Hi, I'm Dawn Klinge, welcome!  I write here because doing so helps me to take notice of the sweet things in life.




~You are welcome to pin images from this blog~


« Mother's Day | Main | Making it Count Tuesday- recipes »

Seventh Grade:  booklists

Pictures included have no relation to this content, just some randomness from my Instagram feed

  We''re closing in on the end of the school year so I thought I'd share what Grace has read this year.  The books that are on this list are only the books that I specifically assigned to her.  She loves to read, bringing home bags too heavy to carry, full of books, each time we go to the library.  Late into the night she reads books of her own choosing.  I don't keep track of those.  As soon as I request that she reads a particular book, I can promise you that the book will only be read during the hour and a half of time that I require for that purpose each day.  This is not to say that she doesn't enjoy these assignments- some she does, some she doesn't, it's just the nature of things around here.  She likes to draw a clear line between "school work" and "just for fun". 

We integrated history and literature this year, focusing heavily on the time period of 1860-1914- the US, Canada, and England.  We found many interesting parallels to our own little moment in history that we are currently living in, both being significant periods of change, extremes and upheaval.  We concentrated mostly on the daily life and social customs of the people from those days. I owe a great deal of thanks to Elizabeth Foss and her daughter, who put together some beautiful learning plans at Serendipity, called Literature for Young Ladies, from which I borrowed heavily when looking for ideas on how to put this school year together for Grace.  Those plans can no longer be linked to, but they were wonderful.  Obviously, these plans here are tailored to suit my daughter, but perhaps someone else might find this list helpful as a jumping off point for their own homeschool planning.....


*The Story Girl- Lucy Maude Montgomery

*Louisa May Alcott- short story collection

Invincible Louisa- a biography by Cornelia Meigs

In the Days of Queen Victoria- Tappen

Anne of Green Gables- Montgomery

Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen

Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady-Edith Holden

Edwardian Lady-The Story of Edith Holden by Ina Taylor

Anne of Avonlea- Montgomery

*The Jane Austen Handbook-Sullivan

*Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners-Ross

What Charles Dickens Ate and Jane Austen Knew- Pool

The Gardener- Kristen Randle (wrong time period, but was too good to pass up)

Mrs. Sharp's Traditions-Breathnach

Daily Life in a Victorian House-Wilson

Anne of Windy Poplars- Montgomery

Oliver Twist- Dickens

Father Brown Mysteries- G.K. Chesterton

Poetry of Lucy Maude Montgomery

Kingfisher Encylopedia

History of US Age of Extremes

* I asked Grace to put a star by her top five favorites from this list.

Movies/shows to complement this curriculum- Little Women, America's Castles, Mrs. Brown, Victoria and Albert, Becoming Jane, Pride and Prejudice, and Edwardian House

The writing portion of her curriculum consisted of occasional write-ups about the books she was reading as well as daily work in the Jump-In writing program and poetry copywork.  One assignment that she became very interested in, from Jump-In writing, was a research report.  She chose Audrey Hepburn as her subject and read these books in preparation:

Audrey Hepburn-Chris Rice

Enchantment- Sparlo

Audrey- Alexander Walker

The Audrey Hepburn Treasury- Erwin


These next books were chosen for Grace so that she could gain a stronger understanding of our own family's values and beliefs....


Hidden Art of Homemaking- Edith Schaeffer

*Family Manager Takes Charge- Kathy Peel

Family Nutrition Book- Sears

*Emily Post Etiquette

*Beautiful Girlhood- Andreola

Mere Christianity-C.S. Lewis

Church History- Crash Course (she didn't like this)-Catherwood

Million Miles in a Thousand Years- Donald Miller

Screwtape Letters- C.S. Lewis

Counterfeit Gods- Keller

The Great Divorce- C.S. Lewis


Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl-N.D. Wilson


Doctrine-Driscoll (she ended up putting down the book and watching the videos instead)


EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments (9)

What a fabulous list! Grace is lucky to have such a wonderful education.

We have the same thing here about assigned books versus free reading. Sigh.

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersarah

A LOVELY collection. I noticed only four stars in the top list - surely that fifth star was meant for me????? :0} I am so proud to be part of that list. Just grinning. I love what she's reading - it gives her material reasons for becoming independent and spunky, but gracious, competent, faithful and service-oriented. Also will bolster her use of language and sensitivity to it. All that and ballet, too? What a girl!

May 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterK

Kristen- Of course! I didn't even realize that there were only four stars in that first list. She loved your book. : )

May 13, 2012 | Registered CommenterDawn

Thank you Sarah. I have always enjoyed comparing notes with you and seeing what your daughter is reading as well.

May 13, 2012 | Registered CommenterDawn

This is a beautiful list. Many of these are on my favorites as well. What a wonderful love of reading you have cultivated in your daughter!

May 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

This is a beautiful list. Many of these are on my favorites as well. What a wonderful love of reading you have cultivated in your daughter!

May 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

Thank you Allison. : ) It is such a treat to be able to share favorite books with our kids.

May 20, 2012 | Registered CommenterDawn

Hi Dawn,
You mentioned that you like centering your curriculum around great books. We're all readers in our family so I'm curious how you do that.

Greetings, Myriam

May 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMyriam

Hi Miriam- Integrating history with literature, by reading biographies and/or historical fiction is one way. Writing assignments, like copywork, come from the books. Sometimes cooking and art are incorporated as well. The only subject that I have a really hard time integrating with literature is math. ; )

May 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterDawn

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>