Ambleside Online Year 4 – a review of our year

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 … Continue reading Ambleside Online Year 4 – a review of our year

Madame How & Lady Why: Chapter 7 – The Chalk-Carts

Chalk-carts, like mice, and dead leaves, and most other matters in the universe are very curious and odd things in the eyes of wise and reasonable people.    The White Cliffs of Dover     I couldn't find a definition of 'chalk-carts' anywhere although it's obvious Kingsley was referring to the carts that carried chalk … Continue reading Madame How & Lady Why: Chapter 7 – The Chalk-Carts

Madame How & Lady Why – Chapter 6: The True Fairy Tale

  Chauvet Cave, France     You like to draw: but why you like it neither you nor any man can tell. It is one of the mysteries of human nature; and that poor savage clothed in skins, dirty it may be, and more ignorant than you (happily) can conceive, when he sat in the … Continue reading Madame How & Lady Why – Chapter 6: The True Fairy Tale

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

Madame How & Lady Why: Chapter 5 – The Ice-Plough

I must tell you that there are sometimes—not often, but sometimes—pages in Madam How's book in which one single letter tells you as much as a whole chapter; in which if you find one little fact, and know what it really means, it makes you certain that a thousand other great facts have happened... You … Continue reading Madame How & Lady Why: Chapter 5 – The Ice-Plough

Madame How & Lady Why: Chapter 4 – The Transformation of a Grain of Soil

'Why, you ask, are there such terrible things as volcanos? Of what use can they be?'   The Eruption of the Souffrier Mountains, in the Island of St Vincent, at Midnight, on the 30th of April, 1812, from a Sketch Taken at the Time by Hugh P. Keane, Esqre by Joseph Mallord William Turner   … Continue reading Madame How & Lady Why: Chapter 4 – The Transformation of a Grain of Soil

Teaching Children to Wonder & Admire: The Story Book of Science by Jean Henri Fabre

Ambleside Online uses The Story Book of Science by Jean Henri Fabre (1823-1915) in Year 4 and along with another Year 4 science title, Madame How & Lady Why (MHLW) the book generates many questions and discussions on the AO forum.          Fabre wrote this book in 1917, and many of the forum … Continue reading Teaching Children to Wonder & Admire: The Story Book of Science by Jean Henri Fabre

Madame How & Lady Why – Part 2: Earthquakes

Earthquakes - Chapter 2 80% of the world's earthquakes occur along the rim of the Pacific Ring of Fire and much of what we've used to supplement MHLW in this chapter is related to this part of the world.Australia sits in the middle of  the Indo-Australian tectonic plate, and the unpredictable earthquake activity we have … Continue reading Madame How & Lady Why – Part 2: Earthquakes

Madame How & Lady Why by Charles Kingsley – Part 1: The Glen

". . . it is by watching the common natural things around you, and considering the lilies of the field, how they grow, that you will begin at least to learn that far Diviner mystery, that you have a Father in Heaven."   Charles Kingsley (1819-1875)     Madame How & Lady Why (MHLW) is … Continue reading Madame How & Lady Why by Charles Kingsley – Part 1: The Glen

Ambleside Online Year 4 – Exam for Term 1

'...knowledge is acquired only by what we may call "the act of knowing," which is both encouraged and tested by narration, and which further requires the later test and record afforded by examinations.'    A Philosophy of Education by Charlotte Mason, Pg. 292   It took a while for me to be convinced that exams … Continue reading Ambleside Online Year 4 – Exam for Term 1