What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Monday, October 14, 2013

Christopher Columbus (and a few other learning resources)

 Happy Monday to you and Happy Columbus Day to boot!  We had a lovely weekend with company but now it is back to the grindstone, as they say.  As soon as I empty my camera card of wedding photos and recharge my battery, I may have something to blog.  Until then, I thought I would share a few Columbus Day goodies. 

While we use a chronological approach to history, I do take a break from our normal history programs on particular holidays to study the importance of certain days and to do related crafts and activities.   One interesting thing about Columbus is just how misrepresented the man (and the holiday) is.  Some people claim he sailed around the world to prove it was round.  Some people claim he was the first to 'discover' the Americas.  Some people claim Isabella funded the entire trip with her jewels.  Some people claim he was a vicious, awful person who encouraged the slaughter of the native people.  All of which are entirely false.  Columbus is often approached all wrong. 

~ Here is a great book on the true story of Columbus:  The Last Crusader: The Untold Story of Christopher Columbus. (This is a grown up book, mind you.)

~ Lots of free homeschool links and resources here- for various age groups and maturity levels.  These include links for Columbus as well as other aspects of American History.  Worth checking out.

~ A very good youtube video about Columbus set more as a slideshow than a movie- mostly for readers, since the words must be read, not heard:

~ The Homeschool Mom has all sorts of Christopher Columbus links- including games, crafts, unit studies, videos) to peruse which you can even filter by age group.  Handy Dandy.

~ If my printer worked right now, I would totally have the children make this Christopher Columbus Puppet.

~ Readingwell.com has many audio recordings of different books in many different genres.  Here is the link to American History where you will find the Voyages of Christopher Columbus (but don't stop there. this website has lots of goodies!)

~ I like this ship in a bottle paper craft.

~ I REALLY like this ship in a (REAL!) bottle craft!

~ Lots of free printable worksheets related to Columbus Day (including grammar and math!) for Columbus Day at Enchanted Learning.

~ Columbus' Letter to the King and Queen of Spain-  for an older child/teen/adult.

~ Extracts from the Journal of Christopher Columbus-for an older child/teen/adult.
"Tuesday, 25 September.  At sunset Martin Alonzo called out with great joy from his vessel that he saw land, and demanded of the Admiral a reward for his intelligence. The Admiral says, when he heard him declare this, he fell on his knees and returned thanks to God, and Martin Alonzo with his crew repeated Gloria in excelsis Deo, as did the crew of the Admiral."
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