My original plan for covering Ambleside Online Year 4 which included substitutions to fit in with the Australian History of the time period covered is here:
An Educational Manifesto
We followed the schedule as shown in that post.
So what did Moozle think of her books for this year?
Well these were her favourites:
The Incredible Journey
Our Sunburnt Country
History of Australia
How Did we Find Out About Numbers?
Karrawingi the Emu
Monarch of the Western Skies
The Story Book of Science
Probably the only books she complained about were George Finkel’s James Cook, which she read herself and had no trouble narrating but thought was ‘boring,’ and Trial & Triumph, from which I only assigned selected chapters.
A few thoughts & ideas…
History of Australia – I read this aloud & edited slightly at times. It covers the same events as Our Sunburnt Country. Using both books isn’t necessary because of this overlap but I preferred the first as I think it’s written at a higher level and as I’m planning to continue with this book for years 5 & 6 it made sense to do it this way. Having said that, each book focusses a little differently to the other and I was happy for Moozle to read Our Sunburnt Country in her own time. If I needed my child to read independently and was short on time I’d give them OSC.
Madame How & Lady Why – I posted the resources and rabbit trails we used with each chapter. It’s not an easy book for children because it’s not an easy book for a lot of adults, myself included, but I learnt so much with the reading & researching I did in making it accessible to Moozle. It connected well in places with the Story Book of Science which was helpful also as Moozle loved that book.
Reviews and Links to Resources:
We listened to the Arkangel audio books for All’s Well That Ends Well and Macbeth, and we watched productions of A Midsummer Night\’s Dream and Macbeth.
I think I still prefer the Naxos productions (e.g. The Tempest) that we\’ve listened to over the Arkangel audios. The narrators are just as good and they usually cost less.
Age of Fable – the Preface was the hardest part of this book, and not just for my 10 year old. We both listened to that chapter on Librivox and then I read to Moozle after that. We’ve recently started Year 5 and she has started to read this book on her own.
Edgar Degas, John William Waterhouse, J.M.W. Turner. Waterhouse is a great artist to look at alongside Age of Fable.
This year we concentrated on Handel & Antonín Dvořák. See A Peek at a Week.
Timoleon was the only Plutarch life we managed to do this year and I must say I missed the old fella. We started the life of Themistocles today and there were some names I recognised from The Spartan (AO Year 12) that I read recently.
Robinson Crusoe – we listened to this Blackstone Audio book which I borrowed from the library & it was very good