Story of the World, Vol. 2, Chapter 3

Wow! It has taken us three weeks to get back into history. We have been busy. We took a trip, welcomed some dear friends, finished swimming lessons and the Summer Reading Program, kept up with our violin and piano practice and lessons… The summer break is finally over. I am thankful. Summer can be so crazy busy, it’s good to get back into a school routine.

It was hard to get the kids into a routine for the first week of school, which is why history had to wait. But now, we are on it. Last night, I read Chapter 3 to them, about Christianity coming to Britain. They colored (three different coloring sheets in this chapter!) and then worked on the map. Today, we made a monk meal according to the directions.

Monk Meal

Lentil soup, spinach, cheddar cheese, homemade multigrain bread

It was funny to introduce them to concepts like monks and monasteries. In their innocence, they replied with, “What? That’s crazy!” about a life spent going to church seven times a day and never marrying. My children have both already expressed the desire to get married and have a family one day, which I think is very healthy. 

Growing up, I did not have warm, fuzzy feelings about family life. The unhappiness of married couples all around me was not the best commercial for marital life. Thankfully, as I became a Protestant and discovered biblical criteria for choosing a mate and for family life, my heart changed and I changed my view on marriage. It is gratifying to see that my children enjoy our family life enough to want to create one when they grow up.

Monk meal

A monk’s meal – they eat well, don’t they?

The crafts were a little too involved and I am trying to keep things simple this year when it comes to history. So I preferred to cook the monk meal instead: lentil soup, homemade crusty multigrain bread (thank you, bread machine!), cheddar cheese slices, a glass of water, chopped up fresh spinach, and slices of peach. Ms. Bauer recommended apples or pears but I just did not have any on hand.

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