19 Oct 2011

AO4 Booklist

Well Sarah and Louise and Rosemary, here it is. Better late than never, eh? I'll get onto AO3 next. Sorry.

Do tell me what else you need. Don't forget to check the Our curriculum tab above as well. I update that one relatively often.

Does anybody else use my Australianised curriculum? If so, I'd love to know who you are. Please talk to me!

Grandpa's Box: Retelling the Biblical Story of Redemption by Starr Meade
Big Book Of Questions & Answers About Jesus by Sinclair Ferguson (This book would be better in AO2, but I was a bit slow. It is still good though.)

Jemimah is reading through the Gospel of Mark and keeping a Bible Notebook.

History: 1700's up to the French and American Revolutions
** ***George Washington's World by Genevieve Foster (purchase) 349 pages

Term 1 Aborigines and Discovery
Our Sunburnt Country Ch 1 The Land of the Dreamtime
The Story of Australia Ch 1 A Hidden Country and its People
CHOW Ch 71 Charles I 1600
The Story of Australia Ch 2 The Hidden Land is Found Portugal/Dutch 1605
CHOW Ch 72 Louis XIII 1601-43
The Story of Australia Ch 3 A Dutch Sailor Tasman 1642
The Story of Australia Ch 4 The British come Dampier 1699

Term 2 Captain Cook
Our Sunburnt Country Ch2 New Visitors to an Old Land Cook 1660-1761
The Story of Australia Ch 5 Captain James Cook Cook 1770
CHOW Ch 74 Prussia Frederick 1740-86
Our Island Story Ch 45 Loss of America George III 1776
CHOW Ch 75 American Revolution George III 1776

Term 3 The First Fleet, Matthew Flinders
The Story of Australia Ch 6 British Settlement 1st Fleet 1788
Our Sunburnt Country Ch 3 The Came and Stayed Ist Fleet 1788
The Story of Australia Ch 7 Trouble and Wool Bligh
Our Sunburnt Country Ch 4 Rum and Rebellion Bligh
The Story of Australia Ch8 Bass and Flinders Flinders 1795
Our Sunburnt Country Ch 5 Bass and Flinders Flinders 1795

History Tales and/or Biography
Trial and Triumph by Richard Hannula (purchase/purchase for Kindle) [note]
* Children of the Dark People by Frank Dalby Davison
**James Cook : Royal Navy by George Finkel
**Bennelong by Joan Phipson
*** The Little Wooden Horse by Mark Wilson
*** John of the Sirius by Doris Chadwick (Don't pay overinflated prices for this book.)
***Matthew Flinders by George Finkel

* **They Live in Australia by Eve Pownall
*** The Old Man River of Australia Leila Pirani
***River Murray Mary by Colin Thiele

Natural History/Science

Madam How and Lady Why by Charles Kingsley first half
* The Glen, Earthquakes;
** Volcanos, Transformations of a Grain of Soil
*** The Ice-Plough, The True Fairy-Tale, The Chalk Carts
The Storybook of Science by Jean-Henri Fabre (purchase/purchase for Kindle)
Physics Lab in the Home by Robert Friedhoffer (purchase) [note]


Selections from our books, Scripture and poetry.
Cursive speed loops and print script for labelling using New Wave Handwriting Book D


* ** First Grammar Lessons by Charlotte Mason
*** Little Grammar People by Nuri Mass (Grammarland would be a good substitute for this difficult to find book. Free online.)


* **Select a program that meets your family's needs. We used MEP Years 4 and 5a.
Pet Shop Maths Simply Charlotte Mason

Studied Dictation

Spelling Wisdom British Version Simply Charlotte Mason

Foreign Language

L'Art de Lire
French folksongs 3 per term
French memory verses

Minimus Primary Latin

* Ted Hughes Collected Poems for Children
** Emily Dickinson
*** William Wordsworth

The Age of Fable by Thomas Bulfinch preface to 14 (Minerva-Niobe)
* ** The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

** *** Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
short works:
** The Drover's Wife by Henry Lawson
*** The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
*** Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
*** Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving
***Kookanoo and Kangaroo by Mary Durack

Additional Books for Free Reading
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
Family at Misrule Ethel Turner
Mates at Billabong by Mary Grant Bruce
The Rescuers by Margery Sharp
Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
***Meet Poppy by Gabrielle Wang
Children of Green Knowe by Lucy Boston
Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit
Mrs Frisby and the rats of NIMH by Robert O'Brien
A Book of Golden Deeds by Charlotte Yonge
Bambi by Felix Salten
The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
Little Britches by Ralph Moody (Read aloud to edit the language)
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
The Borrowers Afield by Mary Norton
Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight
Gentle Ben by Walt Morey
Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright
Return To Gone Away by Elizabeth Enright
By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Complete Peterkin Papers by Lucretia Hale
** Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare
*** Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
Tree of Freedom by Rebecca Caudill
Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
*** The Reb and the Redcoats by Constance Savery (British view of revolution)
Justin Morgan had a Horse by Marguerite Henry


  1. Jeanne
    I'd love to pm you, but can't find your email addy here. Would you be able to drop me a line please:):)

  2. This is wonderful, thank you so very much Jeanne! xxx

  3. Ooh, I like the look of this! Great work Jeanne, and thanks for sharing. Mel x

  4. Thank you so much Jeanne, I'm going to come back later and look at this more closely, just wanted to say thanks for this and the AO3 schedule:)

  5. Thanks heaps Jeanne. I'm so grateful to you that you share this information.
    Thanks too for the AO3 schedule. I agree that seeing it all put together week by week is really helpful.
    Can I be cheeky and ask if you have an AO2 schedule that you could show us?

  6. Hi Jeanne, I have been looking at your site because I am planning our AO4 for next year. We'll be adding NZ history but I would like to add a little Australian history and culture to the mix as well, and of course Captain Cook is common to both. Thanks for sharing your curriculum.

  7. Hi Jeanne, I notice this says that Little Grammar People is hard to find, but dear Anthony has republished now, so people can find it to purchase at livingbookpress.com
    Hope others will enjoy it too! - Bec

  8. Hi Jeanne,
    Yes, we use your Australian curriculum and are so grateful for it! I just would have no idea where to start if not for you.


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