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Saturday, February 2

Second Grade, History, Set One

I read chapter 62 of Child's History to K. This chapter covers:
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Discovery of the Americas
  • King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella
  • Columbus' voyage
In addition we read:
  • The Discovery of the Americas by Maestro -- this book has color illustrations on every page. It starts with "stone age explorers" crossing to America via the land bridge from Asia and goes through Magellan. Although this book has maps that show the routes explorers traveled, keep your globe handy. "Around the world" just makes more sense with a globe.
  • Ship Boy with Columbus by Meadowcroft -- this book tells the story of Columbus from Diego (his son) and Pedro's (his ship boy) point of view. I read this book a few years ago and have been waiting for the chance to read it to K.
  • Where do you think you're going, Christopher Columbus? by Jean Fritz -- we watched the dvd of the book.
  • Columbus by Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire -- wonderfully illustrated
  • I borrowed Pedro's Journal by Pam Conrad from the library, but we didn't read it. Just looking at the cover and the first few pages it had three things that were contradictory to the book Ship Boy with Columbus and since Meadowcroft had nine sources and Conrad had only two I decided we wouldn't read it.
  • I assigned Meet Christopher Columbus by James T. de Kay for K. to read on her own.
  • Meet the Men who Sailed the Seas by John Dyment -- K. read this for her reading book during these five weeks.
Chapter 63 of Child's History covers:
  • Americus Vespucci
  • Age of Discovery
  • Spices
  • Vasco de Gama
In addition we read:
  • Magellan: First around the world by Ronald Syme -- this book covers Magellan in an interesting way. It also has some illustrations.
  • The Apprentice by Pilar Molina Llorente -- a very good read. We both really enjoyed it. There were parts where we didn't want to stop reading, and you learn a bit about being an apprentice.
  • Champlain of the St. Lawrence by Ronald Syme -- this is actually a bit beyond the time period of chapter 63, it is a good book to read

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