For a long time, it was thought that Christopher Columbus was the first European to discover America in 1492, but this isn’t true. A viking named Leif Ericson, actually discovered America in 1001, 500 years before Columbus! October 9th was chosen as the date to celebrate Leif Ericson, although it is not associated with any event in Leif’s life.
Today we watched a quick video to learn a little more about Leif Eriksson. Here are some good links for kids:
- Quick video good for kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3GM3F7JZ2c
- Great website: http://easyscienceforkids.com/all-about-leif-eriksson-viking-explorer/
Other ways to celebrate this day:
- Read books about Vikings
- Watch the How to Train Your Dragon movies