Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Christopher Columbus ~ A Courageous Sailor

Over the course of the winter term, the children at our little yellow school have been learning about the most famous sailor ever, Christopher Columbus.  While it has been over five hundred years since that fateful voyage across the Atlantic and the discovery of the New World, his story continues to fascinate.

A Model of Columbus's Ship, The Santa Maria

In Culture, the children had been introduced to and/or refreshed their knowledge of the continents.

I. with her continents map.

Our study of Christopher Columbus was a lead in to our work on North America.  

Five Year Olds L. (l) and J. (r) Working With the North America Map

We read simple biographies and looked at paintings and drawings of Christopher Columbus and his three ships, the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria.  Years ago, Mrs. P. found a replica of the Santa Maria in a thrift shop.  The children were very excited to have a model of that famous ship!

Parts of the Santa Maria

We had many activities for the children to work with.  The older children enjoyed learning the nomenclature for the Parts of the Santa Maria.

Four Year Old A. With Her Work
Four Year Old E. (l) and Five Year Old A. (r) With Their Work

Almost Five Year Old M. With Her Work

The children also enjoyed colouring a picture of Christopher Columbus and his three ships.

Four Year Old K. Colouring the Ships

Four Year Old M.'s Work

Four and a Half Year Old C.'s Work

Five year old J. was particularly captivated by the story of Christopher Columbus and was always interested in learning more about him.  J. wrote a story about Christopher Columbus.

Five Year Old J.
Five Year Old J.'s Story With the Story Alphabet

J.'s Story

J. even brought in his grandfather's engineering compass for Show and Tell.  This went beautifully with our own study of the compass.

J. and his grandfather's compass.

A Compass Book

A Page From a Compass Book

We learned so much about Christopher Columbus and continue to be inspired by the tenacity and the courage that led to the discovery of a whole new world.

Christopher Columbus,
He sailed the ocean blue.
He found a continent in 1492.

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