Exploring the Americas

In this post: Come hang out as we learn about famous explorers & the Americas. We also learn about the Mayans, the Incans, and the Aztecs. 

Hello dear ones! I am several weeks behind on these crafty posts. You may have noticed but I’m not labeling my posts in the title anymore. I’m just posting them on whatever day I can. But I’m still tagging them in the right category. So you can still find all the crafty posts under Crafty Mondays.

Well, we took a week long vacation to explore historic sites from Savannah to D.C.  When we got back we were ready to jump into (more) learning (well, I was :P). We had fun with the Middle ages. Now we are off to explore the New World. Here’s how we did it:

  • We began Pilgrims, Pirates, & Patriots, our Draw & Write Through History book. This is actually what guides us. Story of the World is extra.
  • I hung up an Explorers in the New World banner across our room.
  • Michael colored and put together a Columbus hat, and spyglass with a map of Columbus’ explorations on it.  Then we headed to the park to be explorers ourselves.
  • We had a picnic by the water (a big rock was our ship), and I read about Columbus & Amerigo Vespucci (America’s namesake) in Story of the World Book 3.
  • I found this great lapbook on explorers and Native Americans (South & Central). I’ll provide links at the end. It had us mark Columbus and Magellan’s routes. We also marked out how many men died on Magellan’s voyage. A lot of people died in the search for the New World. We compared Columbus and the conquistadors.
  • Michael started reading “Who Was Columbus?” 
  • We put together a ship in a bottle. We ended the day with ice cream and we conquered the world ;).
  • The next couple of days we read about the Mayans, the Incans, and the Aztecs.
  • We watched a video on Netflix about the Mayans and the conquistadors.
  • We both made a Mayan eye of God craft. Then Michael put together a tp roll quetzal, an important bird to all of the Central/South Americans.
  • We learned about Montezuma and the Aztecs. Michael made a clay Aztec sun.
  • We talked about the Incans, watched The Emperor’s New Groove, and I made a stuffed llama for Michael.
  • We ended our week by learning about Walter Raleigh and the lost colony. We also learned about Jacque Cartiers and his “discovery” of Canada.

Links after the picture…

Explorers&theAmericas

Here’s the Pinterest link we’ll be using through April:

 Llama pattern:

Quetzal:

http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/mquetzal.html

 God’s Eyes craft

http://www.caron-net.com/kidfiles/kidsapr.html

Ship in a bottle:

http://www.nogginsandnonsense.blogspot.com/2010/10/tutorial-ships-in-bottle-christopher.html

Lapbook & Aztec Sun idea:

http://www.123homeschool4me.com/2012/02/explorers-part-4magellan-conquistadors.html

Columbus hat and spyglass :

Columbus Hat and Spyglass Craft

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

The Renaissance (start here):

The Renaissance Week 1: The Reformation & Great Artists

The Middle Ages (start here):

Middle Ages Week 1: Celts, Anglo-Saxons, & King Arthur

Rome (start here):

Crafty Monday: Our Julius Caesar Party (Rome Week 1)

Greece (start here):

Crafty Monday: Greece Week 1 + Down at the Farm

Egypt

Crafty Monday Part 1: Ancient Egypt

All our History lessons:

http://amberdover.com/category/crafty-mondays/geographyhistory/

The 1600’s Week 1: http://amberdover.com/2014/04/14/the-1600s-week-1-the-flying-dutchman-sumo-wrestling/

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