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 (92 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 – 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

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!


This Month in History blog series at The Homeschool Post


North Laurel (26 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 Home & School.

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Presidents’ Day {Internet} Scavenger Hunt

Editor’s note: Since today is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and the Presidents’ Day holiday is coming up on Monday, I thought it would be fun to share this presidential facts internet scavenger hunt again. I have also gathered a list of free and frugal Presidents’ Day homeschool resources, which you might want to check out after you complete this Washington and Lincoln trivia. Have fun! ~ Sara


Who doesn’t love a good scavenger hunt? Just for today, toss those history textbooks under the bed, grab some pencils and paper, fire up the laptop (or mobile device or desktop computer) and challenge your kids to find the answers to the following questions. There are some fun (and silly) little known facts along with the more serious. How about taking the challenge with them or offering a small prize (cherry pie, anyone?) to the contestant who finds the most correct answers in the shortest amount of time.


Presidents' Day Facts Internet Scavenger Hunt @hsbapost


Spoiler alert: answers are provided below — be sure to obscure them before giving the questions to your history hunters!

Come back here after you’re done; let us know how you did and what other cool facts you may have discovered that you didn’t know before.

George Washington


  • Where did George Washington live during his presidency?
  • Did George Washington introduce the mule to America?
  • What was his favorite subject in school?
  • How did President Washington view political parties?
  • How many children did George Washington have?
  • What was George Washington’s middle name?
  • In 1775, Washington was appointed commander of what army?
  • Did George Washington wear a wig?
  • What provision did George Washington make in his will for his slaves?
  • What did Martha Washington do with all the letters George sent her?
  • What branch of the US military did Washington’s presidency found?
  • Washington left money in his will for Liberty Hall Academy which later became which university?
  • In 1754, Washington led an attack that started which world war?
  • How much did Washington pay a Dr.Watson to have one of his teeth pulled?
  • How many times was George Washington wounded in battle?

Sources: Key Facts About George Washington and President’s Day Scavenger Hunt

Abraham Lincoln

  • To which political party did Abraham Lincoln originally belong?
  • What were Lincoln’s two nicknames?
  • When Abraham Lincoln was seven years old he did something he felt really bad about. What was it?
  • Abraham Lincoln was essentially homeschooled, receiving less than a year of formal education. He cleaned his math problems off his board with what tool?
  • What plant killed Lincoln’s mother?
  • in 1830, Abraham Lincoln’s family moved from a farm in Indiana to what state?
  • Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd had four sons. One died while they were in the White House. What was his name and how old was he when he died?
  • With what politician did Lincoln engage in debates concerning the question of slavery?
  • Lincoln ran for the Senate against Stephen A. Douglas. The vote was 54 to 46 — who won?
  • Where did Lincoln store his important papers?
  • What famous speech did Lincoln make in Pennsylvania in 1863?
  • After receiving a letter from Sarah Hale, what national holiday did President Lincoln establish?
  • Where did General Robert E. Lee surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant?
  • What play was Lincoln watching when he was shot?
  • Does Abraham Lincoln have any direct descendants?

Sources: Timeline of Abraham Lincoln for Kids, Abraham Lincoln for Young Readers, Abraham Lincoln Web-quest, Lincoln Fast Facts and  President’s Day Scavenger Hunt



{George Washington}

  • Not in the White House; in New York and then Philadelphia
  • Yes
  • Math
  • He disapproved of them, feeling they were divisive
  • None of his own; he had two step-children
  • He didn’t have one
  • The Continental Army
  • No
  • He arranged to free those slaves belonging to him upon his wife’s death
  • She burned them
  • The Navy
  • Washington & Lee University
  • The Seven Years’ War
  • 5 Shillings
  • He was never {seriously} wounded in battle

{Abraham Lincoln}

  • Whigs
  • “Honest Abe” and “Illinois Rail-Splitter”
  • He shot a turkey; he never hunted again
  • A knife
  • White Snakeroot
  • Illinois
  • “Willie” died from typhoid fever when he was 11
  • Stephen A. Douglas
  • Stephen A. Douglas
  • He tucked them into his tall black hat
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • Thanksgiving
  • Appomattox Court House in Virginia
  • Our American Cousin
  • No, in fact he only had one son live to reach adulthood and marry
Angela (30 Posts)

Angela is co-founder of Mosaic Freeschool and a homeschooling mom to two never-been-to school kids. Born in Southern California and raised on the East Coast, Angela had a bit of an unconventional education, but did not consider homeschooling seriously until her first child was born. Believing that young children learn best from those that love them most, Angela and her husband John chose homeschooling for their two boys. She is dedicated to the advancement of alternative education choices, creating the web-site Raising Autodidacts in 2011 to further explore the idea of fostering the self-taught individual. In June of 2013, she started an instructional writing service called Gathering Ink .

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