´¯`•. February 15, 2016

Volume II:  Chapter 3a
~~~~ Catholicism hits Britain ~~~~

This week we learn about how – even though Rome had fallen – Christianity had not.  It was alive and well, and the Catholics were spreading their religion through the Western tribes and holdings.  I would normally make some statement at this point about how I had some serious arguments in the past with friends about whether or not Catholicism was a Christian faith or not… but at this point, it doesn’t matter.  And frankly, I’ve changed my beliefs (on a LOT of things).  Catholicism is definitely Christian.  It’s, in fact, the starting point of Christianity.

Regardless, this week we’re reading about a man named Augustine, who is charged by the pope to take the tenets of Christianity to the Isle of Britain.  For doing this, the Pope gave Augustine the ‘reward’ of being the first Archbishop of Canterbury, there.  Which tickles me, since the Pope had no power in Britain to do such things.  They’ve always tended to come across in history as rather pompous and high-handed, though.

Apparently one of the activities for this chapter in the activity book was to have a monk’s meal – to show a study of early medieval religious life, since we’re studying the spreading of Christianity.  There’s a great guide on how to do that HERE (< I reference Homeschool Ways often – love her stuff).  Except that this is a typical meal for us, and so wouldn’t be very notable if I were to do it.

Homeschool Den did a unit study on Monasteries (HERE), and I decided to do that, instead.  Only I re-arranged it a little, to make a flap-book for our Book of Centuries.  It’s a fun little project, and it lasts in our timelines, this way!

For this project, you will need to print:
Homeschool Den’s Medieval Monastery.pdf document
My Monastery file .doc (can be edited to add more)
The mini-fold book from PracticalPages’ site (the bottom one, page sized)

NoTe:  If editing the mini-fold is too much for you, you can make a bigger version by just folding an 8×11 page in thirds and slitting the last third.  For people looking to do a quicker version.  😉

The sources for these pictures are below – I like to cover all bases and give credit where credit is due.  But all of them are combined in my .doc for easy printing.  Here’s what the final product ends up looking like:

IMG_1177 (293x555)Front cover

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Second Fold

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Inside fold

This small fold-book glues right into a Book of Centuries, or can be used separately by the kids – whatever you’d prefer.  But it sparked a lot of discussion by the kids.  We had a good time, working on this one.  Feel free to create your own version!


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