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This is the final week in our 5 week history for kids  Early Explorers Homeschool History Unit. Join us as we explore famous explorers like Columbus, Magellan, Henry Hudson and more with our hands on history projects and free early explorers lapbook and worksheets.
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Drake, Hudson and Cartier for Kids

Dont’ miss the rest of our fun, hands on  early explorers for kids unit!

Henry Hudson Hands on history project

  • Sir Francis Drake – a sanctioned English pirate who was the 2nd to circumnavigate the world.
  • Henry Hudson – an English dreamer sent by the Dutch to find a Northeast or Northwest Passageway to Asia; instead he discovered and was left to die in the Hudson bay
  • Jacques Cartier – A Frenchman who explored the St. Lawrence river

As we were talking about Henry Hudson whose expedition got stuck in ice as winter approached in the Hudson bay we made snowflakes. Goofy had a BLAST!!!

FREE Early Explorers Lapbook for Homeschool

imageWe finished up our Explorers lapbook (you can print all 5 parts below FREE). It has been great to help us visualize the timeline, review, and remember our learning. I think adding the pictures of the activities we did while learning about each Explorer has really helped Goofy retain the information and has created a fun keepsake of our study. Here is our finished lapbook:Free Early Explorers Lapbook for homeschool history

FREE Early Explorers REVIEW game & Worksheets 

As this was the last week talking about Explorers we did some fun review mapping, cut & paste, worksheets, and creative writing.  (You can print the {FREE} remaining elements from the Explorers lapbook & the Review Activities by clicking on the large image below)

FREE Early Explorers Worksheets for KidsFREE Early Explorers Worksheets for Kids


Early Explorers Resources for Homeschoolers

 The Picture History of Great Explorers is the BEST resource for the complete Explorers Unit! You can do the complete study with this book alone; although I love supplementing with other books from the library to round things out.)


I think this Comix with Content series is fantastic! It is fun, educational, and introduces the information in a unique way. This particular book has 4 chapters: Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, French in Canada (this weeks study), and the Spanish in Florida.

I LOVE this book!! Sir Francis Drake His Daring Deeds is a beautiful written and illustrated book written as a rhyming story. The illustrations are stunning and my son Goofy loved the impressive fleet of Caravel ships. The other thing that I love about this book is that it uses some great words – new vocabulary: chap, flabbergasted, forged, bedraggled, etc.  I think this book is great for kids 3+.

River of Dreams tells the story of the Hudson River. It does not limit it’s account to just the exploration of it by Henry Hudson, it tells it’s past, history, and present. I thought it was pretty cool to see the entire history of it instead of a small chunk. Great read-aloud for 1st grade-6th grade.


Vikings for Kid s- this is a fun hands on history unit that will help make history come alive including history activities, history crafts, free history printables and more for learning about early explorers #vikings #history #homeschoolingDive into the history of exploration, with these fun and free Explorer coloring pages. These history coloring sheets are perfect for learning about famous exploreres for kids! Kids can color the pictures of explorers and then read about these Europeans who traveled and explored the world. The early explorers for kids include: Alexander Mackenzie, Amerigo Vespucci, Bartolomeu Dias, Sir Francis Drake, George Vancouver, Hernando de Soto, Jacques Marquette, Captain James Cook, Panfilo de Narvárez, Robert de la Salle, Samuel de Champlain, Simon Fraser, and Walter Raleigh. Simply print the explorer worksheets to read, color and learn with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders. Kids will have fun learning about early explorers with this 5 week, hands-on history lessons for kids of all ages. This Early Explorers for Kids unit includes fun early explorers activities, lapbook, free printable explorer worksheets, and more to make learning fun. Whether you are looking for a history for kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. Learn about famous explorers for kids with these free printable European explorers worksheets to read, color, learn, and create a reader. Learn about thirteen different explorers for children who traveled around the world in ships, in search for new and distant lands. Use this free printable as part of a history, explorer or Old and New World study filled with facts about explorers for first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students.

Facts about explorers

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Vikings for Kid s- this is a fun hands on history unit that will help make history come alive including history activities, history crafts, free history printables and more for learning about early explorers #vikings #history #homeschooling lewis-and-clark-lesson-for-kids native americans for kids Learn all about the Sixties for kids with this American History for Kids reader for kids to color and learn! Learn about life in the 1960s with elementary age students from pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students.  Simply print pdf file with 1960s for kids for kids to learn about life in the 60s while having fun coloring the cute pictures and learning about the birth of 'Smiley,' Barbie, and lava lamps.

History Lessons for Kids

Check out one of or MANY engaging, Free history lessons for kids

  • Explore American History for kids including lots of fun, hands on activities and free printables
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  • Make a teepee, dig for arrowheads, color our printable books and more in this Native Americans for Kids lessons
  • The Colonial America for Kids lesson takes kids on a journey back to the first permanent settlement in America – Jamestown. Students will learn about colonial life with lots of hands on projects like eating Gruel, making a Wattle & Daub house, and creating a tin lantern will make the settlement come alive.
  • We will make westward expansion for kids come alive for kids as they learn facts about the time period from about 1783-1898. In addition to learning about the Oregon trail, pony express, gold rush, transcontinental railroad, students will also learn to match animal trails, map the united states, and learn about North American animals too.
  • Civil War for Kids – students will learn about slavery, famous Americans from the Civil War, famous battles, and how our nation stayed together. Lesson includes printable worksheets, mapping activities, printable civil war board game and more!
  • Learn about US States for Kids – state coloring pages, president coloring pages, state report forms, states and capital printables, and so much more!
  • Pennant History Posters to see US History At-a-Glance
  • Learn about the Roaring 1920s for Kids – Printable Book to Read, Color, and Learn
  • Rosa Parks for Kids Printable Reader to Color and Learn
  • Martin Luther King Jr for Kids Printable Reader to Color and Learn
  • Titanic for Kids Reader to Color and Learn
  • Learn about the Roaring 1920s for Kids – Printable Book to Read, Color, and Learn
  • 1930s for Kids – Printable Book about the Golden age of Hollywood, Great Depression for Kids and more to read, color, and learn
  • Life in the 1940s America for Kids Reader
  • Learn about the trading of goods that began in 1941 with this Columbian Exchange for Kids printable reader.
  • Anne Frank for Kids Printable Reader to read, color, and learn about this Jewish girl who lived behind the wall in Holland during World War 2
  • 1950s for Kids Reader to Color, Learn and read about what life was like in America in 1950
  • Life in the 1960s for Kids Printable book to read, color and learn about life in the 1960s
  • Learn about platform shoes, disco, the beginning of Star Wars and more with this 1970s for kids Reader
  • 1980s for kids Reader to read, color, and learn!
  • 1990s for Kids Printable Reader filled with information about fashion, technology, Presidents, and more!
  • Learn about life for early 2000s Kids with these american history printables to read, color, and learn!
  • Review what you’ve leanred with these American History Worksheets (Notebooking)
16 Printable Country Studies for Kids - children will have fun learning about countries around the world with this fun resource perfect for pre k, kindergarten, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6 including Kenya, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Netherlands, Mexico, China, Philippines, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Chile, Colombia, Australia, and Costa Rica. FREE Printable Maps for kids -blank maps of the world, africa, asia, australia, south america, north america, united states, antarctica, Europe and more. Include blank maps and labeled maps. Use them with any social studies / geography program with kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, and 7th grade students to visualize the world at a glance or dive deep into finding countries, continents, rivers / mountains, oceans, etc. Includes both blank printable maps and labeled as well. tralia, united states, europe and more both blank and labeled for kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, elementary, middle school, and high school #printablemaps #geography #homeschooling  Make geography come alive by using these free printable passport for kids. Childrne can pretend like they are traveling all around the world as they study and learn about other countries while keeping a record of where they've been. This free printable passport activity is fun for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students. Inside their passport for kids they can put their picture, personal information, signarure, and informatin about the countries they travel to. Simply print pdf the free printable passport for kids file and you are ready to go around the world! FREE Lego Challenge Cards - free printable STEAM education uses lego or duplo bricks to help students learn about famous buildings and landmarks from around the world. This fun learning activity is great for parents, teachers, school at home and homeschoolers from preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade students.

Geography for Kids

Looking for more resources and free worksheets to teach students about geography for kids? You will love these coloring sheets, printable maps, books, activities and games:

us presidents coloring pagesIt is important to teach children about how we elect the president of the United States of America. This simple, no prep Voting for Kids reader will help pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. This printable election book is perfect for preparing children for November elections! Kids will have fun learning about the United States for Kids with these super cute state coloring pages. Each of the free printable, 50 states coloring pages includes a state map, state flags, state flower, state bird, state landmark, and more. Use the united states coloring page with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders. These Simply print 50 states coloring pages pdf and you are ready to play and learn about the usa for kids!  american-symbols-for-kids-read-color-and-learn

United States Lesson for Kids

Help children learn about the great country of the United States with these free printables and resources:


FREE Early Explorers Lapbook & Worksheets: Drake, Hudson, Cartier

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  1. Sandi Rebert Avatar

    Your resources are fantastic! Thank you so much!!!!!

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      So glad you can make use of them!

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    Jill Friedman

    What beautiful ideas Beth. I can see that you love home schooling. You must be constantly thinking of fun and educational ideas. Fantastic job!!!

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    Oh my goodness you are an answer to prayer! Just what I need as I’ve been searching the internet trying to find ideas to teach my kids. I have been so overwhelmed and your website is such a blessing. Thank you for being willing to share all of your time and hard work for free! God bless you for it!

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      So glad we can help!