Friday, March 22, 2013

Year 12 Program and Booklist for my High School Senior


This is what one of my students studied for 12th grade. She has used Charlotte Mason's methods all her life and is accustomed to reading classic literature.

The Apologetics Bible
Weapon of Prayer by Bounds, E.M.
*Your God is Too Safe, Buchanan
**My Utmost For His Highest, by Oswald Chambers
***Streams of Living Water, by Richard Foster

Philosophical Foundations of a Christian Worldview, by J.P. Moreland
The Discovery of Deduction-Formal Logic
*Institutes of the Christian Religion, by John Calvin
and various Armenian works. (study both sides of the issue)
*Pensées Pascal, Blaise
 *The Golden Sayings of Epictetus
* **Reasonable Faith, by William Lane Craig
**Selections from Thomas Aquinas
**Timaeus, by Plato

Church History in Plain Language, by Bruce Shelley
*How the Irish Saved Civilization, by Thomas Cahill
**Selections from the Works of Josephus
**St/ Francis of Assisi by G.K Chesterton
** ***Selections from Greek Histories by Herodotus
** ***The Early History of Rome by Livy

Scheduled Ancient and World Literature
Heroes of the City of Man: A Christian Guide to Select Ancient Literature by Leithart
*How to Read the Bible as Literature, by Leland Ryken
*Realms of Gold: The Classics in Christian Perspective by Leland Ryken
*The Iliad, by Homer
*Theogony, by Hesiod (Drama)
*Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
*The Trial and Death of Socrates
*The Stranger, by Albert Camus
*Island of the World, by Michael O’Brien (geography too)
*The Little Prince by St. Exupery
*The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius by Long, George
*Confessions by Hippo, Saint Augustine of
*Oresteia Trilogy, Aeschylus

Term 2
**The Aeneid by Virgil
**Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
**Figure of Beatrice by Charles Williams (commentary for The Divine Comedy)
**La Vita Nuova (The New Life) by Dante Alighieri
**The Discarded Image by C.S. Lewis (commentary for Medieval Literature)
**The Epic of Gilgamesh
**Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
**The Clouds, by Aristophanes (Drama)
**Pearl by Tolkien
**Sir Orfeo by Tolkien
** *** The Mabinogion

Term 3
***De Monarchia by Dante Alighieri
*** The Odyssey
***The Bacchae, by Euripides (Drama)

Short Stories and Essays
The World’s Last Night and other Essays by C.S. Lewis
'On Stories' and Other Essays, C.S. Lewis
Short Stories by Anton Chekhov
Short Stories by Tolstoy
Eeldrop and Appleplex, T.S. Eliot

The Hills and the Sea, Hilaire Belloc (Geography)
16 Days-Visit the Eastern Coast of USA including Washington D.C.

Pre Calculus-Khan Academy
Understanding Calculus w/ CD
The Humongous Book of Calculus  Problems by W. Michael Kelley
** ***Mathematics, Is God Silent? by James Nickel

Exploring Creation with Physics, by Dr. Jay Wile
*Ignorance: How it Drives Science, Firestein, Stuart
*Relativity: The Special and the General Theory, Einstein, Albert
**Taking Back Astronomy by Jason Lisle
** ***Einstein’s Relativity and the Quantum Revolution by Richard Wolfson w/ CD
***Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays, by Stephen Hawking
***Instant Physics, by Tony Rothman

Speech and Composition
On Speaking Well, Peggy Noonan
Continue to a keep a quote book from books read
Write a poem every two weeks
Recite memorized poetry
Oral and written narrations
Keep Notes and Outlines

Poetry and Recitations
*The Complete Poems and Plays, 1909-1950 Eliot, T.S.
*Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins
*Having Decided To Stay by Johnson, Bryana  
**Eyes of Youth, a Book of Verse (selected poems by Padraic Colum, Shane Leslie, Viola Meynell, Ruth Lindsay, Hugh Austin, Judith Lytton, Olivia Meynell, Maurice Healy)
**Poetry of Charles Williams (Taliessin through Logres, The Region of the Summer Stars, Poems of Conformity)
***William Blake

Foreign Language
Various Turkish literature for translation
Various French literature for translation
Concise French Grammar
Open learning Initiative French program (online and free)

Continue Artist Study
Paint every two weeks
Daily Piano

Free Reading:
What’s Wrong With the World, Chesterton, G.K.
The Sword of Honour Trilogy, Waugh, Evelyn
Brave New World Huxley, Aldous
Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
Everlasting Man, Chesterton, G.K
The Silmarillion Tolkien, J.R.R.
Murder in the Cathedral by Eliot, T.S. 
Tales from the Perilous Realm [with Roverandom] Tolkien, J.R.R.
Lilith by George MacDonald
Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen
1984 Orwell, George
A Rare Benedictine by Peters, Ellis  
Sit, Walk, Stand Nee, Watchman
The Lady's Confession MacDonald, George 
The Landlady's Master MacDonald, George
The Solitaire Mystery Gaarder, Jostein 
The Time Machine Wells, H.G.
The Invisible Man Wells, H.G.
The First Men in the Moon by Wells, H.G. 
Foxe’s Book of Martyrs
Phantastes by George MacDonald
Saga of the Volsungs
The Lays of Beleriand (The History of Middle-earth, #3) Tolkien, J.R.R.
The Lost Tales Tolkien, J.R.R.
The Flying Inn by Chesterton, G.K.
Bleak House Dickens, Charles
Piercing the Darkness, Peretti, Frank
Hannah Coulter, Wendell Berry
Gilead by Marilyn Robinson
The Sword of Welleran, Lord Dunsany
The Worm Ouroboros, E.R. Eddison
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Kalevala (Finnish mythology)
War in Heaven by Charles Williams
Descent into Hell by Charles Williams
The Greater Trumps & The Place of the Lion, Charles Williams
Eeldrop and Appleplex, T.S. Eliot

one step at a time...


  1. Anonymous23.3.13

    Wow, that is impressive. Is she planning on college?

  2. Hi, I am new to your blog. Do you have a post that explains how you do Commonplace Books? And at what age do you start with these?

  3. Anne,

    Try here:

  4. ChristyH,

    She is planning on going to law school.

    1. undergrad not sure yet

  5. Love this book list! Did you mean Gilead by Marilynne Robinson?

  6. Anonymous11.7.13

    Wonderful list! Is there a link to the Open Learning institute programs? That sounds interesting. Thanks!

    1. We are not using Open Learning. But we are using for Relativity and Calculus.

    2. I'm sorry. I misunderstood your question. Here is the link to the language courses

  7. Update: My two oldest girls were accepted into the honors program at both the universities where they applied. One was a state school. One was private. They both received full four year academic scholarships to both of the schools. They chose to attend the private school and room together. One is currently studying Studio Art. She wants to create meaningful art by melding literature with it. The other is pursuing a double major in Physics and Math. Her interest is in theoretical physics (astrophysics, cosmology). The most difficult decision for both of my daughters was choosing which field to study. They have so many interests. This is a common "dilemma" for those who have been given a liberal education. Did I mention that CHARLOTTE MASON'S IDEAS WORK?? : )