America's Founding Fathers would definitely concur! "EVERYTHING YOU DO IS BASED ON THE CHOICES YOU MAKE... It's not your parents, your past relationships, your job, the economy, the weather, an argument, or your age that is to blame. YOU AND ONLY YOU are responsible for every decision and choice you make. PERIOD!" These words are a great reminder for all of us & should be written on a plaque on the wall, in every home near the front door!
Happy Mother's Day to all those moms & grandmas who lovingly nurture & seek to guide children to be knowledgable, responsible citizens. There is no more difficult or important job! We celebrate you!
Mother's Day weekend begins today! The quote "Motherhood: All love begins and ends there," is attributed to Robert Browning (1812-1889). Robert Browning & Elizabeth Barret Barrett Browning were Victorian-era
poets. To appreciate the beauty of their talent, a trip to the Armstrong Browning Library & Museum on the Baylor University campus in Waco, TX is a must. You can also get acquainted with their work by exploring https://www.baylor.edu/browninglibrary/index.php?id=942644
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President Harry S. Tuman was born on May 8, 1884, and on his 61st birthday, he gave his VE (Victory in Europe) address to the nation and to the world, which included a powerful proclamation. Reread his speech to celebrate his 134th birthday and the redemption of our liberty.
"For this victory, we join in offering our thanks to the Providence which has guided and sustained us through the dark days of adversity. Our rejoicing is sobered and subdued by a supreme consciousness o...f the terrible price we have paid to rid the world of Hitler and his evil band. Let us not forget, my fellow Americans, the sorrow and the heartache which today abide in the homes of so many of our neighbors--neighbors whose most priceless possession has been rendered as a sacrifice to redeem our liberty...." A Proclamation--The Allied armies, through sacrifice and devotion and with God's help, have wrung from Germany a final and unconditional surrender. The western world has been freed of the evil forces which for five years and longer have imprisoned the bodies and broken the lives of millions upon millions of free-born men. They have violated their churches, destroyed their homes, corrupted their children, and murdered their loved ones. Our Armies of Liberation have restored freedom to these suffering peoples, whose spirit and will the oppressors could never enslave...." Read the entire text at http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=12248
George Washington LOVED his Mount Vernon home where he enjoyed farming his beautiful land. When he left for the second Continental Congress on May 7, 1775, he was torn between his love for his home and his love for the American cause for freedom. Fortunately for all of us, he chose the fight for freedom! In fact, he wrote to his brother in 1775, "It is my full intention to devote my life and fortune in the cause we are engaged in, if need be." After retiring at Mount Vernon a...fter his long years of service to our country, he wrote, "At the age of 65, I am recommencing my agricultural pursuits and rural amusements, which at all times have been the most pleasing occupation of my life, and most congenial with my temper." Check out the "Virtual Tour" from the magnificent George Washington's Mount Vernon at http://www.mountvernon.org/site/virtual-tour/
A Japanese/American family just received their Constitution Quest Game in Japan this week!! We appreciate their eagerness to learn the Constitution! Thank you for sending the terrific photos of Constitution Quest in Japan!
Doumo arigatou gozaimasu
Thank you very much!
Hooray, it's May, so full of upcoming celebrations, such as #MothersDay! We just love Southern Way of Life's post today: "Ask not what your mother can do for you. Ask what you can do for your Mother." Such a clever way to state timeless advice. What are you planning to do for your sweet mom?
This week we were asked how we selected our game pieces. This is a great question! 7 1/2 years ago, after considerable debate, we chose 10 Constitution Signers because we found including all 39 would be too many to have in the box and we also found that it would be too costly. So, we selected 10 – some well known and some lesser known Constitution Signers. Also, we chose Signers portraits that a had similar design/hue, making the game pieces look more uniform to compliment th...e rich, historic motif represented in our game board.
Originally, we had planned to just pick the 4 signers with the most significant contributions. Our research took us to many well known and many lesser known men that contributed greatly to the Constitution. At one point, we thought to include all 39 Signers as game pieces, but as we previously mentioned, we realized quickly that it wouldn't be cost-effective and proved to be overwhelming for some of the players in the field test with so many pieces in the box. (Our goal was to get people playing and learning the Constitution immediately, and completing one round of Constitution Quest in less than an hour in order to encourage repeat gameplay to further cement the information.) Even though only 10 signers are included as game pieces, we remain hopeful and so encouraged because many parents, teachers, and students are moved to research all 39 of these men and their contributions!
Are you ready to #BeWashington? Here's another great resource from George Washington's Mount Vernon!
On April 20, 1912, Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, hosted its 1st official game of the 1912 baseball season! If you are big baseball fans, like us, you'll enjoy this link: http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/fenwaypark100/timeline.jsp…
Photo credit: Boston Red Sox
#Onthisday, April 19, 1775, The Revolutionary War begins with the Battles of Lexington & Concord. If you are looking for an excellent Revolutionary War resource, go to George Washington's Mount Vernon at http://www.mountvernon.org/george-w…/the-revolutionary-war/…
#OnThisDay in 1775, the shot heard round the world is fired, and the American Revolution begins with the Battles of Lexington & Concord. 💣
Former First Lady Barbara Bush & champion of family literacy passed away today at age 92. As a family of reading teachers, we appreciate all that she did to promote literacy for all Americans.
Constitution signer, Benjamin Franklin, died on April 17, 1790. The "Pennsylvania Gazette" reported his death with these words: "Died on Saturday night, in the 85th year of his age, the illustrious BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. The world has been so long in possession of such extraordinary proofs of the singular abilities and virtues of this FRIEND OF MANKIND that it is impossible for a newspaper to increase his fame, or to convey his name to a part of the civilized globe where it is not already known and admired.” Read more from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA at https://constitutioncenter.org/…/benjamin-franklins-last-da….
Today, April 15th, is Jackie Robinson Day! All of Major League Baseball is wearing Jackie's #42! Jackie Robinson is considered a trailblazer..."People do change history...Jackie Robinson os one of the most influential people in American culture... We should thank Jackie Robinson every day!" Watch the 2 min. MLB video honoring Robinson's remarkable life. Share it with your kids! https://www.facebook.com/MLBNetwork/videos/10155151733691695/
We’re delighted and honored to announce that we have won the Best Homeschooling Resources & Curriculum award from HowToHomeschool.net. We’re deeply grateful for this recognition and remain committed to the homeschooling community, as we begin our 8th year April 2018! ConstitutionQuest.com