A Legacy Worth Learning
This is the first month of Patriotic Mom's plan to memorize something important about our American legacy each month.
Be sure to use what is helpful, and add, adapt, or discard as needed.
Take it one small step at a time. Select what to learn based on your family's ages and interests.
Even after you have memorized something well, remember to review it from time to time. Our family likes to review important things on Sundays.
Above all, try to make it fun and rewarding for your kids to learn. Always be encouraging. Show them you are learning too, and they will be much more likely to participate cheerfully.
Thomas Jefferson's birthday is this month, and he wrote the Declaration of Independence, so we will be learning about him and memorizing some things he wrote.
April Legacy Learning
Song: America/My Country 'Tis of Thee (Click link to go to music you can sing with.)
My country, 'tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims' pride,
From ev'ry mountainside
Let freedom ring!
My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above.
Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom's song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.
Our fathers' God to Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright,
With freedom's holy light,
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God our King.
Hero of the Month: Thomas Jefferson
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed... (from the Declaration of Independence)
Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing. Thomas Jefferson
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Thomas Jefferson
Poem of the Month: The Heights of Great Men
The heights of great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight;
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward through the night.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow