Year 5 Program and Books

You Can Change Your World Vol 1 and 2  by Daphne Spragget and Johnstone
 (note: a newer volume has been released called Window on the World)

For private daily bible reading children may use:
Keep a Bible Journal-sermon notes, Bible chapter themes, prayers and pr. lists,
Book of Genesis
Greenleaf Guide to the Old Testament
The Victor Journey through the Bible by Beers (for yrs 5,6,7) 
Adam and His Kin by Ruth Beechick:

Writing (Copywork)
Transcribe from reading books.
Approximately two perfectly written lines every day or 15 minutes.
3 written narrations weekly chosen from literature.
Journal writing
Learn to outline.

Dictation (Spelling)
Up to two pages at a time to be prepared carefully: then a paragraph from one of these pages to be written from dictation, or, occasionally, from memory. Use the books set for reading and history.

Keep a list of misspelled words and apply dictation method to short lists on dry erase board.

Easy Grammar grade 5 by Wanda Phillips
Easy Grammar Plus by Wanda Phillips (more difficult;not recommended before 10 yrs of age) 
English Grammar 101 looks like a good, free option

Type it! by Joan Duffy (complete approx 4 lessons this year)
or use a free online typing program. Some suggestions:

English History
Main Text: An Island Story by H. Marshall (2nd half)
Unknown to History: The Captivity of Mary, Queen of Scotland by C. Yonge

Non-Western Cultures
You may wish to study some of the countries in more detail using an encyclopedia. ( is one online option)
Teach your student to outline using some of the articles.
Material World: A Global Family Portrait by Peter Menzel
India: The People by Bobbie Kalman
Russia: The People and/or The Culture
Peter the Great by Diane Stanley
Faces: Australia Through Time by Cobblestone publ. (or any good, brief book about Australia)
The Mongols by Robert Nicholson
Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun by Rhoda Blumberg

Historical Tales:
Island of the Blue Dolphins by O'Dell
Genghis Khan and  the Mongol Hordes – A Landmark bk by Lamb
Land I Lost, The by Nhuong
Aladdin and Other Favorite Arabian Nights Stories by Smith
Star of Light by St. John
House of Sixty Fathers by DeJong
Journey to Jo'burg by Naidoo
Tales of a Korean Grandmother by Carpenter 
Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Lewis

Optional: (more wonderful books for the voracious reader)
A Single Shard by Park
King of the Wind by Henry
Big Wave, The by Buck
Sadako and the1000 Paper Cranes by Coerr
Shadow Spinner by Fletcher
Call it Courage by Sperry
Eric Liddell by
William Carey: Obliged to Go by  
Teresa of Calcutta
God's Adventurer: Hudson Taylor  
Amy Carmichael: Rescuer of Precious Gems by Janet Benge
Mary Slessor: Forward into Calabar by

And the Word Came with Power by Joanne Shetler, Patricia Purvis
Escape to the Jungle: Stories of Missionary Experiences by SIM international
Amos Fortune, Free Man by Yates
Gandhi, Peaceful Warrior by Bains
RA Plutarch's Lives-various translations. Choose one life per term. Poplicola is a good beginning life. Then go in order from there. Use Anne White’s study notes from the Ambleside site.
OR read Weston's slightly abridged version.

World Atlas and Wall map.
Geography Songs by
Children label and color individual maps of countries studied and their major landmarks. http://www.enchantedlearning/
Book of Marvels: The Orient by Halliburton
*Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge (we recommend parent RA first few wks)
***Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (we recommend parent RA first few wks)

Natural History and Science
Handbook of Nature Study by Comstock
Blood and Guts (preferred-you may wish to edit this book for evolutionary content) 
OR Christian Liberty Nature Reader 5
Eyewitness: Visual Dictionary of the Human Body (some nudity. Parents should discuss with child) (this is the year I teach my child about reproduction)
*My Side of the Mountain (keep a survival list) by Jean Craighead George
* **History of Medicine by Tiner
***Wild Animals I Have Known by Seton

The Complete Wilderness Training Book by Hugh McManners -optional
a human body model (paper or plastic)-optional
Keep a Nature Journal:
Watch, identify and describe their habits and location.
6 birds each term
6 plants each term (wild fruits, twigs of trees, wildflowers)
6 animals/insects each term
Record 12 each term in journal

Picture Study
Study reproductions of six pictures by a famous artist.

Your math program

optional supplements:
From Here to There with Cuisenaire Rods (Area, Perimeter and Volume) by Bradford
Cuisenaire Rods

Foreign Language
Transcribe favorite passages and narrate from children's literature in written and oral form alternating between English and target language.
Continue copywork

English from the Roots Up- Two new words per wk. Keep a card file of new vocabulary and definitions. (I do not recommend buying the ready made cards. They hinder the learning process by doing the work for the child)

from nature and at least one weekly drawn narration from literature.

 A Psalm and two suitable passages of twelve verses each from the Old and New Testaments per term.
 (note: according to CM, the child should memorize two, but will only be examined for one of their choice)
 a lengthy passage (40 lines) from poet being studied per term. 
 (my son memorizes "IF" by Kipling)
 Let your children choose the Psalm if they wish

*Gen 6: 1-22, John 3:1-16
**Romans 12:1-10, Psalm 40:1-10
***Psalm 111:1-10, Ephesians 6:1-20

Eclectic 3rd Reader (2nd half)- Children read aloud during Tea time.

Scheduled Literature
Tales from Shakespeare by Lamb
Age of Fable by Thomas Bulfinch ch 15(Graeae) - ch 28(Troy) (parent read aloud the first few chapters)
*A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
**Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens- Parent RA
**Kidnapped! by R.L Stevenson (BBC movie recommended too. See book store)
***Puck of Pook's Hill by Rudyard Kipling- Parent RA              
***Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

Poetry for Young People Series:
* Rudyard Kipling, edited by Eileen Gillooly
** Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (studied in yr 3. This year, concentrate on his longer poems)
***John Greenleaf Whittier (use Ambleside’s selections)
***Jump Back, Honey by Paul Dunbar

Teach Yourself to Play Electronic Keyboard (or Piano) by Palmer

Composer Study
(listen 10 minutes wkly and narrate)
The Story of Mendelssohn in Words and Music
Greatest Hits: Mendelssohn
The Story of Verdi in Words and Music
Greatest Hits: Verdi
The Story of Schumann (and Grieg) in Words and Music
Greatest Hits: Schumann

Two folk songs per term (
Two hymns per term
Various foreign language songs

Physical Education
Ball games and aerobics

 Help in house or garden.
See our Handicraft list for further ideas

Additional Literature
Children of the New Forest by Capt. Marryat
Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Treasure Seekers by Nesbit
Kim by Kipling- Parent RA

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