Ai, yi, yi it’s that time of year again and most Aussie Homechoolers are buzzing with excitement waiting for their book orders to arrive. This list is subject to change. All you homeschool mums know what I mean, right? Know that when a resource is listed is is not used everyday or even every week, some are used for only what we need and then we move on. I will do some reviews on these resources.
Here is what we have for our eldest, 14 year old boy …
Progeny Press Literature Study Guide for Lord Of The Flies by William Golding. I let him choose the book for this.
Grammar – Our Mother Tongue by Nancy Wilson chp 10-49.
Composition through written Narrations, Dictation, Literature, continue Oral Narrations, Transcription and most skills we need to use in English can be done while reading books from all other subjects.
The History of English Literature for Girls and Boys by H.E. Marshall ch 60-73
MEP 8 (finishing a couple of units) & 9 (Mathematical Enhancement Programme) We take advantage of the Interactive lessons. His work is checked by the programme and automatically graded. He is give a percentage grade for each lesson. There is a facility for ‘Tell Me’ and ‘Try Again’.
Below these are some of the exercise books he will make entries in this year. He has a Leather bound Book Of Centuries (brown), his ‘Task Book’ that I write in each day (Green – and I occasionally get a note back), his Science/Nature Journal (black) and General notebooks that everything else goes in (one new and one almost full).
If you look closely you can see one of his interests, can you see a pile of dvds stacked there, that is his planned watch for the next rainy day. He loves all things trains.
Exploring The World Around You by Dr Gary Parker
Exploring The History of Medicine by John Hudson Tiner
Exploring The World of Physics by John Hudson Tiner
Phineas Gage: The Man With A Hole In His Head by John Fleishmann
We have a few Isaac Asimov books like How Did We Find Out About Germs, How Did We Find Out About Genes and How Did We Find Out About DNA. These are out Of Print. We will choose one of them and see how they go.
Adventures With A Microscope by Richard Heastrom (we choose about four adventures per term)
The Microbe Hunters by Paul DeKruif, Leeuwenhook
PDHPE (Personal Development, Health and Physical Education)
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by Paul Brand and Phillip Yancey
PE/Sports component is not hard to fulfill as he has an active interest in mountain biking, motorbiking, water skiing, boating, kayaking, surfing (having recently got his own long board, very exciting) and generally adventuring out of doors especially in the company of energetic friends. Personal Development overlaps with bible and character for us. We will continue to casually study nutrition.
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
Mobile Robotics (Swinburne University) Open 2 Study
Concepts In Game Development (Swinburne University) Open 2 Study
Electronics kit (he has about 22 projects left to complete)
Build Your Own Radio Kit (ummm, unfortunately the instructions are in Chinese so he’ll have to work that one out on his own, oops)
Building Remote Control Car
Computer – Powerpoint, Building in hardware improvements.
NATURE STUDY/NATURAL SCIENCE
Handbook Of Nature Study by Anna Comstock
HISTORY (we are looking c.1650-1850)
The Story of The World volume 3: Early Modern Times by Susan Wise Bauer. The audios that accompany these books are brilliant for car travel, especially when you have long country drives like I often do. They can be purchased as downloads from Peace Hill Press or as CD’s.
The Mystery of History volume IV
How Then Should We Live? The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture by Francis A Schaeffer (audio read by Kate Reading) Christian World View & Thinking Today.
See Literature list further down.
ARTS, HANDIWORKS, CREATIVE & PRACTICAL SKILLS
The Fallacy Detective by The Bluedorns
Getting Started With Latin by William E Linney. I think we will fly through this as it will be a little repetition to refresh before choosing to move on to something else.
AND maybe a little French along with his sister.
BIBLE, DEVOTIONS, CHARACTER
Some of these are short stories and some are longer novels. But this list was made up from simply looking on my bookshelves to see what we had there he hadn’t yet read. I really like being able to finish up a good book with a good movie. Now be assured we most likely wont read them all but I plan to update you on that. (winks)
Play – Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare) Bell Shakespeare will be performing Romeo and Juliet this year.
Play – The Importance of Being Earnest (Wilde)
Poetry – Banjo Paterson, Robert Burns & Emily Dickinson
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Kidnapped by Robert Louise Stevenson
Young Fu of The Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis
Carry On My Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Great Cases Of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Gift of the Magi O’Henry
The Ransom of Red Chief by O’Henry
The Cask of Amontillado (partial)by Edgar Allen Poe
The Necklace by Maupassant
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Ordinary Genius by McPherson
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Unknown to History: Captivity of Mary of Scotland, by Charlotte Yonge
The Sign Of The Beaver
Justin Morgan Had A Horse
The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleishman
Peter The Great by Diane Stanley (Read aloud to sister)
Young Nicks Head by Karen Hesse
Stowaway by Karen Hesse
Nanberry: Black Brother White by Jackie French
Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner
The Family At Misrule by Ethel Turner
FILM and DOCUMENTARY
This is really just a list to keep in mind for those rainy days or days we need some down time.
Tales From The Green Valley (YouTube)
Amazing Grace: The Story of William Wilberforce
The Heroic Present- short film about runaway European boys’ life with Romanie gypsies in the early 1900’s. It broaches cultural, societal, gender and minority issues from an outsider/insider perspective.
Follow The River
The Last Of The Mohicans
Catherine The Great
John Adams (HBO Mini series)
The Three Musketeers
Master and Commander
Sense and Sensibility
Love Comes Softly
BOOKS FOR MUM FOR THIS AGE BRACKET
Keeping a Nature Journal by Clare Leslie Walker
BIBLE! is a must