We The People: Getting to Know Your Constitution

It is no secret that I am passionate about my country and it’s history.  When I was given the opportunity to review We The People: Getting to Know Your Constitution by Homeschool Legacy I may or may not have jumped for joy.

I don’t generally gravitate towards unit studies in our homeschool.  I like structure, but I also like a lot of flexibility.  Most of the time I find unit studies overwhelming and find it difficult to cover everything AND still have time and energy to do our other subjects.  Homeschool Legacy’s “Once a Week” unit studies are perfect for my “fly by the seat of your pants” days and still provide enough structure for my “angry old school marm” days.

We the People was pretty much turn key.  They had already done all of the prep work, had book and movie lists (complete with dewey decimal numbers to make them easy to find in the library), activity suggestions, games, and scripture and devotional ideas.  They even had a list of what merit badges that children who participate in the Boy Scouts of America and American Heritage Girls could earn during their studies!

While they make great book suggestions (several of which I took them up on), the chapters were so clear that you could easily substitute a book already on your bookshelf on the same subject rather than buy another one (I know this is homeschool heresy, but we don’t usually do libraries… not with my boys).  For example the chapter on the Bill of Rights had several book suggestions for various age groups.  I didn’t have any of them but a quick scan of the content of the chapter told me that I could just as effectively use a book I already had.

While We the People is written for grades 4-12 but I can honestly say that Spencer (kindergarden) and Emma (second grade) enjoyed it just as much as Lucy did.  Literature based studies like this one make it SO easy to cater to the needs of your students even if they fall outside of the appropriate “range”.  Specifically, We the People is more civics than history which is a subject I think is much needed these days (they do have history unit studies as well).  How many adults do we know who don’t seem to understand what the President can and cannot legally do under our Constitution?

My all time favorite experience while we were using We the People has to have been when we were watching National Treasure the evening after finishing the first chapter.  We had seen the movie several times before, but it was put in a little better context for Lucy this time around.  She sat on the edge of her seat and when she saw what the bad guys were willing to destroy in order to get the treasure she jumped up and yelled “they can’t DO that to all of that HISTORY!”

I’m going to be perfectly honest and tell you that I plan on going over this unit annually with my kids.  I can’t wait to get my hands on some of the book suggestions for the higher grades.  I’m a firm believer that we the people need to be involved in the political process and We the People is an invaluable tool to help our children understand how and why.

{Disclaimer: I received this product for free in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any other way}


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