When we start a new history program, we almost are always starting with learning about the famous explorers. This is because explorers are who helped to discover new lands and important places that we call home today. They were the beginning of history as we know it, apart from creation and biblical history.
Explorers were adventurous spirits who weren’t afraid to explore new lands. A lot of these explorations went on with the purpose of monetary gain. Some explorers had plans to make lots of money by taking on such a risky task. Many of them were sent on missions by great rulers set out to expand their kingdoms. They wanted to find new products to obtain so that they could make more money by trading and selling these items.
Others were exploring to bring the gospel to new places, and because they wanted religious freedom themselves. Some explorers went just for the sake of exploring, and creating history. If it wasn’t for these explorers who risked so much, we wouldn’t know the things we know today, or even live where we live.
Let’s find out more about these famous explorers and how they tie into history with lots of free printables and unit studies.
Discover the Great Explorers: A Notebooking Expedition – this 100 page notebook will give your children the chance to learn about 50 different explorers in this 100 page notebooking activity journal. It is located in our subscriber freebie library.
Guided Drawing Famous Explorers – your children will learn about 10 famous explorers while reading a summary of their life and their journeys. After they read the summary, there are two different drawing activities for them to complete. This makes a great addition to a study of famous explorers.
In All You Do has created some fun explorer printables for many different ages and abilities:
Explorer Unit Studies:
Write Bonnie Rose has created some fun History of Explorers A to Z freebies exclusively for Homeschool Giveaways. There are 4 volumes in all and they are instant downloads.
In addition to all the printables and unit studies, you may enjoy these fun, hands-on activities to add to your studies:
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!