I’m happy to review today a homeschool curriculum called Time Capsule: Medieval England.
The first thing I noticed when I looked at this curriculum is how extensive it is! There are 351 pages! It was written by Michelle Caskey and illustrated by Michelle Rankin. See more about it at www.homeschool-your-boys.com.
When my kids were all in elementary school and younger, my favorite way to homeschool was to come up with a topic–like Medieval England–and do a whole unit study on it. I did it the hard way, though. I researched online and went to the library to get all that I needed.
Michelle has made it easy for you with this awesome unit study where your kids will not only learn history but also logic, reading, literature, writing, photography, social studies, drama, science, math, geography, arts and crafts, drawing, art appreciation, and music appreciation!
Here is what the author says about it:
“The Time Capsule lessons are bursting with hands-on projects to enable you and your children to not only hear about the medieval times, but also to see, hear, taste, and touch what it would have been like to have lived during this unique time period.”
The Time Capsule curriculum is set up with 12 full weeks of lessons, 300 lessons total! You will find listed all the supplies that you’ll need and what you’ll need to prep in advance. There are options for each lesson–you don’t have to do it all. You can also choose how long you want each lesson to last each day.
Take a look at the Table of Contents:
You are a Peasant in Medieval England – Weeks One and Two
You are a Tradesman/Tradeswoman in Medieval England – Weeks Three and Four
You are a Knight/Lady-in-Waiting in Medieval England – Weeks Five and Six
You are a Monk/Nun in Medieval England – Weeks Seven and Eight
You are a Baron/Baroness in Medieval England – Weeks Nine and Ten
You are a Knight/Queen in Medieval England – Weeks Eleven and Twelve
The curriculum contains some supplemental material of maps, templates, scripts, logic puzzles, etc, which can be downloaded from www.InquisitiveMindsPress.com using the password included in the curriculum. There are some nice videos and websites where you can do things like listen to music of the medieval times.
Let me guide you through a lesson so you’ll know what it’s like:
Week 1, Day 1-
No preparation or materials are needed for this first lesson. You start out by reading the information included in the text. You learn about slaves, serfs, and freemen, peasant villages, and clothes. There are illustrations and photos of the clothes and descriptions of how you can find things around the house (or make or buy something) in order to dress like a peasant boy or girl! Then she launches into a photography lesson, where the kids learn to hold the camera level and steady when they are taking a picture. Next, they will write in their journal (a writing prompt is included) and read from one of the book choices listed.
So, you can see that there is so much to choose from for each lesson. And there are 299 more of these! I highly recommend this curriculum as a comprehensive unit study about Medieval England.
Time Capsule: Medieval England is available in both softcover printed version or Kindle version from Amazon. Or you can order it from www.homeschool-your-boys.com/unitstudies.html.
Start learning about Medieval England with your kids; both boys and girls will love it!
If you need some help or tips on how to teach or plan a unit study check out Delightful Planning: A Unit Study Planner for Every Homeschool by Marcy Crabtree.
(Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the curriculum in order to write this honest review. This post also contains affiliate links.)