Keeping Notebooks & a Bookish Update

I started a monthly or thereabouts Charlotte Mason newsletter about 18 months ago. Since moving to WordPress the link to request the newsletter doesn't work. I've had a few queries about Notebooks recently but it's a topic that comes up quite often so I've started writing about Notebooks in a Charlotte Mason education and sending … Continue reading Keeping Notebooks & a Bookish Update

Ambleside Online Year 11

This is our Year 11 Australian/personalised adaption of Ambleside Online. We've finished Term 1 and are a couple of weeks into Term 2 so I'll update this post as we continue through the year. Bible/Devotions *  **  * *** In The Steps of the Master by H.V. Morton - Bible History & Geography * Knowing God by … Continue reading Ambleside Online Year 11

Narrative Non-Fiction Books for Young Readers: Australian Animals

I\'m always on the look out for good narrative non-fiction books for children. I really like some of the Australian Natural History picture books that are available now that combine factual content within a story. I've previously written about one of these books, 'Emu' written by Claire Saxby and illustrated by Graham Byrne, that is … Continue reading Narrative Non-Fiction Books for Young Readers: Australian Animals

An Australian Classic: The Fortunes of Richard Mahony by Henry Handel Richardson

The Fortunes of Richard Mahony is a 943 page classic and an Australian one at that. It is also a tragedy. The author relentlessly follows the ‘fortunes’ of both Richard Mahony and his wife, Polly (known as Mary later in the book), the ups and downs of their rollercoaster-like lives, the inevitable sadness of their … Continue reading An Australian Classic: The Fortunes of Richard Mahony by Henry Handel Richardson

Charlotte Mason Highschool – a 15 Year Old's Year

This is a review of what we've done this year. It's based on Ambleside Online Year 10 but with some adaptions for Australian content, personal interests, and substitutions I wanted to make - books I have and wanted to use or thought were important to include. I've linked to reviews or thoughts I've shared on … Continue reading Charlotte Mason Highschool – a 15 Year Old's Year

Towards an Australian Charlotte Mason Curriculum

      This is a page in progress with ideas for living books, related to Australia in some way, that we've used. I'll link to any reviews I've written and give a recommended age or an Ambleside Online year if you're looking for Australian substitutes.   Ambleside Online Year 11     Picture Books … Continue reading Towards an Australian Charlotte Mason Curriculum

A Foray into Some Modern Books

Lila by Marilynne Robinson (2014)       I’ve been interested in reading something by this author for some time but as I’m always cautious about more modern novels and am generally disappointed with them, I wasn’t prepared to buy a new copy. Fortunately, I found a copy of at a secondhand book sale and then … Continue reading A Foray into Some Modern Books

Ten Favourite Books of a 15 Year Old

I asked my 15 yr old daughter to write a few words about the books she's enjoyed - she reads A LOT, so the following are books she's read or re-read recently or those that first came to mind about an hour ago when I asked her. Seven Daughters and Seven Sons - Barbara Cohen … Continue reading Ten Favourite Books of a 15 Year Old

Ambleside Online Year 10: an Australian Biography – Flynn of the Inland by Ion L. Idriess (1932)

  Flynn of the Inland by Ion (Jack) Idriess is a book I've used in the past for high school. I'll be using it again next year as an Australian Biography substitute in Ambleside Online Year 10.  This book reflects views on race that were acceptable for the time in which it was written but … Continue reading Ambleside Online Year 10: an Australian Biography – Flynn of the Inland by Ion L. Idriess (1932)