The Constitution and Ants in our Pants

May 30, 2010 at 10:25 pm 3 comments

We’re trying to learn about the Constitution, but mostly we have ants in our pants. This is our last topic of the school year. We still have another week to go on it. We could do more, but I feel like I’m torturing the kids 🙂 We don’t stop or ease up on school in the summer; they just know that space comes next and can’t wait.

This is the space shuttle they built in the bedroom.

They put their little brothers in our long pillow cases to turn them into rockets.

See what their minds are on? It’s not the Constitution. They see the books on the shelf. They’ve seen the lapbook pieces printed out. I got everyone new binders to put all their finished papers in. But they have to wait, at least one more week.

Here’s what we’ve been doing:

We did a loose first week taking a couple of online tours of the White House, looking at our books on the White House and our government and watched a short video on forms of government. We also started to look at the Constitution by reading the preamble. There are links for the White House tours and to read the preamble for different ages on the Links blog. Of course, all the links here are also on the Links blog on the Government page. Links to All Things Free for Homeschoolers

We did a week on the who, what, where, when, how of the Constitution. I printed out a great lapbook from HERE which includes lots of links and a board game!  But my kids asked not to do the lapbook, so it became preschool fodder. My daughter asked to do notebooking pages instead (which is preferable anyway since each one requires paragraph writing) and my son asked to do digital lapbooks instead.

You can see his digital lapbook from that week HERE. Writing with paper and pencil is hard for him, but he loves the computer and will do these eagerly. The program does cost money (and is MUCH improved from the free trial version), but we received it as a gift and I am thankful for it. He will have done four on the Constitution by the time we finish this coming week. He’s finishing second grade by the way.

Here’s the link to the Digital Lapbook site to order and to download a trial version.

We used this site as a base for reading about the Constitution.

We listened to this short audio story about the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Our second week we looked at the Branches of Government. My son made a digital lapbook and they played this fun game where you have to beat Oppressor Sam by restoring the branches of Government to their rightful place using your Constitutional knowledge.

We did a week on the Bill of Rights. We read them HERE and learned more from this power point presentation. And we played the Bill of Rights online game. They both wrote on their assignments that they thought the first amendment was the most important of them all.

(If you don’t have Power Point, you can watch these by downloading a free program. You can find this on the Links blog on the General Resources page under Software.)

This coming week we are going to learn about bills becoming laws. We will do this interactive learning activity. I will have my fourth grader read this power point presentation. I will have them both write a bill proposal of sorts.

And finally they will play this mock election online game.

There are a ton more links on the Links blog for all ages. We aren’t diving into Economics at all, but my second-grade son and I have had fun playing the Lemonade Stand game. Start with the one just called “Lemonade Stand.”

So, that’s all for now. Another week and then I will probably give in though there is more we could do. We’ll see. Hope you are having a great week.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Misty aka Elvisgirl  |  June 1, 2010 at 6:45 am

    So cool! I love the space ship in the bedroom. My kids love to study about space, too. We’ve had some really cool classes at our library from NASA via webcam. If I had any trouble getting them ready to go, all I had to do was tell them it was a NASA homeschool program & they were out the door like lightening. I think we might be ready to study the Constitution soon. I’m looking forward to checking out your links!

  • 2. Jamie  |  June 12, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Love the pillowcase rocket boy! 🙂

  • 3. Tracey  |  June 14, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    What a wonderful study! I’m looking forward to checking out some of those links!


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