This past school year we studied the middle ages through our history – medieval times, covering the fall of Rome to the rise of the Renaissance. Our primary history lessons came from Susan Wise Bauer’s book The Story of the World volume 2: The Middle Ages, but we also incorporated a lot of other stories throughout.
In addition to the readings we built our own lapbook, and throughout the entire year planned an elaborate medieval themed feast. Due to various hectic circumstances we weren’t able to pull off our feast during our school year, but while my parents were visiting last week we made our dinner happen. It wasn’t quite as fancy as we had dreamed up on paper, but the boys still enjoyed it and it was a happy ending to our studies and most definitely brought history to life for them!
I have long been a collector of rustic looking serving dishes – we have enjoyed doing other themed dinners and these dishes are quite versatile to be used for Bible meals, middle ages, or pioneer times. I keep them stored away until we need them – all have been collected from yard sales or thrift stores.
I cut greenery from our overgrown gardens to add to the table- basil and rosemary were primary greens used in the loosely laid centerpiece.
This platter held an assortment of foods. Starting with the greens and moving clockwise: argula and moringa leaves from the garden, homemade beef jerky, fresh figs, mushrooms, homemade sun dried tomatoes.
Chicken drumsticks were served on a wooden cutting board, and the large serving dish held rice and beans.
The boys favorite -and the thing they insisted upon – was “wine“; apple juice with mulling spices. They thought it was perfect.The boys assigned roles for everyone – Wesley was the king and Judah was the Royal Magician. After dessert Judah entertained us with an assortment of magic tricks.
I was assigned the dual role of queen and scullery maid. Fitting.
Our dessert – sprite melons with puréed blueberries, lemon curd, whipping cream and a drizzle of honey.
Our delightful after dinner entertainment – Judah and his magic tricks!
Middles Ages themed links and resources we have enjoyed:
We have enjoyed watching the progress of this building of a castle – wouldn’t it be SO fun to visit?!
This Facebook page has a variety of pictures and videos from festivals that are medieval themed. It is pretty fun to look through and the boys really enjoy the fire acts.
This Youtube clip on the history of the middle ages summed up in just over 3 minutes worth of doodles.
Knights and Castles : 50 Hands on Activities – while there are many books out there with ideas for activities for this time period, I found this one to be exceptional.
Design Your Own Coat of Arms – a fun and educational book
A favorite activity from our studies of the middle ages was the lapbook we each made (yes!! I made my own, too!) I used a variety of printables from online sources, as well as ideas from the book Knights and Castles : 50 Hands on Activities. We each painted the outside of our lapbook with a castle.
Here is a look at the inside pages of our middle ages themed lapbook for homeschool history lessons: