The Constitution is something that all United States citizens should know and understand. Without the knowledge of the Constitution, you are giving up rights without even being aware of them, and in today's culture, it is very important. Regardless if you we in an election year or not, citizens need to be aware of what the Constitution says about every aspect of their life. Why not add teach the Constitution in your homeschool, and be sure that you are all learning it together. That is how we do it in our home!
How to Teach the Constitution
If you love American History like our family, you love to learn everything you can about the Constitution and what the founding fathers intended our country to look like from the first few years as a new nation.
In our home, we take one-full year in high school to focus entirely on learning about Constitutional history, while also introducing our younger children to as much as they can retain. To us, it is very important to have our children grow as political as they can be, based on the rights that the Constitution affords to every citizen and base their views from that and what they have learned in their Christian faith.
This year our high school curriculum will consist of these resources.
Constitutional Literacy Workbook and the 25-Part DVD Series – The history you never knew. The training you need to reclaim liberty.
This will be the skeleton of our curriculum because I haven't seen anything so thoroughly covering the history of the constitution, the branches of government, their responsibilities and duties, with the parts of the Constitution being broken down to explain what they mean in layman terms.
Each episode of the DVD series has six parts to dissect:
- Purpose: This section provides an overview of what will be covered in each episode and lessons
- Parlance: (meaning language) This section will have key vocabulary of legal terminology used in this lesson for a better understanding of what is being covered
- Preamble: This sections provides an introduction of what will be covered, allowing for historical background or framing the context into everyday life
- Ponder: This sections is where you dig deeper. Literally providing the opportunity for great discussions or essays for assignments to evaluate the comprehension of what was covered
- Payoff: This sections summaries the issues and arguments of the topics that were covered (perfect for teaching a solid debate for standing up for your beliefs on a topic)
- Probe: This section will provide more assignments for high school students to dig deeper in the people, cases or topics mentioned, providing them with investing in their own education on the Constitution
These DVDs are amazing, and ones that we used with our older children to teach the Constitution. We will use these as enhancements to the above curriculum to ensure that our children understand the value and importance of interrupting history through original document and individual writings of the Founding Fathers.
There would be key people that I would want my children to learn about when learning about the Constitution. I prefer to use smaller biographies for all my children to grasp the important details of the people, verses using a textbook for this part of their education.
These would be the resources that I would use: