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Morning Time Books

HYMN STUDY: Then Sings My Soul – used all four years ✝️ (all terms) *If your budget is tight, you can just use the hyperlinks to sing the hymns that are in the MT packet.


Form I: Rootabaga Stories by Carl Sandburg (terms 1,2), Fables by Arnold Lobel (term 3)

Form II: The Wright Brothers by Quentin Reynolds (term 1) 🎧Bully for You Teddy Roosevelt by Jean Fritz (term 2), Stealing Home- The Story of Jackie Robinson by Barry Denenberg (term 3)

Form III: Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story by Ben Carson (term 1,2) 💸 🎧God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew (terms 2,3) 💸 🎧

Form IV: Churchill by Paul Johnson (term 1) 🎧A Mighty Long Way My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School by Carlotta LaNier (term 2) 🎧,  I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (term 3) 🎧


  1. Grandma Moses by Alexandra Wallner (term 1) 
  2. Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue by Anna Celenza (term 1) 
  3. Frida Kahlo: The Artist who Painted Herself (Smart About Art) by Margaret Frith (term 2) 
  4. Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra by Andrea Pinkney (term 3) 
  5. A book of Norman Rockwell prints (Since his work is still copyrighted, they aren’t included in the Morning Time packet. You can print out the links from the online plans or get a book like THIS ONE.) (term 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 
  2. Cycle 4 Form I Language Arts packet in print or cursive
  3. History Readers: Clara and the Bookwagon by Nancy Levinson, The One Bad Thing About Father by Monjo, The Long Way to a New Land by Joan Sandin, Eat My Dust! Henry Ford’s First Race by Monica Kulling, Titanic, Lost and Found by Judy Donnelly, The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto by Natalie Standiford, Dust for Dinner by Ann Turner, Greg’s Microscope by Selsam, Birth of an Island by Millicent Selsam, The Most Wonderful Doll in the World by Phyllis McGinley, McBroom’s Wonderful One Acre Farm by Sid Fleischman

Advanced Readers:

  1. Cycle 4 Form I Language Arts packet in print or cursive
  2. The following readers:

Meet Theodore Roosevelt by Ormonde De Kay (1) 

The First Flight: The Story of Tom Tate and The Wright Brothers by George Shea (1) 

Lily and Miss Liberty by Carla Stevens (1) 

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner (2) 💸

The Night Crossing by Karen Ackerman (2) 

The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson (2) 

The Light at Tern Rock by Julia Sauer (2) 

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes (3) 🎧

In Grandma’s Attic by Arleta Richardson (3) 💸🎧

Take a Stand Rosa Parks by Peter and Connie Roop (3) 

Form I Nature Books

Pond by Jim LaMarche (1) *Used only one week, get from library

Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner (1) *Used only one week, get from library

Among the Pond People by Clara Dillingham Pierson (1) 💸 💸 🎧

Among the Night People by Clara Dillingham Pierson (2) 💸 💸 🎧

Animals at Night: A Glow in the Dark Book by Anne Jankeliowitch (2) *Used only briefly, get from library

Dooryard Stories by Clara Dillingham Pierson (3) 💸 🎧

The Handbook of Nature Study (all) 💸

Form I American History

*There are a lot of picture books used this year. I recommend getting from the library as needed.  Feel free to substitute what you have available from your library. You don’t need to purchase all of these.

  1. If you Lived 100 Years Ago by Ann Mcgovern (1) 
  2. When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest (1) 
  3. If Your Name was Changed at Ellis Island by Ellen Levine (1) 
  4. Christmas in the Trenches by John McCutcheon (1) 
  5. Polar: The Titanic Bear by Daisy Spedden (1) 
  6. Eleanor by Barbara Cooney (1) 
  7. Leah’s Pony by Elizabeth Friedrich (2) 
  8. A Boy Named FDR: How Franklin D. Roosevelt Grew Up to Change America  by Kathleen Krull (2) 
  9. Diana’s White House Garden  by Elisa Carbone (2) 
  10. The Journey That Saved Curious George by Louise Borden (2)
  11. The Greatest Skating Race: A World War II Story by Louise Borden (2)
  12. Baseball Saved Us by Mochizuki (2) 
  13. A Tree for Peter  by Kate Seredy (2) 
  14. The Little Ships: The Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk in WWII by Louise Borden (2) 
  15. A Picture Book of MLK Jr.  by David Adler (3) 
  16. Meet John F. Kennedy by Nancy White (3) You can substitute with A Picture Book of John F. Kennedy.
  17. The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Cole (3) 
  18. The Wall by Eve Bunting (3) 
  19. Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey by Maira Kalman (3) 
  20. 14 Cows for America  by Carmen Agra Deedy (3) 

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 (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) (all)

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. Handbook of Nature Study 💸 (all)

Form II Geography

  1. The Book of Marvels: The Occident by Halliburton *Look on Thrift Books or Abe Books for this one. (all) 📚
  2. You will need a large world map like this one: (all)

Form II History/ Citizenship

World History:

  1. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (2) 💸 🎧
  2. Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift’s “Chocolate Pilot” by Michael O. Tunnell (2) 
  3. Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai (3) 💸 🎧

Ancient History:

Grades 5/6: Famous Men of the Middle Ages by John Haaren (all) 💸 🎧

American History:

  1. America’s Story Volume 3 by Angela O’Dell (all)
  2. Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor by Russell Freedman (1) 
  3. Winnie’s Great War by Lindsay Mattick (1) 
  4. Children of the Great Depression by Russell Freedman (2) 
  5. A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt by Coco de Young (2) 
  6. War Boy: A Wartime Childhood by Michael Foreman (2) 
  7. Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges (3) 
  8. Grades 4/5: Childhood of Famous Americans: Ronald Reagan by Montrew Dunham (3) 
  9. Grade 6: A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park *This book has mature topics, you may wish to preview and discuss with your child. (3)


The Young Citizen’s Reader (all) 

Form II Language Arts

  1. Cycle 4 Form II Language Arts Packet in Print or Cursive Font
  2. OPTIONAL: 6th grade grammar supplement Grammar-Land by Nesbit


Form II Literature

  1.  Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery 💸 🎧 OR Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis and Li Lun, Lad of Courage by Carolyn Treffinger (1) 
  2. Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry (1) 💸 🎧
  3. Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan (2) 🎧
  4. Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop (2)
  5. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan (3) 🎧
  6. Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen (3) 🎧
  7. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (3) 💸 🎧

Form III Nature

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot (all) 🎧

Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Comstock (all) 💸

Form III Geography

  1. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba (1) ***Young Reader’s Edition. DO NOT buy the adult version! 
  2. Printed Blank Maps of Africa (1)
  3. Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis Majors (2,3) 💸


Form III History/ Citizenship

World History: 

  1. Story of the World IV (all) 🎧 (on CD)
  2. A History of US: War, Peace, and All That Jazz by Joy Hakim (listed as “H of US” in schedule) (1,2) 
  3. A History of US: All the People by Joy Hakim (listed as “A History:” in schedule) (2,3) *Note: This is the 3rd edition. If you find an older edition, you can still use it. You will just finish a week earlier. The 4th edition has more chapters at the end, but I didn’t prefer them. If you have that edition, end at Ch.52.
  4. The Yanks Are Coming by Albert Marrin (1) 
  5. Victory in the Pacific by Albert Marrin (2) 
  6. Freedom Walkers by Russell Freedman (3) 

Ancient History: 

The Book of the Middle Ages by Dorothy Mills (all) 


  1. Ourselves by Charlotte Mason (all) *Read over all of Form III 💸
  2. Billy Graham: America’s Pastor by Janet and Geoff Benge (3) 🎧


    Form III Language Arts

    1. Cycle 4 Form III Language Arts Packet in Print or Cursive Font
    2. Jensens’ Puncutation by MasterBooks
    3. OPTIONAL 9TH GRADE COMPOSITION: The Little Red Writing Book by Brandon Royal


    Form III Literature

    1. The Hobbit by Tolkien (1) 
    2. Just David by Eleanor H. Porter (1) 💸 🎧
    3. I am David by Anne Holm (2) 
    4. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (2) 🎧
    5. Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston (2) 🎧
    6. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (3) 🎧
    7. Animal Farm by George Orwell (3) 💸

    Form IV Feast Books


    1. North With the Spring by Edwin Way Teale (all) 💸 *You can substitute ANY of the other season books by Teale 
    2. Handbook of Nature Study 💸 (all) 


    1. Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing (1,2)
    2. For drill: (1,2)
    3. The Long Walk: The True Story of A Trek to Freedom by Slavomir Rawicz (2,3)

    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) 🎧

    Ancient History: 

    1. Life in Medieval Times by Marjorie Rowling (1) 
    2. Renaissance and Reformation Times by Dorothy Mills (2,3)


    How Should We Then Live? by Francis Schaeffer (3) *There is also an excellent DVD that goes with this book if you would rather watch those.


    Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt (1,2) 🎧 *You can get a free PDF HERE.

    Form IV: Language Arts & Literature

    1. Cycle 4 Form IV LA packet
    2. Writing in English by William H. Maxwell 💸
    3. Invitation to the Classics by Cowan and Guiness (all)
    4. Our Town by Thornton Wilder (1) 💸 🎧
    5. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (1) 💸 🎧
    6. The Chosen by Chaim Potok (1) 💸 🎧
    7. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (1) 💸 🎧 with Benedict Cumberbatch
    8. Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (2) 💸 🎧
    9. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom (2) 💸 🎧 🎧
    10. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (3) 🎧 🎧
    11. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (3) 🎧

    Here are the links for the short stories used at the end of this year: 

    1. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
    2. The Gift of the Magi by O’Henry
    3. The Most Dangerous Game by Connell
    4. Revelation by O’Connor
    5. The Rules of the Game by Amy Tan


    Family Science (Grades 4-8)

    1. Marie Curie for Kids by Amy M. O’Quinn (1) *Don’t let the “For Kids” fool you. This is a hefty biography. Younger Form II students may also like this book.
    2. Amazing Kitchen Chemistry by Cynthia Light Brown (1,2) 
    3. Rocks, Rivers, and the Changing Earth by Herman Schneider (2,3)
    4. Rock Kit (one like this one) (3)
    5. The Geology Book by John Morris ✝ (3) 


    1. All About the Wonders of Chemistry by Ira Freeman (1,2) *Look on Thrift Books or Abe Books for this one.
    2. Sea and Earth: The Life of Rachel Carson by Philip Sterling (2,3) 


    1. Exploring the World of Chemistry by John Hudson Tiner (1,2)
    2.  The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson (3) 

    Biology (9th Grade) Living Books Options

    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. All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor (1) 🎧
    2. Mary Poppins by P L Travers (1) 📺
    3. Chestry Oak by Kate Seredy (2) 
    4. Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan (2) 🎧
    5. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome (3) 🎧

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

    1. The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit (1) 💸 🎧
    2. The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson (1) 
    3. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser (2) 🎧
    4. The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy (2) 
    5. The Winged Watchman by Hilda van Stockum (3)
    6. Henry Reed, Inc. by Keith Robinson (3)

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

    Shakespeare: Macbeth and The Tempest

    Plutarch: Stories from the History of Rome by Beasley (if first year doing Plutarch).  If already read Stories from the History of Rome, then do Plutarch Project Volume II 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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