Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Four Alls (Learning about Feudalism in the Middle Ages)

A place for everyone and everyone in his place:

We have been studying the Middle Ages.  We've read lots of books or snippets of books about castles, knights, the Church, and feudalism.  This is an activity suggested in one of the books we checked out from the library.  It's called the four alls and talks about some of the roles people had in the Middle Ages. These roles were 'fixed by God.'  We did one diorama box for each of the four groups in this saying:

The peasant who worked for all
The knights who fought for all
The priests who prayed for all
The king who ruled all

ED loved making the stained glass windows for our Church scene.  She did the ones on the outside doors and then continued to make more Church windows daily! In the lower scene with the king's throne, DD decided she hated her tapestry and wouldn't hang it up, but we talked about how tapestries were not only made for their beauty, but also helped insulate and keep the castle room warm
Activity idea from: Knights & Castles: 50 Hands-on Activities to Experience the Middle Ages by Avery Hart & Paul Mantell

I'll be sharing a few more of our Middle Ages activities next week.


  1. We did this a few months ago and my daughter loved making it. It really helped her understand. You all did a fabulous job.


  2. Wow, that is a wonderful example, thanks for sharing. Karen