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Books and Core Overview

We try to keep the cost of Vanguard itself low your money can go toward books and resources at home to pursue your education where you need. :)  This list includes the Master List. 

To be used all year in CORE class:
"Standing for Something" by Gordon B. Hinckley
"Be the Change" by Zach Hunter
"Lead Like Jesus" by Ken Blanchard
"Our Constitution Rocks" by Juliette Turner--we are using it throughout the year for this class and also in Leadership Master level, so you might consider buying one for each of your youth

To be used all year in LEADERSHIP ACADEMY Journeyman and/or Master class:
"Promises of the Constitution" by Openshaw (J-man)
"Ourselves in Modern English" by Charlotte Mason (J-man) available online
"We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident" by DeMille (Master)
The Constitution available online 
To be used all year in GEO-CONQUEST Journeyman and/or Master class:
"Just and Holy Principles" by Hancock

(L.A.=Leadership Academy
I.A.=Imaginative Arts)

"Mysterious Benedict Society" by Trenton Lee Steward

SEPTEMBER: "Humility" 
L.A.: "What would the Founding Father's Think?"
G.C.: Continent for month: Overview and Antarctica; Cycles in History (Pride Cycle)
E:  The compass, navigation 
I.A.: "The Storyteller's Daughter" by Cameron Dokey
"Hiawatha" excerpts

OCTOBER: "Virtue" (two books in core class)
L.A.: : "The Freedom Factor" by Gerald Lund
Master: "Liberty" by Gowdy (online resource)
G.C.: Continent for Month: Asia; Different Kinds of Governments
Master-Fourth Turning

E:Geology and Hansel and Gretel
Journeyman: Charles Lyell
I.A.: "Red Scarf Girl" by Ji-Li Jiang and Edgar Allen Poe
If you have already read this one, you may read: "Mao's Last Dancer" at the discretion of your parent or "Wild Swans" by Jung Chang. Please let me know which one you will be reading.
Master: Read one of the above options that you read for a CORE class substitute or "Anthem" (with selections editted sent out by me) with online excerpts from Skousen's "Naked Communist" at

NOV: "Stewardship"
L.A.-The Family: A Proclamation to the World
Master: "The Tuttle Twins Learn About the Law" by Connor (Mary has for $5)
"The Law" by Bastiat 
G.C.-Continent for month: North America; American Revolution (part I)
Journeyman: "Johnny Tremain" by Forbes
E-field study and classification
Master: "The Origin of the Species" by Darwin and scannings of Evolution: Science or Faith?
I.A.-"Lantern In her Hand" by Aldrich for girls or
"Little Britches" by Ralph Moody for boys 
Master: articles: "When Queens Ride By" for girls and "Worthy of the Girl You Will Someday Marry" for boys

Optional reading for Geo-Conquest (also used later in Imaginative Arts)
"Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo (abridged or unabridged) 

JAN:"Diligence"(two books in core class)
L.A.: Examine Diligence
Master: "William Wilberforce, Amazing Grace" by Piper (short!) 
G.C.- Continent for Month: South America; American Revolution (part II)
Master: "The Real George Washington" by Parry and Allison (confirm with Sister Jackson)
E. Medicine
I.A. "The Storyteller's Daughter" by Dokey
Master: CHOOSE one or more of the following:
-"The Rent Collector"
-"The 80 Champion"  

FEB: "Unity"
L.A.-Examine Unity
Master: "Of One Heart" OR "The Enoch Letters" (same book, two names) by Maxwell
G.C.-Continent for month: Europe;  French Revolution
Journeyman: "Fleeing for Freedom" by Hendrick
Master: "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass" by Douglass
E- Inventions...need I mention the guillotine? Inventors like McCoy
Master: "Flatland" by Abbott
I.A.-Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale
Compare art and music of two revolutions
Master: CHOOSE one--
 "Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo (abridged or unabridged)
"The Scarlet Pimpernel" by Orszy
"Tale of Two Cities" by Dickens

L.A.: Examine Principle; Abraham Lincoln and Harriet Tubman 
Master: "A Walk of Love" by Bradford
G.C.-Continent for month- Africa
Civil War, Underground Railroad
E.- Codes!
Morse code, braille, puzzles
Journeyman: "Helen Keller: Story of my life" 
Master: "All Mimzy Were the Borrogoves" (short online story)
I.A. "Uncle Tom's Cabin" by Harriet Beecher Stowe 
Look at "code quilts" in underground railroad 
Journeyman: Excerpts from "Nurtured by Love" by Suzuki
Master: Little Women (women's view on war) or "Killer Angels" or "The Red Badge of Courage"  (man's view on war) 

APR: "Charity"
L.A.- Examine Principle 
Master: "The Spirit of Father Damien" by De Volder
G.C.-Continent of Month-Oceania; Pioneers
E. Exploration for truth!  Explorers:Louis and Clark, Maria Agnesi, etc.
Master: "The Chosen" by Potok
I.A."To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee or "Pollyanna" by Porter
Journeyman: "The Red Stockings" by Alcott (short story)
Master: "Moccasin Train" by McGraw


  1. I don't know how to edit my Geo-Conquest book list. Democracy in America is no longer required and I'm evaluating whether The Real George Washington in our best option, so hold off on buying that one for now, too.

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  3. This is Sherrie I got it