Celebrating Columbus Day is so popular for third-grade schoolkids that it’s almost a requirement. Don’t we all remember learning about Columbus and his three ships, the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria? Of course! There are countless art and craft projects for this holiday, and who can forget the popular rhyme about Columbus sailing the ocean blue in 1492?
One thing I’ve learned as an adult is that many states have cites named Columbus, after the explorer himself. Columbus, Ohio has a replica of his ship, the Santa Maria, docked in the river downtown, and available for tours. So guess what I took my kids to do last Columbus Day? They do book up early, but we went in a group with some other homeschoolers and had a great time. I suspect that other towns or cities named Columbus probably have something similar – maybe not a full ship to tour, but some kind of historical documentation or special activity to commemorate the holiday. It’s worth looking into!