The High King Lives

The Renaissance Week 2: Poetry, Politics, & Astronomy March 8, 2014

In this post: Join us the last week of the Renaissance as we learn about Galileo, Shakespeare, & Queen Elizabeth!

Hello dear ones! We finished up the Renaissance by focusing on poetry, politics, and astronomy.

We began by reading The Story of the World book 2. We studied Copernicus, the Father of Astronomy, and his predecessor Galileo, the Father of modern Physics. I ordered a Galileo thermometer and weather station. The thermometer has glass orbs with a liquid that makes them float or sink according to the temperature. It’s a bit complicated to read but very nifty looking. Michael and I, put together a solar system kit. Copernicus introduced the idea during the Renaissance that the planets revolve around the Sun, not the Earth. The Catholic church banned his book. Galileo was able to use a telescope to prove Copernicus’ theory but he backed down for fear of being called a heretic. It should’ve never been a faith issue. True science supports the Bible and if you have true faith then you shouldn’t fear scientific discoveries. Anywho, Michael and I tag teamed the Galileo quote on the starry background. I found the idea online and will put links at the end.

Meanwhile, Michael read about the strange family life of Henry VIII’s children. You have “bloody” Mary and then you have Elizabeth who never married and brought about a golden age (the Elizabethan time period). Michael read “Who Was Queen Elizabeth?” We could’ve watched Monarchy on Netflix but didn’t get to it. Someone Queen Elizabeth probably enjoyed for entertainment n her later years was Shakespeare.

William Shakespeare took up a good bit of our week. We learned about quotes and words that he brought to the English language. Story of the World Book 2 had a very short and kid friendly version of Macbeth. We watched a PG rated movie on Hamlet but I feel it wasn’t as PG as it should’ve been. I had a version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in an old storybook. We also read a poem in that set of books. Michael made and wore a Shakespeare mask. He also colored a picture of Queen Titania and King Oberon. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is my favorite Shakespeare story. I love the details of the illustrations in my copy. Lastly, I put together a very difficult paper Globe theater.

We had our last medieval feast with turkey pot pies and “ale” (ginger ale). So ours wasn’t homemade but it was tasty. Unfortunately, I think I had an allergic reaction to it. I have not had a pot pie in ages and a couple hours after I looked like a pink dalmatian. Who knows?  Michael researched Renaissance architects and finished his Renaissance lapbook.

Mom and Michael put together a rainbow chain. I gave them the wrong instructions so it didn’t turn out like the one I made before. I added a cotton cloud and it helped. Our house is now ready for St. Patty’s day! 🙂 Well, thanks for reading. We head to the age of exploration next.

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover



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