I appreciate you coming back to this brand new series here at Mama’s Learning Corner: On This Day in American History!
On this day in American History, January 12, 1737, John Hancock, famous American patriot, was born.
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January 12 – Birth of John Hancock
On this date in 1737, John Hancock was born. An American patriot, Hancock is best known for his beautiful signature on the Declaration of Independence.
1.) View this image of Hancock’s signature on the Declaration. See if you can copy it! Draw your copy in your Notebook of Knowledge or in your own personal Copybook.
2.) Pretend you are signing an important document. Practice signing your name in cursive until you are pleased with how it looks. Aim for practicing at least 10 times.
3.) John Hancock is noted as having the largest signature on the Declaration, as well as being the first signatory. Why do you think Hancock’s signature is so large? If you compare it to others on the same document, is it larger or smaller? Write your thoughts in your notebook.
If you are new to On This Day in American History
If you are new to On This Day in American History, Welcome!
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 January Calendar. It contains:
- Access to the webpage with all of the January events listed, including all suggested activities for each daily event.
- A .pdf of the January 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:
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