Tuesday, August 22, 2017

2017-2018 Curriculum Preview - Beautiful Feet Medieval...

It's that time of year, where I start posting our back to school plans for the 2017-2018 academic year. Once again, RileyAnn will be using an Intermediate level of Beautiful Feet for her history. This year, she'll study from the BF Medieval History guide. One of my older daughters actually completed this same guide a few years back, but it was the original brown cover, comb bound guide. She really enjoyed it at the time. However, Beautiful Feet has since revised the guide, which is what Riley will use. The new guide includes the following books:

Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green
One Thousand and One Arabian Nights by Geraldine McCaughrean
Queen Eleanor, Independent Spirit of the Medieval World by Polly Schoyer Brooks
The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green
Magna Charta by James Daugherty
Cathedral by David Macaulay
Castle by David Macaulay
The Kite Rider by Geraldine McCaughrean
Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Gray
Morning Star of the Reformation by Andy Thompson
Crispin and the Cross of Lead by AVI
Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, adapted by Barbara Cohen
Joan of Arc, Warrior Saint by Jay Williams
Fine Print, A Story of Johann Gutenberg by Joann Birch
The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly
The World of Columbus and Sons by Genevieve Foster
The European World, 400-1450 by Barbara A. Hanawalt

Doesn't that look like a delicious list!?! Ruben and I will be reading many of the same titles this year as part of his history and lit, of which I'm really looking forward to.

This BF guide holds 35 weekly lessons, which includes suggestions for the student to complete a portfolio of their work. This portfolio could include such things as reports, illustrations, poems, illuminated manuscripts, and other projects the student completes. There are also vocabulary lists, mapping and geography assignments, comprehension and discussion questions, which could be used for narration prompts, suggested websites to enhance the study, a time line, hands on activities, and additional suggested titles to read in order to further the study if the student desires. It is not recommended that you do everything in the BF guide and we won't! I'll be sitting down over the next couple of days to solidify Riley's plan and highlight the lessons I wish her to complete. I'll be posting her full list of curriculum for the 2017-2018 year here soon, so stay tuned!


  1. We used this last year and enjoyed the books we got through. Most of my kids say their favorite books in this set are Beowulf, King Arthur, and Queen Eleanor. Have fun with it!

  2. Thanks Tristan...so good to hear from you!