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Aunt Charlotte’s Books For Young Ones and Little Folk

In 1823, Charlotte Mary Yonge was born at Otterbourne in Hampshire, England. Her charitable parents built the first Sunday School on the grounds of Otterbourne and gave her a religious education. She began to teach at the age of seven and continued in her parents footsteps in educating the poor. Her first writings were for Sunday School children. She continued her writing and teaching into adulthood; her writing  as prolific as it was loved. Still loved today, here are some of the works she wrote for children.

CharlotteGreek History

Greek History for Little Ones

American History

Bible History

English History

Evenings at Home with Poets

Young Folk’s History of Germany

Young Folk’s History of Rome

Landmarks of History: Ancient History

Landmarks of History: Modern History

 

Thanks go to Allison for gathering these books. My friend feeds my obsession with 19th and early 20th century books. You can find more on my Facebook group, and learn how you can Build Your Own Homeschool Curriculum for FREE.

 

You can read more about Charlotte Mary Yonge here:

http://anglicanhistory.org/bios/cmyonge.html

http://www.yongeletters.com/biography

 

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Free 19th Century Readers by James Baldwin

James Baldwin was published during the turn of the century was a teacher, writer, and was a man of Christian faith. He wrote  over 50 books including readers, adapted stories for young children, history text, literary analysis, classic literature, and apologetics. Read more About James Baldwin.

The first set is the only complete set, which means the other books were not found or have a price tag. I will continue to search for them and add to the list. I have noted special characteristics of each set or book.

book-goggles-348090_640I have listed them in sets, in order of edition. This is somewhat misleading because many of the books were for 12-16 months use, so a book would be used for longer than our modern grade levels, in some cases.  Most times the level’s name was simply indicative of coming after the one preceding it.  Because of this I tried to find readers of the same publisher and author. Some series are not as complete as others, usually meaning that the missing book had a price tag on it. I will update as I find missing books from a series.

Find out where your child should begin reading by having them read, either silently or aloud, and asking some basic comprehension questions or asking your child to retell a story after reading a  short piece. Use the reader that is appropriate, moving forward in the series.

Some  readers will have phonics lessons for the little ones and oration lessons for older students. Others have spelling lists, language instruction, and exercises, or questions to check comprehension. I will make a note at the introduction to each set to indicate any special features.

 

The Baldwin Primer I just love this little book with color picture, beautiful cursive, music, and hands on activities. It’s a perfect beginning reader!

Baldwin School Reading by Grade: First Year

Baldwin School Reading by Grade: Second Year

Baldwin School Reading by Grades: Third Year

Baldwin School Reading by Grades: Fourth Year

Baldwin School Reading by Grade: Fifth Year

Baldwin School Reading by Grade: Sixth Year

Baldwin School Reading by Grades: Seventh Year

Baldwin School Reading by Grade Eighth Year

 

These have so much to offer. They include a variety of genres, along with exercises requiring response to the literature(expression), phonetic exercises(in the back of the book) and spelling exercises.

figures-54851_640The Bender Primer

Baldwin and Bender’s Fourth Reader

Baldwin and Bender’s Fifth Reader

Baldwin and Bender’s Sixth Reader

Baldwin and Bender’s Eighth Reader

 

These also include a variety of genres, along with exercises requiring response to the literature(expression), phonetic exercises(in the back of the book) and spelling exercises. The teacher’s manual imparts better understanding to the exercises in the readers. I do wish to find the complete set.

Reading with expression: a teacher’s manual to accompany …

Reading With Expression Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Years

 

More Readers

Perhaps to use in place of the missing 2nd and 3rd readers to the sets above.

Fairy Stories and Fables: a Second Reader

Another Fairy Reader: Companion to Fairy Stories and Fables

 Old Greek Stories: a Third Reader

The Golden Fleece: More Old Greek Stories: Companion to Old Greek Stories

 

mill-208571_640Adapted Versions For Young Children

Stories of Don Quixote: Written Anew for Young People

Robinson Crusoe: Written Anew for Children

Gulliver’s Travels Into Some Remote Countries:Written Anew for Children

 

Fifty Famous Stories Retold

Thirty More Famous Stories

Fifty famous people, short stories

 

Old Stories of the East

An American Book of Golden Deeds

A Story of the Golden Age

Stories of the King

The Story of Siegfried

 More James Baldwin

 

Bonus: The Industrial Primary Arithmetic

Free 19th Century Readers

Here are some 19th Century Readers. I have listed them in sets, in order of edition. This is somewhat misleading because many of the books were for 12-16 months use, so a book would be used for longer than our modern grade levels, in some cases.  Most times the level’s name was simply indicative of coming after the one preceding it.  Because of this I tried to find readers of the same publisher and author. Some series are not as complete as others, usually meaning that the missing book had a price tag on it. I will update as I find missing books from a series.

Find out where your child should begin reading by having them read, either silently or aloud, and asking some basic comprehension questions or asking your child to retell a story after reading a  short piece. Use the reader that is appropriate, moving forward in the series.

Some  readers will have phonics lessons for the little ones and oration lessons for older students. Others have spelling lists, language instruction, and exercises, or questions to check comprehension. I will make a note at the introduction to each set to indicate any special features.

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This set of Readers has no primer. Selections include fables, fairy tales, rhymes, myths, nature stories and stories about life. Each book is graduated  to ensure a comfortable transition from one year to the next. This is a typical characteristic of the Readers.

New Century Readers Book 1

New Century Readers Book 2

New Century Readers Book 3

New Century Readers Book 4

New Century Readers Book 5

These readers are also graduated in form, starting with phonics  and sight words in the primer and focusing more on vocabulary and comprehension in the latter years. The exercises in the books include enunciation, spelling, vocabulary, mechanics of writing, articulation and comprehension. The speller covers enunciation, phonics and the mechanics of writing. It includes over 500 exercises covering years of spelling instruction.

Sander’s Union Pictorial Primer

Sander’s Union Reader: Number One

Sander’s Union Reader: Number Two

Sander’s Union Reader: Number Three

Sander’s Union Reader:  Number Four

Sander’s Union Reader: Number Five

Sander’s Union Reader: Number Six

Bonus: Sander’s Union Speller

This set  includes oral exercises in articulation and inflection, new vocabulary defined, reading notes and blurbs about select authors. The Speller includes dictation exercises and enunciation marks. Words are grouped by pattern and language uses.

McGuffey’s Readers Online Tutor -an online tutorial for using the texts.

McGuffey’s Eclectic Primer 

McGuffey’s First Eclectic Reader 

McGuffey’s Second Eclectic Reader

McGuffey’s Third Eclectic Reader 

McGuffey’s Fourth Eclectic Reader

McGuffey’s Fifth Eclectic Reader

McGuffey’s Sixth Eclectic Reader

Bonus: McGuffey’s Eclectic Spelling Book

The New McGuffey First Reader

The New McGuffey Second Reader

The New McGuffey Third Reader 

The New McGuffey Fourth Reader

The New McGuffey Fifth Reader

I’ll be on the lookout for the rest of this set.  They include includes oral exercises in articulation and inflection, spelling and vocabulary words, and comprehension questions. The Speller includes dictation work and words in their various parts of speech.

McGuffey’s New First Eclectic Reader

McGuffey’s New Fourth Eclectic Reader 

McGuffey’s New Fifth Eclectic Reader

McGuffey’s New Sixth Eclectic Reader

Bonus: McGuffey’s New Eclectic Spelling Book

Other McGuffey Readers

The Eclectic Second Reader: Consisting of Progressive Lessons(McGuffey)

McGuffeys’ Alternate Fifth Reader

Mcguffeys’ Fifth Reader of the Eclectic Series

High School Reader

 McGuffey’s High School Reader

Bonus: A History of the McGuffey Readers You can find out more about the McGuffey series and the levels here and here

Favorite Science Ebooks

science-41512_640Here are some of our favorite science books. Though we are not yet middle or high school level at our house, I have compiled some I think you might like. I have also included some traditional texbooks from the 21st century. They are categorized by a broad range below.  There are many more on Google Books. You can use some of the words in these titles as key words in your search. You can read more about searching for free  ebooks on Finding Free Textbooks on Google Books or Searching the Internet Archive.

Primary

You can find more science for primary in Narrative Style Science Readers

Plant and Animal Children: How They Grow

Plants and Their Children

Intermediate

Object Lessons in Elementary Science: Following the Scheme …

First Year Science-with experiments

Real Things in Nature: A Reading Book of Science for …

Science for Beginners: A First Book in General Science for … with exercises to illustrate principles

Science for Beginners with exercises to illustrate principles

Middle Grades

CK-12 Life Science for Middle School

CK-12 Earth Science for Middle School

From Vitamins to Baked Goods: Real Applications of Organic …

iguana-223157_640High School

Zoölogy for High Schools and Academies

CK-12 Biology

CK-12 Biology Workbook

CK-12 Basic Physics – Second Edition

CK-12 People’s Physics, Version 3

CK-12 Earth Science for High School

CK-12 Chemistry – Second Edition

General Science: First Course with questions and excercises

General Science

Narrative Style Science Readers

digital-art-94403_640I’ve chosen these for our early readers or those that are not reading yet, but enjoy mommy or daddy reading aloud to them. The books are full of  natural science focusing mostly on life science. They are written in a friendly narrative style your child is sure to enjoy. These are also a great alternative for those that are reluctant, not ready for textbook layout, or for those using the Thomas Jefferson Education methods. They are categorized by a broad range below.  Most of these have an option to print. There are many more on Google Books. You can use some of the words in these titles as key words in your search. You can read more about searching for free ebooks on Finding Free Textbooks on Google Books or Searching the Internet Archive.

We like these books because they are so charming and they are full of wonderful vocabulary. My oldest has been working on  writing her own book about butterflies for weeks now. She studies in science units and on other websites about various topics of interest for her book and then adds detail to her butterfly narrative. I have been patiently awaiting my turn to edit and revise.

Primary

Nature Stories for Young Readers: Animal Life

Nature Stories for Young Readers: Plant life

Leaves and Flowers, Or, Plant Studies for Young Readers

Chambers’s Elementary Science Readers by Various 

Nature Study in Elementary Schools: First Reader

Intermediate

Animals at Home

Young folks’ pictures and stories of animals: for home and school, Volume 5

The Wild Animal Play for Children: With Alternate Reading …

Fables for Children ; Stories for Children ; Natural Science …

The Story-book of Science

Stories of Animal Life

Short Stories of Our Shy Neighbors

Our Favorite 19th Century Ebooks for Sciences-More Albert Blaisdell

Here is a list of our favorite 19th century ebooks for Science.  I think it will come as no surprise the Albert Blaisdell’s books will be on this list. He is just so much fun. I will shareorange-14735_640 science books by other authors in another post.

Physiology, By Albert Blaisdell

Written For 3rd grade, Interest Level  8-10 years of age

Physiology for Little Folks A revised version of The Child’s Book of Health

The Child’s Book of Health

Written For 4th and 5th grade, Interest Level  10-12 years of age

How to Keep Well

Physiology For Boys and Girls Revised version of How to Keep Well

Written For 6th and 7th grade, Interest Level  12-15 years of age

Our Bodies and How We Live

Young Folk’s Physiology– revised version of Our Bodies and How We Live

Our Bodies or How We live: Physiology for theYoung

High School

Life and Health

A Practical Physiology

For Teachers

How to Teach Physiology-Not Found

 

Our Favorite 19th Century Ebooks for History

This is a  list  of our favorites 19th century ebooks for US History. I will update as we find more.book-112117_640

Albert Blaisdell is so much fun. My daughter is learning a lot, and frequently laughs and shares Blaisdell’s witty anecdote. They are written narrative style which makes the reading fun and appealing to human interests.

U.S. History-First 50 years of our nation

Written for 3rd grade, Interest Level 8-12 years of age

American History For Little Folks -Introduction to the series of companions below

Log Cabin Days: American History for Beginners -Introduction to the series of companions below

Written for 4th and 5th grades, Interest Level 10-15 years of age

American History Story Book-Companion in the series

The Child’s Book of American History-Companion in the series

Pioneers of America -Companion in the series

The Story of American History for Elementary Schools

Written for 6th and 7th grades, Interest level 12-15 years of age 

Heroic Deeds of American Sailors -Companion in the series

Hero Stories from American History for Elementary Schools

Stories of the Civil War

 

 

19th Century Schoolbooks

school-32981_64019th Century Schoolbooks is  fabulous for some ebook downloads. We have used A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston. You will find it is more comprehensive than public school history text and much less agenda. It tells history like an adventure story full of wit and charm. There are some facts we quibble about at home, but so far it has served as a good beginning. We also plan on using The Young American, or, Book of Government and Law by Samuel G.Goodrich for our Civics requirement in our state. I chose this book because it really dives into the discussion of liberty and the purpose of government. It was written in a time, it seems where ideals were still close to the ideals of our founders.  

If you need to print a book for one of your children, you might go crazy when you figure out that you can only print one page at a time. This is a bummer, however there are other website to download and print these titles at. If you find a title you like and desire to print it, try searching for the title at one of the following sites: 

https://archive.org/

http://www.gutenberg.org/

http://books.google.com/

http://www.loc.gov/library/libarch-digital.html

I find the books style and vocabulary refreshing. I prefer the content in the “readers” far more than some contemporary text. They tend to include high moral standards, problem solving, and charm. I have found that some authors write a series including different age groups for the same topic. You can simply go to the preface of a book that you like. Most tell you the age group the book is intended for and what other books are included in the series. This is a great option. I can download the 3rd grade version for my son, the 4/5th grade version for my oldest and they can discuss the topic having understood it fully from a text that was comfortable to them.