First, the Cycle 1 Reading Plan without the planner (pictured above), which includes all of our family’s planned reading and activities next year. (Key word = plan. This does not mean that we will implement all of this. It’s just a list of everything but the kitchen sink. Please remember it’s just a reference tool.): Download the Cycle 1 Reading Plan here. (Click here for XLS version.)
NOTE #1: The explanation page for these planners may still have Story of the World referenced, but our family is reading (or rather, listening to) Mystery of History next year instead of Story of the World. (If you’re curious why, read our Mystery of History and Story of the World Comparison.) For our plans with Story of the World readings, visit this post. In fact, if you are new to my reading plans, you may want to stick with the easiest version of our reading plans!
NOTE #2: I’ve kept everything on this list (except for Story of the World), but it’s so you can pick what best fits your family. Some may want to use the experiments from the VanCleave book, while others may choose to use God’s Design for Life. They are both there so you can choose. The same goes for any of our readings. I liken this plan to the plans provided by companies like Sonlight or My Father’s World. Do what works for your family and drop the rest. It’s all there just for reference. If you have questions about any of it, please ask!
Although I think I’ve caught most of the glaring mistakes, I simply ask for grace on the minor typos, as I’ve ultra-struggled with formatting issues between Microsoft Excel on Mac vs PC. (gggrrrr….) If you do find a major mistake (an incorrect reference, for example), I’ll be glad to fix it if you contact me!
Please know that I do not put anything on this list that we have not invested in ourselves. I have included affiliate links, but my hope is that these books will be available to you via your public library. If you use our affiliate links, thank you so much. I pray that one day my dream will become a reality.
Now…. for a bit about the books we’re reading:
A Cry from Egypt. A well-written blend of Jewish and Egyptian history (historical fiction) written from a Christian perspective.
Nate Saint: On a Wing and a Prayer. Benge. Another inspiring missionary biography (which ties into our timeline event Jim & Elisabeth Elliot).
The Bronze Bow. Speare. A highly recommended book set in the Roman times, scheduled for weekend reading throughout the first semester. This one will be re-read in Challenge.
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch. Although this book does not tie in to our Cycle 1 history, it is loosely connected to our memory work because of the nautical/science connections – and it is a wonderfully fascinating book that encourages a love of learning. We have enjoyed this book so much that we are re-reading it again next year. (And it will be re-read again in Challenge.)
Other related posts:
Cycle 1 SIMPLE Reading Plans
CC Cycle 1 Planners
CC Cycle At-a-Glance Pages
CC Cycle Reading Correlations (All Cycles)
CC Cycle 1 Booklist
CC Cycle 1 Supplemental Resources Page
Our Classical Notebook