The links below are related to our book Early Modern & Epistles. This study combines all your students, grades 1–12, for a full year of Bible, history, and geography. Be sure to check back here from time to time. We will be adding new and updated resources related to the book as we get them. If you have some resources that you’d like to recommend, let us know!
Complete Year’s Book List
Alternate or Supplemental Recommended Reading
These books were recommended in an earlier edition of this guide. Some titles may be out of print.
- Starry Messenger by Peter Sis (grades 1–3)
- Galileo’s Leaning Tower Experiment by Wendy Macdonald (grades 1–3)
- Peter the Great by Diane Stanley (grades 1–6)
- Strangers in the Land by Louise Vernon (grades 4–6)
- Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson (grades 7–9)
- The Boys of ’76 by Charles Coffin (grades 7–12)
- Waverley by Walter Scott (grades 10–12)
More on Early Modern (c. 1550–1850)
- Dover Coloring Books—The pictures in these coloring books are quite detailed with a brief explanation on each one. Older students might want to use colored pencils or even watercolor paints.
- Empire Fashions
- Tudor and Elizabethan Fashions
- French Baroque and Rococo Fashions
- Benjamin Franklin
- Colonial and Early American Fashions
- Daniel Boone
- Early American Crafts and Occupations
- Early American Trades
- Everyday Dress of the American Colonial Period
- George Washington
- Heroes and Heroines of the American Revolution
- Lewis and Clark Expedition
- Life in Colonial America
- Story of the Alamo
- Story of the American Revolution
- Another great geography book for this time period would be Stowaway by Karen Hesse. It reads like the journal of a young boy who stows away on Captain Cook’s first voyage.
- Absolute Shakespeare is a great source for his plays, sonnets, poems, quotes, biography, film adaptations, and information about the Globe theatre.
- Shakespeare Online has some interesting trivia and historical facts.
- The Newton Project allows you to see Isaac Newton’s writings as he originally wrote them.
- The Wikipedia article on Napoleon has many great images and lots of information that you may find helpful.
Hands-on Project Ideas
Many hands-on activities are available if you would like to supplement your study of Early Modern times. Here are some suggestions (in random order) with links to details.
- Oiled Paper WindowsTo experience the kind of windows that colonists used in their houses, rub some salad oil into a piece of paper. Hold it up to the sun to see how much light gets through. You could also test how well those windows kept out the wind by blowing a fan on the oiled paper. Test their rain-resistance by spraying some water onto the paper.
- Rag RugColonists used every scrap of fabric. One way they “recycled” fabric was by making rag rugs. You can easily create your own simple rag rug by tying strips of material end to end, then twist the rag “rope” to give it more strength. Coil the “rope” into a circle and sew the strands together to keep them in place.
If you want to dig deeper into this craft, take a look at The Craft of Hand-made Rugs by Amy Hicks, written in 1914.
And if you know how to crochet, this rag rug tutorial will put that skill to use.
- Colonial Toys and GamesChildren in the Early Modern times usually played with jump ropes, kites, marbles, and rolling hoops. They also played Leapfrog, Hopscotch, and Blindman’s Bluff. You might want to take a day to play these games and toys.
These games of pioneer children explain about hoop rolling and many other games and toys. Keep in mind that though the pioneer children played these, they most likely learned them from their parents who lived during Early Modern times. So many of the games should be similar.
- Gingerbread LettersA Colonial child would sometimes receive a freshly baked gingerbread cookie in the form of a letter he had just learned. Here’s a recipe that recommends you use a butter knife to cut out the letters.
- Make ButterIncrease your children’s appreciation for butter and build their muscles at the same time. Here’s how: Pour a pint of cream into a clean jar and make sure the lid is tightly closed. Shake the jar vigorously until butter forms (probably 15-20 minutes). Pour off the liquid. Try your butter on a piece of bread.
- Stitch a SamplerHere are some historic samplers that might give you an idea of what sort of work was done in Early Modern times. These examples from Pilgrim Hall Museum are also interesting.
You may want to help your child stitch a sampler, using cross-stitch or several kinds of embroidery stitches.
If you have any recommendations for hands-on activities from Early Modern world history (1550–1850), please let us know. We would love to add your ideas here!