The following is an excerpt from the official presidential proclamation of Constitution Day for 2013:
In May of 1787, delegates gathered in the Pennsylvania State House to chart a new course for our nascent country. They met in a time of economic hardship and passionate debate, but with the understanding that while controversy is a hallmark of democracy, the forces of tension and uncertainty pale in comparison to the strength of our common ideals. In a document that has endured for more than two and a quarter centuries, the Framers put forth their vision for a more perfect Union.
Our Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787, and after an extended period of national conversation and with the promise of a bill of rights, it became the supreme law of the land. Since that time, America’s Constitution has inspired nations to demand control of their own destinies. It has called multitudes to seek freedom and prosperity on our shores. We are a proud Nation of immigrants, home to a long line of aspiring citizens who contributed to their communities, founded businesses, or sacrificed their livelihoods so they could pass a brighter future on to their children. Each year on Citizenship Day, we welcome the newest members of the American family as they pledge allegiance to our Constitution and join us in writing the next chapter of our national story.
All schools in the United States that receive public funding are required to provide “programming” to “celebrate” the Constitution on September 17th.
If you’re a homeschooler, then you have the freedom to do the lesson today – or some other time.
Here are several links that might be of value in reaching this goal.
- Free downloads available from HOMESCHOOL FREEBIE OF THE DAY for your Constitution Day unit. There is a very nicely done audio MP3 reading and PDF ebook transcription of the document itself; a link to get the ebook, Understanding the U.S. Constitution by Catherine Jaime; and several other audio and pdf resources. Go here to get them all.
- Perhaps an art project with a Constitutional theme…red white blue only? Incredible Art Department has a Constitution Day page with several ideas. The IAD page has interesting facts on the origins and history of the Constitution whether you want to use it for art or as resource material. Go check it out! You can find it here.
- Did you know that only 38 percent of Americans can name all three branches of the U.S. government? Play the Constitution USA & iCivics’ Constitution games to test your knowledge. Would you pass a U.S. citizenship test?
- What would the Constitution be without The Preamble. Teach it to your kids this way and they’ll never forget it!
- Read about all forty of the Founding Fathers here.
- Read this article. Then join over 1,100 people who have taken the Constitution Survey and receive a free copy of the book Bible Law vs. the U.S. Constitution: The Christian Perspective (A Primer).
- “Celebrate it by Learning to Enforce It”. The Bluedorn’s Trivium Pursuit blog had linked an article by Michael Boldin based off the keynote speech at the Constitution Day dinner on 09-14-13. The event was hosted by the Republican Liberty Caucus of Central-East Florida. The article has more, if you want to learn about general founding principles, or war powers, or the incorporation doctrine.
So, what lessons do you use about the Constitution in your homeschool?
Is it really important for the next generation to understand the U.S. Constitution?
Does it matter if we teach it at all?
How do you “celebrate” the Constitution?
Surprise me. Leave a comment.