Before I begin Reece's book list for next year, can we all just pause a moment and take a deep breath while we notice that she is a 5th grader this school year?? 5th grade?? She'll be in middle school this time next year?!? My baby?!? What on earth?!?
Wow. Time sure does fly, doesn't it?
We are going to be jumping ahead a little bit in history, mostly driven by the fact that Austin will be a 10th grader (shhh, I'm in denial) and we really haven't spent a lot of time focused on American History. We have done two complete rotations through the history of the world, and we've touched on American History, but not as in-depth as I would like. And since I would really like to take the kids to Washington, D.C. in the next few years, I decided to spend the next 3 years in the time period from the late 1600s to the present, skipping over the Middle Ages. This year we will touch on the late 1600s and dive into the 1700s, which will include the American and French Revolutions.
Most of the books we use can easily be found on amazon (or at your local library) so I won't include links. But if there is a book that I list in any of the kids' lists that you cannot locate, please leave a comment and I will post a link to it! This list is inspired by the Ambleside Online curriculum (Year 4).
HISTORY - Story of the World, Volume 3 by Susan Wise Bauer; The Landmark History of the American People by Daniel J. Boorstin; George Washington's World by Genevieve Foster.
GEOGRAPHY - Around the World in 100 Years by Jean Fritz; Marco Polo by Charles Graves
BIOGRAPHY - Poor Richard by James Daugherty; Abigail Adams by Natalie Bober
SCIENCE - The Body Book: Easy to Make Hands-On Models That Teach by Donald Silver; Christian Liberty Press Nature Reader, Book 5
LITERATURE - Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe; Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson; The Incredible Journey by Sheila Bumford; The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving; Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving
POETRY - Alfred Lord Tennyson; Emily Dickinson; William Wordsworth. I like to use the Poetry for Young People series.
DEVOTIONS - This will be Reece's first year to read a devotional. I am planning to use A Girl After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George.
MATH - RightStart Mathematics, Level D. Why mess with success?! LOL
LATIN - Minimus Latin. She's been bugging me for awhile to learn Latin, and this is a gentle introduction.
FRENCH - First Start French. This is another thing she has been bugging me about learning French for a long time. Since I have a background in French, this will be easy for me to teach.
GRAMMAR and COMPOSITION - Junior Analytical Grammar; Writing With Ease Level 3 or 4 (have to look at this at the expo next weekend. She finished level 2 this year but it quickly became very easy for her)
SPELLING - Rod and Staff, finish Grade 4 and begin Grade 5.
LOGIC - Gentle introduction using Mind Benders from the Critical Thinking Company and Logic Countdown if she sails through the Mind Benders books.
FREE READING - Reece does not enjoy reading at all, though she loves being read to. I keep hoping that will change. Maybe this will be the year! Some of the books I will put in her Free Reading basket include Misty of Chincoteague; Frindle; Along Came a Dog; The Toothpaste Millionaire; Calico Captive; Johnny Tremain; The Reb and the Redcoats; On the Banks of Plum Creek; By the Shores of Silver Lake; Caddie Woodlawn; Alice in Wonderland
Typing it all out gives me somewhat of a panic attack! LOL And this is just the 5th grader. Wow, we're going to have a busy year!