Year 0.5 Curriculum

Our Year 0.5

Year 0.5 is an unofficial year for users of Ambleside Online’s Curriculum. It is the Year 0 curriculum (for 0-6 year olds) with added structure and short lessons in Maths and English as needed by either the child or the state registration board. We used Year 0.5 as our NSW Prep year. We did not have any registration requirements for our state at this age.

Ambleside Online Year 0

This is a summary of our Year 0.5. We didn’t plan most of these, just chose them as we went along.

To see how we put this into practice, you can read about our :

Morning Time


Weekly Rhythm




Year 0.5 Booklist


Read through entire Children’s Bible


One Year Devotions for Preschoolers

Literature (Read Together)

The Real Mother Goose illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright

Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit Series

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White (AO1 Free Read)

The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

The Muddle-Headed Wombat by Ruth Park

Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers (AO2 Free Read) (Blog Post)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (Blog Post)

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Mr Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater (Blog Post)

101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

Matilda by Roald Dahl (Read by Kate Winslet)

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

The Green Ember by S.D. Smith

Mrs Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald

Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary (Read by Neil Patrick Harris)

The Adventures of Reddy Fox by Thornton W. Burgess (Read by John Lieder)

The Adventures of Johnny Chuck by Thornton W. Burgess (Read by John Lieder)

The Adventures of Bob White by Thornton W. Burgess (Read by John Lieder)

The Adventures of Peter Cottontail by Thornton W. Burgess (Blog Post)

Dinotopia by James Gurney

My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

The Railway Children by E. Nesbit

Stuart Little by E. B. White

The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk by Thornton W. Burgess (Read by John Lieder)

The Adventures of Buster Bear by Thornton W. Burgess (Read by John Lieder)

The Adventures of Unc’ Billy Possum by Thornton W. Burgess

The BFG by Roald Dahl

Homer Price by Robert McCloskey

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

+ Many wonderful picture books (see here)

You can find out more about using Audiobooks in my Ultimate Guide to Audiobooks

Free Reads/Reading Practice

Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel

Hey Jack! Series by Sally Rippin

The Magic Treehouse Series by Mary Pope Osborne

The Tinklers Three Series by M. C. Badger

Mercy Watson Series by Kate DiCamillo

Billy and Blaze Series by C.W. Anderson

These have been the main books so far since he has finished his phonics lessons. I wrote about our favourite transitional chapter books here.


Picture Studies – Paolo Uccello, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Rembrandt

Music Studies – My First Classical Album, My First Beethoven Album, Mary Poppins Musical


A.A. Milne – When We Were Very Young

Robert Louis Stevenson – A Child’s Garden of Verses

Dr Seuss Collection

Banjo Paterson – Mulga Bill’s Bicycle, The Man from Snowy River, Waltzing Matilda, We’re All Australians Now

C.J. Dennis – A Book for Kids

See here for my post on our Poetry Teatime


Targeting Maths 1 (Read my reflection on this resource here)

Reading/Writing Resources

Teach Your Monster to Read

NAPLAN Toy Story Book

Dictation/Copywork (tracing) – kind of following Writing with Ease

See here for my posts on why and how we taught our son to read


Magic School Bus Series by Joanna Cole (Books and DVDs)


Possum Magic by Mem Fox

Magic Australia by Nuri Mass


Story of the World Vol 1 by Susan Wise Bauer

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