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Morning Time Books

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


Form I:

Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans by Edward Eggleston (1,2) 💸 💸 and The Children’s Book of Heroes by William J. Bennett (3)

Form II: 

Abe Lincoln Grows Up by Carl Sandburg (1,2) 💸 and Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman by Dorothy Sterling (3)

Form III: Plutarch’s Lives for Boys and Girls by Weston (all) 💸 🎧

Form IV: The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass (1) 💸 🎧Up From Slavery by Booker T Washington 💸 🎧 (2), Elizabeth Fry: Angel of Newgate by Janet Benge (3) 🎧


  1. Cezanne: Cezanne and the Apple Boy by Anholt (1)
  2.  Chopin (Famous Children Series) (1)
  3. Tchaikovsky and the Nutcracker Ballet by Opal Wheeler (2)
  4. Two Scarlet Songbirds: A Story of Anton Dvorak by Carole Schaefer (3)
  5. Linnea in Monet’s Garden by Christina Bjork (3)

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 , Johnny Appleseed: My Story by Harrison, The Drinking Gourd by Monjo, The Josefina Story Quilt by Coerr, Abe Lincoln’s Hat by Brenner, The Long Way Westward by Sandin, Wagon Wheels by Barbara Brenner, Snowshoe Thompson by Levinson, Daniel’s Duck by Bulla, Chang’s Paper Pony by Coerr, The Big Balloon Race by Coerr, Helen Keller: Courage in the Dark by Hurwitz, Along Came a Dog  by DeJong
  2. Cycle 3 Form I Language Arts packet in print or cursive

Advanced Readers:

  1. Cycle 3 Form I Language Arts packet in print or cursive
  2. The following readers:

Riding the Pony Express by Clyde Robert Bulla (1)

Sarah, Plain, and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (1) 💸 🎧

The Secret Valley by Clyde Robert Bulla (1) 💸

Meet Abraham Lincoln by Barbara Clay (2)

Prairie School by Avi (2)

Helen Keller by Margaret Davidson (2)

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (3) 💸 🎧

The Children of Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren (3)

Form I Nature Books

Among the Forest People by Clara Dillingham Pierson (1)  💸 💸

Among the Meadow People by Clara Dillingham Pierson (2,3) 💸 💸

Among the Farmyard People by Clara Dillingham Pierson (3) 💸 💸

The Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Comstock (all) 💸

Form I American History

  1. Stories From America First for A Gentle Feast.  Currently only available as a free pdf HERE.  (all)
  2. Buffalo Bill by D’Aulaire (1)
  3. Abraham Lincoln by D’Aulaire (2)
  4. If You Lived at the Time of the Civil War by Kay Moore (2)
  5. Who Owns the Sun? By Stacy Chbosky (2) *Used only 1 week.  Get from library.
  6. The Last Brother: A Civil War Tale by Trinka Noble (2) *Used only 1 week.  Get from library. 
  7. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Weatherford (2) *Used only briefly.  I would get from library.
  8. Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter (2) *Used only briefly.  I would get from library.  📺 (This is a free and excellent Reading Rainbow version.)
  9. If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon by Ellen Levine (3)
  10. Sitting Bull: Dakota Boy by Augusta Stevenson (3) (Note: This book uses the offensive term, squaw. You will want to edit if reading aloud or point out to your child if they are reading independently.)
  11. Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and Defender of His People by S D Nelson (3)
  12. Locomotive by Brian Floca (3) *Used only 1 week.  Get from library.

Form I Geography Books

Grades 1/2

  1. Home Geography by C.C. Long (all) 💸
  2. Mapping Penny’s World by Loreen Leedy (get from library/video) (1) 
  3. Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney (get from library/watch free video) (1) 📺
  4. As the Crow Flies by Gail Hartman (get from library/watch free video) (2) 📺
  5. Your state ABC book from Discover America Series
  6. Books from this series by Lois Lenski. (Find one that matches your region)

Grade 3

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

Form II Nature

  1. 4th and 5th: Christian Liberty Press Nature Readers 3, 4, or new 5 (You can substitute this free book: Nature Study Readers OR Seaside and Wayside)
  2. 6th Grade: Storybook of Science  💸 🎧 (if done, you can use The Secret of Everyday Things)

Form II Geography

**** If your child hasn’t done US Geography yet, you may wish to follow the plans for Form I 3rd grade which covers US states and capitals

  1. The Tree in the Trail by Holling C. Holling (1,2)
  2. Minn of the Mississippi by Holling C. Holling (2,3)
  3. OPTIONAL: I recommend getting the maps from Beautiful Feet. They come in packs of 4, but you will use the other maps next year. You can also buy individual map titles as well. These big maps are beautiful.

Form II History/ Citizenship

British History:

  1. Our Island Story by H E Marshall (1,3) 💸 🎧 *Only used briefly this year.
  2. Florence Nightingale by Laura E. Richards (1,2) 💸 🎧
  3. In the Days of Queen Victoria by Eva March Tappan (3) 💸

Ancient History: 

Grades 5/6: Famous Men of Rome  by John Haaren (all) 💸 🎧 (*I prefer the Memoria Press Version)

American History: 

The Story of the Great Republic by Christine Miller (all) (I like the Nothing New Press version but you can also get the free original version HERE. The free version needs A LOT of editing of terms for minority groups.)


  1. How the US Government Works by Syl Sobel (1,2) 
  2. Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts by Syl Sobel (1,2)
  3. Bill of Rights by Syl Sobel (1,2)
  4. Stories From the History of Rome by Mrs. Beesley (3) 💸

Form II Language Arts

  1. Cycle 3 Form II Language Arts Packet in Print or Cursive Font
  2. OPTIONAL: 6th grade grammar supplement Grammar-Land by Nesbit

Form II Literature

  1. Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter (1) 💸 💸 🎧
  2. Mountain Born by Elizabeth Yates (1) 
  3. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood (2) 💸 🎧 (The audio is FANTASTIC!)
  4. 4th grade: Adventures of Geraldine Woolkins by Karin Kaufman (2)
  5. 4th Grade: Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat (2) 
  6. 5/6th grade: Twice Freed by Patricia St. John ✝ (2) 
  7. Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink (3) 💸 🎧
  8. By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman (3) 🎧 

Form III Nature

  1. Wild Animals I Have Known by Ernest Thompson Seton (all) 💸💸 🎧 🎧
  2. Wild Animals at Home by Ernest Thompson Seton (2,3) 💸
  3. Handbook of Nature Study (all) 💸

Form III Geography

  1. Kon Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl (1,2) 
  2. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (2,3) 💸 🎧
  3. A good resource for map drill: (all) 

Form III History/ Citizenship

World History:

  1. Abraham Lincoln’s World by Genevieve Foster (1)
  2. The Growth of the British Empire by M. B. Synge (2) 💸 
  3. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (2) 💸 🎧
  4. A History of Us: Reconstructing America by Joy Hakim (3) 

Ancient History:

The Book of the Ancient Romans by Dorothy Mills (all) 💸


  1. Ourselves by Charlotte Mason (1,2) (*Read over all of Form III in all cycles.) 💸
  2. This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years by Jaquelle Crowe ✝ (2,3) 

Form III Language Arts

  1. Cycle 3 Form III Language Arts Packet
  2. English Literature For Boys and Girls by H.E. Marshall (1,2) 💸
  3. The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation by Jane Straus (all)
  4. OPTIONAL 9TH GRADE COMPOSITION: The Little Red Writing Book by Brandon Royal (all)

Form III Literature

  1. Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (1) 💸 🎧
  2. The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare (1) 🎧
  3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (2) 💸 🎧
  4. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott (2) 
  5. Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott (2) 
  6. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller (3) 💸 💸 🎧
  7. Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt (3)

Form IV Feast Books


  1. The Curious Naturalist: Nature’s Everyday Mysteries by Sy Montgomery (all) 
  2. The Handbook of Nature Study (all) 💸


  1. OPTION 1: How I Found Livingstone by Henry M. Stanley (1,2) 💸  OPTION 2: David Livingstone: African Explorer by John Tiner and Mary Slessor: Forward into Calibar by Janet Benge (1,2)
  2. The Story of the Red Cross  by Clara Barton (3) 💸
  3. A good resource for maps: (all)

American History: 

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

British History:

  1. A History of the English Speaking People: The Great Democracies Volume IV by Churchill (1,2) 🎧
  2. Victoria: Portrait of a Queen by Catherine Reef (2,3) 🎧

Ancient History:

  1. The History of the Ancient World by Susan Wise Bauer (all) *SEE NOTE **If your child has not already read The Book of the Ancient World by Mills, use the Form III plans instead. 🎧
  2. Beric the Briton by G. A. Henty (3) 💸 💸 🎧 🎧


Money, Possessions, and Eternity by Randy Alcorn ✝ (1,2)


God and Politics by Gary Scott Smith ✝ (2,3) 🎧

Form IV: Language Arts & Literature

1. Cycle 3 Form IV LA packet (all)

2. On Writing Well by William Zinsser (all) 💸

3. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (1) 🎧

4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (2) 💸 🎧

5. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (2) 💸 🎧

6. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (3) 💸

7. Short Stories by Poe all online: Short stories and poems (3)

8. Invitation to the Classics by Cowan (3) 


Family Science (Grades 4-8)

1. Brown Paper School: Blood and Guts by Linda Allison *some evolutionary content. Skip that. (1,2)

2. All About the Human Body by Bernard Glemser (*My preference for Form II especially is All About the Human Body. I recommend looking at used books sites like Thrift Books or Abe Books.) (1,2)  ALTERNATIVE to All About the Human Body:  The Way We Work by David Macaulay

3. Thomas Edison for Kids: His Life and Ideas by Laurie Carlon (3) *Don’t be fooled by the “for kids”. This is a meaty biography.


1.Germ Hunter: A Story about Louis Pasteur (Creative Minds Biography) by Elaine Alphin (1)

2. Galen and the Gateway to Medicine by Jeanne Bendick (1,2) 

3. My First Human Body Book by Patricia J. Wynne (1,2) 

4. All About Electricity by Ira Freeman (3) *Look for this book on Thrift Books or Abe Books. You can also borrow it on


1. Dover Human Anatomy Book (*There are sections on reproduction in the back) (1,2)

2. Louis Pasteur by John Tiner (1,2) 

3. Secrets of the Universe: Waves and Secrets of the Universe: Matter and Energy by Paul Fleischman (3)

4. My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla (3) 🎧

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. The Princess and the Goblin by George Macdonald (1) 💸 🎧 
  2. On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder (2) 💸 🎧(This audible is AWESOME!)  🎧
  3. What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge (3) 💸 🎧
  4. Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett (3) 💸 💸 🎧 🎧

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

  1. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald (1)
  2. The Prairie Thief by Melissa Wiley (2)
  3. Little Britches by Ralph Moody (3)

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

Shakespeare: As You Like It and Henry V

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.



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