There’s nothing like having a 6 year-old correct you. Especially when it comes to the Preamble to the United States Constitution.
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!
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 – red stripes, white stripes, blue background for white stars – you know the drill. Apparently, I spent a bit too long creating it.
When I finally printed it out for G to work on, she informed me I had gotten it wrong. In the relatively short interval of time from crafty concept to project printing, G had memorized the Preamble on her own.
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You know how adults, even if we have good memories, know when a piece of information is missing, but we can’t think of the piece? Kids don’t have that when they memorize. They know every bit, top to bottom. Their brains snap shut over the information and treat it like a piece of treasure. Not a bit of it will escape on their watch.
Well, my adult, homeschool mama brain left out a portion of the Preamble and never looked back. The Preamble clearly states, “We the People of the United States in order to form a…” I was leaving out “of the United States.” Kind of important, don’t you think?
Memorizing the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution
If you have not introduced your kids to the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, it is such a fun thing to learn with them! Sitting with my kids and either singing the Preamble song or repeating the phrases as we cut and glue them is a way for everyone to start memorizing the Preamble to the Constitution. We have a great song included on the Classical Conversations Cycle 3 CDs to help with memorization. I haven’t really found another downloadable resource with a “song.” But there is an old Schoolhouse Rocks video with a song of the Preamble, if you are interested.
A Printable Preamble Flag
Here’s our simple U.S. Constitution Preamble Flag. This project is suitable for any elementary age kid. My young students really enjoyed it. My G is a proficient reader (1st grade) and W (Pre-K) is proficient at memorizing. Both girls can do this project because I created a “key” to match the puzzle. This simple activity is great for reinforcing scissor skills, too!
Not knowing the abilities of kids other than my own, I would say this activity would be an early elementary project. However, if you are desiring to make it a one-room schoolhouse project with older kids, you can have the students take dictation and write the words on the flag for themselves.
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U.S. Constitution Preamble Flag Activity Printing Suggestions
You can print out our Preamble Flag puzzle on plain copy paper and have the kids color in the red boxes, where appropriate. OR, if you want to get really fancy, you can print using construction paper. It takes a little bit more time to prepare, but it is fun for the kids!
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If you want to print on construction paper, I recommend:
- Print pages 1, 4, 5 on white construction paper.
- Use blue construction paper for page 2.
- Print page 3 on red construction paper.
There are instructions for the kids on the second page of the file making this project largely independent. The first page is the paper onto which all the stripes and the blue background are pasted. I did not include stars on the blue field. My oldest daughter enjoyed drawing her own stars on there. She made sure there were 50! I like the way this turned out because the lines are a little wavy, giving it a look of a waving flag.
If your child would prefer to add star stickers, these would be wonderful.
More Fun Flag Resources:
A Popsicle Flag Craft from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls
Baby’s First Fourth of July messy play activity