Year 12 has looked different every time we’ve done it. These are my initial, to be updated, plans for this year for my daughter who’s just turned 17 using some selections from Ambleside Online (those are marked with an *) and adding other material I’d like her to cover. We’re going into Week 3 as I write.
I’ve always used a tick the box schedule (on the left of the photo above) but this year Miss M is using the list schedule (I printed out both anyhow) – above right, and keeping a diary for activities like swimming, workouts, cello, part-time work and reminders.
New Testament with Commentary (N.T. Wright’s Early Christian Letters For Everyone)
In the Steps of St. Paul by H.V. Morton – a wonderful combination of Early Church History and the Geography and culture of those times.
* The Call by Os Guinness
* The History of the Ancient World by Susan Wise Bauer – this is 896 pages long so I’ve scheduled about 21 pages a week over the whole year.
* The Consequence of Ideas by R. C. Sproul
* Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz
I’ll be adding in some worldview/modern times/Australian Politics books after I’ve raided my eldest son’s bookshelves 🙂
* Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis
* Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Shakespeare’s Henry VIII
I’ll probably add to this list later on.
* Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words by Susan G. Wooldridge
The Well-Read Poem Podcast – we’re listening to two different poems each week and have really appreciated the presenter’s ‘historical and intellectual background, elements of poetry & light explication’ of the selections.
We’ll use some of the AO speech selections and also some Australian resources, one of which is John Anderson’s Conversations.
Novare General Biology – we started this just over a year ago and I decided to spread the work out over about 18 months and add in some other living books related to the areas covered. This year we’ll be covering Human Organ Systems and Ecology so I’ve selected some chapters from Bill Bryson’s The Body for Miss 17 to read alongside, and Rachel Carson’s superb book of natural history, Under the Sea-Wind.
Uncle Tungsten is a biography that captures the author’s mania for chemistry and the books he read to fuel that obsession as he was growing up. Some mature content in this so I would definitely leave it for an older student.
Selected chapters from The Joy of Chemistry
Theodore Gray’s books are very attractive and interesting and my daughter wanted to read Reactions as she has really enjoyed the other two in this series, The Elements and Molecules. By doing all three you cover a good amount of chemistry, especially combined with the book above that provides ‘straightforward demonstrations that can be carried out in the kitchen or garage,’
Ten Equations That Changed the World by Michael Guillen – the story behind five mathematical equations that have shaped the modern world and the scientists that discovered them. The author’s website is here.
Weekly nature notebook entry; botany in the garden – propagating plants etc.
Grammar and Composition
I’m looking over the books we have, e.g.
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
The Lively Art of Writing by Lucille Vaughan Payne
Daily written narrations; poetic narrations
Weekly Commonplace entry
Latin Alive – we put this aside for a while but picking it up again this year.
French – using the Duo Lingo app for 10 minutes a day.
* A Meaningful World by Benjamin Wiker and Jonathan Witt
* Ourselves by Charlotte Mason
? Plutarch – possibly not
Other Interests We Make Time For
Cello & Musicianship lessons
Health & Nutrition – podcasts, reading, cooking
I don’t tend to schedule this unless there are particular books I’d like her to read because she reads widely, re-reads her favourites, and is always asking me for more books.
Her recent reading includes: Rex Stout, Louis L’Amour, Ngaio Marsh, Agatha Christie re-reads, Grace Livingstone Hill, Nevil Shute, Meredith Nicholson, E.C. Lorac, A.E. Mason.