Here Ye, Here Ye! Thou hast comest here to hear the tale of our friends of all different classes.
Ye peasants who work in the fields!
Ye knights in shining armor!
Ye ladies in waiting!
Ye holy men and women of the order!
Come feast your eyes on a study that will thrill your heart and bring your kids into the Medieval Times!
The Medieval Times has been one of my favorite time periods ever since I was little. I always thought it would be interesting to experience that time period, dress in the clothes, joust and do all sorts of things that they seemed to do but as I get older, the more of what really happened comes to the forefront, and the less I was able to do!
But then came my four beautiful kids!
After trying KONOS Character Curriculum (in the section of Obedience: Kings, Knights, and Castles), I was able to experience a little of that with some of the kids in the co-op my kids and I participate in.
We experienced castles, a little bit of what happened inside castles, different tradesmen, jousting, and medieval feasts. We also talked about how people would attack castles, and how castles were defended. The only thing that our study didn’t really hit, though, was the feudal system. We knew the king was powerful and that knights were under him. That under them were others, but I really felt we could have dove in more to what it was like for those outside the higher-ups!
In Time Capsule: Medieval Times, she does exactly that and more!
What was a peasant’s day like? a tradesman? What about a knight or a baron? What about the women during this time period? How were they seen?
This is packed with activities, reading, photography, drawing, writing and so much more!
Take your kids out to a field and have them pick rocks from a field, talking about how peasant children would do this all day, almost every day!
Act out plays with ideas on how to make costumes they can dress up in and put on a small skit that go through a little of what they learned.
Take pool noodles and have your kids joust each other, or make those noodles into swords, and have a sword fight!
Make pretend battle axes and throw them at a target. See who can hit it the most accurately!
Learn about the black death and the different remedies that were used to try and cure those affected.
Learn about tradesmen and try to whittle (though they have you whittle soap, which is at least something)!
Learn old English words, and learn geography as you explore the rivers and some of the places in England, what it used to look like and what is still there.
Eat some food that the different classes may have eaten.
Be a baron and plan your manor
Making comets and other hands-on science experiments.
Be a King and Queen and try to keep order in your land!
There are so many great facts and information in this study, and plenty of activities to engage your kids. It would take me forever to give you all the neat things in here!
It’s not too overwhelming, which is nice. You can pick an choose what activities fit best with your family or use it to supplement what you are already doing (though that won’t be too necessary, but totally up to you!). You are engaged pretty much through all your senses and can do some fun games with your kids (yes, those are in there too).
This study is for 2nd-8th graders and I think we are going to use it next year in our own studies, as my 1st grader will be a 2nd grader by then and I plan to move into Rome to the Reformation as a topic next year. I also told the author that this would be an excellent co-op study and I may mention it to my leaders as a possible class!
So if this year you are looking for a something that will engage your kids that goes through the Medieval Times, please check out this study and her video about the curriculum at http://www.homeschool-your-boys.com/unitstudies.html !
Be inspired today!
Note: All pictures were used with permission by www.homeschoolyourboys.com.