We are nearly finished with a beautiful new resource for teaching European history. The Kind Kingdom Volume 2 is an awesome way to dive deeper into European history.
We highly recommend using Kind Kingdom Volume 1 first. Every child will benefit from a reading of the Chronicles of Narnia, and the picture books that depict history in Volume 1 are fantastic for getting an overview of European history.
In Kind Kingdom Volume 2 we are exploring many of the same subjects covered in Volume 1, but using slightly more advanced resources to cover them.
We use more stories from Our Island Story, a free online version of Charles and Mary Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare, and we cover botany and life science with a wonderful living book resource from Apologia, and the lovely A Year in the Big Old Garden. The Kind Kingdom Volume 2 also features several new fine artists, and poets, focusing on just 6 of each so you get a deeper look at fewer poets and artists. Each month has a different featured reading with just three overlaps from Volume 1, we include a new title for those months in the parent guide, namely, Treasure Island, Snow Treasure, and The Endless Steppe.
This resource could also be used independently by an older elementary or junior high student while you are doing Volume 1 during morning time. It clearly lays out for the student which readings and projects to do each day.
Read the monthly scope for more insight and let us know how we can help you find the right resource for the coming school year.
Month 1- Augustine Came to Kent, Kings and Queens of England, King Arthur early middle ages, Andersen’s Fairy Tales, taxonomy, seeds, gardens, King and Queen rhyme, Wyeth art.
Month 2- The Magna Charta, more Kings and Queens of England, Joan of Arc, Queen Elizabeth, Andersen’s Fairy Tales, castles, cathedrals, seasons, roots, Dickinson poetry, King and Queen art.
Month 3- I, Juan de Pareja, The Renaissance, Spanish artists, Galileo, Isaac Newton, Andersen’s Fairy Tales, stars, planets, ferns, Rossetti poetry, Pareja, Velasquez art.
Month 4- Treasures of the Snow, Gutenberg, Martin Luther, church history, Andersen’s Fairy Tales, the printing press, nature journaling, Hopkins poetry, Bruegel the elder art.
Month 5- The Endurance, Shakespeare, explorers, ships, seas, world geography, birds, Tennyson poetry, Carmichael art
Month 6- The Good Master, Shakespeare, revolutions, World War I, flight, nurses, birds, small mammals, Shakespeare poetry, Millet art.
Month 7- The Hiding Place, Shakespeare, holocaust, World War II, invention, industry, victory garden, W.B Yeats poetry, Pissarro art.
Month 8- Animal Farm, Charlotte Mason, communism and its effects, phenology wheel, spring, flowers, Rilke poetry, Popova art.