As part of our Homeschool Series, this particular post is a photo record of the fun we had doing our favorite Konos unit for the year (2003-2004) when the kids were 4 and 6. You can see that we had a blast doing this unit. We did this unit for much longer than the prescribed four weeks, and drug it into a nearly three month journey through the Medieval Times! This was one of our favorite all-time units (of course, every year we find another all-time favorite unit).
We finished off our Kings and Queens study with a fabulous Medieval Feast where we ate “authentic” medieval cuisine and dressed up like lords and ladies at court. We turned our garage into a “great hall” and invited our family and friends to share in the festivities. The feast was our last “school day” of the year, and we used it as a ceremony for graduating the “Queen Morgan” and “Knight Kaden” into the next grade level… while presenting them with awards and honors. They were thence dubbed Second and First graders! Even the non-homeschooling crowd had fun. My husband got a kick out of calling me “wench” and making me fetch his ale (cider). We all took turns making home made butter in a glass jar with a marble (however incorrect for the “period” that method might be – it worked for us!). My children remember this unit (especially the feast) fondly and hope to do it again in older years. Maybe I can learn to sew by then and actually provide them with REAL costumes. We still make a few of the dishes we ate at our feast. The menu is at my Gathering Manna Recipe Blog (along with a cute photo of Morgan with our home-made butter loaf)!
Making Chain Maille out of Pop Tabs and Beading Wire
The Finished Coat of Maille – This took 3 Hours!
Coronation Orb Craft
Experiments with Coffee Paper for our Invitations to the Feast
Marble Paper and our Feast Invitation Wording
Wax Grape Seals with Red Melted Crayon
Lady Nana at the Feast Table in the “Great Hall”
The Graduation Cake (Minus Cinderella)!
“Salat” with Edible Flowers
“Queen Morgan” and “Knight Kaden” at the Seat of Honor
Our Tapestry (throw blanket) and Photo Display Banners
The Royal Bow after being dubbed First and Second Graders
Here’s a fun link to build your own castle. A friend of mine has left a link with her Medieval Unit Study ideas recently and I wanted to link them here for you as well. Hope you have a fun trip back into the days of the Kings and Queens with your little ones, too!