Thursday, November 7

Renaissance Unit Study + The Good & the Beautiful History

One of the things I love about The Good & the Beautiful History is that we cover all four eras of classical history each year.  As part of the first year, we spent a unit in the's such an exciting time to study because it encompasses several centuries of scientific, artistic, and cultural growth!

History & Literature: Renaissance Europe

Geography:  Continental Europe  (all movies free with Prime)

History:  Renaissance Royalty

Queen Elizabeth I     &     Eleanor of Aquitaine
For your amusement...
Science & Literature: Astronomy
Science & Physical Education
  1. Using these printable sheets, create each of the nine planets and the sun.  If you want larger ones, you can draw your own on separate sheets.  Glue them to popsicle sticks and it's time for an adventure!
  2. Find a long sidewalk or path, and stake your sun.  Then follow the directions below to map out the distance between each of the planets.  
  3. Once you get to Pluto, turn around and discuss the magnitude of our solar system as you walk back.  (Yes, I know Pluto has been de-planeted, but it's still as planet as far as I'm concerned.)
  4. For added credit, try to find the midway point between the sun and Pluto.  (It's Uranus!)
  5. All of the planets except Earth are named for Roman gods.  Have older children ponder why this might be.
  • Sun to Mercury - 3 steps
  • Mercury to Venus - 2.5 steps
  • Venus to Earth - 2 steps
  • Earth to Mars - 4 steps
  • Mars to Jupiter - 27.5 steps
  • Jupiter to Saturn - 32.5 steps
  • Saturn to Uranus - 72 steps
  • Uranus to Neptune - 81.5 steps
  • Neptune to Pluto - 71 steps

Movers & Shakers: Music Videos

William Shakespeare        &           Nicholas Copernicus

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Includes seventeen unit studies covering history and language arts based topics. Each unit addresses a new topic, spanning ancient through modern history and various writing styles.
  • Each unit has introductory text, which will give the student basic background information about the topic at hand.
  • There are photographs and illustrations, and we have also included primary documents when available.
  • After this text, there are featured videos, which augment the background information and help make the topic more accessible for more visual students.
  • You will also find a short list of reading books.
  • There are vocabulary words, places, and people to identify.
  • Reading comprehension, critical thinking questions, and writing assignments are included.
  • We add fun with hands-on activities and extra videos to watch that will bring the era to life.
  • Some units also have cooking projects.
These studies are directed toward upper grades students, but some have resources for younger students so that the whole family can work together. Our family has used unit studies as curriculum for many years, and we hope that your family will enjoy these, too!

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