If you want to know what a Year 1 student really thinks of the Ambleside Online selections, you’re in the right place. Here are Kid Uno’s year-end summaries, in her own words (my Year 1 page has links for everything we used):
- Rate each book (like, neutral, dislike).
- Add a few comments.
A Child’s Garden of Verses
Dislike. It’s hard to read and not very interesting.
When We Were Young & Now We Are Six
Neutral. There are only a few poems that I like. One is the Sailor and there are a few others.
A Child’s Book of Poetry
Neutral. But I loved Christina Rossetti. I kind of didn’t like the rest.
Classical Kids CDs
Like. Mostly Song of Unicorn, Hallelujah Handel, Vivaldi, Mozart’s Magical Fantasy.
Neutral. My favorite was Crown Him With Many Crowns.
Tales From Shakespeare
Like. It was fun and there were lots of exciting stories.
Blue Fairy Book
Like. It was fun–lots of magic fairies, beautiful girls, and stuff.
Just So Stories
Like. There were lots of animals, and my favorite was How the Elephant Got his Trunk, Leopard, Butterfly.
Like. I loved it because it has such fun stories.
One Small Square Cave
Like. Really fun. I liked how it told me about the caves.
One Small Square Swamp
Neutral. It wasn’t very interesting.
One Small Square Arctic Tundra
Like. It told me lots of things about the tundra.
James Herriot’s Treasury
Like. I loved it. You should know I loved it! It had lots of stories about animals and I like animal stories a lot.
Burgess Bird Book
Neutral. Told a lot about animals but just about birds. I like animals but not really birds. One bird I loved in that story was the Welcome Robin.
Among the …. People
Like. That was fun because it was about lots of animals.
Neutral. It was just about nature not animals or stories.
Trial and Triumph
Neutral. It had not very fun stories; just about people and not what that said.
50 Famous Stories
Like. They’re really exciting. It tells a lot about people, and I get to read some [independently], and it tells about a few people I already know.
Our Island Story
Neutral. A few fun stories and a few not good stories.
Like. I love them….King Harald the Great!
Neutral. I liked it but it’s not very fun. It had just Indians and I don’t like just stories about Indians because they scare me [I think this response actually arises from Kid Uno’s immersion in the Little House books…I need to find some good books where the Indians aren’t constantly portrayed as “savages”].
d’Aulaires Benjamin Franklin
Like. I loved him and Washington. Wasn’t he [Franklin] a president?
d’Aulaires Buffalo Bill
Like. You already know that I like it! He’s really exciting. The only people I don’t like in it are the raiders that try to hurt him and the Indians even though they are his friends.
d’Aulaires George Washington
Like. That he was so brave.
Paddle to the Sea
Like. I loved it–it was so exciting.
Rod&Staff Penmanship 2
Dislike. They are so hard.
Rod&Staff Penmanship 3
Dislike. It’s hard to copy the words, and it’s long.
Life of Fred
Like. I loved LoF. It helps me do it and then it has fun stories.
I Love Math books
Like. I loved them when I first did them but they aren’t interesting anymore.
Ray’s Primary Arithmetic
Dislike. It was really hard.
Dislike. Because they are so hard and take a lot of time.
Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading
Dislike. No way, Jose. I don’t like reading out loud.
McGuffey’s Second Reader
Like. I love it. I get to learn a few things…like about sharing…and about selfishness.
John Singer Sargent
Dislike. It’s so hard to remember.
Like. I got to see a few interesting and beautiful pictures.
Neutral. It’s hard.
Neutral. It’s kind of hard, and I did the first easy ones which were really nice but then I didn’t really like the others.
Dislike. It’s too hard. At least the first easy ones were fun but I didn’t like the last ones which were hard.
Youtube Drawing Videos
Like. Because I got to draw a lot of things.
Neutral. I have to draw things that I don’t want to do.
Mesa Art Classes
Like. Loved! Because I got to draw a whole lot of things that I liked to do. And I got to learn a few things about drawing. That you should draw it carefully and not hurry. That you can mix things together and make pretty colors. And you should draw a line like this–a horizon line.
Like. I loved it because I got to learn a whole lot of things like kicking it with the side of your foot. But with your toe if you are kicking in in the goal. And you should shove a little bit if the person has the ball. And that I should be happy if I lose or I win, and that everyone wins. A— told me that everyone wins. Does everyone win? I got to have the ball a few times, and got to kick it to the goal. And I had a few friends. And there were a few people cheering for us. The one thing I don’t like about soccer is that I don’t like that one team said we look easy, and we’re not easy, we’re hard. And I got to run a lot, and A— talked to me a lot and helped me. And soccer was the funnest sport of my life. And I get to be with my friends.