When it comes to homeschooling, history is my absolute favorite subject to learn about with my kids. When you combine hands-on activities, the Middle Ages, and a unit study, it’s enough to make me squeal in delight.
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If you’re at all familiar with my homeschool philosophy, you’ll know that there are five elements that are an integral part of our home learning environment:
This curriculum hits on every single one of those aspects of learning, and then some!
Time Capsule: Medieval England- What’s it all about?
Time Capsule: Medieval England is a history-based unit study designed for children in 2nd through 8th grade. This resource is one of the most comprehensive unit studies I’ve ever come across. Not only does it include all of the major subject areas, but it also includes:
- Life Skills
- Physical Education
- And more!
This isn’t your typical booklet length unit study. Time Capsule: Medieval England is well over 300 pages long and includes a 62-page companion download that contains any maps, templates, or other printables you’ll need to go with the lessons.
While this unit study was written to cover a 12-week period, in actuality there are about 300 lessons included, so if you’re someone like me and prefer to break things into smaller chunks, this resource can last far longer than that.
Why I’m excited about this unit study:
As a mom, I can read all day long and not get bored. My kids? Not so much. What I love about this product is that my kids aren’t merely reading and writing about this time period. They’re actually living in it!
Children who learn with this unit study will be completely immersed as they become the characters they learn about. For two weeks each, they’ll experience what it was like to be:
- a peasant
- a tradesman or tradeswoman
- a knight or lady-in-waiting
- a monk or nun
- a baron or baroness
- and a king or queen
Some of the activities included in each of these two-week periods are:
- enjoying read-alouds together from the wonderful booklists included in the curriculum
- spending time doing related independent reading, also from the suggested booklists
- writing what they’ve learned in a journal each day
- shaking things up a bit with super fun and creative writing prompts
- making costumes for each character (They can be as simple or elaborate as you’d like them to be!)
- performing tasks and jobs that the people of those times would have done (My kids had a blast gathering rocks outside in the rain when they were peasants.)
- creating beautiful artwork and fun crafts
- hearing the music of this era
- listening to the speech that was used (We listened to “The Lord’s Prayer” in Old English, and it was beautiful and eye-opening!), and…
- preparing and eat the food of this period
Another aspect of this curriculum that I love is that everything comes with detailed easy-to-understand instructions. Believe me, as a mom with zero imagination or artistic skill who is raising a crew of crafting geniuses, that is important. If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s vague instructions, something I never had to worry about here!
Additionally, this is the only unit study I have ever come across that incorporates photography. That is only one of many traits that stands this curriculum apart from all the rest.
I simply can’t say enough good things about it.
If you’re looking for a creative and engaging curriculum for your child, I highly recommend Time Capsule: Medieval England. Children are so much more likely to retain information when they are immersed and interested.
This curriculum is the perfect resource for that. 🙂
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