Our Book List for the School Year 2016-2017

The beginning of a new school year is just around the corner and this mama is in the planning mode. When I started looking into the Charlotte Mason living books, I was certain is way the way I wanted to go, but how about curriculum? How would I choose the best books? How do I choose what book to read and when? While reading Mason reading, you can a sense of what should be done, but the more practical side of me wasn’t sure on how to applied the philosophy.

Having three little girls close in ages and in different stages of learning, made my search for a curriculum that could fix our need a bit more challenging. Along the way I found two websites that offered free curriculum. 1. Ambleside Online have curriculum from year (0) or kindergarten to year 12. I like that you can print out a weekly scheduled to keep track of what your student are reading. Also 2. Simply Charlotte Mason offers the same type of free curriculum that you can print out and work with your students.

I appreciate both site have  free curriculum and great living books reading list, but the website aren’t aesthetically pleasing (in my opinion) and makes the navigation not an enjoyable experience. I decided to take the books and borrow somewhat the schedule they both have set to create my own curriculum for the girls.

Here are the books we are going to be using this year for school by subjects (I will update our schedule and routine later when the plans are more set on paper)

History we will be reading 

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  1. Our Island Story by H.E. Marshall *
  2. The Story of Canada by E.L. Marsh*
  3. Trial and Triumph by Richard M. Hannula *
  4. A Child History of the World by Virgil M. Hillyer *
  5. Joan of Arc by Diane Stanley

Natural History we will be reading

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  1. Seabird by Holling Clancy Holling
  2. Pagoo by Holling C. Holling
  3. A Drop of Water : A book of science and Wonder by Walter Wick
  4. Jack’s Insects by Edmund Selous
  5. Gregor Mendel : A friar who grew peas By Cheryl Bardeo
  6. Plants life in the Field and Garden by Arabella B. Buckley

Literature and tales we will be reading

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  1. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb *
  2. Parable of Nature by Margaret Gatty  *
  3. The Heroes by Charles Kingsley
  4. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat
  5. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  6. The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
  7. Anne of Green Gable series by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Poetry we will be reading

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  1. Poem every Child should know by Mary E. Burt *
  2. Ambleside Online Poetry Year Two by Laurio, Leslie *
  3. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats By T.S. Elliot

Math we will be reading


  1. Life of Fred : Apples by Stanley F. Schmidt
  2. Life of Fred : Butterflies by Stanley F. Schmidt
  3. Life of Fred  : Cats by Stanley F. Schmidt
  4. Life of Fred : Dogs by Stanley F. Schmidt

Bible : We will be reading about the exodus and the life of Moses (old testament), Luke (new testament)

Books with the astrerix ( * )are the books we already have started the previous years and will be continuing reading this year




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