We have completed our Exploration year. Following are the explorers and corresponding geography we studied. It worked out to be three explorers a month, except December because we have zero time to do "school." The explorers are in some kind of chronological order. My kids kept log books to sketch or colored an image of the key explorer, and labeled a map detailing the route the explorer took. Then they wrote a (sometimes) short biography about the explorer.
Also, for enrichment each month, we studied a poet, a composer, and an artist - or tired to, and all of our literature had to do with ocean adventures or the sea in general. For science we used Apologia's Swimming Creatures of the Sixth Day to study mostly sea animals.
Component One: "Rise and Shine!"
Crew Level: Swabbies
Introduction to Age of Discovery and Exploration
The Vikings: Erik the Red and Leif Ericson
Geography: Iceland, Greenland, North America
Literature: Gulliver's Stories - Edward Dolch
Henry the Navigator
Geography: Asia, Cape of Good Hope, Africa
Literature: Robinson Crusoe - Kathryn Lindskoog
Poetry: Robert Louis Stevenson
Music: Heinrich Shultz
Art: Pieter Breughel
Component Two: "All Hands on Deck!"
Crew Level: ABS (Able Bodied Sailors)
John and Sebastian Cabot
Geography: Caribbean, South America, Newfoundland
Literature: Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
Music: Antonio Vivaldi
Vasco Núñez de Balboa
Juan Ponce de León
Geography: Pacific Ocean, Florida, circumnavigate the globe
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
Art: Diego Velasquez
Component Three: "Batten Down the Hatches!"
Crew Level: Sailing Master
"The Tempest" - Shakespeare
Vasco da Gama
Giovanni da Verrazano
Geography: India, East Coast of North America, Peru
Literature: Captains Courageous - Rudyard Kipling
Poetry: Rudyard Kipling
Music: George Frideric Handel
Art: Josep M. W. Turner
Component Four: "Hit the Deck!"
Crew Level: Quarter Master
Hernando de Soto
Geography: Mexico, St. Lawrence River, Mississippi River
Literature: Book of Pirates - Howard Pyle
Music: Franz Joseph Haydn
Sir Francis Drake
Sir Walter Raleigh
Geography: Hudson River, Virginia, "El Dorado"
Poetry: William Blake
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Art: Winslow Homer
Component Five: "Ship Shape!"
Crew Level: Captain
Samuel de Champlain
Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet
Rene-Robert La Salle
Geography: Great Lakes, Mississippi River, Gulf of Mexico
Literature: The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
Music: Ludwig Van Beethoven
Captain James Cook
Robert Edwin Peary
Geography: New Zealand, Australia, Pacific Ocean, North Pole, South Pole
Regretfully, we did not accomplish many field trips throughout the year; however, now that summer is upon us, we plan to visit the Maritime Museum in San Diego, and maybe even attend one of their whale watching excursions, which would cover our study of sea creatures this year. I would also like us to revisit the Sea Lab in Redondo Beach, which is an excellent research lab with numerous touch tanks.
Overall, we were burnt out by the end of the year -- thanks to math and grammar. (If only we did not have to do math and grammar.) So I said, "I'M DONE!" We probably needed a few more days to finish math lessons or grammar lessons, but it will only be repeated next year. It is time for summer. Let's go!