September 24, 2013

First Few Weeks of Middle Ages Lesson Plans

I like having my science lesson plans (quick note style) on here that I am posting my Middle Ages lesson plans as well--at least for the first few weeks.  I find that I don't lose my computer as easily as my scribbler.  Quite helpful.

Middle Ages Day One:

  • Go to Julie's house and have a medieval feast and give the kids tunics and necklaces with color/animal heraldic symbolism and import.  (I'll post pics of how this went later.)

Day Two:
  • Go over the 7 Knightly Virtues and putting on the Whole Armor of God (doesn't really need to be capitalized but thought it added a little something).  This website is my reference:  Make an official pledge sheet to be signed that has a promise to live up to the chivalric code and keep on the armor of God--print on each child's heraldic color with a pic of their animal.

Day Three:
  • Read A Street Through Time, Medieval Warfare, pgs 7 - 11 in Story of the Middle Ages (not to be confused with Story of the World of which I'm not a big fan), and pg. 8 of the Atlas of the Medieval World (pretty sure it is my favorite reference book I've ever purchased).  
  • start timeline; notebook version (550 Slav People; 589 China Reunited)
  • color map of Roman Empire split
Day Four:

  • Read Story of the Middle Ages pgs. 11-16, carefully look over map on page 16 and Atlas of the Medieval World pg. 10, The Byzantine Empire pgs. 1-26.
  • Show kids pics of Kami's mosaic bird (my sister Kami used to make mosaic art using little pieces of foil.  I literally couldn't watch her painstakingly spread out the foil--I can't handle detail oriented stuff like that.  I did, however, let her unwrap my Easter candy so I wouldn't wreck the foil.  I'm a nice sister like that.)
  • start mosaic project
    • draw picture on plain paper
    • pick out cardstock
    • draw pic on cardstock
    • pick paint sample colors
    • glue on paint samples to make mosaic
Day Five:
  • Read The Byzantine Empire pgs. 27 - end.
  • read any books I can find on Byzantine architecture (do any of you know of any good books??  I'm having a hard time finding one)/Hagia Sophia
  • Read Iggy Peck, Architect
  • on graph paper, design a building
  • Talk about Attila the Hun
Day Six:
  • look at Atlas of the Medieval World pgs. 8-9
  • Read:
    • Story of the Middle Ages pgs. 19 - 29
    • The Elephant from Baghdad
    • 10 Kings/Queens Who Changed the World, "Charlemagne"
    • "The Song of Roland," pg 35 in Favorite Medieval Tales (maybe read as bedtime story)
  • Add to timeline
    • Fall of Rome
    • creation of Holy Roman Empire
    • Byzantine Empire
Day Seven:
  • Read:
    • Atlas of the Medieval World pgs. 12-13, 16-17, 18-19
    • Muhammad by Demi
    • Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns
    • I am Muslim
    • Facts About Islam
    • book about domes, if I can find one
  • Watch video about approved Islamic foods
  • Cook Arabic/Muslim foods; start with dates
Day Eight:
  • Read:
    • The Genius of Islam
  • Watch youtube video, Paradise Found: Islamic Architecture and Arts
  • Take a treat to our librarians
Day Nine:
  • Color Islamic coloring pages while watching Aladdin
Day Ten:
  • Read: 
    • The Saxons pgs. 8 - 36
    • "Finn Macoul" and "Beowulf" in Favorite Medieval Tales
  • go over map--where are the Picts, Saxons, Angles, Jutes, Franks, Visigoths locate
  • Color it in on an outline map and make a matching chart 
Day Eleven:
  • Read: 
    • The Saxons, pgs. 38 - end
    • Saint Patrick
    • The Man Who Loved Books
    • Brendan the Navigator
  • Put dates on the timeline
Day Twelve:
  • Read:
    • Unsolved History pg. 15
    • Saint George and the Dragon
    • Young Guinevere
    • Arthur: High King of Britain, first chapter
  • start writing our own King Arthur story/play
  • elements of a King Arthur legend:
    • magic, quest, fair maiden/hag, monster, justice, honor, chivalry
Day Thirteen:
  • Read one story from Stories of Knights and Castles
  • Finish writing story/play--practice and get it ready to film
Day Fourteen/Fifteen: finish up, catch up anything we missed, add anything to timeline, work on Arthur


  1. Why aren't you a fan of story of the world? Jethro loves them.
    p.s. I didn't read all that, just a bit.

  2. I'm wondering how you fit in history in a regular school day? I'm just *struggling* to do the basics (writing, math, grammar, and spelling) with my three older children. By the time we get the basics done, I want to be done with school! Do you not do the basics on the days you cover history? I've decided to just let history and science go because I just can't figure out how to fit it in my school week. Your plans look fantastic, by the way, and P.S. I'm not a big fan of Story of the World, either. ;)

  3. Kayli, Story of the World is fine if you read it as stories but it is really hard to create a good curriculum using it. I looked at the activity book already created for it and found it really repetitive and boring--not that my method of "read a lot of books" isn't repetitive. I don't like how it jumps around and doesn't provide any cohesion. In short--lots of homeschoolers use it and love it but it doesn't work for me.

    Lynette: Oh my goodness, we are struggling with that right now. I changed my schedule (I'll post it later if you want) so we do scripture study and science or history in the mornings to make sure it gets done, but that means we've been doing math and grammar right up until dinner. I keep thinking if I could just pull myself together and get up a little earlier all would become smooth sailing, but I don't know. I just know that I homeschool to enjoy my kids and we like science and history most so I wanted those subjects to be a priority this year. I'm still working on it and will post about how it's going in another month.

  4. your scheduling really impresses me. I don't make schedules ahead of time. I tried that and would get so frustrated when we fell behind....everyday!
    your ideas look so fun. can I come to your homeschool? I only live hundreds and hundreds of miles away ;)

  5. Sorry I just saw your reply! I would love to see your schedule. :) I need to add that I'm battling with mild ppd, so I'm tired pretty much all day. I just feel bad that my kids aren't getting a lot "fun" school these days because I'm so tired and my mind is all jumbled. I've been reading aloud to them, but not every day for the same reasons...Anyway, whatever you share about your day would be great! Thanks for responding. :)