Famous Figures of Medieval Times
Our price: $15.95
In government schools, history tends to be a read-only subject. Thankfully, however, your home-schooled children have options. If you have a child who dreads reading but loves art and drama, the Famous Figures series is the perfect history supplement for her.
Each meticulous Famous Figures of Medieval Times illustration is based on authentic mosaics, paintings, and sculptures. Easy-to-assemble colored characters are printed on heavy cardstock with perforated pages for trouble-free removal. Cut out the figures, punch holes where directed, attach some common fasteners, and your Famous Figures of Medieval Times are ready to take center stage as your child reenacts the age of castles and conquest.
If your student is an avid artist, she will be pleased to discover that a colorable version of each figure is also included on the same sturdy cardstock. Fill in each Medieval figure with hues as realistic or exotic as you wish.
Famous Figures of Medieval Times includes figures of Justinian I, Theodora, Richard I (The Lionheart), Charlemagne, Leif Eriksson, Joan of Arc, Marco Polo, Francis of Assisi, Genghis Khan, and William I (The Conqueror). A detailed biography section provides key information about the medieval characters. A companion reading list for each figure is included for parent/teacher read-alouds and independent readers.
Publisher: Figures in Motion
Publication Date: 2011
Age Recommendation: 9-12 Years
Author: Cathy Diez-Luckie
Faith-Based: No. Covers some historical figures that have religious as well as secular significance, but remains historical rather than inspirational.
Awards and Endorsements:
Mom's Choice Gold Award
2009 Preferred Choice Award from Creative Child Magazine
Bronze Medal in the 2009 Independent Book Publishers Awards
2009 Dr. Toy Best Classic Toy Award
2009 IndieFab Award Finalist
Independent Book Publishers Association - Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist
2009 Family Choice Award
I started participating in Classical Conversations this year with my first grader and we are covering the Middle Ages so this was a perfect at-home supplement that goes along with many of the history fact songs. We use the puppets to act out the story when we do our review. My daughter love being able to cut out each piece and see how it comes together at the end:)
I love that these tie perfectly to Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer, which is our favorite history curriculum. They add some variety into the rotation of coloring sheets, and definitely help solidify these names in my 6 and 9 year old's minds. I have two school age girls, so the fact that this has a to-color set and a pre-colored set of figures is great. The kids can play with their paper doll-like creations while I read or the audio CD plays. The pages are on thick card-stock. For under $20, I thought this was worth it. I'll be purchasing the next set up of these, and recommend them especially if you're also using Story of the World or another chronological history program.
My 7 year old son begs to do his Famous Figures of Medieval Times. I make him wait until we are in the related week in Story of the World though. He still has all the ones he did from Ancient stones and gets them out and plays with them. He doesn't like to color so we just do the pre-colored ones.
This was part of the curriculum kit. We liked the dolls and my son enjoyed coloring but he's only 6 so he lost interest before finishing them. We already have coloring sheets with The Story of the World activity book so this seemed redundant.
We had so much fun with the Famous Figures of Ancient times that we came back for the Medieval ones this year. We loosely follow the Story of the World and the history timeline from Veritas press, and while there isn't a figure for every event on our history timeline, it's like a special treat to get to make the people that go with the stories and events that we are learning about. We make the colored ones, and then they get to color in the black and white ones and make them during their free time. None are ever left over in the book. :)