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The Middle Ages – A Unit Study

knightI must confess that it is difficult for me to type “the middle ages” without adding “circa 450 to circa 1500″. You Classical Conversations moms know what I am talking about.

Katie and I started Story of the World Volume 2 this summer, and are now finishing up the middle ages. Here’s what we have been doing.


We read Sid Fleischman’s The Whipping Boy and Margauerite de Angeli’s The Door in the Wall.  Here’s a great link to lots of activities to go along with The Door in the Wall.  You can also go to EdHelper.com and Homeschoolshare.com for tons of ideas to go along with The Whipping Boy.


We’re using Story of the World Volume 2.  We also used the Library Video Company’s “Life in the Middle Ages DVD series which we borrowed from our local library.  My daughter loved these videos and I think they really helped bring this period of history to life for her.  This link takes you to teacher guides for each of the videos.  You can use the information in your unit studies and use the titles to see if the DVDs are available in your library system.

Other resources we are using for history:



Story of the World Volume 2 Videos


We made a medieval castle and Katie used it today for her Classical Conversations presentation.  She was supposed to tell how to do or make something.  We loosely followed the directions on this site. We did not use all of the templates.  Instead, we used a cardboard box (or parts of it) to make the castle larger.  This also required us to use paper towel rolls  instead of toilet paper rolls for the towers and to add a thick poster board base.  Katie added people to make it more realistic, and she plans to paint the white base blue to look like a moat.

Medieval Castle

Medieval Castle

Here’s a link to tons of other arts and craft projects for your Middle Ages study.

Just for Fun

While we were in Myrtle Beach for work, we visited Medieval Times.  Medieval Times is a dinner show that allows the audience to participate by cheering for their knight.

Katie at Medieval Times

Katie at Medieval Times


Medieval Times Show

Medieval Times was a great way to wrap up our Middle Ages unit.  Renaissance, here we come!

Ephesians 6 Resources for Classical Conversations

bible_studyThis week will be our second week in Classical Conversations and I am still working on my schedule and memory work system.  To cover Ephesians 6, we plan to use the music that our director told us about at Lisamccannmusic.com.  She has broken the passage into two beautiful songs that make the verses easier to memorize.

We will also be using copywork for Ephesians 6.  I began using my membership in CC Connected over the summer and it has been a terrific resource for me.  Someone has posted Ephesians 6 copywork pages by week in print.  I was looking for cursive sheets and could not find any so I am in the process of creating them.  Here are the Ephesians 6 copywork pages in cursive for weeks 1-9.   I will be posting pages for verses 10-24 soon.

Ephesians 6:1-9 Cursive Copywork

Ephesians 6-10-24 Copywork cursive

If you want to make your own cursive copywork pages, download the cursive font at donnayoung.org.  You can make the print size larger or smaller by changing the font size, and you can connect the lines between words by using the “\” key rather than the space bar after each word.

Children’s Bible Study on Obedience

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1 NIV

bible_studyI had planned a character qualities Bible study this year so we are starting over the summer with obedience.    Since obedience is commanded by God, and brings blessings to children,  obedience seemed like a good starting point.  As part of Classical Conversations, Katie will also have to memorize Ephesians 6:1-24 next year.  If you are doing CC, you can see a video of this passage set to music here.

Over at The Better Mom Blog, I found a great post on the four keys to obedience and I think this is a great way to explain it to kids.

The four keys to obedience are:

1. Obey immediately.

2. Obey with a happy heart.

3. Obey completely.

4. Obey without complaining.

There’s a craft suggestion on her blog as well that deals with these four keys.

Here are the Bible verses we are reviewing on obedience:

1. “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.” Colossians 3:20 NIV

2. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  Honor your father and mother—which is the first commandment with a promise—  so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6: 1-4 NIV

3.“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12 NIV

4. “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.” Proverbs 1:8 NIV

5. “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 NIV

6. “A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.” Proverbs 13:1 (You can also use Proverbs 13:1-25).

7. “Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.” Proverbs 22:15 NIV

We are reviewing these verses in the NIV as well as The Message translations.

Are you doing Bible studies with your kids?  What are you studying?