Friday, April 8, 2016

Church History Year Recap, Part I

Our Church History Year is almost complete.  We began our school year with an introduction to our topic.  The kids received their pilgrim's journals and glued their maps inside, along with a travel certificate - which ensured them safe passage as pilgrim's (not beggars).

Pilgrim's Journal, 11-year old

Pilgrim's Journal, 8-year old

Pilgrim's Journal, 7-year old

Our first component was the foundation of the church, which covered the Apostolic Age, the Early Church Age, and the Imperial Church.  We studied events, biographies, and geography.  After we learned about an event or person, the kids illustrated, wrote about, and recorded it in their journals.  And they would color the region in their maps.  Some events and people were recorded on outside paper to be turned into their ES, so it is not in their journal.  (I think we made copies of it and saved it in their binders.)  

I also chose literature that related to the time period of the study to read throughout the component, although Pilgrim's Progress is more of an introduction to pilgrimages.  There isn't too much "literature" to read to kids from this early period.

I. Laying the Foundation:
The Church Conquers an Empire

A. Apostolic Age (AD 32-120)

Literature
Little Pilgrim's Progress - edited by Helen Taylor



Events
The Christian Church begins (Pentecost)
Christian persecution begins

People
Apostle Paul
Emperor Nero
Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna

Geography
Roman Empire/Palestine
Mediterranean Sea
Smyrna

Here are a few examples:

Pentecost

Pentecost

Pentecost

Polycarp of Smyrna

Polycarp of Smyrna

B. The Early Church (220-305) 

People
Justin Martyr
Irenaeus
Tertullian
Origen
Diocletian

Geography
Rome
Gaul
Carthage
Egypt

Justin Martyr

Justin Martyr

Irenaeus of Carthage

Irenaeus of Carthage


Tertullian of Egypt

Tertullian of Egypt

Origen of Alexandria

C. The Imperial Church (305-476)

Events
Council at Nicaea
Council at Constantinople
Council at Ephesus
Council at Carthage, Council at Chalcedon
Fall of Western Roman Empire

People
Constantine
Athanasius of Alexandria
Theodosius
Ambrose of Milan
Augustine of Hippo
St. Patrick
Pope Leo I

Geography
Constantinople
Alexandria
Istanbul
Milan
Algeria
Turkey
Ireland/England

Athanasius of Alexandria

Augustine of Hippo
Augustine of Hippo

St. Patrick

St. Patrick

Art Study

We also did an art study, which again is sparse during this early time period.  We mostly studied artwork found in the catacombs.  

Art study

Go to: Church History Year Recap, Part II

4 comments:

Sharon Henning said...

This is such an incredible curriculum for teaching church history. I feel sorry for children who go to public school. They never learn anything close to it.
I never did. I only now am learning about the church and its important place to our history.
Great job!!

Ruth said...

Thanks, Sharon!
I thank God that He put it on my heart to be here w/ my kids b/c i love learning this stuff with them. That's why we study what I want to learn b/c I missed out in public AND CATHOLIC SCHOOL, too! Heehee. :D

Sharon Henning said...

That is interesting that Catholic school didn't teach church history. I wonder what sort of curriculum they used. Ironic for sure.

Ruth said...

Sharon,
They actually taught classical education, but we never learned about these early Christian men. But to be fair, I'm teaching about men who were burned at the stake or excommunicated for their views against the Church, which was the Catholic Church.