Home School Life Journal From Preschool to High School

Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

Knights and All That

We learned about Heraldry and terms like tincture, and ordinary... and made some coat of arms.

Here is Alex's with his second born symbol of the crescent. I gave him the choice of either second born or first born since in the Middle Ages often the first born meant first born son, not necessarily first born child.
He chose second born, however.
Katie helped them build another sandcastle...

teaching them about Restormel Castle...

where Edward the Black Prince held court in 1360.
They brought out some clothespin knights to play imaginary games. Katie painted them a clothespin dragon, Robin Hood, a knight and a princess for their play.
We learned about weapons... The code of Chivalry...

and armor.

And as a reward for all their hard work, Katie made them the knights...
for their ever-growing chess set...
and they learned how to move the knight.

They played the game, with those pieces added.
You might also like to paint a shield using these blank ones.
Mens Sana has a wonderful Coat of Arms project.
Cultivated Lives has a lovely idea of hands-on Chivalry with Knights in Training
Older students might enjoy Bulfinch's Age of Chivalry.
Students about 3rd grade and up can enjoy Adam of the Road.


  1. How wonderful to make your own chess pieces!

  2. It was very chivalrous for Alex to allow his sister to keep her first born status! Those are great knights too - Katie is talented.

  3. Love the knight cutouts with the face underneath, that is way too cool!

    I'm going to see if I can find those on Homeschool Share or Journey.

  4. These are all such great ideas!! I especially love the clothespin knights -- genius!

  5. Wow! What an incredible study, and what beautiful chess pieces!

    Our family is almost totally hands off, but it's great to read about the projects that crafty people do.

    Annie Kate

  6. Looks like a lot of fun. Did you guys make all the chess pieces? Very impressive!

  7. What a great study. That is so sweet that your son let your daughter still be first born!


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