All posts tagged: Renaissance

how statements in a popular homeschool book reveal secular bias, via

Story of the World and Secular Humanism

I was recently reading aloud to my children at lunch on the topic of the Renaissance and was quite taken aback by the following paragraph. It began a lively discussion around the ham sandwiches: The Renaissance wasn’t just a time when people relearned old ideas. It was also a time of new discoveries. For the first time, ships were sailing all over the world. Explorers were realizing that their old ideas about the world (like boiling seas in the south and water that poured forever off the edge of the world) were wrong. So during the Renaissance, men and women began to make new theories about the world. They compared their new theories with the old Greek and Roman ideas. They started to ask, “Which ideas about the world are right? Let’s go try to find out for ourselves.” When Prince Henry the Navigator sent ships south to see the southern waters, rather than just accepting the old stories about boiling seas, he was thinking like a Renaissance man. When Columbus insisted on going to …

Some #homeschool resources for studying Leonardo da Vinci, via

Review and Giveaway – Leonardo the Florentine

The Historical Novel – Leonardo the Florentine Few artists ignite the imagination like Leonardo da Vinci. Catherine Jaime vividly paints Florence and the young Leonardo in her first historical novel, Leonardo the Florentine. In this action-packed mystery, Leonardo becomes a pawn in the Medici family’s conflict with another powerful ruling family. The plot thickens with a hidden map, an unfinished castle, a curt prince, and a lost ledger.  Leonardo learns who he can trust and sets the path for the rest of his life in the process. Leonardo the Florentine whets the appetite for studies of Italian Renaissance and Leonardo’s art.  The city, its architecture, and its culture are presented in rich detail.  The apprentice way of life is described fully.  And most significantly, Leonardo’s many interests, including science, art, sketching, Latin, sculpture, botany, and military strategy, are demonstrated.  This novel truly brings history to life. Catherine Jaime presents the reality of Florence life and excitement of Leonardo’s achievements in a family-friendly, appropriate setting. Leonardo’s virtues of hard-work, studiousness, inquisitiveness, and observance are included in …