Thursday, June 30, 2011

It's Here! It's Here!

The Level 1 Middle Ages Lesson Plans are done and uploaded!! Trying to get this thing in a publishable format just about killed me. I know there are easier ways to do it, but I wanted to keep it free for me so it could be free for you.

I finally chose to upload a word document to google docs. I believe you can click the link and view everything right there in your browser, plus download it (and then print it) if you want. If something doesn't work, please let me know! This is my first time doing this, so I'm learning as I go!

Another quick run down for those who are coming here for the first time:

This is a full year of lesson plans (2 days a week for one school year) covering the Middle Ages (roughly AD400-1600). They utilize several different books, some of which you should be able to find at the library (I had to order through inter-library loan, but even our tiny library got some of them for me). Primarily, I used Usborne Medieval World* as the back bone to the year with several other books used to dive deeper into certain topics.

The plan gives pages to read and/or activities for each day. There is a mix of seat work and hands on "fun stuff". Some things are rather serious and will be hard work for a younger child, while some things won't seem like school time at all. There are still a few spots where I left a blank space. That's because I know I want to do more, but we will most likely visit the library for more books that week.

Sierra will be in 2nd grade and has a very advanced reading ability, but needs some work on comprehension, so a fair amount of the time I will read pages to her (discussing as we go and finding locations on a globe), then there will be other activities for her to do on her own. For some topics, especially later in the year, there is some independent reading for her to do to help her work towards reading for information on her own. At the end of the day, this does add up to a fair amount of parent involvement. Her math program is also very parent involved, but the rest of her work doesn't require direct input from me all the time, so I'm hoping we can work this out even with two little sisters around.

I've created my own set of 11 maps to go along with different topics. These correlate directly to the maps in the Usborne book (I redrew the maps in a larger format with more clear labeling). I think I've made the maps easy enough for an elementary student to do, but involved enough to reinforce the information learned. There were a few more maps I wanted to add (mostly in the Native American section) and may still do that later on.

So why am I giving all this away for free?? Well, this is my very first attempt at creating a plan like this. I'm very confident it's going to work for my child, but I'm not yet experienced enough to give a good description of how it will work for other children of differing ages/grades. I think it's rather good and I'm excited to share it, but I'm not ready yet (and not sure I'll ever be) to offer something like this for sale. I do make a small commission if someone buys products (anything, it doesn't have to be what I specifically link to) through one of my Amazon links, so if you're happy with what you see, you can support me in that way without ever having to directly pay me a dime. I also make a small bit of money from advertising based on the number of people who view my blog each day so I ask that you give people the link to this post if you share this resource, rather than the direct link to the document. Hopefully this goes well, people like what they see, I learn more about how to do this effectively, and I can offer more plans in the future!

And finally, here is your link! Level 1 Middle Ages Lesson Plans

*Affiliate link, as are all the Amazon links in the lesson plan

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