Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Something strange happened to my daughter. She is craving worksheets. So for Columbus Day I printed some from Enchanted Learning website (membership is required, but it’s reasonably priced) and took them to our traditional Sunday breakfast out. Anna especially liked the one where she needed to decode the phrase, In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. She already knew the phrase, so she cracked it pretty quickly.

Christopher Columbus

We read the only book in our home library – My First Biography: Christopher Columbus. Anna was not too interested in it, since she read it before, and it doesn’t have a lot of substance. Brain Pop Jr had Christopher Columbus as a featured movie, so we saw that and did quizzes and other online activities to go with the movie. I also asked Anna to come up with 8 words related to Columbus Day (a template from Enchanted Learning). She cheated a little – her words were Columbus, 1492, sailed, ocean, blue, land, holiday and ship. She even managed to spell most of them correctly.


I tried to talk Anna into making a paper boat crafts or to color, but she wasn’t interested. However, she was delighted when I pulled out a wooden boat-making kit that I had… oh, since before last Columbus Day. Note to myself – doing it as the last activity of the day was not the best idea – I ended up painting most of the pieces, and we are yet to put the boat together.


MaryAnne said...

It sounds like keeping Anna challenged can be a challenge in and of itself! The wooden boat sounds neat. And the pictures of Anna are very sweet =)

Kim said...

Oh, to have a child who liked worksheets! Enjoy it while you can! And thanks for mentioning Brain Pop - we have a membership I keep forgetting about!!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

We watched the BrainPop video too, and several others. I wish there were more good Columbus Day books - but it sounds like you found lots of good worksheets.

Ticia said...

My boys really like code cracking worksheets too. It kind of cracks me up. Batman in particular really likes them.

Mom and Kiddo said...

I tried to find some good Christopher Columbus books this year. But I really didn't like any of them. Maybe I'm just too jaded. Thanks for linking up.

Debbie said...

Unfortunately we did not do anything for Columbus day. Unless you want to count watching the hook and ladder truck at the nearby elementary school. I couldn't break Selena away from the window.

I couldn't help but chuckle about the boat.