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Homeschool History - Renaissance and Reformation Overview

As you study  Homeschool History renaissance and reformation, you will find that it is both rich and exciting. As the story unfolds, you will not only see God's movement to reform his church and bring her back to him, through a variety of interesting characters, but also how the solid belief in an orderly and rational God opened the way to Scientific discoveries. As Francis Shaeffer says, "Science and art were set free to operate upon the basis of that which God had set forth in Scripture."

How then shall we live?, written by Frances Schaeffar; An insightful overview - a brilliant analysis of western civilization from Ancient Rome to the Atomic Age; This book provides an excellent base for every homeschool parent.

"Absolutely profound. Dr. Schaeffer's synthesis of the history of western thought and culture is clear, concise and offers answers to the questions every Christian needs to be asking about the world and the culture we live in. Understanding the steps that lead to where we are today allows us to understand our current situations and what to expect as well as how to go about changing the world we live in. " (Reviewer from CBD)

Renaissance and Reformation (1461-1600)

Pages to help you create your Homeschool History Renaissance Reformation Study

Approaching the Study of the Renaissance and Reformation- Overview

How to Begin your Homeschool history study.

TruthQuest History

What I really love about TruthQuest History is the way that Michelle Miller gives us a 'spine' to follow. Her insightful text is the spine and from that we jump off and read excellent literature - time period literature and historical fiction novels; Spinebooks such as Greenleaf Famous Men series, the Story of Liberty; Reference books for art; All these are listed for the appropriate ages; I highly recommend TruthQuest History  if you would like an indepth study, a recommended reading list, ideas for thinking and writing and now also includes map and project ideas. It also addresses the time period with two thought provoking questions:

  • Who is God?
  • Who, then is mankind?

History is a big story, because it is about the Big 2 Beliefs!

You can either select a homeschool history curriculum which will guide you through the time period, and organize many of the books you will see on this page into an order to read and discuss. Tapestry of GraceYear 2 covers the Renaissance and Reformation in Unit 2, TruthQuest History will give you an excellent suggestions of books to read as well as an insightful commentary. (One of my favourites!) Explore both of them more on the links below to find out exactly how they are organized and how they may benefit your family.

Story of the World Curriculum Book 2 and Diana Waring's "Romans, Reformers, Revolutionaries" includes its own story book written as a spine for your homeschool history curriculum. (Both available as CDs also). You can also purchase CDs, Activity Books, and Test books. These also include suggestions to enhance the complete study of the time period such as further literature reading, project ideas, art ideas and more.

The World of Columbus and Sons is also a wonderful spine ...

Alternatively, you can choose a spinebook (such as Famous Men, Renaissance and Reformation by Guerber or The Story of the World) as a base for your homeschool history curriculum studies and then add in books to read aloud and books which your children can read to themselves. You do not need all the spinebooks I have listed here. Just choose one depending on the age of your children. Famous Men of the Renaissance and Reformation is free at Librivox and on your Kindle.

For older students, they may use Streams of Civilization Volume 2 and include some primary sources - Dante "The Divine Comedy", The Travels of Marco Polo, The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A Kempis, The Prince, Le Morte d'Arthur, Don Quixote, In Praise of Folly, Writings from the Reformers, and Works by Shakespeare. You can easily create your own study of the Renaissance and Reformation in this way.

Another excellent resource which could be used as a spine for older teens (or as a read aloud) - is the narrative, "The Age of Knights, Friars, Popes and Reformers: The History of the Christian Church " which is the sequel to The Birth of Europe (or the first book, Blood of Martyrs) by Leigh Churchill. As you read about the characters in the history of the Christian church you can stop, research, discuss, add to a timeline, map and write. Another excellent alternative to studying this time period and creating your own homeschool history curriculum.

Use one homeschool history spine (appropriate to the age), add some art ideas, draw a timeline, create a research project of their choosing, play or create a medieval game, dress up, have a medieval feast, narrate and create a history book, and spend some time 'living' out the middle ages in your home.

I am sorry if at the end of this, you are confused. Yes, there are many ways to approach your history studies! Remember - design your homeschool history curriculum and studies in your way - your family! Above all, enjoy the study! Even, if you only chose the exciting historical fiction books and read them aloud to your children - you would have a superbly rich study! One that they will remember for years to come.

This Homeschooling Resources Overview page is written to help you plan and design your study of the Renaissance and Reformation. The literature books covers this time period. Check out the various resources - living books, teacher resources, hands-on-projects and homeschool history curriculum page for the specific resources for the Renaissance and Reformation.  Enjoy!

Henty Books to Read Aloud

Would you like to make your study around G.A.Henty books? Here are the Henty books in the Renaissance and Reformation time period:

Reformation and Exploration
1579 By Pike and Dyke
1580 St.Bartholomew's Eve
1580 Under Drake's Flag
1588 By England's Aid
1595 By Right of Conquest

After a Henty Book has been read, your older child can write a context page on the time period, the characters from that time and place the book in its historical setting. Use this free history blank notebook page.

Search for these titles in your Favourite Book Shop:

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Where to from here?

Having surveyed an overview of the Renaissance and Reformation time period, you can look below at the homeschool history pages to find read aloud books for all ages, historical fiction living books, history curriculum as well as Teacher resources and history project ideas for the Renaissance. Use the box below to navigate and create your own plan!

Renaissance and Reformation (1461-1600)

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