We are excited to introduce the book list for our newest resource, The Kind Kingdom, which will be available in May. This resource will provide a 30 week overview of European history, using the Narnia books, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare as a spine. The Kind Kingdom could be used along with Classical Conversations Cycle 2, or as a stand alone Charlotte Mason inspired resource.
As with our other resources, The Playful Pioneers and The Precious People, The Kind KIngdom includes Bible, language arts, science, history, art, practical skills, and cooking. We also include a monthly hymn, and bi-weekly poetry selection. The student sheets include mapwork, and copy work corresponding with our Bible or poetry reading, along with quotes from inspiring people in history.
Some have suggested that we assign the Narnia readings in the order in which they were originally published, and while we researched the question, and its appropriate answer, we eventually came to this quote by C.S. Lewis,
“I think I agree with your order for reading the books more than with your mother’s. The series was not planned beforehand as she thinks. When I wrote The Lion I did not know I was going to write any more. Then I wrote P. Caspian as a sequel and still didn’t think there would be any more, and when I had done The Voyage I felt quite sure it would be the last. But I found as I was wrong. So perhaps it does not matter very much in which order anyone read them.”
If you disagree with the order, and prefer to read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe first, feel free to do so. The Narnia readings can stand alone without affecting the flow of the curriculum.
As you read through the book list, you will see that each month has a theme. This is to allow you to approach it as a block study, and to give you a framework for extra reading over the time period. You can easily find all of the books on Amazon (links are included) but we hope that families will borrow books from their local library, and you are free to substitute any of the science and history books for another book on the same subject. For instance, if the subject is Gutenberg and the printing press, you can find a different book about it, or even search a Youtube video for kids about it.
While we aim to make reading the larger part of our homeschool routine, one of the benefits of living in modern times is the ability to not just read about a subject, but to actually see the workings of machines, and nature, through the many amazing educational videos available. We recommend limiting screen time to allow for reading and imagination to develop, but interjecting a few minutes a day for educational videos is a fantastic use of technology in our opinion.
Middle Ages, Botany, Harvest, Bees
The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis Box set-29.99
The Holy Bible This link has a $10 version, but you probably have one at home..
Kings and Queens of England and Scotland by Pamela Egan Prime for 9.99, used for $5.
A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston Amazon Prime for 7..99, used for $3.50
A Favourite Collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales Illustrated by Anastasiya Archipova 14.25, used 8.68
Farm Anatomy by Julia Rothman 10..50
St. George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges, Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman 8.00, 1.50 used
What Will The Weather Be by Linda DeWitt 8.27, 5.20 used
Draw Europe by Kristin Drager 15.64
The Kitchen Knight: A Tale of King Arthur by Margaret Hodges, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman 8.58, 2.95 used
Anywhere Farm by Phyllis Root, illustrated by G. Brian Karas 7.40, 2.40 used
Our Island Story by H.E. Marshall 15.83 Prime, .99 cents on Kindle, also available free online.
King Alfred by Christina Dugan 11.53, you could also read about King Alfred from Our Island Story
Explore My World:Honey Bees by Jill Esbaum 4.99, 2.50 used
A Medieval Feast by Aliki 7.48, 2.30 used
Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow retold by Robert D. San Souci. from 1..90 used