In elementary school, I learned a little poem that I’ve remembered since.
In August 1492,
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
October 12th they sighted land,
And set their feet upon new sand.
There were lots of other facts regarding Christopher Columbus’ adventures and questions raised throughout my school years about whether Columbus thought the world was flat or round, thoughtful discussion over how Columbus was credited with discovering land that had really already been inhabited, and about the politics involved in his voyages.
One thing that always stood out to me in studying Christopher Columbus was his drive. He was a mighty determined explorer to sail west on a voyage for the east in search of a new route for Europeans to the land of gold and spices. That’s always something that fascinates me about explorers. They certainly seem passionate about their beliefs and risk so much to pursue them.
As we study the significance of Christopher Columbus’ voyages in our homeschool, we concentrate on the geography of his explorations, about the ships used, and a little more about the man and his legacy. Each year, we dig a little deeper into this study which leads to all sorts of great discussion.
How do you share the history of Christopher Columbus? Do you take Columbus Day as a holiday in your homeschool?