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In the Middle Ages, kids’ lives were very different than today; back then, by the age of 12, many boys would have been apprenticed to a trade already, while a girl would be learning the household arts in preparation for getting married in a year or two. Hard to believe? The short and brutish lives of peasants in the Middle Ages, for kids, are described in frank detail in this issue, which follows courtly life in castles but also shows what things were like for the unwashed masses. Kids will learn that most people during this era – roughly A.D. 500 to 1500 – toiled as serfs, slaves, or vassals, while only the wealthy few became knights, nobles, and landowners.
Another focus is the Roman Catholic Church, which was by far the most powerful and wealthiest institution during the Middle Ages. For kids who like tales of young heroes, they’ll be astounded by the tale of French teenager Joan of Arc, whose angelic visions urged her to fight for her king in the Battle of Orleans. Life in Europe’s burgeoning cities, is also spotlighted, as well as the diseases that swept through them, like the Black Death, which wiped out one-third of the population. Eventually, kids will learn, the suffocating grip of the Church and feudalistic society began to wear on the peasants, which led to uprisings, wars, and new routes to knowledge that ushered in the Renaissance period.
My boys and I love this magazine. It's loaded with great information and facts. We used it as a reference tool for home schooling last year.
Kids Discover is great for homeschoolers and also just to keep yourself informed in small doses - we all love it!
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Kids Discover is such a wonderful resource for my classroom. My students enjoy reading about all the interesting topics.
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I learned SO much from these magazines as a kid! They're the best!
Even with 7th graders, I use the magazines since the illustrations are superb!
My son counts the days until the next issue arrives! He is so curious about everything and these magazines give him such rich content to enjoy. Thank you!
I love the Kids Discover magazines. I've gotten them from the very beginning and always have ways to use them in my classroom.
My kids LOVE the magazine - has been a great start point on research for papers and science fair projects!