Tuesday, September 15, 2015

9th Grade Booklist {2015-2016}

You can find the introduction and Tyler's booklist here. A post on what is in our Morning Basket will follow soon.

This booklist is for Caleb who is 14 and in the 9th grade. His list is adapted from Ambleside Online (AO) Year 7. Adaptions were made to make sure he is working at a high school level and to accommodate our personal preferences.

One thing I failed to mention in the introduction/Tyler's list is that AO is a rigorous curriculum. Year 7 is high school level in my opinion. Their years are not written to follow along to an equivalent public school grade. I picked year 5 for Tyler because it was about where he was in history. (He really was at year 4 history rotation but I thought the book choices for year 5 were more at his level.) I picked year 7 for Caleb because most of year 9 book choices were to far above his level. Year 7 also matched up the best for his history rotation too.

I'm not linking to the books I pulled from AO but you can find links to that material here (and I will say what AO year I pulled them from if not year 7).  Books that are not AO will be linked to sources of purchase. None of the links are affiliates. 

History/Geography: (British history heavy this year)
The History of England by Arnold-Forster
Light to the Nation Volume 1 (just to add a Catholic component, a well-rounded world history, and Church history)
The Crusades by Hilaire Belloc  (term 2 & 3 reading)
The Brendan Voyage by Tim Severin (term 1 & 2)
Geography reading for term 3 is still up in the air. We will use a suggestion from AO or we may use Why Greenland is an Island . . . by Joyce Davis
Map drill of Europe

We decided to take an integrated living book approach for high school science. At the end of 4 years Caleb should have a credit for biology, physics, chemistry, and whatever other sciences his reading list covers.

Eric Soloane's Weather Book (term 1 reading)
A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawkings (AO year 8 science-term 1 reading) 
First Studies of Plant Life by Atkinson
The Amateur Natuarlist by Gerald Durrell

The Practical Botany for Gardeners by Geoff Hodge

King Soloman's Ring by Konrad Lorenz (term 2 & 3)
And probably an undecided chemistry book once term 1 books are finished.

Prose & Poetry for Enjoyment 
The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle (term 1)
Term 2 & 3 readings are undecided at this point, but those choices will come from the year 7 list.  

At first glance it may look like Caleb's language arts does not follow a Charlotte Mason philosophy, but even though I went with "programs", we follow them in a CM inspired way. I truly think we are sticking to Miss Mason's principles with these programs.
Fix It! Grammar: Robin Hood
Spelling You See
IEW: Medieval History Based Writing Lessons 
daily oral narrations and written narrations

Math-U-See Algebra 1
Caleb also uses xtramath.org to review basic math facts. We also use Khan Academy for extra help with Algebra.

How To Read a Book by Mortimer Adler and Chares Van Doren
The Fallacy Detective by  Bluedorn

The Story of Painting by Janson
A Child's Book of Prayer in Art by Sister Wendy Beckett (term 1)
Picture Study Portfolios-da Vinci (term 2)
(term 3 artist not chosen, yet)
Art For Kids-Drawing by Temple 

To The Heights: A Novel Based on the Life of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati (I don't think this will take all year to read but I don't have other saint books picked out yet.)
Chief Truths of the Faith by Fr. Laux 

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy by Richard Maybury (term 1)
Term 2 & 3 readings are undecided but we will most likely get them from AO year 8 and continue reading the Maybury books.

Foreign Language:
Caleb has picked Spanish. I don't have any resources to share. Caleb has started Spanish, but I'm still working on customizing a program to work for high school level and in a Charlotte Mason way. It's a tough order to fill!

Caleb is also working on getting PE and health credits this year.


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