Memorize the Preamble to the Constitution.

March 25, 2009

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We do a bit of memorizing here and there.  In the past we’ve mostly done scripture verses, poems the kids pick out, and the infamous times tables.

Just last week, though, I thought it might be fun to look at some other famous bits of writing.  I tried to think of what I had memorized in school, and scraps of the Preamble to the Constitution came to mind – a bit jumbled, but most of the parts intact. 🙂  And then my husband started singing it and told me where he’d learned the song from:

Did you know that Schoolhouse Rock did a little short film on the Preamble?  It’s cute and fun, and the kids pick it up pretty quickly after listening to it a few times.

(Just make sure to add “of the United States” after “We the people” at the beginning if you want the accurate Preamble.)

And introducing the Preamble turned into a great discussion with my 9-year-old.  By the time we talked about justice, welfare, a perfect union, liberty, and a fair bit of early American history, we had a great ‘session’ of ‘school’.  What is life about?  Why were those ideas important enough to fight for?  How are those ideas present, or not, in our lives, our homes, today?  It was great fun!  Those are the conversations with my children that I consider priceless.  

And I just started by looking for a bit of something to memorize and stretch the brain.  Isn’t homeschooling great?

Do you do much memorizing in your families?  If so, what types of things do you memorize, and do you have a method that you could share with us?

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  1. Christina June 2, 2009 6:18 pm

    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 postarity do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

  2. sarah March 25, 2009 11:09 pm

    “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, …uh, something about general welfare…”
    Better check out that school house rocks..LOL!
    Misty, we have started this year memorizing bible verses. We are using a new children’s bible this year that offers a new verse about every 4 days, so we repeat that, copy it into our journals, and take turns saying it out loud. The kids have meorized the Lord’s Prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance (even though they think it’s silly to just say it — we don’t have a flag to “salute”). We are trying to work on learning the states and capitals with a song CD that shouts out the name of the capital and you are supposed to shout the state…it’s pretty fun.
    I remember memorizing the New Testament Books of the Bible with a song as a kid…
    Fun stuff!

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