Last year I wrote a post with a list of all the books mentioned in PNEU Programme 94 for Form I (or first through third grades) students. As I wrote then, PNEU Programme 94, which lists the books and resources each Form would be using over the course of the term, was the last one published before Ms. Mason’s death in early 1923. This Programme, as my friend Dawn puts it, is the last Programme “we know of from Charlotte Mason’s life.” As my son is now squarely in Form II (or fourth through sixth grades), I thought I’d re-visit Programme 94 and make a list of all the books for Form II as well!
As a bibliophile, I love these lists as they’ve introduced me to books I would never have heard of otherwise. I appreciate them even more, though, as a homeschooling mom because they give me great ideas and suggestions for books to use in our own homeschool. For instance, because our homeschool co-op ended this year, we’ll need to begin doing a few subjects on our own, including composer study. I was excited to find what looks to be a wonderful resource in The Book of the Great Musicians by P. Scholes.
I’ll again preface this list by saying that I’m posting it purely for informational purposes and not so anyone feels pressured to use these exact books in their own homeschool. It’s interesting to me to see what the students whose families used these Programmes were reading, and more specifically, what Ms. Mason herself chose for them. And, as I said above, I like to use these lists to get ideas for what we can use in our homeschool. While this is definitely not the case for every book listed below, I think it’s interesting to look at the style and kinds of books they were using for different subjects and use that information when considering what to use in our own school time.
Each title is linked to an online version of that particular book if I have been able to find one. I also included the name of the author and publisher as listed in the Programme if available. And I have linked to a modern reprint, also if available, though I can’t vouch for all of these links as I don’t own most of them. In cases where I do own a copy of the book listed, I’ve linked to that particular version. All of the others are purely for informational purposes. Overall, I can say that Yesterday’s Classics and Living Book Press have done a wonderful job of publishing high-quality reprints of classics and I have been pleased with every single book I’ve purchased from both of these businesses. If you are looking for a book that is not listed below, I’d highly recommend checking out these two publishers to see if they offer that title. And if you see any modern reprints that I’ve left out, please let me know!
Also, there is a note in Form II that was not present for the Form I book list that I thought was interesting: “In homeschool rooms where there are children in A as well as B, both forms may work together, doing the work of A or B as they are able.”
PNEU Programme 94 Form II Book List
The Paterson Smyth books were meant to be read by the teacher prior to the lesson and then used after the passage was read and narrated “to bring the passage home to the children.”
|AB||Joshua and Judges (The Bible for the Young)||Dr. Paterson Smyth||A. P. C. K.*||Yesterday’s Classics|
|AB||St. Mark (Calendar III)||Dr. Paterson Smyth||A. P. C. K.*||Yesterday’s Classics|
|AB||S. P. C. K. Bible Atlas||S. P. C. K.||S. P. C. K.**|
* I believe “A”PCK is a typo as Smyth’s books are generally listed as being published by SPCK
** This is not the same version mentioned in the Programme but a modern version from the same publisher.
(This was in the Bible Lessons section.) Sunday reading is listed as optional in the Programme. There are also suggestions for Sunday occupations of “Century Books” as well as “Mottoes in Beautiful Lettering.”
|AB||How to Use the Prayer Book||Romanes||Longmans|
|AB||Bengali Schooldays||D. S. Batley*||S. P. C. K.|
|AB||Westminster Abbey||Mrs. Frewen Lord||Sampson Low||Scholar Select|
|AB||The Children’s Year||Rev. G. R. Oakley||S. P. C. K.|
|AB||Sidelights on the Bible||Mrs. Brightwen||R. T. S.|
|AB||Helps to the Study of the Bible||Oxford|
* The front page of Bengali Schooldays lists the author as Dorothy “Y” Batley.
Private Daily Bible Reading
(This was in the Bible Lessons section.)
|Form||Title||Header Label||Publisher||Modern Reprint|
|AB||Daily Readings from the Old Testament||H. Franklin and L. Montagu||Williams & Norgate|
|AB||A Boy’s Book of Prayer||A. Devine||Methuen|
|AB||A History of England||H. O. Arnold-Forster||Cassell||Alpha Edition|
|A||Tales of a Grandfather||Scott||University Press||Scholar Select|
|A||A First History of France||Louise Creighton||Longmans||Nabu Press|
|B||Stories from French History||E. C. Price||Harrap||Forgotten Books|
|A||The British Museum for Children*||Frances Epps|
|A||The Ancient World||Albert Malet||Hodder & Stoughton||Yesterday’s Classics|
* The British Museum for Children was used for teacher reference. The link goes to the copy found in the Charlotte Mason Digital Collection.
|A||(Plutarch’s) Lives : Brutus*||North||Blackie|
|A||A Pronouncing Dictionary of Mythology and Antiquities||Walker|
|B||Stories from the History of Rome||Beesley||Macmillan||Yesterday’s Classics|
* I was not able to find the Blackie version of Brutus online, but Charlotte Mason Poetry has a good article on why these specific versions were used as well as a few scanned copies of other Lives.
|AB||The Ambleside Geography Books (Book III)*|
|AB||Round the Empire||Sir George Parkin||Cassell||Hansebooks|
|AB||Our Sea Power||H. W. Household||Macmillan||University of Michigan|
|AB||Atlas of Comparative Geography||Philips|
|AB||Outdoor Geography**||H. Hatch||Blackie||Living Book Press, Yesterday’s Classics|
* Thank you to Dawn Tull for providing this link.
** Outdoor Geography was used for teacher reference.
Under Geography as well as this section, “Scouting” is referenced, and more specifically, the tests offered in a Parents’ Review article from June, 1920, which I believe Charlotte Mason Poetry just recently published. (Brittney McGann also just published a book about this topic that looks fantastic!)
|AB||The Sciences||E. S. Holden||Ginn & Co||Yesterday’s Classics|
|AB||The Changing Year*||F. M. Haines||Wadsworth|
|AB||Countryside Rambles||W. S. Furneaux||Philip||Yesterday’s Classics|
|AB||A Nature Study Guide**||W. S. Furneaux||Longmans||Yesterday’s Classics|
|AB||Life and Her Children***||Arabella Buckley||Macmillan||Scholar Select|
* Thank you to Dawn Tull for providing this link.
** A Nature Study Guide was used for teacher reference and the link is to the 1924 version which was released after this particular Programme.
*** The book link for Life and her Children is from a different publisher than the one mentioned in the Programme, though it’s from the same era.
|AB||The Teaching of Mathematics to Young Children*||I. Stephens|
|AB||A New Junior Arithmetic||Bompas Smith||Methuen|
|B||Number Stories of Long Ago||D. E. Smith||Ginn||Living Book Press|
* The Teaching of Mathematics to Young Children was used for teacher reference. This article is also available at Charlotte Mason Poetry.
|A||Lessons in Experimental and Practical Geometry||Hall and Stevens||Macmillan||Nabu Press|
|A||The School Set of Mathematical Instruments*||Macmillan|
* I’m not sure if The School Set of Mathematical Instruments is literally a set of instruments or a book of some kind, but I’m putting it here for reference.
|A||First Latin Book*||Scott and Jones||Blackie|
|A||Young Beginners’ First Latin Book||Murray|
* I’m not sure if this is the correct book as Jones is not listed as an author and it is not from Blackie. I’m linking to it here for reference.
|AB||Siepmann’s Primary French Course||Siepmann||Macmillan||Independent|
|AB||French Songs||Violet Partington||Dent|
|AB||What To Draw and How To Draw It||Skeffington & Son||Living Book Press|
Under Recitations is listed: “Psalm 33, and two suitable passages of about twelve verses each from (a) Joshua, (b) St. Mark’s Gospel. Two Christmas hymns. A scene from Shakespeare’s King John, or, from The Foresters [see titles under “Reading” below]. Two poems from A Book of Verse…”
|AB||A Book of Verse||Sir Henry Newbolt||Bell|
|AB||The Foresters||Tennyson||Macmillan||Scholar Select|
|A||The Talisman||Scott||Dent||Mint Editions|
|A||Age of Fable||Bulfinch||Dent||Canterbury Classics*|
|B||The Heroes of Asgard||Macmillan||Yesterday’s Classics|
|B||The Prince and the Page||Charlotte Yonge||Macmillan||Scholar Select|
* This link is to the copy of Bulfinch’s Age of Mythology that we own. It includes Age of Fable.
|n/a||Child Pianist||Curwen & Son|
|n/a||The Book of the Great Musicians||P. Scholes||Oxford Press||Yesterday’s Classics|
|n/a||The National Song Book||ed. C. V. Stanford||Boosey & Co|
|n/a||A Book of French Songs||Blackie|
|n/a||Fifty Steps in Sight-Singing||Arthur Somervell||Curwen & Son||Yesterday’s Classics|
|n/a||Ten Minutes’ Lessons in Sight-Singing*||Curwen|
* Ten Minutes’ Lessons in Sight-Singing was used for teacher reference. The link goes to Miss. Mason’s Music which offers a wonderful guide to go with this book!
|n/a||Syllabus of Physical Exercises||Eyre & Spottiswoode|
|n/a||Ball Games and Breathing Exercises*||Alice R. James||Longmans|
|n/a||Music for Use in Mrs. Wordsworth’s Classes*|
|n/a||Peasant Dances and Songs of Many Lands||Kimmins||Evans|
|n/a||How to Teach School Dances||Evans|
* I was not able to find online versions of Ball Games and Breathing Exercises or Music for Use in Mrs. Wordsworth’s Classes, but Charlotte Mason Poetry posted a very helpful article detailing drill and how it was done.
|n/a||Cardboard Modelling||Heaton||Newman||Living Library Press|
|n/a||The Little Girl’s Sewing Book*||R. T. S.||Scholar Select|
|n/a||The Little Girl’s Knitting Book**||R. T. S.|
|n/a||Constructive and Decorative Stitchery||L. G. Foster|
|n/a||First Lessons in Darning and Mending|
|n/a||What shall we make?||M. La Trobe Foster||C. M. S.|
* The version linked for The Little Girl’s Sewing Book is from a different publisher.
** This may be a mistake. There is another book by the same author as The Little Girl’s Sewing Book under the title, The Little Girl’s Knitting and Crochet Book.