In Days of Old, Before Columbus introduces third graders to developments in history prior to the Renaissance with focus on 12th century Europe (1200-1300). Students are actively involved in learning about the feudal system of government and aspects of family life in the different classes within this system. Students learn about early transportation and communication and how they affected the lives of the people. Students explore trade, cultural and intellectual achievements, and scientific and technological advancements of the time. Time lines are built and used extensively as a visual assistant to students.