You can enjoy an amazing, full-blown, literature-based study of the Middle Ages for FREE by reading this post. I have researched and gathered all sorts of resources and created a guide that will give you monthly, weekly, and daily instructions so that you don’t have to “strain your brain.”
It all began with a nudging from the Holy Spirit. Big changes were in the wind, and He led me to think of ways I could put more of our day-to-day learning on a sort of “auto pilot.”
So, I started looking into purchasing one of those programs where they send you a guide and stacks of books for your kids to read. Watching all of those videos of mamas opening boxes with new books and seeing those nifty boxes all filled in put a longing in my heart for a system that didn’t cause me to constantly redesign the wheel…
So I prayed something like, “Lord, I really need a program like that!” with faith that God wanted to bless me.
Then I put feet to my prayers and started doing some research. I did straight searches for literature-based history via my new favorite search engine, Duck Duck Go and then I went on Pinterest and took a look. That’s where I found a link to Heritage History.
Wow! Here was a site full of my favorite things; vintage books!
The more I looked, the happier I became. These were not boring, twaddle-filled textbooks from years past. These were story books of history, definitely in the line of what Charlotte Mason would have labeled, “living books.”
And…these living books were FREE!
And…they were crisp, reformatted, illustration-filled and offered in these formats:
This meant they could be read in a number of different ways:
- Directly on the computer screen
- Printed out and bound
- On a hand-held device, such as a tablet, phone, Nook or Kindle
It was as if the Lord had placed a treasure chest before me.
I immediately began familiarizing myself with every aspect of the Heritage History website. There is so much there to explore that it took me hours upon hours to go through a good part of it (I still haven’t explored every sector). Since I know most moms simply don’t have the time to thoroughly familiarize themselves, I thought it would be great to create something to give them a head start.
Sooo…I have spent the better part of the last few weeks developing a program, including monthly, weekly, and daily plans which you can download and share with your children!
Here is what you will find in the PDF download:
- Procedures (including routines and suggested daily schedule)
- Suggested books (mostly FREE)
- Suggested movies
- People of the Middle ages
- Special projects
- Monthly schedules
- Middle ages notebooking guides (pages of templates for those using notebooks, including a list of possible topics)
- Printable notebooking templates and samples
And…here are the links you will need to use the guide. The first list is composed of books to be found on Heritage History. These pages are the PDF and EPUB links, for Mobi (Kindle) go to the name of the title on the Library page:
- The Story of the Middle Ages
- Old Time Tales
- Famous Men of the Middle Ages
- When Knights Were Bold
- Gabriel and the Hour Book
- God’s Troubador
- Stories of Don Quixote
- Otto of the Silver Hand
- The Story of Rolf and the Viking’s Bow
- The Chaucer Story Book
- The Story of Roland
- In God’s Garden
The following are suggested (optional) books for purchase (some could be checked out from the library). Keep in mind there are used versions of these that are much cheaper than the new.
- King Alfred’s English
- Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization
- Usborne Time Traveler
- Usborne Book of World History
- National Geographic Visual History of the World
- Streams of Civilization
- Adam of the Road
- The Hidden Treasure of Glaston
- St. George and the Dragon
- Dragons: Legend and Lore of Dinosaurs
- The Lesson Book
- The Record Book
Here are links to the suggested movies (most are the older versions done before the end of the Hays Code in 1968, but the ones with * denote caution for modern treatments of violence, language, etc.) Your library might have a copy of one or two of these:
- Black Shield of Falworth
- The Sword in the Stone
- The Thirteenth Warrior*
- A Knight’s Tale*
- El Cid
- The Long Ships
- The War Lord
- Knights of the Round Table
- Prince Valiant
- The Vikings
- Genghis Khan
- Here are some other reference pages:
- Historical maps
- Outline maps
- The Shorter Word Timeline of World History
- YouTube playlist of documentaries, etc. which I have collected. Can’t vouch for all of them, so watch with caution!
Some other things to take advantage of on the Heritage History site:
I must tell you, after doing all of this research, I am really in love with the Middle Ages. It has been so much fun taking a good, deep look into this part of our past and find so much evidence that God was at work, and that Jesus really did make a difference. The children and I are going to have so much fun together!
Here is the link to the PDF:
I hope you and your children will have a joyous time delving into this part of our history, too!