These files are for the cycles 3-5 of Ages of Grace, a Charlotte-Mason-style Orthodox home school curriculum. This was the inspiration of author Katherine Johnson, who has offered up these files for us to share and develop with each other as she has had to step away from the project. We are so blessed to have a strong beginning to this wonderful work for our children! Feel free to download and share.* Also, if you are interested in helping with the ongoing efforts to flesh out AOG, please join us over here. (I started this wiki even though I have absolutely NO IDEA how to make a wiki. So forgive me for the bumpy ride we’re likely in for as we get it going.)
The original Ages of Grace are as follows:
Age of Patriarchs
Explore the ancient world from Creation through Alexander the Great. The story of the world narrates the history of Israel, as we discover the first civilizations of Mesopotamia, unlock the mysteries of the Ancient Egyptians, and study the history and literature of Ancient Greece, from its mythological beginnings through its annexation by Rome.
Age of Apostles
Explore the ancient world from the founding of Rome through the fall of the western empire. The story of the world narrates the history of the early Church, as we witness the development of the great empire of Rome and come to understand the culture into which the Apostolic Faith was born. Study the history and literature of Ancient Rome, from its mythological beginnings through its fall from glory, while becoming acquainted with the lives of the Apostles.
Age of Triumph
Explore the Middle Ages from the fall of the western empire to the fall of Constantinople. The story of the world narrates the history of the Church as we witness the glory of Byzantium and the triumphs of Orthodoxy. From the ecumenical councils and the baptism of Russia, to the fight for Orthodoxy waged by great saints such as St. John of Damascus, St. Gregory Palamas and St. Mark of Ephesus, study the history and literature of the Dark and Middle Ages, while entering into the age of the triumphant Church.
Age of Captivity
Explore the 16th and 17th centuries, the Renaissance and Reformation and the exploration of the New World. The story of the world narrates the history of the Church, as we witness the birth of new ideas in the West and behold the struggle of the Orthodox Church under the dominance of Turkish rule. Through an in-depth study of Renaissance artists, Protestant reformers, and New World explorers, wrestle with the ideas that changed the western world while witnessing the great asceticism that prepared the Orthodox Church for life in the modern world.
Age of Monasticism
Explore the 16th through 18th centuries from the colonization of the New World through the Revolution and framing of a New Government. The story of the world narrates the history of the Church as we witness the birth of a New World and the renewal of Orthodox monasticism. From the Captain John Smith and General George Washington, to St. Paisius Velichkovsky and the Philokalia, come to understand the events that gave rise to the dawn of a new nation and the renaissance of grace in the Orthodox Church.
Age of Mission
Explore the 19th century to modern times, from westward expansion and the Civil War to World War I and II. The story of the world narrates the history of the Church, as we witness the growth of a nation and the worldwide struggle for power. Discover the miracle of grace, God raising up saints as the Church suffers under the dominance of Communism. Follow the footsteps of the North American saints, those who planted the seed of Orthodoxy in America, the story of an age of grace still unfolding.
*It should go without saying that the author wishes this work to remain a gift for others. Please respect that.