9 Dec 2008

Our AO2 Booklist

A number of Mums have been encouraging me to post our booklist for AO2.

Here is is! It's somewhat tentative and prone to change at the least provocation, but if you take it in that vein you may find it useful!!

(In brackets you'll find the Lexiles for many books. I hope that Jemimah may be able to read many of these for herself. You can learn more about the Lexile Framework here.)

This is an Australian adaptation of the Ambleside Online Year 2 List. We follow this wonderful curriculum very closely!

We're doing Exodus and Acts this term and using the resources here.

We're going to start with Discovering Jesus in Exodus by Susan Hunt

Our Island Story by HE Marshall
A Child's History of the World by Virgil Hillyer
* Lief the Lucky by D'Aulaire
***Columbus by D'Aulaire

History Tales and/or Biography
Trial and Triumph by Richard Hannula
* ** The Little Duke by Charlotte Yonge
*** Joan of Arc by Diane Stanley

* Trim by Matthew Flinders
** ***Seabird by Holling C. Holling
** *** Magic Australia by Nuri Mass

Natural History/Science
* Maggie the Magnificent by CK Thompson (We're finishing the last few chapters from AO1.)
* ** The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess
*** Pagoo by Holling C Holling
The Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock
The Wonderland of Nature by Nuri Mass
Famous Australian Birds by Gisela Kaplan

We're using MEP

Reading Practice
The Victorian Readers Book 3
Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner
Ramona the Pest by Beverley Cleary (850L)
The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh (610L)
The Boxcar Children Books 1-5 (490L)

Foreign Language
We use masses of resources for our immersion French programme.

Books by Anna Harwell Celenza and/or the Classical Kids CDs for your chosen composer.

* Peacock Pie by Walter de la Mare
** The Animals Noah Forgot by Banjo Paterson
*** AO online poems of Christine Rossetti

Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb
Pilgrim's Progress Book 1 (Christian's Journey) by John Bunyan
Parables from Nature by Margaret Gatty
* Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
** The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
*** Robin Hood by Howard Pyle

Australian Literature
Australian Legendary Tales by K Langloh-Parker
The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay

Additional Books for Free Reading
The Muddle Headed Wombat by Ruth Park(710L)
Thiele Tales - Three Long Tales for Children by Colin Thiele
Scottie in Gumnutland by May Gibbs (840L)
Heidi by Joanna Spyri
A Wonder Book by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney (860L)
Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales
Pied Piper of Hamlin by Robert Browning
Abraham Lincoln by Ingri D'Aulaire (900L)
Five Children and It by Edith Nesbit (980L)
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (760L)
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder (820L)
The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers (840L)
Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry (880L)
Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater (910L)
Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle
Chanticleer and the Fox by Barbara Cooney (AD 740L)
Along Came A Dog by Meindert De Jong (950L)
The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angli (990L)
Tree in the Trail (820L)


  1. Wow...what a brilliant stock of living books! Thank you for your humility to share your AO book list! Your list will inspire me very much to gather my own! xxx

  2. Hi Jeanne, I love what you've done with AO for us Aussies. Keep it up.
    Do you think Jemimah will read all the 'free-reads'?

  3. Well done, Louise!! I knew you could do it!!

  4. Looks great. Do you purchase all of these?
    Also, you had a sample of your daily schedule a while ago which I didn't get to look at properly. Is it still filed here?
    Thanks for sharing all this.
    Cheers, Lydia

  5. Hello Jeanne, I just wondered why you included some of the American content in. Such as the D'Aulaire books (theyr're not even listed in AO2), the Holling C. Holling books, and the Burgess Animal book? Just wondering if we really need to do them too. We read Paddle to the Sea this year but haven't really enjoyed it because the area is so foreign to us. Love all your work though. It's so helpful for us Aussies. Thanks from Teena

  6. Hello Jeanne! I hope that this is an ok place to post this question! I was wondering if you did eugene field or james whitcome riley at all? I have nearly finished the animals noah forgot but I am only in Term Two Year 2... should I do one of them to fill in the gap "O)And would you recommend either over the other??? Thanks so much!!!

  7. Hi Pauline,

    I can't comment on your blog - did you know? Perhaps could you look at adding name/URL to your list of options? Just for me?

    I didn't do either of these two poets. What about adding a few of the Banjo's other poems rather than doing another poet? Would that work? I think from memory I just read a few of the poems from the book a second time. One year I read some poems from a compendium to fill in the term - maybe it was AO2, I'm not sure. That would work as well, but Banjo has heaps of great poems for this age. Hope this helps. (How are you?)

  8. Hi there:) I love how you've incorporated the Aussie element into the Ambelside curriculum. I am just trying to work out how the Aussie stuff fits into the Ambelside curriculum though practically, day to day. My son is in year two and your year two schedule is just the overview not the breakdown week by week. For instance when it comes to Nature Study, according to the Homeschooling DownUnder lady the Nuri Mass book takes a year to undertake so I wonder how you can fit all the other bits in also? Thanks


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