One thing I noticed while searching for curriculum was the lack of literature selections for Volume 3 in Story of the World. Not saying that they aren’t out there but that it was incredibly difficult for me to find what other homeschoolers are including in the history this year.
I really appreciate the over-view of Susan Wise Bauer’s 4-volume Story of the World. They are told in a livingbook way and have held my children’s attention captive. These were originally only suppose to supply the younger years but homeschoolers are using them all up to highschool with more added each cycle. For us, I knew that the book and activity schedule (with coloring pages, map drills, and timeline cards, as well as opportunities to do crafts and narration exercises) would not be adequate in our Charlotte Mason environment. I also look for additional books to read aloud as well as assign my student.
And that is where this post comes in. It is a complete look at what we will be reading this coming school year. I have linked them all up to Amazon so that you can find reviews, price ideas, and more (however, I strongly recommend utilizing your local library or thriftbooks.com (new members can get a 15% off coupon with this link *that expires within 14 days of receiving* as well as opportunities to earn more reading rewards and free shipping once you have reached $15 in your cart). I will also try to post reading level for independent reading, however, I have never really struggled with a child reading above or below a grade level. I generally look at content and make a decision. I say that in case you are scratching your head.
This year I decided to make the books I want to read aloud and then have the books set up chronologically so that the student will just grab the next book on the list to read (with some minor exceptions obviously). I don’t know if this will work. We shall see. When the book is read then they do a written narration.
So without further adieu, lets get going!
The core spine will be Story of the World Volume 3. I have this complete set from rainbowresource.com The cheapest place I found. I did purchase everything BUT the CD’s on a For Sale or Trade Facebook Group and then added the CD’s and extra student packets this year from Rainbow Resource. I found that making copies took way to much time and did not save me any money. I also purchase the timeline notebooks from Bookshark.com
Who Was Queen Elizabeth?
Where is the Taj Mahal
Black Powder by Ally Sherick
I, Juan de Pereja by Elizabeth Borton De Trevino
Witch Hunt: It Happened in Salem Village (Step into Reading) (We read Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare for our American History so this will just be a more basic read about it.) It is more geared toward my 1st grader like the Who Is and Was books.
Amos Fortune, Freeman by Elizabeth Yates (Or will assign as an independent read.)
Who Was Marie Antoinette?
Shadow of the Bull by Maia Wojciechowska (if we do not get to this as a read aloud then I will for sure assign it to my 4th grader)
Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun by Robin Blumberg
The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood (will assign to my 4th grader)
Mary, Queen of Scots: Queen Without a Country, France 1553 by Kathryn Lansky (Will assign to my 7th grader)
Kristina: The Girl King, Sweden, 1638 by Carolyn Meyer (Will assign to my 5th grader).
Johannes Kepler: Giant of Faith and Science By John Hudson Tiner (I LOVE THIS AUTHOR. He does amazing science books) (Will assign my 7th grader)
Isaac Newton: Inventor, Scientist, and Teacher by John H. Tiner (Will assign to my 4th grader)
My daughter (5th grade) will be doing Einstein and Curie for her Ambleside Biographies so I will not be assigning her any of these.
The World of William Penn by Genevieve Foster (better fit for the 5th or 7th grader)
The Ravenmaster’s Secret: Escape the Tower of London by Elvira Woodruff
Indian Captive: the story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski (Either my 4th or 5th grader since my 7th has already read this.)
My Name is Not Angelica by Scott O’Dell This will be an option for my 7th grader, if she chooses not too by 5th grader will for sure like to read it. But for my 7th I am giving her the option since she did an intense study on slavery.
The Stowaway: A Tale Of California Pirates by Kristiana Gregory
Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen
Betsy and the Emperor by Betsy Stanton (Will assign my 7th grader)
DVD’s that we will be watching:
A Man for All Seasons
Shakespear’s Much Ado About Nothing (Please note that there are two scenes to skip! At the beginning when the ladies get to the house in preparations for Don Pedor (nudity) Just get past the men galloping on their horses with the beautiful background and amazing music score and then stand in front of the TV until you hear the doors open for the men to walk into the courtyard! The second scene is where Don Jon is going to show Claudio Hero’s supposed unfaithfulness you want to shut your ears and your eyes. I have no idea how long that will last, just skip it. You’re welcome! and Taming of the Shrew
One thing I learned last year is that as much as my children read, if I try to make sure they have enough books then I found that they were burnt out because they didn’t get to read their own selections. So I have tried to pare down a lot and just let them have less to read this year. In so far as how do I make time to read all this, well, you’ll have to stay tuned for the next blog post!