Preamble & Ratification of the Constitution

preambleRead the Preamble. Play “what’s the missing word”. Write Preamble on whiteboard, have kid close eyes, then erase a word. See if kid can tell you what word you erased. Continue until kid can say Preamble by memory.

**If you have an Ipad or Iphone, you can buy an app to help you learn about the Preamble to the Constitution here.

Federalists V. Antifederalists

Once again, Education-Portal has a great video on this topic. Sadly, they don’t allow for embedding, so watch it here.

— The Antifederalists felt that the Congress had overstepped. Congress was supposed to have modified the Articles of Confederation, not create an entirely new document.  Because of this, they were against ratification of the Constitution.

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— The Federalists wanted the Constitution ratified.  Three men; John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison, wrote 85 essays to help convince the American people that the Constitution was good.  Those essays are now known as the Federalist papers.

Votes to RatifyThe people wanted a Bill of Rights added to the Constitution.  Leaders promised that would be the next thing they worked on, after the vote. Only nine states were needed to ratify the Constitution, Delaware was the first, New Hampshire the ninth.  Virginia was the 10th state to ratify the constitution.



Other Resources:

Enchanted Learning has a printable book.

“Mrs Clark’s 4th grade” has a presentation at Slideshare.

There is a power point at which you can view for free on the site, but have to pay to be able to download.

And of course, no lesson on the Preamble would be complete without SchoolHouse Rocks!


Constitutional Convention

From Wikipedia

It took me so dag-on long to get this one together, mostly because I just sort of winged it due to other events in my life.  But the one thing both of my kids really liked, was the video & companion quiz over at  They liked the video there better than the dumbed-down textbook we’ve been reading through.  That’s a big part of why I do a lot of supplementing the American Heritage Series.

My youngest son loved it so much, he blogged it.  He’s been busy blogging all of his history lessons lately.  He just loves history.  My Diva, however, is thoroughly bored with the subject.  She pays attention, and does the lessons, but, unlike her momma, history is NOT her favorite subject.  Oh well.


Anyway, another good resource for information about the Constitutional Convention is  How did I not know about these websites before?  Both will definitely become go-to places for future lessons.

Shay’s Rebellion

(Note: We are using the BJU Heritage Studies, an American history curriculum, supplemented with my research)

After the American Revolution, the states needed money to pay their soldiers, so taxes were levied.  Kind of ironic since they had just fought a war about taxes, but at least this time the colonists had representatives, unlike before.

Thing is, alot of people didn’t like the idea of new taxes.  Daniel Shay’s led a group of farmers in a revolt. Their revolt ultimately drew attention to the need for a Constitution.
– Look at our timeline for a brief recap.
– Heritage Studies 3 – Read pages 2, 3, & 5. Then read pg 4.
– Watch the video below
– Discussion Questions (courtesy Mr Matusek’s blog):
– – What did Shays & his fellow Farmers seek relief from?
– – What caused the scarcity of money?
– – What did the farmers demand?
– – What was the biggest thing to come from Shays’ Rebellion?
– Activity — Pretend to be one of Shays’ farmers.  Write a letter to the newspaper explaining what you think the state should do.
–   — Alternative Activity – Write a blog post summarizing what you’ve learned about Shays’ Rebellion.


Support links: – companion PDF to the video above — a bit of history about Shays’ Rebellion — power points

Study Proves Autistic Adults are Socially Isolated

A friend on facebook linked me to this article, “Study: Nearly 1 In 3 With Autism Socially Isolated“.

Interesting. This bit really caught my eye –

” a study looking at the experiences of young people who received special education services,”

So in other words, kids who were either partitioned off into a “special needs class” or who got “special” treatment in school…. those kids have trouble socially later. Sounds to me like maybe school, specifically public school, isn’t the best place for autistic kids to learn social skills, aka socialization. Hmmm…

The Loom of Doom, & so much more.

So week 2 came and went.  Way too fast I’m thinking, especially since here it is, Monday morning of week 3, and I’m just now remember to post about last week!  So much went down… Lets see…

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Last weekend (Aug 21-22) I spent making a DIY loom for us to use with BigBoy & PinkDiva’s history lesson.  It turned out awesome!

The loom itself is made from a Cross Stitch Frame, the kind you can use to turn your fabric into a scroll.   The frame was too short to make an effective loom though, so we cut the bars in half and attached them to small pieces of scrap wood.  The rigid-ish, and I say “ish” because there is a lot of flex & bend, heddle is made of two pieces of plastic canvas, cut and stitched together.  The shuttle in the picture is made of cardboard, but DH has since made a nicer one out of thin wood for us to use.

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BigBoy was thrilled to give weaving a try.  ThePinkDiva had tried weaving in a class at the Cultural Arts Center last year, and fell in love with the art form.  BigBoy is still a bit young, and doesn’t quite get the hang of it…  but PinkDiva loves to weave.  This time we’re making a small green blanket.  But now that we have a loom, I see plenty of doll blankets in our future.  Pinkdiva is even talking about stitching a few pieces together to make a bigger blanket.  Should be fun.

Thursday, thePinkDiva began vision therapy.  I don’t think I’ve ever explained that one anywhere online, so it really needs it’s own blog post.  Soon.  I hope.

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Friday was spent at the Podiatrist’s office.  Because I messed up my foot. Everyone got their Math tests done, and that was it.  I was too worn out/in pain to do much else.

Then, on Saturday, Soccer Season officially kicked off.  One night a week for practice, and then games on Saturday.  Should be fun.  BigBoy is thrilled because this is the first year he’s actually part of a team, instead of the “Tots”.  Geekboy discovered at least 3 friends from last year’s team on his new team.  So even though he is the shortest guy on the team, and playing in the 10-12 division (he’s only 9, but they didn’t have enough 8-9 boys to make a team in that division), he’s looking forward to a great season.

One week down.

So, yea.  We officially started “school” last week.  Really, since the learning never ends here in Casa Del Yuriar, all it means is that we cracked open the math books again, and tried to get our “school” routine started again.  The first week or so is always a bit rough as we settle into a routine that works for us.  They may have argued and moaned, PinkDiva may have done her Poltergeist impression a few times (you know, head lifting up, spinning 360 before settling back down again), but in the end they loved it, and even learned something.

PinkDiva talks Photosynthesis.

#HOTM Conference starts today!

Yea. I’ve been so swamped, I totally forgot to mention that I’m sooo going to the HOTM virtual conference this week.  I’m really looking forward to Dr. Guffanti’s 2 part session on ADHD vs Kinsthetic Learners, as well as Melinda Boring’s Adapting Curriculum for Struggling Learners, and Jeannie Fulbright’s Homeschooling Multiple Kids.

See you there!

Curriculum time is here again!

After spending the better part of the last month alternately researching curriculum ideas, and procrastinating, I’ve finally finalized… well, mostly finalized our school year.

Math is going to be Math U See for all three.  GeekBoy is starting in Delta, but he’s already whizzed through the first 3 chapters, and that only took him 5 minutes!  So I have Epsilon standing by, and fully expect to be using it by middle of the year.  As much as the Geek claims to hate math, he is a math whiz.  ThePinkDiva is starting Alpha this year, and BigBoy won’t be very far behind.  He still has a few chapters of Primer to finish before moving on to Alpha.  The little guy is hoping to catch up to his big sister.

For Language, GeekBoy is still working through the Easy Grammar 4/5 book we found halfway through last year.  Its been working well for us, so we will keep going.  Since discovering thePinkDiva’s vision difficulties, we will be ditching Hooked on Phonics this year.  I’ve decided to give Spell to Write and Read a try.  It’s supposed to be good for dyslexics, which she is, and BigBoy will be doing this also since he really wants to learn to write.  ThePinkDiva will also be continuing her work in Explode The Code online.  She’s been doing pretty well with it, and I’m considering getting a subscription for BigBoy as well.  Especially since I can get such an awesome deal on the program via Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op.

GeekBoy’s writing progressed quickly once we worked on correcting his posture and grip.  This year we will continue working on “Pull, not push” to get him forming letters from the top, as well as lowercase letters.

History will be different this year.  GeekBoy has informed me that he has trouble concentrating when thePinkDiva goes off on a word-association rabbit trail.  Since she does this a lot (it’s her way of processing information), GeekBoy will be having his own history lesson, using Mystery of History.  ThePinkDiva and BigBoy will be doing year 2 of the American Heritage Studies by BJU. I’m planning to do time lines with each “class”.

Science was a hard one.  As much as I love the Apologia books, they seem to be just above the understanding of my younger two, and there doesn’t seem much in the text that interests my oldest.  So this year we will do things a bit different.  I got a subscription to AHA Science via Homeschool Buyers Co-op.  The kids adored the sample lessons, and we are looking forward to accessing the games and seeing what else the program has to offer.  I’m also planning to pull random experiments out of this book Gramma gave us, 101 Cool Science Experiments.

For art, I have GeeArt.  We’ve had the program for some time now, but I’ve never managed to get it together enough to get the projects done.  I’m hoping to overcome my own fear of messiness and allow the munchkins to get messy, and maybe even get messy myself.  But the biggest thing they will learn in the category of “art” this year — how to clean up their supplies!

It should be a fun, busy year.
Not Back to School Blog Hop

Book Arts Bash Winners

Via Shez over at Homeschooled twins:

I want to dedicate this post to homeschool parents. You are giving your children the most incredible gift. The gift of having the time to follow their passions. The entries in the Book Arts Bash were “knock your socks off” good. I doubt that children who are rushed to within an inch of their lives could have written novels of this calibre. It makes me so proud to be part of this creative and incredible community.

Kindergarten and First Grade:

A Big Problem by Brianna T.
Runners up:
Adventures of Big D and BMC by Emma W.
Zoo With A Strange Zookeeper by Vivian L.

Second and Third Grade:

The Adventures of Blue Flame the Heroic Giant Squid-Fighting Hero by Sage M.
Runners Up:
Ruby, A Twisting Tale by Emilie M.
Mittens the Cat by Melea von T.

Fourth and Fifth Grade:

1 by Nicci M.
Runners up:
One Girl Revolution by Sadie Z.
Blaze by Alexandra S.

Sixth Grade:

The Princess by Lena G.
Runners up:
Becoming Callie by Lena G.
Trixie by Lydia A.

Seventh Grade:

Happy Ending is a Place by Mandy H.
Runners up:
Violet Fire by Bryn B.
Kite by Hannah S.

Eighth Grade:

Hollin by Garrett R.
Runners up:
Common Animals by Thomas B.
Little Angel by Adayla S.

Ninth Grade:

Why I Missed the Second Set by Rose C.
Runners up:
Untitled by Larissa S.
Tales of the Humbats: The Seventh Piece by Raven M.

Tenth Grade:

Children of the Stars by Holden M.
Runners up:
Shattering Darkness by Vienna H.
The Scouser Cap by Emily V.

Eleventh Grade:

Cadence by Scout G.
Runners up:
Vengeance: 25 cents by Kathleen M.
Don’t Look Down by Tanya S

Twelfth Grade:

If Pearls Could Sing by Pamela C.
Runners up:
Broken Things by Emily D.
Falling Night by Anna W.

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