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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The No-Fun Homeschool

No-fun-homeschool: learning is its own reward

I have to take a deep breath whenever I hear the words “fun” and “education” combined.

Whether it’s a parent asking me to recommend a fun math curriculum, a book touting fun ways to incorporate learning, or seeing some edu-software or app saturated with cartoon characters.

I don’t go ballistic but I certainly do genuinely need the additional respiration.

No-fun homeschool?

You see, learning is its own reward. Finishing a long great book; conquering some difficult math skills on Khan Academy; leveling up on the piano; etc. They will all give your kids a natural rush and organic feelings of accomplishment.

So they don’t actually need a new LEGO set, an ice cream sundae, or “an hour of screen-time” to motivate them – not if the work demanded of them isn’t too easy, too difficult, or just….too stupid.

What’s wrong with a little external motivation?

Nothing….a little here and there.

The risk is, of course, that the fun injection can easily end up diluting the educational component – sort of like dipping your kids’ vegetables in chocolate!

I guess what offends me most is the mindset or assumption built into the marketing – that learning is inherently dull and therefore requires sleight-of-hand, i.e. fun.

I run a tight ship in my homeschool. (In case you couldn’t infer that!)

Although I do very much value fun. It’s just that I want my kids to have a ton of fun THROUGHOUT THEIR WHOLE LIVES.

I don’t want them to wake up at 30 years old, like I did, and realize that they aren’t happy, don’t know what they want to do with their lives, AND haven’t the means to reinvent themselves.

Remember, your homeschooled kids have already been liberated from all the school nonsense – the daily alarm clocks, the boring curricula, the toxic peer pressure, the perpetual stress of homework, papers due, pop quizzes, standardized tests, and the poverty of free time. So let’s not make things too easy for them!

Ideally you should see homeschooling as a tool to ACCELERATE your kids – not as a tool to coddle your kids with a lighter, gamified curriculum that merely recreates school-at-home.

All of this started with Sesame Street some 35 years ago. I would encourage you to read Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman for more on the historical context of how fun and entertainment infected all serious intellectual discourse. I’m sure your library has the book.

Oh, you still want games?

Okay, the BEST, outside of chess, is Bananagrams:

I do have a few more favorites – click here – but let’s not get too carried away with fun….not until your kids are older, very successful, and supporting their parents lavishly!



Dan (15 Posts)

Husband to Inez. Father of John and Christine. Homeschool Coach, Accelerated Math Teacher. Former derivatives trader and future scratch golfer! Follow our learning adventures at

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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.

This Month in History blog series at The Homeschool Post

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 (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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