I decided I wanted a big challenge, and so for the entire month of October I’m going to be writing about a big huge giant Age of Exploration Unit, it’s going to cover some homeschool science, some homeschool reading and writing (because I found some amazing books), and a lot of homeschool history, and it’s the best kind of history because it’s interactive.
While I’m at it, there’s going to be some mini-units in here, just to break it down a little bit.
I originally had plans of this Age of Exploration unit being posted in historical order, but then I remembered Columbus Day is early in October, so I wanted to post that part of my Explorers unit early, and why this unit is present a little screwy in order. To give you an idea of what’s coming in this Age of Exploration unit, here’s my goals for the month (presented approximately in historical order):
- Explorer’s unit resources
- Sailor’s costume
- Ship’s Log
- Portolan navigation
- Chip Log
- How to make hard tack
- Sailor’s Food
- Current Experiments 1
- Current Experiments 2
- Columbus resources
- Columbus presentation
- Columbus’s ships
- The Colombian Exchange
- Christopher Colubmus: great or awful?
Age of Exploration Unit, everyone else
These are all important people, but none of the rate an entire unit by themselves, because while they changed the world, it wasn’t as earth shattering of a change as Marco Polo and Columbus.
- From Plato to Sir Francis Drake
- Leif Ericson
- Discovery of Iceland
- Prince Henry the Navigator
- Bartolomeu Dias
- Vasco de Gama
- Ferdinand Magellan
- Henry Hudson
- Discovery of Australia
So, that’s my big huge aggressive plan, fingers crossed I can pull it off.
Can you tell I’m super excited for this Age of Exploration Unit?
I hope you’re as excited as I am. Fingers crossed I pull off this big huge project, I’ve been working on it since January. If you don’t want to miss a single post in this series, then you need to sign up for my newsletter, you’ll get some freebies in there from time to time that haven’t made it into posts yet, and the theoretical versions of ebooks I aspire to write.
Check out more great history ideas over at the Massive Guide to Homeschooling History