Christopher Columbus Homeschool Resources


Columbus Day is observed today in the United States. Are you looking for Christopher Columbus resources to use in your homeschool lessons? I’ve gathered some here that are free or budget-friendly and that can be downloaded instantly to use today.

Christopher Columbus homeschool resources: printables, Kindle books, worksheets, unit studies, + more! Instant downloads!

Christopher Columbus Homeschool Resources


Christopher Columbus mini unit study

Currclick has a wide variety of downloadable activities for preschoolers through high school. They offer unit studies, worksheets, activities, and lapbooks on the subject of Christopher Columbus. Resources are reasonably priced, with some freebies and others starting as low as 25 cents.




Cynce’s Place has a free 33-page download of copywork that also includes a biography of Columbus, poetry, and scriptures.

Notebooking Pages has a world explorer notebooking pack that includes Christopher Columbus pages.

Mama’s Learning Corner has a Christopher Columbus-themed learning packet that includes the following:

  • Columbus-themed writing prompts
  • Fill-in-the-blank and true or false biography questions about Columbus
  • Columbus word problems
  • Map skills based on Columbus’s 4 voyages
  • Cut-and-paste Columbus-themed definitions
  • Columbus word search


12-page set of Christopher Columbus Worksheets - a perfect complement to any Columbus unit study


Christopher Columbus Books

Some of these are available for the Kindle, so could still be read today!


Who was Christopher Columbus?

Available for the Kindle

Christopher Columbus

Available for the Kindle

What resources do you recommend for Columbus Day?




Sara (102 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.

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This Month in History – October

I have a huge book on one of our bookshelves with the title “20th Century Day by Day.” It has over 1500 pages! This is a book with news stories from the 20th century. I was considering scouring the internet for some history for October and then remembered this book.

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What do we know about October? My first thought is that it should be the eighth month because doesn’t “octo” mean eight? {It does! I looked it up *wink*} As with our previous months, this is another one that was bumped down the line. It is now the tenth month because January and February were added in at some point.

What happened in October? Here are some events from the 20th century, ordered by year:

  • U.S. population reached 76 million! {October 30, 1900}
  • A dirigible, or airship, was flown for 29 minutes and 30 seconds by Alberto Santos-Dumont in France. {October 19, 1901}
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton, an advocate for female suffrage, died at the age of 87 in New York City. {October 26, 1902}
  • First World Series played in Boston, Massachusetts; Boston won 3-0 against Pittsburgh. {October 13, 1903}
  • New York City subway formally opened, give thousands of citizens a ride on the first day. {October 27, 1904}
  • Wright Flyer III, piloted by Orville Wright, flew over Huffman Prairie in Dayton, Ohio. It was the first flight over 30 minutes. {October 4 & 5, 1905}
  • American troops landed in Cuba to intervene between rebel and government forces; self-appointed Provisional Governor William Howard Taft promised to keep Cuba a republic. {October 6, 1906}
  • Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey merged into one company after a year of negotiations. The two  continued to travel separate until 1919. The circus would become one of the largest in the world. {October 22, 1907}
  • Wilbur Wright sets two more flight records in a matter of days. The first record was for being aloft for 55 minutes and 37 seconds with a passenger; the second was over an hour with a passenger. {October 3 & 6, 1908}
  • Harvard Law School denied admission to female because of “prejudice against men and women studying together,” and, as the woman, Inez Milholland, is reported to have been told, one trustee was “opposed to all change, including railroads and telephones.” {October 22, 1909}
  • America, a dirigible, broke a record of being in non-stop flight for 71 1/2 hours and farthest distance of 1,008 miles. {October 18, 1910}

Wow! That is only 10 years. {Did you notice a theme this month? It was unintentional!}

Something I noticed while reading the news stories in my book: The facts didn’t always line up. With the internet today it is so easy to double-check our facts. For example, on the 5th of October the book stated that Orville Wright flew his Wright Flyer III in Daytona, Florida. As I live in Ohio, I’m pretty aware of where the flights the Wright Brothers took place. Daytona…Dayton… ? That’s pretty important!

Okay, how about some celebrations for the month? Of course there is Halloween, observed the last day of the month. What others do you know about? Here are some:

  • World Teacher’s Day {October 5, 2015}
  • Columbus Day {October 12, 2015}
  • National Day of Spain (Spain) {October 12, 2015}
  • Sweetest Day {October 17, 2015}
  • Alaska Day {October 19, 2015}
  • Nevada Day {October 27-November 1, 2015}
  • Halloween {October 31, 2015}

There are also month long observances in October:

  • National Arts and Humanities Month
  • Filipino American Heritage Month
  • Polish American Heritage Month
  • National Pizza Month
  • American Cheese Month

As I was compiling this post, I found quite a few entries for November. Be watching for more This Month in History here at The Homeschool Post!

North Laurel (30 Posts)

Blossom- "North Laurel" to the online world- lives in Ohio with her husband and two teens, homeschooling the Charlotte Mason way with Ambleside Online. She is graciously allowed to be a moderator for the Ambleside Online Forum. North Laurel loves to read, be on the computer, and learn. You can read her blogging about homeschooling, book reviews and life in general at North Laurel's Musings.

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This Month in History – September

“30 days hath September…” Do you remember that rhyme to help determine how many days were in each month? {I only remember that line.} This month used to be the seventh month in the calendar. September is from septem in Latin, meaning “seven”. And at one point it had only 29 days! Let’s see some of this month in history for September.

Oh, and here’s that rhyme- at least one of them!

Thirty days has September,
April, June, and November.
All the rest have thirty-one,
Except—you know which one.

Here are some events that happened in September:

  • “Mary Had a Little Lamb” was published. {September 1, 1830} <There are some discrepancies as to the actual date; it was in 1830 either way!
  • The wreckage of the RMS Titanic was found by Richard Ballard and team. {September 1, 1985}
  • The Great Fire of London, began in a bakery in Pudding Lane near the Tower, burns for over 3 days. {September 2, 1666}
  • Queen Elizabeth I, who reigned in England for 45 years, was born in Greenwich Palace. {September 7, 1533}
  • Galveston, Texas experienced one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history- a hurricane and tidal wave struck, killing over 8,000 people and destroying over 2,500 buildings. {September 8, 1900}
  • Four larger commercial airliners were hijacked by terrorists. The planes were crashed into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and the ground near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. {September 11, 2001}
  • The first American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, was proclaimed. {September 14, 1975}
  • The Boston Public Library, the first library in Massachusetts supported by taxation was dedicated. {September 17, 1855}
  • Henry Ford retires from Ford Motor Company. {September 21, 1945}
  • Little Rock, Arkansas- President Dwight Eisenhower enforced racial integration of schools via the National Guard. {September 24, 1957}
  • Sandra Day O’Connor became the first female Supreme Court Justice. {September 25, 1981}
  • Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick is the first published American newspaper. It was immediately suppressed because the British thought it offensive. {September 25, 1690}

How about some celebrations in September? I know not every reader is in Ohio but I’ll share some state-specific events. And know that I am putting these here for my benefit as well!

  • Portsmouth River Days {September 3-7, 2015}- every year taking place the Thursday before Labor Day, in Portsmouth, Ohio.
  • Russia Homecoming Festival {September 4-6, 2015}- every year, on the grounds of St. Remy Hall in Russia, Ohio.
  • Perch, Peach, Pierogi and Polka Festival {September 4-6, 2015}- Port Clinton, Ohio’s 11th annual festival held in the downtown area.
  • Ohio Renaissance Festival {September 5-October 25, 2015}- every year, held in Harveysburg, Ohio.
  • Another celebration that some may not associate with September is Oktoberfest. It is celebrated all over the country, of course, but there over 20 in Ohio alone! In Kent, the celebration is September 11-13, 2015; Cleveland, it’s September 4-7, 2015; Cincinnati, September 18-20, 2015; Wilmington, Sandusky, and Piqua, September 25-26, 2015. You get the idea. You can see more festival/events for Ohio by checking out OhioFestivals.net

What holidays are happening in September? At our house, birthdays are ‘holidays’, and so we have one on the 21st. But here are ones that others might be more familiar with:

  • Labor Day {September 7, 2015}
  • Grandparents Day {September 11, 2015}
  • Patriot Day {September 11, 2015}
  • Constitution Day and Week {September 17, 2015}
  • Rosh Hashanah {September 14, 2015}
  • Talk Like a Pirate Day {September 19, 2015}
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month {September 15-October 15, 2015}
  • National Potato Month
  • National Chicken Month
  • National Piano Month
  • National Biscuit Month

I’ve saved the perhaps most referenced holiday of September for last: Labor Day. Today many people recognize it as a federal holiday that means the schools, banks, and post offices {all federal businesses} are closed. It became a federal holiday after the Pullman Strike in 1894. The history of the Pullman ‘towns’ is interesting to look up if you get a chance! Back to Labor Day…

The first petitions for ‘labor day’ centered around unsafe working conditions and long hours. After the Pullman Strike, in which workers were killed, President Grover Cleveland declared September the month to have the official holiday. Today it is often celebrated with bbq parties and no work. While I appreciate the idea behind the holiday, I’m always bummed there is no mail *wink*

What are your favorite dates/events in September? Feel free to share sites and resources for history with us!


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North Laurel (30 Posts)

Blossom- "North Laurel" to the online world- lives in Ohio with her husband and two teens, homeschooling the Charlotte Mason way with Ambleside Online. She is graciously allowed to be a moderator for the Ambleside Online Forum. North Laurel loves to read, be on the computer, and learn. You can read her blogging about homeschooling, book reviews and life in general at North Laurel's Musings.

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