Mater Amabilis™ Level 3 Online Syllabus

Year 1 – 36 Week Lesson Plan Chart (pdf) (doc)

Year 2  – 36 Week Lesson Plan Chart (pdf)

General Instructions

+Subjects considered to be essential at this level. Other subjects should be included if at all possible to give a broad Charlotte Mason style education.

(N) Books/subjects intended for narration.

*Key curriculum -books considered to be key parts of the curriculum are shown in bold type and marked with an asterisk.

Highly Recommended materials/subjects are shown in bold. These should be included if possible, but are not essential.

Optional extras – optional books and suggestions are shown in italics

Selections listed in bright blue are alternatives for home educators in the UK

History Cycle for Australian students [provided by Ruth Marshall]


The main focus of religious education for these two years will be Bible study.
(1) New Testament (weekly)
(N) Read one entire Gospel each year.
Choose from * Matthew, Mark or Luke to tie in with Liturgical Year A, B or C as appropriate.
(2) Old Testament (2x/weekly; not during Lent and Easter)
(N) * Bible History by Ignatius Schuster (First Part)
Year 1: Ch. 1 (Creation of the World) to Ch.44 (Parting Advice of Moses – His Death)
Year 2: Ch. 45 (Entrance of the Israelites into the Promised Land) to Ch.86 (The Last Times Before Christ)
(3) Catechism (weekly)
(N) * Faith and Life Series
Read, narrate and discuss one lesson each week.
Year 1: * Faith and Life 6: Following Christ
      • Term 1: Chapters 1 to 11
      • Term 2: Chapters 12 to 21
      • Term 3: Chapters 22 to 31
Year 2: * Faith and Life 7: The Life of Grace
      • Term 1: Chapters 1 to 10
      • Term 2: Chapters 11 to 20
      • Term 3: Chapters 21 to 30
Optional Extras:
Faith and Life Activity Books 6 and 7.
(4) Apologetics (weekly)
Year 1: * Friendly Defenders Catholic Flash Cards
Year 2: * Friendly Defenders 2: Catholic Flash Cards
(5) Saints (Free time reading)
Choose one saint’s biography each term from the Vision Books series (or any other saint biography of your choice). Where possible these should tie in with the history studies for the term.
(6) Lent and Easter Reading (2x/weekly)
Lent (6 weeks)
Year 1 : * Little Flowers of St.Francis
also available free online
Year 2 : * Story of a Soul by St.Therese of Lisieux
Easter (6 weeks)
Year 1: * Saint Athanasius by Frances Forbes
Year 2: * Our Lady’s Feasts by Sister Mary Jean Dorcy


Continue with your preferred math program


(1) Grammar and Composition (4 lessons/weekly)
* Lingua Mater: Language Lessons from Literature by Margot Davidson
Year 1:
      • Term 1: Weeks 1 to 6
      • Term 2: Weeks 7 to 12
      • Term 3: Weeks 12 to 18
Year 2:
      • Term 1: Weeks 19 to 24
      • Term 2: Weeks 25 to 30
      • Term 3: Weeks 31 to 36
As the course is being spread over two years, only two days lessons need be completed each week. The book makes additional lesson suggestions for those using the book over two years. These can be used if desired, but our preference would be to stick to the shorter lesson plan as your child will also be doing written narrations. Organization of the course for Lingua Mater 7.
Composition work is also to include regular written narrations from books set for history, religion, geography, literature and science.
UK Alternative
Year 1:
* Grammar Skills 5 (available late 2005)
Year 2:
* Grammar Skills 6 (available late 2005)
or * English Grammar for Students (Textbook and Workbook), to be used over two years.
All published by Learners Publishing, Singapore and available from Halfmoon Books. These books use British English.
(2) Copywork (10 minutes daily)
Copy daily from favorite poems, prayers, Bible passages or the Shakespeare play being studied.
Recommended Resources:
The Harp and Laurel Wreath by Laura Berquist
Shakespeare Quotations
(3) Studied Dictation (2x/weekly)
Paragraphs or passages to be dictated from a section (two or three paragraphs) of a history, literature, geography or religion book that has been studied in advance.


(1) Classic Literature
Year 1:
      • Term 1: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, or Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
      • Term 2: Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
      • Term 3: Ivanhoe by Walter Scott
Year 2:
      • Term 1: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
      • Term 2: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
      • Term 3: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens or other classic literature of your choice
(2) Shakespeare Suggested plays (others of your choice can be substituted):
Year 1:
      • Term 1: Merchant of Venice
      • Term 2: Hamlet
      • Term 3: Richard III
Year 2:
      • Term 1: The Taming of the Shrew
      • Term 2: Much Ado About Nothing
      • Term 3: Romeo and Juliet
Recommended Resources:
Re-tellings of Shakespeare plays.
Choose from:
Shakespeare Stories by Leon Garfield
Enchanted Island: Stories from Shakespeare by Ian Serraillier
Background reading:
Starting Shakespeare by Eric Boagey
See our Shakespeare pages for notes on selected plays.
(3) Poetry
* The Harp and Laurel Wreath by Laura Berquist: Logic Stage
plus an individual poet to be studied each term


(2x/weekly; additional book as free reading)
Continue to add to the Book of Centuries(See The Book of Centuries Revisited for more information)
Option 1: American History
(N) * From Sea to Shining Sea: the Story of America (to be studied over two years)
[Catholic Textbook Project – ISBN-13: 978-0898709612]
Year 1:
      • Term 1: Chapters 1 to 3 (Discovery to California Missions)
      • Term 2: Chapters 4 to 7 (New France to 1770s)
      • Term 3: Chapters 8 to 10 (Independence)
Year 2:
      • Term 1: Chapters 11 to 14 (Frontier Church to Mexican War)
      • Term 2: Chapters 15 to 17 (Gold Rush to Civil War)
      • Term 3: Chapters 18 to 20 (Late 19th Century)
Optional Resource
From Sea to Shining Sea – Teachers Manual
Choose at least one additional book each term from our recommended reading list (Free time reading)
Option 2: British History
(N) * Young Oxford History of Britain and Ireland
Also available in five separate volumes An Ancient Land, Medieval Kingdoms, Crown and People, Empire and Industry and A Century of Change (only the first four are used at Level 3)
Year 1:
      • * Young Oxford History Ch.1 to 14 (Prehistory to 1500)
        or An Ancient Land and Medieval Kingdoms
      • * Our Lady’s Dowry by Kathryn Faulkner.
Recommended Further Resources:
Caesar in Gaul and Britain (Heinemann History Eyewitness Series)
The Battle of Hastings (Scholastic Double Take Series)
Magna Charta (James Daugherty)
The Pastons in Medieval Britain (Heinemann History Eyewitness Series)
Year 2:
      • * Young Oxford History Ch.15 to 28 (1500 to 1900)
        or Crown and People and Empire and Industry
      • *Our Lady’s Dowry by Kathryn Faulkner.
Recommended Further Resources:
Rivals for the Crown (Scholastic Double Take Series)
Edmund Ludlow and the English Civil War (Heinemann History Eyewitness Series)
Queen Victoria (Noel Streatfeild, Landmark History Series) [Note: Alternative Title All About Queen Victoria]
Option 3: History Cycle for Australian Students


Continue to add to the Book of CenturiesThey will record in it for the rest of their school years. (See The Book of Centuries Revisited for more information)
(N) * The World’s Story by Elizabeth O’Neill
This schedule is based on reading 8 chapters over the course of 12 weeks. You will want to add in reading from the Level 3 World History Reading List to round it out to 12 weeks.
Year 1:
  • Term 1: Ch. I – VIII (The Coming of Man to Greece and Macedonia)
  • Term 2: Ch. IX – XVII (The Rise of Rome to The Barbarians and the Empire)
  • Term 3: Ch. XVII – XXIV (The New Nations to The Thirteenth Century)
Year 2:
  • Term 1: Ch. XXV – XXXII (St. Dominic and St. Francis to The Counter Reformation)
  • Term 2: Ch. XXXIII – XL (England and Spain to The Story of Canada)
  • Term 3: Ch. XLI – XLVIII (American Independence to Our World Today)
(N) * The Story of Mankind by Van Loon (this book is no longer recommended but the old schedule remains as a courtesy to those who are still using the book)
Year 1:
  • Term 1: Ch.1 to 18 (Prehistory to Ancient Greece)
  • Term 2: Ch.19 to 30 (Ancient Greece to Vikings)
  • Term 3: Ch.31 to 40 (Knights and Chivalry to Renaissance)
Year 2:
  • Term 1: Ch.41 to 46 (Exploration to 17th Century)
  • Term 2: Ch.47 to 55 (17th Century to early 19th Century)
  • Term 3: Ch.56 to 63 (19th Century)
Recommended Reading: 
Choose at least one additional book each term from our recommended reading list (Free time reading)


Geography study at Level 3 has a historical perspective and takes the form of two world tours. The first follows the expansion of the known world with a history of exploration; the second visits the great sites of the world
(1) Exploration (weekly)
(N) * The Book of Discovery by M.B.Synge
Year 1:
  • Term 1: Chapter 1 (A Little Old World) to Chapter 14 (The Vikings Sail the Northern Seas)
  • Term 2: Chapter 15 (Arab Wayfarers) to Chapter 28 (Cortes Explores and Conquers Mexico))
  • Term 3: Chapter 29 (Explorers in South America) to Chapter 42 (Tasman finds Tasmania)
Year 2:
  • Term 1: Chapter 43 (Dampier Discovers His Straits) to Chapter 55 (The Search for Timbuktu)
  • Term 2: Chapter 56 (Richard and John Lander) to Chapter 67 (Livingstone’ Last Journey)
  • Term 3: Chapter 68 (Through the Dark Continent) to Chapter 79 (Space)
Note: This schedule is based on the 1962 edition of the book which was updated with additional chapters. If you have an earlier edition (or a reprint of an earlier edition) then read one chapter per week.
(2) Travel (weekly)
(N) * Complete Book of Marvels by Richard Halliburton.
Note: Unfortunately this book is out of print. We have broken our rule about only using books that are in print as used copies are widely available and