We know that Christopher Columbus was not the first European to discover the Americas, but his discovery did lead to further exploration and the eventual colonization of both continents. Despite his mixed legacy, he is still an important historical figure who should be remembered for the impact his efforts to sail west in search of a better way to reach India had on world history. This year the official government observance of Columbus Day is Monday October 9. You can help your students discover the real Christopher Columbus with the resources and lesson plans in the Homeschool Classroom.

 

1.1 Who Is Christopher Columbus?

The resources at Candle in the Night can help you introduce your preschooler to Christopher Columbus. You will find crafts, activities, and a link to a unit study for purchase.

http://candleinthenight.com/2014/09/8-columbus-day-activities-preschooler 

This paper plate craft of Christopher Columbus’s three ships is designed to give your preschooler practice at using scissors – an excellent way to strengthen those fine motor skills needed for learning handwriting later.

http://homeschooled-kids.com/hskidsonline/christopher-columbus-ship-craft

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1.2 Columbus Day Art Projects and Writing Prompts

The free coloring sheets and writing prompt downloads on this website can help enhance your studies on Christopher Columbus. Scroll down near the end of the blog post and click on “Download Columbus Day Coloring Sheets & Writing Prompts” to access these resources.

www.123homeschool4me.com/2013/09/columbus-day-coloring-sheets-writing.html

Arts and crafts projects can add fun to any study. You are sure to find something to create among this list of 22 Columbus Day crafts.

www.123homeschool4me.com/2015/09/Columbus-day-crafts.html 

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1.3 Columbus: Honored Explorer or Greedy Invader

The Homeschool Mom has searchable lesson plans by grade level. Among their Christopher Columbus lesson plans for high schoolers you can find the Columbus Controversy, Columbus’s letter to the King and Queen of Spain, Columbus’s Voyage, and Who Discovered America.

www.thehomeschoolmom.com/homeschool-lesson-plans/christopher-columbus

You can have your high school student explore the controversy between the historic explorer and the greedy invader with the information on the Christian History Institute website.

www.christianhistoryinstitute.org/magazine/article/why-did-columbus-sail

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