Gilbert Stuart (December 3, 1755 – July 9, 1828) was born in Rhode Island Colony. He is the most well-known portraitist of his time, producing more than a thousand portraits of all kinds of people during his lifetime. He studied in England under American artist Benjamin West, who you can read about in Marguerite Henry’s … Continue reading Gilbert Stuart
Nature Study: Vegetables
Have you ever really looked at the veggies that you eat every day? They really are things of wonder. You can find vegetables in every color of the rainbow. They are full of nutrients that strengthen and nourish your body when you eat them. And, they are pretty tasty too! Use this month to explore … Continue reading Nature Study: Vegetables
Simple Beauty for July 2020
Here are the links to our suggestions for beautiful things for July, with a focus on beautiful words, sounds, and places that are distinctly American.
Poetry: American Poets
These images will take you to the poems on the Poetry Foundation site. One of them is still under copywriter, and treating them all in the same way makes the most sense. The text under each picture is linked to information about each highlighted monument.
Trumpet player and vocalist Louis Armstrong (1901-1971) was one of the world’s greatest jazz musicians. Born in New Orleans, he spent his youth in a home for trouble children before he made his way to Chicago and New York to play with several different well-know jazz bands. His jazz style and repertoire was unique because … Continue reading Louis Armstrong
Albert Bierstadt was born in Germany in 1830. He came to the United States with his parents while he was still a baby. He was raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He returned to Düsseldorf to study painting as a young adult. When he was twenty-seven, he returned to the United States to travel the western … Continue reading Albert Bierstadt
Nature Study: Butterflies
Exploring the World of Butterflies If you ask my kids what their favorite field trip was over the years, they will always tell you that their trips to see butterfly exhibits were their favorite. I always find this surprising because we have had the opportunity to venture on some amazing field trips. Our favorite butterfly … Continue reading Nature Study: Butterflies
George Gershwin, 1898-1937, was one of the most well-known pianists in history. He turned out an enormous amount of music before his life was cut short by a brain tumor. Lucky for us, he was one of the first musicians for whom we have recorded video of him playing. While you can probably find better … Continue reading George Gershwin
Langston Hughes (1902-1967) is a poet of the Harlem Renaissance who portrayed the lives of ordinary, working-class African Americans. He was the first African American poet to earn his entire living from his writing and speaking. He has all sorts of poems depicting life in his time. You can read more about Langston Hughes here: … Continue reading Langston Hughes
A Nature Study Example Project: Making a Leaf Book
Adventuring We Shall Go… Reflecting back on some of our favorite science adventures, I am happy that we did so many hands-on activities. Many of our science studies were focused around a kitchen counter, but some of them sent us on an excursion to explore the beauty outside. One such adventure took us leaf collecting … Continue reading A Nature Study Example Project: Making a Leaf Book