Ambleside Online Year 7: plans & modifications

    Whenever I start planning a new year of home education I'm reminded again of the fact that each of my children are unique and what might have been good for one may not be the right choice for another at the same age. So just when I thought I should have all this … Continue reading Ambleside Online Year 7: plans & modifications

Highschool Biology with Living Books: Mr Tompkins Inside Himself…

Mr Tompkins Inside Himself  by George Gamow & Martynas Ycas 274 pages Illustrated with black pen drawings 1967 edition This book has been part of Benj's Science this term. He's also been working through Understanding Physics by Isaac Asimov this year, which he really enjoys. He wasn't keen on doing any more Biology but I … Continue reading Highschool Biology with Living Books: Mr Tompkins Inside Himself…

A Condensed Year 9 & 10 with a Weekly Schedule

  This is a term of work for Benj with an outline of his weekly schedule. He's 15 years old and will be starting Ambleside Online Year 11 at the beginning of next year by which time he'll have turned 16. This term has a selection of some books from AO Years 9 & 10 … Continue reading A Condensed Year 9 & 10 with a Weekly Schedule

A Peek at a Week – Year 4 Ambleside Online

These are some selections from a week of Ambleside Online Year 4, tweaked & poked to suit an Australian setting. Our remodelled version which we've been using is here and we're in Term 3. I must admit that when I looked at some of the books on the Year 4 list I doubted that Moozle would … Continue reading A Peek at a Week – Year 4 Ambleside Online

Coming Late to Ambleside Online – some thoughts on the high school years

      One ship sails East,And another West,By the self-same winds that blow, 'Tis the set of the sailsAnd not the gales,That tells the way we go.   Like the winds of the seaAre the waves of time,As we journey along through life,'Tis the set of the soul,That determines the goal,And not the calm … Continue reading Coming Late to Ambleside Online – some thoughts on the high school years

Keeping Company – Nature & Science Notebooks

Where science does not teach a child to wonder and admire it has perhaps no educative value.    A Philosophy of Education by Charlotte Mason   We've started getting back into our regular bush ventures now that the weather is cooling down here,  but this past week we had some outings which weren't done with … Continue reading Keeping Company – Nature & Science Notebooks

Ambleside Online Year 7 in Review

  The Lady of Shalott by J.W. Waterhouse, 1888     Bengy, our 14 year old, turning 15 later this year, has come to the end of AO Year 7. I've mentioned in other posts that the upper years of AO are sufficiently challenging for a students over a range of ages. It helps to … Continue reading Ambleside Online Year 7 in Review

Book Substitutions When Using Ambleside Online – Some Considerations

About eighteen months ago I modified Ambleside OnlineYear 9 for my 16 year old son, Nougat. He'd previously done AO Year 8 as is, with a couple of exceptions, but Year 9 is heavy on American History so I decided to change things to suit our Australian situation. It's not until you try to make … Continue reading Book Substitutions When Using Ambleside Online – Some Considerations

Ambleside Online Year 9 – Australian History & Geography – Part 2 Substitutions

These are our Australian selections for History & Geography for Ambleside Year 9. I'll do a separate post which will include selections that are not just about our part of the world. Term 1: 1688-1730 The Buccaneer Explorer: William Dampier's voyages ​ edited and with an introduction by Gerald Norris. (328 pages)   This is … Continue reading Ambleside Online Year 9 – Australian History & Geography – Part 2 Substitutions