Unit 2 Lesson 12: European Explorers of the New World

We did a lot of map work today as we studied some of the better known European Explorers: Vasco Blaboa, John Cabot, Sebastian Cabot, Amerigo Vespucci, Juan Ponce de Leon, and Ferdinand Magellan.

Students are working on painting their own world globe as we focused on the geography, and cartography. 

Here's a cool video we watched in the scholar class (and will watch with the kidshistory group) that answers the question: "Why are all world maps wrong?" It is interesting.

Here's more of what we're learning:

  • Poem: "Go, Fly, Roam, Travel, Voyage, Explore, Journey, Discover"
  • Greek Root: Bio- life (discussed the meaning of: autobiography, biosphere, and biology
  • History:The courage and perserverance of Christopher Columbus. The kids listened to the story of how he got funding, ships, and crew to sail his 1st voyage. We did a little acting and learned what it means to be a leader and a follower. 
  • Penmanship: k

Next Week: We are going to learn about the Mayan, Inca, and Aztec

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We played a super fun game today! Daneil Cook taught us how to play "Incan Gold", a press your luck game. It's quick to learn and a lot can play at once. I think I'll put it on my Christmas list! Thanks Daniel.

Will gets to teach next week


  • Work on your goals!
  • Keep reading "The Kingi's Fifth" with your family or on your own

Scholar History

The scholar class got to meet Luna, the python. Lauren presented a power point about snakes. Some of the kids got to hold it. It was neat to see how it is shedding its skin. Did you know they can open their mouth about 150 degrees?

Kole gets to teach next week!

We also:

  • Discussed: Writing our personal mission statement and priorizing using Covey's idea of the quadrants of importance and urgency.  
  • We learned how to organize our lives using a bullet journal, or by simply making a list of what we want to accomplish and doing the most important things first. 


  • Do the Great Discovery (7-Habits)
  • Write your mission statement.
  • Write down what you want to accomplish for at least 3 days and do the most important things first.
  • Keep reading "The King's Fifth"- of course, you must read it to attend the party!
  • Fill in your accountability report throughout the week and bring it in Tuesday