A 36-Week Schedule for Your Year-Long Study of the Middle Ages
Target Age Group: Grades 4th to 8th
Type of Resource: Non-Consumable
The “Quest for the Middle Ages” 4/8 Guide
The “Quest for the Middle Ages” Guide schedules a variety of well-illustrated history and culture books in this easy to read guide. The schedule is based on a 4-day week, which leaves one day free for extracurricular studies, field trips, co-op, doctor appointments, trips to the grocery store, or whatever else in your “real life.”
You’ll love the clear weekly schedules and helps in this guide. The guide also includes activity ideas, advice on teaching and grading student work using Charlotte Mason ideals, website links, as well as a rating system and supply lists for activities and experiments. The guide offers many different activities with instructions that are “Open & Go!” and also schedules others from the resource set that make it easy to keep students busy with little to no prep.
The History Study in This Program
This guide pulls together the resources to follow medieval history from the Roman empire to the Renaissance and Reformation. The journey starts with the time of the apostles and the beginnings of Christianity, including Paul’s ministry and missionary journeys. The study follows church history from the establishment of the Church at Pentecost to its Reformation at the end of the Middle Ages.
Students will be there to witness the decline and fall of Rome and see the rise of the Eastern Roman Empire and the Byzantine Empire. They’ll see Islam spread, and check in with cultures in the Far East: India, Japan, and China.
When the trip East is done, students will experience daily life in the Middle Ages, looking in on the cultures of Europe. They’ll see the lives of Europeans turned upside-down by the Vikings, and meet rulers in England. Students will set out on the Crusades, witness the Mongol invasions, and travel to the Far East with Marco Polo. They’ll be there to see the devastation of the Hundred Years’ War, the Black Death, and the Fall of Constantinople.
As the year goes on, they’ll peek in on the work of Renaissance greats like Johannes Gutenberg, Petrarch, Machiavelli, Giotto, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Medicis. The year finishes with students observing how the Reformation changed the world and divided Europe for generations. They’ll meet the people who influenced church history and thought during that period, and watch monarchs like Charles V and Henry VIII make decisions that set nations on a religious course that forever changed their histories.
Up Close in This Guide
- A 36-week, 4-day schedule is laid out clearly in a grid-style on just one page
- Introductory material helps you mentor and “learn together” with your student
- Supply lists and other helps make planning quick and painless
- Narration ideas in the front of the guide help you prompt your student through the year
- Weekly schedule page reduces your paperwork and is easy to follow, with clear notes
- Resources offer a focus on activities that are “Open & Go!”
- Rating systems for activities help you find the ones you want!
- Independent study schedules eliminate writing out homework lists
- 100 Timeline Cards and games provide fun drill to retain key events
- Website and DVD suggestions take your family back to medieval places
- Above all, WP offers a practical, “Can-Do-and-Want-To-Do!” approach
Schooling a Range of Ages
If you have a large range of students you’d like to study the Middle Ages, our “Quest for the Middle Ages Sr. High” program shares many common resources with this program. If you’d like to keep them together in this study, you may want to consider using our “Quest for the Middle Ages Combined Set,” perfect for a combination of students who are in 4th to 12th grade.
What’s in This Program Guide?
Resources for this Study
- Assembling & Using This Guide
- Overview of Learning Goals and Methods
- Get Acquainted with This Year’s Resources
- Making the Most of the Independent Student Schedules
- Preparing for This Study
- Planning Your Activities This Year
- Activity Planning Chart
- For Additional Fun
- Ancient Optional or Needed Resources
Additional Resources Section
- Teaching Effectively Using Charlotte Mason Ideals
- What Do I Do About Grading?
- Assigning Grades for Student Work
- Charlotte Mason & Multiple Intelligences
- But My Kids Have Different Learning Styles!
- So, How Do I Stay Organized?
- What About Narration?
- I Think I Still Have Some Questions!
Notebooking & Timeline Cards
- Utilizing the “Notebooking” Resources
- Timeline Card Games & Ideas
- Timeline Game Boards & Card Sets
- Timeline Cards
- Overview of Studies
- Weekly Schedules for 36-Week Year
- Independent Student Schedules for 36 Weeks