The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
* The Flying Scotsman by Sally Magnusson – a biography of Eric Liddell
* Chariots of Fire – the movie of Liddell’s life
* Captain Cook by Alistair Maclean (I’ve written about it here – scroll down) Enjoyed by everyone here.
* My Love Must Wait by Ernestine Hill – I really liked this (review) but it was a bit too descriptive/wordy in Moozle’s opinion.
* Napoleon by Albert Marrin – a couple of my children have enjoyed this bio of Napoleon as well as other books by the same author. A well-written & engaging book.
* Currency Lass by Margaret Reeson – all of my girls read and appreciated this book about a young woman growing up in the early days of Sydney.
Age of Revolution by Winston Churchill
* A Short History of Australia by Ernest Scott – I had books by modern historians (Geoffrey Blainey and Manning Clarke) but I prefer Scott for this time period.
* Personal, Career, and Financial Security by Richard J. Maybury
Essays by Jane Haldimand Marcet
The History of English Literature for Girls and Boys by H.E. Marshall
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Battle of the Books by Jonathan Swift
The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
* Men, Microbes & Living Things by Katherine B. Shippen (Biology)
Napoleon’s Buttons & Phineas Gage – both carried over from the year before
* A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson – this has been a favourite book in Year 9. It is full of evolutionary content but Bryson has a light-hearted touch and is quick to point out holes in scientific thought and the quirks of scientists through the ages.
Cosmology, Biology, Geology, Physics, Chemistry…a broad sweep of what we have discovered about the Earth and what scientists have deduced from these discoveries; odd scientists, accidental discoveries and a good amount of humour sprinkled throughout. This has been a read aloud & discuss type of book and it has generated many interesting conversations, not to mention guffaws from my daughter, over some of the stuff that has gone on in the scientific world over the past two hundred or so years. The chapters are quite long so we’ll be continuing this book in Term 1 of year 10.
Natural History/Nature Study
* All Things Bright & Beautiful by James Herriot – this is the second memoir in Herriot’s series about his life as a vet in the Yorkshire Dales in the years just before WWII.
We visited this beautiful area on our 2019 overseas trip (which I wrote about here, and here!)
* Nature Studies in Australia by William Gillies
* The Art of Poetry – I reviewed this here. This is an excellent resource but I think for some students it might be overkill.
Plutarch: the Life of Demetrius
Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice & Measure for Measure
The Arts by Van Loon
Rafael Sabatini re-reads of a number of his books. Scaramouche, * Seahawk, * Captain Blood, * The Gamester
* The Dean’s Watch by Elizabeth Goudge
* Henrietta’s House by Elizabeth Goudge
* Murder Must Advertise & The Nine Tailors by D.L. Sayers
Agatha Christie – various
Ngaio Marsh – various
Margery Allingham – various
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren – I bought Moozle a lovely HB copy of this as she didn’t have the book. It’s written to a much younger age level but that didn’t stop her enjoying it.
Longitude by Dava Sobel
A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson – we saved this for reading after we’d been over there.
Art & Music
For Picture Study we looked at works by John Everett Millais, Francisco Goya, and El Greco.
We’ve used YouTube videos to learn some art techniques and Pinterest for ideas at times but I wanted something more structured for Moozle to work through.
I bought the art course below just over a year ago in the Black Friday sales and it was very good, so at the end of 2019 I bought the Pastels 101 for her to work through this year. With our low Aussie dollar everything from the USA seems exorbitant to us so a decent discount is always appreciated. At the time of my writing this they have a 40% off sale for the Art School Bundle which includes Drawing, Watercolour, Oils & Acrylics, and Pastels.
I added an account for Moozle on my Instagram so she can display her prodigious art work and various projects. It’s missy_hudson05 if you want to have a peek.
During 2019 Moozle prepared for her Grade 8 Cello exam so we incorporated music by Haydn, Edward Elgar, and Ernest Bloch that she was studying into our Composer Study and read through sections of The Arts by Van Loon that were scheduled in AO 9.
Clear Music Australia was recommended to me for sheet music about two years ago by one of Moozle’s accompanists. A supplier we used closed down so I had to scour ebay and random internet stores to try to find what we needed and for an instrument like the cello it was really difficult. Clear Music has been excellent – great service, reasonable prices & everything arrives quickly and undamaged (!!) so I highly recommend them.
I added this subject in Year 7 and have continued with it. The exciting thing was that in 2019 we travelled to the UK & Paris and saw some of this stuff first hand. The oldest building we have here (Elizabeth Farm) only dates back to the 1790’s so it was incredible to walk through castles, churches, and ruins that have been standing for centuries, and in some cases, millennia.
Swimming in a competitive squad continues three to four times a week with a two week break over Christmas. We’re nearly at the end of that and she’s itching to get back into training.
An example of a week’s scheduling: