Switching homeschool paths in the middle of the summer means my planning changes a little too. I’m always up for a challenge though! The new Claritas Cycle 1 memory work has some overlaps with Classical Conversations, but it’s different enough that I wanted to create a new reading list for the school year. I kept the titles I thought would be relevant, as well as the books I really wanted to read with the children this year. But I’ve also added more resources that will make our reading list compliment the new memory work better. I may still add a few if they are good fits, but I’ll be working from this list. Many weeks are pretty aggressive – I’m positive we won’t get to all of the titles. In fact, I don’t think we could read all of them even if all we did was read all day. But I need a place to start, so I’ll pick the titles I think work best given our schedule the week or two before. Some of the weeks are lighter because I was unable to find anything appropriate for children during my research for those history sentences. But overall, almost every history sentence is covered, as well as most of the science sentences. A few of the ancient classics spill over into weeks that may not make sense, but I really wanted to cover these great works this year. Our Cycle 1 history sentences follow the Story of the World’s Volume 1, and the science sentences follow Elemental Science: Biology for the Grammar Stage. We will be listening to SOTW in the car, but you’ll see many supplements in the list below. There are definitely a few classics that I am hoping to read aloud also, like The Odyssey, The Bronze Bow, Carry On Mr. Bowditch, A Cry From Egypt, and Archimedes and the Door of Science. I also think the kids will enjoy My Side of the Mountain, Detectives in Togas and the follow-up, Mystery of the Roman Ransom.
My plan this year is to study the ancient civilizations and cultures from the history sentences a little more in-depth. I want the kids to have a good understanding of what it was like to live in ancient civilizations and know the customs of different cultures and religions. I think this reading list will get the job done. Some of them represent different age ranges in a few cases because I still have little ones. But for the most part, the books are appropriate for elementary-aged children. Many of the books that are pricier have used options on Amazon – some can be purchased for $0.99 and then have $3.99 shipping. We have a lot of old library books in our collection and I’m totally fine with that. It’s ok if books are already loved because we are going to love them too! You can also try the library, but I personally prefer to own our books so we can read them when we like.
Unlike Classical Conversations, Claritas does not include weekly fine arts studies or science experiments. I’ll be putting together our fine arts lessons for the coming school year, and the science experiments will also be planned in the near future. I’m looking forward to the freedom of studying more composers and artists with our group (I always wished CC provided more variety). Once I have our plans mapped out, I intend to write another post about that.
For a downloadable list, click HERE.
Ancient Civilizations (DK Eyewitness)
The Bronze Bow
Carry On Mr. Bowditch
My Side of the Mountain
The Story of the World Vol. 1 (audio version)
AIG’s Big Books of History
God’s Design for Life: The World of Plants
Creepy Crawlies and the Scientific Method: More Than 100 Hands-On Science Experiments for Children
Nature in a Nutshell for Kids: Over 100 Activities You Can Do in 10 Minutes or Less
Maps & Globes
Geography From A to Z
Barefoot Books World Atlas
Usborne Animal Picture Atlas
*Pharaohs and Pyramids
Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #3: Mummies & Pyramids
Ancient Egypt (DK Eyewitness)
*Casting the Gods Adrift
If I Were a Kid in Ancient Egypt
You Wouldn’t Want to be a Pyramid Builder!
*Cells for Kids
*The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus
*A Child’s Introduction to Greek Mythology
The Odyssey or
The Adventures of Odysseus
How Do Animals Adapt?
The Magic School Bus Goes Upstream
Animals In Winter
Ancient Rome (DK Eyewitness)
*History for Kids: Julius Caesar and Caesar Augustus
Ptolemy vs. Copernicus (from Jim Weiss’ Galileo and the Stargazers)
*I starred all of the books that we ultimately ended up using. I made reading aloud time a serious priority this year and am so glad I did!