We are having a great time studying all about the Middle Ages at our house! With the cold and icy weather we enjoyed several projects since we've been cooped up indoors for a couple of weeks. These projects reflect 2 weeks of BiblioPlan Year 2, Weeks 9 and 10. Check it out!
First we had a small Medieval Dinner. Meat (Pot roast) with root veggies (Turnips, Potatoes and Carrots) on a Trencher! True to the middle ages we only had a knife and fork for our use. We also enjoyed a blueberry compote on the side and had apple cider to drink. The girls dressed for the occasion. It was really fun and so easy to do!
One morning I made "gruel."
This was basically a watery oatmeal with some chia seeds.
To show you how lazy I am, I actually bought this from Schwan's.
We also built a castle out of rice crispies. This was an ambitious project that I will probably not do again, but it is really awesome and the girls labeled all the castle parts with small banners. The instructions for this project are found in Story of the World Vol. 2.
We also learned about how monks created pretzels as a way to remind children how to pray (by reverently folding your arms). We tried our hand at making fresh pretzels and they were SO good!
This project came from the book Huzzah Means Hooray (the updated book is called In the Days of Knights and Damsels). There is a TON of stuff to do in this book!)
Our pretzels turned out really, really yummy!
We've been doing a ton of reading.
Here are some of our favorites so far:
Our history spines are BiblioPlan's Remember the Days. It's recommended for ages K-6th. We tend to pick and choose what we read and that is working for us right now. We also use Susan Wise Bauer's Story of the World Vol 2 that is also scheduled in BiblioPlan's Family Guide...
The Illustrated Book of Knights. Non-fiction book that details all things about knights. In fact, the design for our rice crispie castle came from this book! Full of nice color pictures!
We really love all the Usborne Books that we can get our hands on and this is no exception. Meet a Medieval Family and join their adventures as they go through a typical day, plus experience a knighting ceremony and participate in a tournament!
A wonderful read-aloud about a young minstrel boy named Adam, who gets separated from his father and dog while traveling to a fair. We are about 2/3 of the way through and plan to finish this book by next week's end.
And that sums up our history studies for the last couple of weeks!
Thanks for Swinging by!