Tuesday, May 10, 2011
US Geography and The Constitution
One of the benefits of homeschooling is the ability to change gears and focus on different topics at a moment's notice. This spring I planned to focus on geography and map work with a sprinkling of historical events in our country. One day I thought, "Why not teach the states in the order they were adopted along with the amendments in chronological order?" This was in addition to my older son memorizing the preamble and an overview of the history of the Constitution and Bill of Rights . I already had this great USA Sticker Book for the kids:
http://barkercreek.com/prod.php?p=BCPSTS-5520&k=325129 and decided to use it along with a box of flash cards with the states, the order they were adopted, interesting facts, etc. that I picked up at Lakeshore Learning. I also used the website: http://archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution.html for the amendments and preamble. This also allowed the kids to see photos of the original documents.
So far we have covered 5 states and 5 amendments. The kids and I have really enjoyed studying this important part of US History.