following is a schedule and booklist that I created in an effort to offer my own son a kindergarten experience similar in
style to the Ambleside Online curriculum. I felt that I should use this introductory
letter to explain the schedule itself and how I came to choose some of the materials that will be used.
will first notice that, like Ambleside Online, we will also be utilizing the 3-term format.
The school year itself is essentially a full year long with each term lasting three months. Between each term is a one-month respite to be used as free time for the parent and student. I felt that this system would allow for a more adequate period of rest than the traditional schedule thus
preventing a case of the doldrums in both parent and child.
order to avoid a sense of monotony during the school year, each term lends itself to a distinct period in history - term 1
being Colonial, term 2 being Revolutionary and term 3 being Pioneer. Each book
therein was carefully chosen to reflect the subject at hand. You might argue
that far too many books are planned but again this was designed with my own son’s personal needs in mind and he is quite
a devourer of books. Remember too that it is not necessary to use each and every
book; some may be replaced or even overlooked altogether. I must also say that
all of these books are available through our public library system so as to avoid purchasing each and every one listed.
natural sciences only three books are absolutely necessary for the entire year and should be purchased, The Handbook of Nature
Study, Christian Liberty Nature Reader book 1 and Burgess’s Bird Book. Many
other supplementary books are available through your local library should you choose to make use of them. After much thought and prayer I decided that we would use Burgess’s Bird Book despite the fact that
it is used in Ambleside Online year 1. The reason behind this is two-fold, the
first being that it is a book we already own and the second being that my son is extremely interested in birds at the moment. Thankfully there are many other Burgess books to choose from such as Burgess’s
Flower Book or Burgess’s Seashore Book if this is simply unacceptable to you.
For a complete list of Mr. Burgess’s lovely nature books go to www.thorntonburgess.org.
must say that I have no previous experience with the Simply series by Charlotte Mason mom, Laurie Hicks, however that is what
we will be using for kindergarten mathematics and phonics along with Ruth Beechick’s three book set, "The 3 'R's." From what I gather the Simply series is a very gentle approach to math and phonics
and is in line with the Charlotte Mason values of education that I hold so dear. It
can be purchased through Shoelace Books at www.shoelacebooks.com.
In my opinion the subject of poetry is a matter of preference. What one person considers enjoyable may be nerve-racking or even twaddle to another. I have chosen “Read-Aloud Poems for Young People” again because it is one that we already own
and because it is rife with nature poetry. The poems tend to be rather long but
many of them have caught my son’s attention because they tell a story.
two books chosen for literature and tales, North American Indian Tales by W.T. Larned and Favorite
Celtic Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs, are again ones we already own but can very easily and inexpensively
be purchased through Dover Publications. In addition to these two there are several
more in this series of tales from around the world including Chinese, Scottish, Irish and Italian fairy tales. They are rather charming little paperbacks with simple line drawings throughout though be sure to pre-read
each story as I have found a few things I wouldn’t yet want my son to hear.
then we come to books for free reading. These, I believe, are a purely a matter
of choice. Our list simply reflects what we already own, can get from the library
and what we have not already read. There are hundreds upon hundreds of good classic
books out there that can easily be supplemented for those listed.
by certainly not least we will be studying basic Spanish this year. Our main resources will include the Teach Me Spanish
course, Twin Sisters Spanish CD, First Thousand Words in Spanish book, Dora the Explorer and various other books, CD's
and videos available from our public library. I must note though that this is only an introduction to
Spanish rather than an intensive daily course.
hope that this schedule and booklist might be useful to someone. If you have
any questions please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
a blessed day in Christ.