If I could give one piece of advice to parents of young children, it would be to enjoy exploring with them. Feel free to nurture a love of learning by pursuing some interest-led activities, regardless of what the critics may say. Six years ago, our oldest son (who is now 14) loved lapbooking and unit studies. He loved paper crafts and building things and history and timelines and maps. After laying a foundation of memory “pegs,” we would take off on learning adventures simply because of his insatiable appetite for “knowledging,” as he would call it. I started to doubt my decisions, thinking that maybe what we were doing wasn’t classical because it wasn’t just a stick and the sand. I wondered if it was just busywork – a waste of time when we could instead focus on learning more Latin vocabulary. But six years later, I can attest that these are some of our most cherished memories. It was not time wasted, but was time absorbed in the love of discovery and learning. Now as a teenager, Stephen has asked to return to these studies during his free time this summer to finish the two Time Travelers studies we never had the chance to tackle. And so… this month, we’ve been in the midst of a world of exploration, literally.
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So the adventure has been the Homeschool in the Woods New World Explorers Time Traveler Study, a hands-on history learning experience for exploring the world of… New World Explorers. It includes 25 lessons for learning about the age of exploration, including…
:: A timeline of the Age of Exploration, along with Explorer Profiles. The 24 explorers included in this study are: Brendan the Navigator, Leif Eriksson, Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, Amerigo Vespucci, Juan Ponce De Leon, Vasco Nunez De Balboa, Francisco Pizarro, Ferdinand Magellan, Giovanni Da Verrazano, Hernando Cortes, Jaques Cartier, Hernando De Soto, Francisco Vasquez De Coronado, Sir Francis Drake, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, Jean Ribaut, Sir Walter Raleigh, John Smith, Juan De Onate, Samuel De Champlain, Henry Hudson, Vitus Bering, and James Cook.
The story of each explorer (and the overall story of the Age of Exploration) is provided in the lesson text, but the study also includes a list of books for further research and exploration.
:: Map overlays for 11 of the 24 explorers. Map overlays provide a way to see the different exploratory routes taken by New World Explorers.
:: And multiple projects, activities, and games to spark a child’s (and adult’s) imagination.
What I love about these activity studies is that there’s something special for each of our children’s natural interests. While our oldest enjoys the timelines, maps, and papercrafting projects…. [Read more…]