.

Term 1 This Country of Ours H E Marshall
Term 2 & 3 George Washington's World by Genevieve Foster

History Tales / Biography
Term 1 Poor Richard by James Daugherty
Term 2 & 3 Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution by Natalie S. Bober

Geography - Minn of the Mississippi by Holling C. Holling

Science - Term 1 Apologia Zoo 2 -  Swimming Creatures
                (Term 2 and 3 are still undecided - we will see what she feels like)

English and Spelling: Wheelers Graded Studies in Great Authors a Complete Speller

Math Mammoth
Life of Fred
Khan Academy

Latin (with Nana)

Term 1 Alfred Lord Tennyson 
Term 2 Emily Dickinson
Term 3 William Wordsworth


The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
short works
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 Reading (This list comes from Amblesideonline.org )

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Book of Golden Deeds by Charlotte Yonge
Bambi by Felix Salten
The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
     The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
     The Magician's Nephew
     The Horse and His Boy
     Prince Caspian
     The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
     The Silver Chair
     The Last Battle
Little Britches series by Ralph Moody
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight
Gentle Ben by Walt Morey
The Peterkin Papers by Lucretia Hale; 22 chapters
Calico Captive 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

Little J 

Although Little J is only four he has shown a lot of interest in reading. Right now we are working through the Funnix reading program that we downloaded for free YEAH - Free is always good.

This year our local library is offering a story time every week - Little J is so excited.

We also going to try a few lap books and I am looking into some other programs.

We are working through Year 0 Amblesideonline you can read about it here.

Here are some of Little J's favorites from the Year 0 reading list. I may try to find some lap books to go with some of these.

Winnie the Pooh series by AA Milne and Ernest H. Shepard
Beatrix Potter series
The Little House by Virginia Burton
The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack
The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey
Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Ox-Cart Man by Barbara Cooney
Brer Rabbit books by Joel Chandler Harris
A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson

I hope you have an exciting New Year.


  1. Hi, there, thanks for visiting Inchworm Chronicles and for commenting.

    What a great list you've got here! My littles like McCloskey here, too. The Story of the Greeks/Romans sounds like something my oldest would like. I'll have to check that out sometime.

    May your New Year be filled with fun learning adventures!


  2. Please consider adding Enemy Brothers, another title by Constance Savery, to your list of World War II stories. Published (1943) while the outcome of the war was still in doubt, the book brings to life a large extended family "carrying on" in the English countryside. Wartime shortages, evacuees in residence, and occasional air raids serve as background for a memorable tale of brotherly love.

  3. Wow thanks for the tip I will check it out!


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