A Tweaked Version of Ambleside Online Year 9

We finished up AO Year 9  at the end of 2019. Prior to this I had decided to combine Years 8 & 9 over 18 months. This meant making a few changes and omitting some things for various reasons. Australian titles were substituted in some areas and I've marked these with an * Books written … Continue reading A Tweaked Version of Ambleside Online Year 9

Chocky by John Wyndham (1968)

    John Wyndham is known for his ‘logical fantasies’ which have been described as modified science fiction. I’ve previously read his The Day of the Triffids and enjoyed that. Chocky is quite a different story. It has a slower pace and doesn’t have much action to speak of but it has plenty of thoughtful … Continue reading Chocky by John Wyndham (1968)

Plans for Combining Ambleside Online Years 8 & 9 Over 18 Months

In a previous post I mentioned that we were planning to do a combination of Years 8 & 9 over 18 months.  This is the Year 7, 8, & 9 in Two Years plan at AO that I'm modifying - we started at Week 25. As we were finishing up Year 7 when I decided … Continue reading Plans for Combining Ambleside Online Years 8 & 9 Over 18 Months

Initiating Interests: Architectural Science

Our aim in Education is to give a Full Life. - We begin to see what we want. Children make large demands upon us. We wish to place before the child open doors to many avenues of instruction and delight, in each one of which he should find quickening thoughts...We owe it to them to … Continue reading Initiating Interests: Architectural Science

An Australian Classic & a Living Book – My Love Must Wait: The Story of Matthew Flinders by Ernestine Hill (1941)

'If the plan of a voyage of discovery were to be read over my grave,  I would rise up, awakened from the dead.'   Matthew Flinders (1774-1814)   My Love Must Wait is a book I've known about for years and if it had been published under a more auspicious title I might have read … Continue reading An Australian Classic & a Living Book – My Love Must Wait: The Story of Matthew Flinders by Ernestine Hill (1941)

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

The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith (?1730-1774)

Oliver Goldsmith counted among his friends the distinguished 'man of letters,' Dr.  Samuel Johnson and the famous artist Sir Joshua Reynolds. He was admired by Goethe, Sir Walter Scott and William Makepeace Thackery, author of Vanity Fair, but he when he arrived in London in 1756, he was penniless, unknown and had a face disfigured … Continue reading The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith (?1730-1774)

Ambleside Online Years 3 & 9 – Jacobite Folksongs

In the third term of AO Year 3 Our Island Story covers some Jacobite history. We've been listening to the song below, Ye Jacobites, which was re-written from the original by Robert Burns in 1791. At first look it seems Robert Burns was anti-Jacobite but I've read a few opinions about whether or not this … Continue reading Ambleside Online Years 3 & 9 – Jacobite Folksongs

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