Although we are officially finished with our A Beka history book for this year, our history learning never ends. My boys are becoming quite the history buffs and learning some civics and current politics as well. We’ve been watching “Founding Father’s Friday’s” on the Glenn Beck show and have gained more knowledge about Sam Adams, George Washington, George Whitfield and others and have been entertained as well.
During lunch hour while we eat our soup and sandwiches we enjoy watching the “American Heritage Series” by David Barton. Each episode is only about 25 minutes long so our attention does not wander much. What a painless and fun way to learn history! I love homeschooling!
This month we are going to work on memorizing several easy and short documents. First, we will learn The Preamble to the Constitution and then the First Amendment to the Constitution. We will also begin to learn the first two paragraphs to The Declaration of Independence. Perhaps you will care to join us. Happy Homeschooling dear Families! ~Anne
Preamble to the Constitution
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Amendment 1 – (Ratified 12/15/1791)
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
from The Declaration of Independence
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.