Ambleside Online Year 5 – with Australian Substitutes: Updated

What, then, have we to do for the child? Plainly we have not to develop the person; he is there already, with, possibly, every power that will serve him in his passage through life. Some day we shall be told that the very word education is a misnomer belonging to the stage of thought when … Continue reading Ambleside Online Year 5 – with Australian Substitutes: Updated

Australian Natural History – The Emu

On our trip to South Australia a couple of years ago we saw plenty of emus in the open areas of land along the way. These large flightless native birds are second only in size to the world's largest bird, the African ostrich and are also related to the cassowary and the rhea. We've gotten … Continue reading Australian Natural History – The Emu

A Course of Study for Homeschooling Years 11 and 12 in Australia

This is an outline of the work JJ, our eldest did in her final years of high-school. Most of it was done over eighteen months as she did the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) in May of her final year, and when she received the results from that, she applied directly to the university she wanted … Continue reading A Course of Study for Homeschooling Years 11 and 12 in Australia

An Educational Manifesto – Ambleside Online Year 4

    Every scholar of six years old and upwards should study with 'delight' his own, living, books on every subject in a pretty wide curriculum. Children between six and eight must for the most part have their books read to them.   School Education by Charlotte Mason     This year is the 7th and the … Continue reading An Educational Manifesto – Ambleside Online Year 4

Australian Historical Fiction: The Switherby Pilgrims by Eleanor Spence

    Eleanor Spence's book for children, The Switherby Pilgrims: A Tale of the Australian Bush, was originally published in 1967 and reprinted by Bethlehem Books in 2005. The author was born in 1928 in Sydney, New South Wales where she lived for most of her life, apart from a couple of years in England, … Continue reading Australian Historical Fiction: The Switherby Pilgrims by Eleanor Spence

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

Four First Rate Living Books to Read Aloud

Walkabout by James Vance Marshall   Walkabout is the story of a meeting of two very different cultures. A girl and her younger brother on their way to Australia from America are stranded in the Northern Territory after a plane crash in which they are the only survivors. They encounter a young Aboriginal boy on … Continue reading Four First Rate Living Books to Read Aloud

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