Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, & Epistles

Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, & Epistles

A Year of History, Geography, Bible

by Sonya Shafer
2nd Edition, ©2017, ISBN: 9781616343712
Spiralbound, 132 pages
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Study the Bible, geography, and history together as a family!

In this fourth book of their popular six-book series, the year of plans focus on the fascinating story of the events, places, and culture of the Middle Ages around the world, plus the Renaissance and Reformation. A geography study of South & Central America and Australia is paired with this time period to coincide with the Age of Exploration. Family Bible lessons bring in timeless principles from New Testament epistles (James, Galatians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Corinthians), with additional assignments for older students to dig deeper into those same Bible passages.

The Charlotte Mason-style lesson plans

  • Invite your students into the fascinating story of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation through living books.
  • Help your students listen attentively and recall what was read by narrating.
  • Let you teach the whole family together by sharing some books as family read-alouds, then challenging older students with additional reading and writing assignments from other books on the same topic.
  • Connect geography to the people who lived there—both past and present.
  • Help all your students, grades 1–12, feel at home in Scripture and challenged to keep growing spiritually through short, practical Bible lessons for the whole family and additional corresponding Bible studies for the older students.
  • Keep things simple by providing helpful reminders of upcoming resources, teaching tips, and Book of Centuries entries.

Book List for History, Geography, Bible

Read the books listed under Family to all the students together. Add the grade-level books as individual reads for any children you have in those grades. For example, if you have students in grades 2 and 7, you will want to get the books under Family, Grades 1–3, and Grades 7–9.

[Exodus] Available from us
[SCM]: Available from SCM
[Book Store]: Purchase from another book store
[Library]: Check your library
[Public Domain]: Available free in the public domain

Family (all students)

plus . . .
Grades 1–3

Grades 4–6

Grades 7–9

Grades 10–12

High School Credit

For the completion of grades 7–9 or 10–12 assignments in this Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation & Epistles study, they suggest that students should be awarded 1 credit for World History/Geography and 1⁄3 credit for Bible.

Sample Schedule

The lesson plans in Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation & Epistles are very doable. Your weekly schedule would look something like this, with older students also spending time on additional assignments:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Family History
(20–30 min.)
Grade Level History
(20–30 min.)
(10–15 min.)
(15–20 min.)
Family History
(20–30 min.)
Grade Level History
(20–30 min.)

2nd Edition

This 2nd edition of Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation & Epistles, published in 2017, features the fabulous living history spine, A Castle with Many Rooms: The Story of the Middle Ages along with lots of other wonderful living books to read together or use as additional reading assignments for older students. (The Famous Men books used in the 1st edition have been moved to independent reading for the upper grades.) The 2nd edition plans schedule The Stuff They Left Behind: From the Days of the Middle Ages portfolio and the Visits to South & Central America and Australia geography notebook. Family Bible lessons are now included in the guide itself, covering several New Testament epistles, and designed to be more user-friendly for young students. Additional Bible lessons are assigned to older students using the Life in the Word Bible study book. Out-of-print or hard-to-find books have been replaced and high school credit suggestions have been added for this exciting year of history, geography, and Bible.

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