Are you ready to jump into learning the Charlotte Mason way with your family? These explorers will make it easy for you to really learn how to do it with living books.
Here are 10 Explorers that Charlotte Mason would want your kids to know:
- Leif Eriksson – Leif was born in Ireland at the beginning of AD and was a Viking. I have great memories of studying this explorer with my older children, using the book Leif the Lucky. He is known for settling Newfoundland and spreading Christianity.
- Christopher Columbus – Probably one of the most well known explorers, Christopher was a devoted Christian and motivated to carried his faith to other lands. When he landed in the ‘new world', he named this land ‘San Salavador' meaning Saint Savior. An interesting thing to study with older children is his experience in the Bermuda Triangle.
- Lewis & Clark – I have wonderful memories of studying this part of the United States expansion with my older children and look forward to doing this again, this coming year. If you don't know, Lewis and Clark were hired by President Jefferson to explore the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. I love their map work and nature journaling of the things that they were seeing for the first time.
- Ronald Amundsen – Amundsen was the first explorer to the South Pole and the first one to fly over the Arctic. Reaching the South Pole in December of 1911 (their summer) was his second choice of exploration, as he first had wanted to be the first to reach the North Pole, but failed. He was a well accomplished explorer in many other areas as well and one that your kids would love to learn more about.
- John Cabot – Cabot lived a little before Columbus and like him, he wanted to sail east to find other lands. For Cabot, he was searching for Asia but found Newfoundland that Eriksson had settled. There is a mystery around his last exploration that caused his return to England, where he shortly died after his return.
- Samuel de Champlain – A French explorer that is known as the Father of New France (the French part of Canada), Champlain spent a lot of his time traveling back and forth from France and Canada with two purposes: to share his Christian faith and find a faster route from Canada. He mapped much of Canada and desired to map much more.
- Henry Hudson – Leaving England the same year that Jamestown was settled, Hudson was heading in a more northern direction toward Canada. Hudson River and Hudson Bay are named for him. He is well known for his Arctic and North American explorations.
- James Cook – Cook is one of the most exciting explorers to study because he lead a sailing expedition around the world. His use of science and mathematics were one of his factors of success. He is credited for exploring Australia and the South Pacific.
- Marco Polo – Known for his exploration for finding China and all of its wonders, it is exciting to understand that his exploration that took 24 years of his life was the inspiration for Columbus and Cabot, as well as others. His exploration stories were recorded while his was in jail.
- Ferdinand Magellan – Inspired by the maps of Columbus, Magellan studies navigation and astronomy for years before leading the first sailing expedition around the world. It may be fun for children to learn that today there is a GPS device called the Magellan, named for this explorer.