Monday, September 14, 2015

6th Grade Book List {2015-2016}

Our educational philosophy follows a Charlotte Mason liberal arts education that focuses on our Catholic faith. 

This year we've made some changes to achieve that by following the Ambleside Online curriculum.

Tyler is 11 and would be 6th grade in brick and mortar school. Tyler's book list is based off of year 5 at AO. I made a few changes to year 5 for Tyler and those changes made were mostly in bible/religion(since we are Catholic we are going to use Catholic resources). Any other changes made were because of books we already had on hand or Tyler's personal preference in book selections.

I'm not linking the book selections from AO. You can find links to those here. Selections not from AO will be linked to where you can find those. None of the links are affiliates.

This Country of Ours by H. E. Marshall
Abraham Lincoln's World by Genevieve Foster (term 1 & 2)
The Story of the World Volume 4 by Susan Wise Bauer (term 3)
Of Courage Undaunted: Across the Continent with Lewis and Clark by James Daugherty (term 1 reading)
a book on Beatrix Potter (not picked out yet, term 2 reading)
Carry a Big Stick: The Uncommon Heroism of Teddy Roosevelt by George Grant (term 3 reading)
The Book of Marvels: The Occident and The Book of Marvels: The Orient by Richard Halliburton
Home Geography by C. C. Long
Map drill on South American, North America, and United States

Science/Nature Study:
Wild Animals I Have Known by Ernest Thompson Seton
Christian Liberty Nature Reader 5 by Worthington Hooker
The Story of Inventions by Frank Bachman
Rocks, Rivers, and the Changing Earth: A First Book About Geology by Schnieders (this was a replacement to Lady How and Madame Why since that book was started in year 4 and too big to complete in one year)
Chemistry Kit for experimenting (AO recommended a physics experiment book but Tyler got this last Christmas and really wanted to finally dig into it)
Science biographies (one book per term)on Sir Isaac Newton, Alexander Graham Bell, and George Washing Carver. AO has some recommended titles but I searched our local library and went with what they had to avoid the extra cost of purchasing. The only suggested book our local library had was the Always Inventing by Tom Matthew, which we will use.

The Age of Fable by Thomas Bulfinch
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
I added in Pagoo by Holling C. Holling, which is in year 3 science recommendations, since Tyler has not read it and we are going to the beach very soon.
He will also read a book by Rudyard Kipling in term 2 and/or 3 (once King Arthur is finished). I haven't decided on which one yet. AO recommends Kim, but we may pick another since Tyler has not read any of his books yet.

Free Reading selections:
Little House series
continue the Narnia series
Bush Boys series 
The Hobbit

Language Arts:
Using Language Well Book 2  from Simply Charlotte Mason 
Spelling Wisdom Book 2 from Simply Charlotte Mason (which may be too hard for him, so we may go back to books 1)
one weekly written narration
Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree  (perhaps overkill with Using Language Well, but I couldn't decided and they seem to complement each other at the moment)
daily copywork
daily oral narrations
Poetry for term 1-read a poem daily from Cautionary Tales for Children by Hilaire Belloc (hilarious!); term 2-poetry from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; term 3-poetry from Rudyard Kipling (I changed the AO order of poets for year 5 and took out Whittier/Dunbar to use Belloc instead.)

Saxon 6/5
Life of Fred Liver and Mineshaft
Xtra Math (for math fact drill along with Saxon practice sheets)

The First Christians: The Acts of the Apostles for Children by Marigold Hunt
The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism 2 
Mother Seton and the Sisters of Charity by Alma Power-Waters (term 1 saint reading)
Saint readings for term 2 & 3 have not been picked yet.

Foreign Language:
Latin was bought to be started but Tyler is not cooperating, so it is on hold at the moment. I had planned to use Latin for Children by Classical Academic Press. We may get a Greek book for Christmas per his request.

I will have another post on Caleb's 9th grade selections and our Morning Basket work coming up soon! 

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