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Age of Discovery, part 1
updated April 1, 2023

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The Age of Discovery, part 1
Charles Kovacs

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Note: I previously taught a combined Age of Exploration / Renaissance & Reformation block, for which I used V.M. Hillyer's book A Child's History of the World, 1951 edition. However, this year I have the time to separate these topics out into two blocks. I am using Charles Kovac's book The Age of Discovery. This book actually has three complete main lesson blocks in it: The Middle Ages, The Age of Exploration, and the Renaissance & Reformation. Here, I will be using chapters 22 - 34.

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My curated collection of visuals! Browse sample main lesson book pages, watercolor paintings, chalkboard drawings, etc. for The Age of Discovery.

Essential Book

The Age of Discovery

by Charles Kovacs

Additional Resources

    I've suggested some supplemental chapter and picture books below.

    If you want your group to have experience analyzing primary and secondary sources, I highly recommend the work by Stanford History Education Group, and have listed their "Reading Like a Historian" lesson plans where they would fit best chronologically.

    I have also included links to these stories where they may be found online for free at The Baldwin Project, a wonderful collection of vintage books often used by Waldorf and Charlotte Mason families. I've recommended appropriate chapters from titles such as

      Our Island Story by H.E. Marshall

      The Story of England by Samuel B. Harding

      The Story of Columbus by Gladys M. Imlach

      Ferdinand Magellan by Frederick A. Ober

      Historical Tales: Spanish American by Charles Morris

Story One
The Growth of Cities (chapter 22)

Story Two
King John and the Magna Carta (chapter 23)

Story Three
Scotland and England (chapter 24)

Story Four
England and France, Joan of Arc (chapter 25)

Story Five
Printing and Gunpowder (chapter 26)

Story Six
The Age of Discovery (chapter 27)

Story Seven
Columbus (chapter 28)

    the entire contents (12 chapters) of The Story of Columbus by Gladys M. Imlach is available online for free at The Baldwin Project (

    another fantastic resource for this part of the story is Ship by David Macaulay; highly recommended!

Story Eight
The Year 1492 (chapter 29)

Story Nine
America (chapter 30)

Story Ten
Pizarro (chapter 31)

Story Eleven
The Fall of the Incas (chapter 32)

Story Twelve
Magellan (chapter 33)

Story Thirteen
Crossing the Pacific Ocean (chapter 34)

    sample MLB page with world map

    Painting in Waldorf Education by Dick Bruin and Attie Lichthart suggests a series of watercolor paintings called "Voyages of Discovery" (pp.121-122). This is comprised of three parts: painting strange faraway lands, painting the globe & painting maps of the continents. A wonderful way to end the block!

    Note: The above book is also available to download for free in its entirety from the the Online Waldorf Library

Blog posts from when I was teaching this topic:

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