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Happy Fourth of July!

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Copywork for a national holiday.

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote! –Benjamin Franklin

Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you. I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain. –John Adams (1735-1826)

Four freedoms: The first is freedom of speech and expression – everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of everyone to worship God in his own way, everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want . . . everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear . . . anywhere in the world.–Franklin D. Roosevelt U.S. President

And the Bill of Rights.

Have a great day!


In case you want to find a poem for copywork or National Poetry Month, try this link. There are some classics there!

Where did “Ring a Ring o Rosie” come from?

If you’ve ever wondered about the origins of your favorite nursery rhymes, check out this site. Pick one for copywork and then read about where it comes from. Fascinating stuff.

And did you know there are two versions of Humpty Dumpty, for instance?

Humpty Dumpty poem

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King’s horses, And all the King’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again!

Alternative Words…

Humpty dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty dumpty had a great fall;
Threescore men and threescore more,
Could not place Humpty as he was before.

I shall live to knock thy brains out.

(Taken from: The Two Noble Kinsmen)

If you worry that your kids think Shakespeare is a bore and totally out of step with today, I’ve got the remedy! Go to the Shakespeare Insulter and let the Bard hurl one at you! The insults would be a fun change of pace for copywork or dictation if language arts are getting a little tedious or routine.

(One small caveat: a few of the insults I turned up have some overtones you might want to preview.)

Check out more ideas about how to incorporate Shakespeare into your language arts program.

Handwriting, cursive – waiting for the fat lady to sing

For those of you worried about whether or not to teach cursive and what to do with all those boys who insist on keyboarding, here’s an article from The Washington Post.

When handwritten essays were introduced on the SAT exams for the class of 2006, just 15 percent of the almost 1.5 million students wrote their answers in cursive. The rest? They printed. Block letters.

No time to blog today. College son crashed at pad last night for last minute editing help on essay. And they say homeschooling ends…