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Morning Time Books

HYMN STUDY: Then Sings My Soul – used all four years, ✝️(all terms)


Form I:  American Tall Tales by Mary Pope Osborne (term 1)Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans by Edward Eggleston (terms 2,3) 💸 🎧

Form II: Tales from Troy and Greece by Andrew Lang (all terms) 💸 🎧 

Form III: The Children’s Homer by Colum (term 1) 💸 🎧, Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution by Bober (terms 2,3) 🎧

Form IV: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (term 1) 💸 🎧, The Life of John Newton by AMF (term 2), The Life of Washington (term 3) by Anna Reed


1. I, Vivaldi by Shefelman

2. Mozart: Gift of God by Demi

3. The Boy Who Loved to Draw: Benjamin West

4. George Handel: The World’s Greatest Composer

 Form I Language Arts and Reading Books

Beginning Readers:

  1. 100 Gentle Lessons in Manuscript Handwriting (or another handwriting program to use during the LA block)
  2.  100 Gentle Lessons in Sight and Sound (level 1 or 2) *To use during the Reading block

Independent Readers: 

  1. Treadwell Reader Second Reader OR Natural Method Reader Second Reader 
  2. Cycle 2 Form I Language Arts packet in print or cursive
  3. History Readers: Corn is Maize by Aliki, Ben Franklin and His First Kite by Stephen Krensky, The Boston Coffee Party by Rappaport, George the Drummer Boy by Nathaniel Benchley, Sam the Minuteman by Nathaniel Benchley, George Washington and the General’s Dog by Frank Murphy, Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie by Peter Roop, Lewis and Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President by Raymond, Flicka, Ricka, and Dicka or Snipp, Snapp, Snurr Series by Maj Lindman

Advanced Readers:

  1. Cycle 2 Form I Language Arts packet in print or cursive
  2. The following readers:

The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh (1) 🎧

 The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh  (1) 🎧

The Littles by John Peterson (1)

Meet George Washington by Joan Heilbroner (2)

Patriots in Petticoats by Shirley Raye Redmond (2)

Betsy and Billy by Haywood (2) 🎧

Twig by Elizabeth Orton Jones OR Eagle Feather by Clyde Robert Bulla (3)

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo 🎧 (3)

Form I Nature Books

Wildlife in Woods and Fields (1), By Pond and River (2), Insect Life (3) by Arabella Buckley💸  🎧 (*Note: If you already did Insect Life last year, substitute Plant Life in Field and Garden.)

The Burgess Bird Book (all) 💸 🎧*This coloring book goes along with it nicely. Here is a YouTube channel with videos of the bird’s songs.

Exploring Nature With Children (all, used over 2 years)

Form I American History

*There are a lot of picture books. I recommend getting these from your library or substituting what you have available that is similar.

  1. America First: Stories Chosen for A Gentle Feast (1,2) 
  2. The Bear that Heard Crying by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock (1) *Used only one week, get from library
  3. Ben Franklin by D’Aulaire (1)
  4. George Washington by D’Aulaire (1)
  5. The Story of the 4th of July (2) by Alice Dalgliesh *Used only briefly, get from library
  6. Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (2) 🎧 📺 *You can just watch the video instead of purchasing the book or get it from the library.
  7.  They Called Her Molly Pitcher by Anne Rockwell (3) 📺 *You can just watch the video instead of purchasing the book or get it from the library.
  8. A Spy Called James by Anne Rockwell (3) 🎧 *Only used 1 week, just listen to or get from library
  9. Meet Thomas Jefferson (Landmark Books) (3)
  10. Winter At Valley Forge by James Knight OR When Washington Crossed the Delaware by Lynne Cheney
  11. If you Lived at the Time of the American Revolution (2) *You don’t need to read this book cover to cover, just pick a few questions each day that interest your child.
  12. We the People: The Story of Our Constitution by Lynne Cheney (3) *Used only briefly, get from library
  13. Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and the True Story of an American Feud by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain (3) 📺 *You can just watch the video or get from the library

Form I Geography Books

Grades 1 and 2:

  1. Elementary Geography by Charlotte Mason 💸 🎧 (all)
  2. Little Folks of Many Lands by Lulu Maude Chance (3) 💸

Grade 3: 

  1.  My American GeoJourney
  2. Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America by Lynne Cheney
  3. My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States by Lee Bennett Hopkins
  4. A USA Atlas (like this one)

Form II Nature

  1. 4th and 5th: Christian Liberty Press Nature Readers (You can substitute this free book: Nature Study Readers  or Seaside and Wayside) (all)
  2. 6th Grade: Storybook of Science  💸 🎧  (if done, you can use The Secret of Everyday Things) (all)
  3. Exploring Nature With Children (if not done in Form I) (all)

Form II Geography

  1. Paddle to the Sea by Hollings C.Hollings (1,2)
  2. Seabird by Hollings C. Hollings (2,3)

Form II History/ Citizenship

British History:

  1. Our Island Story by H E Marshall (all) 💸 🎧 
  2. George Vs. George by Rosalyn Schanzer (3)

Ancient History: 

Grades 5/6Famous Men of Greece by Haaren (all) 💸 🎧

American History:

  1. American Hero Stories by Eva March Tappan (all) *Discuss with your child some of the terms used for natives that we no longer use today. An edited version should be released in late 2019. 💸
  2. An Elementary History of Our Country by Eva March Tappan (all) *You will want to discuss with your child some of the terms used for natives that we no longer use today. An edited version should be released in 2020. 💸
  3. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (1) 🎧
  4. Om-Kas-Toe by Kenneth Thomasma (1)
  5. Black Heroes of the American Revolution by Burke Davis (3)
  6. In Their Own Words: Lewis and Clark by George Sullivan (3) 
  7. Ssh! We’re Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz (3) 🎧


  1. The Signers: The 56 Signers Behind the Declaration of Independence by Dennis Brindell Fradin (1,2) *You may wish to edit the section on Thomas Jefferson or have your child only read the first page about him.
  2. The US Constitution and You by Syl Sobel (3)

Form II Language Arts

  1. Cycle 2 Form II Language Arts Packet in Print or Cursive Font
  2. OPTIONAL: 6th grade grammar supplement Grammar-Land by Nesbit

Form II Literature

  1. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1) 🎧
  2. Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates (1) 🎧
  3. A Wonder Book for Boys and Girls by Nathaniel Hawthorne (2) 🎧
  4. Toliver’s Secret by Esther Wood Brady (2)
  5. Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin by Marguerite Henry (3) 🎧
  6. Cinnabar, the One O’Clock Fox by Marguerite Henry (3) 🎧

Form III Nature

OPTION 1: Pilgrim At Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (all) 💸 

OPTION 2: The Fall of the Year (1), Winter (2), The Spring of the Year (3) by Dallas Sharp 💸 💸 💸 *Change terms if not starting in Fall.

Handbook of Nature Study 💸

Form III Geography

  1. Bruchko by Bruce Olson (1,2) ✝️
  2. The Captain’s Dog by Roland Smith (3)
  3. Map Drill Resources: Printed Blank Maps of North America  South America

Form III Language Arts

  1. Cycle 2 Form III Language Arts Packet in Print or Cursive Font
  2. Our Mother Tongue by Nancy Wilson *you will probably also want to purchase the answer key
  3. OPTIONAL 9TH GRADE COMPOSITION: The Little Red Writing Book by Brandon Royal

Form III Literature

  1. Swiss Family Robinson by Johann D. Wyss (1) 🎧
  2. The Ravenmaster’s Secret: Escape from the Tower of London by Elvira Woodruff (2) 🎧
  3. The Giver by Lois Lowry (2) 🎧
  4. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (3) 💸 🎧 *There are SO many different copies of this one. I recommend getting an older version from your library.
  5. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (3) 💸 🎧
  6. English Literature For Boys and Girls by H E Marshall (all) 💸

Form III History/ Citizenship


  1. Ourselves by Charlotte Mason (all)    *Read over all of Form III  📚 
  2. Our Country’s Founders by William Bennett (2,3)

World History:

  1. The World of William Penn by Genevieve Foster (1)
  2. George Washington’s World by Genevieve Foster (1,2,3)
  3. The American Revolution by Bruce Bliven, Jr. (2) *You can substitute another Landmark book from this time period if you prefer.
  4. Answering the Cry for Freedom: Stories of African Americans and the American Revolution by Gretchen Woelfle (2)
  5. Chains by Laurie Hall Anderson (2,3) 🎧
  6. Of Courage Undaunted by James Daugherty (3) 
  7. In the Reign of Terror by Henty (3) 🎧  🎧  (🎧 radio drama version)

Ancient History:

  1. The Book of the Ancient Greeks by Dorothy Mills (all) (💸 *I have not read this version) 

Form IV Feast Books


  1. Girl of Limberlost OR Freckles by Gene Stratton Porter (all) 💸
  2. Lay of Land by Dallas Lore Sharp (3) 🎧
  3. OPTIONAL: John Muir Law’s Videos *These are free on YouTube.
  4. OPTIONAL: Handbook of Nature Study 💸


  1. Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose (all) 🎧
  2. For drill:

American History: 

A History of the American People by Paul Johnson  *Worth purchasing, used over all years. You can get a free pdf to download HERE. (all) 🎧

British History: 

A History of the English Speaking People Volume III: Age of Revolution by Churchill (all) 🎧

Ancient History: 

  1. The History of the Ancient World   *READ THIS LINKED NOTE *  *If your child has not already read The Book of the Ancient World by Mills, use the Form III plans instead. (all) 🎧
  2. Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff (3)

Government: The Story of the Constitution by Christian Liberty Press (This is the older version. CLP has a new version, but this one is cheaper) ✝ (2,3)

Economics: Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? By Mayberry (1)

Form IV: Language Arts & Literature

1. Cycle 2 Form IV Language Arts Packet

2.  The Lively Art of Writing by Lucile Payne  *Can borrow for free on

3.  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1) 💸  🎧

4. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1) 💸 🎧

5.  The Poems of Phillis Wheatley (1) 

6.  The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (2)  💸 🎧

7.  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (2) 💸 🎧

8.  A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (3) 💸 🎧

9.  Invitation to the Classics by Cowan and Guiness ✝ (all) 


Family Science (Grades 4-8)

1. The Ben Franklin Book of Easy and Incredible Experiments by Franklin Institute Science Museum (1,2) 

2. Eric Sloane’s Book of Storms (2) 

3.  OPTIONAL: Mushroom kit (3)


1. Junior Science Book of Rain, Hail, Sleet, and Snow by Nancy Larrick (1)

2.  Ben and Me by Robert Lawson (1)

3.  Come Learn with Me: The Kingdoms of Life by Bridget Anderson (2,3) *Could be used as easy Form III.

4.  The Animal Book: A Visual Encyclopedia by David Burnie (3) *Could be used as easy Form III. 🎧

5.  Carl Linnaeus: Father of Classification by Margaret Jean Anderson (2,3)


1. Weather Book by Eric Sloane (1)

2.  Advanced Form III only (in place of Come Learn With Me and Animal Book) Nature’s Beautiful Order by Christopher O.Blum♰

3.  The Floral King: A Life of Linnaeus by Albert Alberg

Biology (9th Grade) Living Books Option

1. Microbe Hunter by Paul de Kruif (1,2)  🎧

2. Dr. Jenner and the Speckled Monster by Albert Marrin (3)

3. Biology 101 DVDS ✝️ OR Khan Academy’s Biology for free (*Keep in mind that Khan is secular.) (all)

4. Men, Microscopes, and Living Things (all) 💸

5. Sabbath Mood’s Biology Study Guide (all)

6. OPTIONAL: First Studies in Plant Life by GF Atkinson 💸

7. OPTIONAL: Sabbath Mood Botany Study Guide

Biology Apologia

3rd Edition Student Textbook

Chemistry (10th Grade) Living Books Option

1. Sabbath Mood Chemistry Study Guides 1.-3 (Chem 1-term 1, Chem 2-term 2, Chem 3-term 3)

2.  The Wonders of Chemistry by Archie Frederick Collins (all) 💸

3. The Elements by Theodore Grey (all)

4. That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles  by Dr. Joe Schwarcz 🎧

5. Chemistry 101 DVDS ♰ OR Khan Academy Chemistry videos (*Keep in mind Khan is secular.) (all)

6. OPTIONAL: Napoleon’s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History by Penny Le Couteur and Jay Burreson (2,3) 🎧

7. OPTIONAL: The Chemical History of a Candle by Michael Faraday (3) 💸 🎧

Chemistry Apologia

3rd Edition Student Textbook

Physics (11th Grade) Living Books Option

1. Sabbath Mood Physics Study Guides 1-3 (Phys 1-term 1, Phys 2-term 2, Phys 3-term 3)

2. For the Love of Physics by Walter Lewin (all) 🎧

3. Physics 101 dvds OR free Khan Academy videos (*Keep in mind Khan is secular.) (all)

4. OPTIONAL: Five Equations that Changed the World: The Power and Poetry of Mathematics by Michael Guillen (2)

5.  OPTIONAL: Instant Physics by Tony Rothman (3)

Physics Apologia

3rd Edition Student Textbook


Spanish Books

Form I Year 1: Usborne’s 100 Words in Spanish

Form I Year 2: Talkboxmom phrase book

Forms II and III Years 1 and 2: 

Learning Spanish with Miss Mason and Francois Level 1

Form IV/High School Year 1: 

Excelerate Spanish Kit 1

Form IV/High School Year 2: 

Excelerate Spanish Kit 2

Latin Books

Visual Latin Course 1 (print out free pdf of lesson worksheets) 

Visual Latin Course 2 (print out free pdf of lesson worksheets) AND Lingua Latina


Read Alouds Forms I and II

  1. Homer Price by Robert McCloskey (1) 🎧 
  2. Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney (1) 💸
  3. The Wind and the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (3) 💸 🎧 🎧  *The original uses the A** word on several occasions so you might want to read it aloud yourself so you can edit or choose an updated version.
  4. Carry On Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham (3) (On CD)
  5. Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (2)  💸 🎧
  6. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder (2) 🎧

Read Aloud Alternatives Forms I and II *If you have read the ones above.

  1. Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink (1) 🎧
  2. Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes ✝ (1) 🎧
  3. Treasures of the Snow by Patricia St. John ✝ (2) 🎧
  4. Mary Jones and Her Bible by Mary Ropes ✝ (2)
  5. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (3)

Forms III and IV (Can also use with Form II if you desire in place of read aloud)

Shakespeare: Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Plutarch: Plutarch Project Volume I by Anne White

Nature Study: Handbook of Nature Study by Ann Comstock

Drawing and Handicraft Resources

Drawing resources HERE

Forms III and IV: Artistic Pursuits

Handicraft resources HERE.

Form IV Art History

Free HERE.


All Forms: 

  1. Nature Notebook
  2. Narration Notebook (Form I does weekly)

Forms II-IV: 

Book of Centuries

Form III: 

Century Wall Charts

Form IV: 

Science Notebook

Possible Math Books

Form I: 

The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic series from Simply Charlotte Mason

Form II: 

School Arithmetics Book Two by Wentworth-Smith OR Practical Arithmetics Book 2 by Strayor-Upton


4th grade – Paper Sloyd: A Handbook for Primary Grades by Ednah Anne Rich 💸

5th/6th grade – Practical Exercises in Geometry by W.D. Eggar and Geometry Kit

Form III: 

ARITHMETIC 7TH/8TH GRADE: School Arithmetics Book Three by Wentworth-Smith OR Practical Arithmetics Book 3 by Strayor-Upton

OPTIONAL GEOMETRY 7TH/8TH GRADE: Lessons in Experimental and Practical Geometry  by Hall and Stevens

OPTIONAL ALGEBRA 9TH GRADE: Elementary Algebra (Jacobs) Algebra


***I’ve read many of these books, but not all.  Please check each book to make sure it fits with your family’s values. 

These books are to be used in the Form I and II morning time reading slot. Just select ones that fit your child’s interest and reading level. The titles are listed in chronological order by reading level. For Forms III and IV, these could be used as suggestions for additional pleasure reading.

Picture Books: 

3rd Grade Reading Level Free Reads: 

4th-6th Grade Reading Level Free Reads:

Form III-IV Free Reads:

For students to read in free time. They don’t need to narrate their pleasure reading. Depending on your child’s reading level, you may want to choose some of the Form II books.

Form III:

Form IV: 

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