Welcome back to another day of On This Day in American History here at Mama’s Learning Corner! Let’s explore February a bit.
On this day in American History, February 3, 1894, famous American artist Norman Rockwell was born in New York City.
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February 3 – Norman Rockwell is Born
Norman Rockwell, famous American artist, was born in New York City, New York on February 3, 1894. Rockwell is best known for his realistic and quite charming cover art for the Saturday Evening Post.
Read about Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms Collection at the Norman Rockwell Museum site. Record the following in your notebook:
- What are the four freedoms as outlined by President Roosevelt? List them in your notebook.
- After viewing the four paintings Rockwell painted for the Four Freedoms, choose your favorite and write the title in your notebook, along with Mr. Rockwell’s full name and year the painting was completed. Have a parent help you find an enlarged online version of your chosen painting. Now spend a few minutes analyzing the picture and write down some thoughts in your notebook. Here are some questions to spark your ponderings:
— Who are the people portrayed in the painting? (example: parents, listeners, children, family, etc.)
— What are the people in the painting doing?
— Are the people in the painting accurately portraying the title of the painting? Does it show one of the Four Freedoms?
— How does the painting make you feel? Write several describing words in your notebook.
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Each day, I share an interesting event that occurred in our nation’s past. You will learn about famous Americans, interesting inventions and their patents, American art and music, and more.
You will also find suggested activities – labeled “To do” – if you would like to research this during your homeschool’s group time in the morning, or you can assign the activities for your children to work on independently.
If you think you will do more than one day of On This Day in American History, I would encourage you to have your child keep what I call a Notebook of Knowledge. A spiral notebook or sheets of paper stapled together is more than adequate!
Have your child write the day’s event and the date at the top of his paper. If there are writing activities, have him use his best composition, grammar, and penmanship as he completes the answers. After just a few weeks or even a month, he will have an excellent resource to read through!
If you would like to use this resource throughout the month, you might be interested in purchasing the full February Calendar. It contains:
- Access to the webpage with all of the February events listed, including all suggested activities for each daily event.
- A .pdf of the February Calendar, listed in chronological order with all suggested activities
- All necessary downloads to complete the assigned activities. These same downloads are linked on the webpage, however, they are also included here for easy access.
- The answers to any questions asked in the daily activities.
You can purchase that here: