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A Preamble Flag Activity

Create a Preamble Flag to learn the Preamble to the US Constitution and celebrate America's freedom and flag.

This past year our girls learned the Preamble to the US Constitution.  Well, I should say, we ALL learned it.  Previously, I didn’t know it past “We the people!”  This homeschooling thing is good for all of us!

Anyway, as we were working on memorizing the Preamble, I had an idea for a simple craft for the girls to do in order to help them spend some time with the words.  It is a sort of puzzle to make the American flag.  I spent a long time creating it and when I printed it out for G to work on, she informed me I had gotten it wrong.  I guess it took me so long to do the craft, she memorized the Preamble in the interim.

In fact, the Preamble states, “We the People of the United States in order to form a…”  I was leaving out “of the United States.”  Nothing like having a 6 year-old correct you.

There is always a good reason to celebrate our freedoms as Americans, right?  So, I thought I would share our printable puzzle activity with you. Continue Reading

Growing Up

Skip Counting Tips and Tricks – with FREE Printables

simple ideas for teaching skip counting

When we started homeschooling at the beginning of this school year, I had no idea what lay ahead of us.  I had plans, yes.  But there was no way to see what lay ahead.  I compared it to looking out over an abyss and trying to determine what would happen.

But one day, we just began.  We jumped into the homeschool thing.  And we have had a BLAST!

My inadequacies with teaching are still abundantly clear, but we have discovered ways to get knowledge into our 5-year-old’s brain in vast quantities through memorization while still having lots of fun.  We work our homeschool  program around the Classical Conversations curriculum and it has been such a wonderful fit for her.3

One of the most interesting things CC teaches kids is memorization of basic math facts.  A typical Classical Conversations year includes learning new information about history, science, English, and Latin.  But every year, no matter what else is on the agenda, the math facts kids are exposed to are the same. Continue Reading

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