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History Project Ideas for the Renaissance and Reformation!
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Hands on History Project Ideas when studying the Renaissance and Reformation

Studying the Renaissance and the Reformation in our homeschool has easily lent itself to incorporating numerous history project ideas.

Of course, you would want to study the artists - and a part of that is to use their artwork as a basis to begin your own artwork. I have used Artistic Pursuits which helps you to model art work using the same technique of the artists.

Other curriculum that also helps you to use these art techniques as a base for history project ideas is Meet the Masters. Friends of mine have used this and the results are amazing - so I have also invested in it. Can't wait to try out their artistic ideas.

Music Appreciation of Classical Composers

In order to develop the love of music as well as appreciation of the Classical composers, you would love the SQUILT: short for Super Quiet UnInterrupted Listening Time. It is perfect for preschoolers, elementary students, and young middle school students.  

Each DIGITAL volume contains 10 lessons, including printables, links, and everything you will need to guide your students through their SQUILT activities.

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Reformation History Book

Hands on history project ideas and resources for the Renaissance and Reformation

239085: Journal of Inventions: Leonardo da Vinci Journal of Inventions: Leonardo da Vinci
By Silver Dolphin Books

Exquisitely designed, young scientists and historians alike will take pleasure in this pop-up book of Leonardo da Vinci's inventions. Reproductions of his famous notebook drawings have "handwritten" notes alongside them that explain da Vinci's thought processes behind his ideas, how his ideas worked, and detailed descriptions about how the various elements of his inventions worked. Discover his thoughts on his flying machine, hydraulics, architecture, war machines (such as catapaults), and mechanical inventions, and even a mechanical man (automaton)! The archival-look pages feature pop-ups, flaps to open, pull tabs, and other interactive features that offer fascinating insights into the thoughts of a man far ahead of his time. Ages 10 & up.
593171: Knights & Castles: 50 Hands-On Activities to Experience the Middle Ages Knights & Castles: 50 Hands-On Activities to Experience the Middle Ages
By Avery Hart / Ideals Publications Inc

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Announcing a Magical Invitation You are hereby invited on a magical journey to the Middle Ages of Europe, time traveling to the early days of knights and castles. To get there, you'll have to go through the "gates of imagination." Through the power of arts, crafts, music, math, feasting, and fantasy, you'll do what kids did then, and more. Along the way, you can compare "Then and Now," to discover how life has changed or stayed the same. But traveler, be prepared! The Middle Ages were troubled times of extremes and opposites. Like black and white squares on a chessboard, they were years of clashing conflicts, of wonders and horrors. A bold knight might pray for his victim and then chop off his head! Now that's extreme! You'll discover why the Early Middle Ages used to be called the Dark Ages. Without the bright light of learning, people can make terrible mistakes. Still, good times are part of every period of history, and the kids of the Middle Ages had fun just as you do today! So look for some silly surprises along the way. Now, pack up your curiosity, and get ready to explore! Soon you'll be making, doing, singing, and playing your way back in time- back to the days of knights and castles!
972026: History Through the Ages CD-Rom Set Creation to Present History Through the Ages CD-Rom Set Creation to Present
By Homeschool In The Woods

Timelines are a wonderful way to see all history at a glance! They help visualize the procession of time and how one event spurts on another. They also help you see history by the slice - what was happening at various places in the world at the same time. Timelines help the most visual of learner grasp the abstract idea of "time" in a hands-on way.

Your kinesthetic learner will benefit from the cutting and coloring of figures. They are wonderful for the auditory learner as each figure has a descriptive text to remember key points of each person or event. Best of all, they inspire a love of learning about the people and events that made a mark in the world, reinforcing that knowledge by taking part in putting the "puzzle" of history together.

CD 1 includes PDF pages of all the figures in the History Through the Ages Timelines sets:

  • Creation to Christ
  • Resurrection to Revolution
  • Napoleon to Now
  • America's History
CD 2 includes:
  • For advanced projects, a gallery of GIFS of more than 1,260 timeline images
  • Over 30 helpful categories, stored in web browser format: chronological, alphabetical, and several classifications that help make topical studies a breeze!
Windows® and Macintosh® Compatible. Acrobat® Reader Required.

Notebooking Ideas for Renaissance and Reformation

For those who enjoy making notebooks or lapbooks as a part of a history project idea - you will love the notebooking pages collection below. Using these is an easy way for your children to create a memory by recording what thy have learned on an appropriate notebook page. You can add this to a poster or incorporate it into a lapbook. This selection includes explorers, famous composers, and Book of the Century timeline pages. It is an ideal way to combine the love of reading exciting living books with writing narrations about the characters and historical events.

History Timeline / Book of Centuries Notebooking Pages Famous Composers Notebooking Pages Famous World Explorers Notebooking Pages

Great Inspiration for more Hands on Project Ideas 

What I love about these models is that they are real hands on project ideas which help the student understand a working model and realize just how clever Leonardo da vinci was.

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