52 Words

Second Graders Perform the Preamble to the Constitution

Written at the last minute by Gouverneur Morris (that’s his first name, not a misspelled title), the Preamble to U.S. Constitution concisely summarizes many Founding principles of our nation.

Second grade history teacher Ms. Whitney Thistle asked students to memorize the 52-word passage and then to recite it. During the performance, the class stopped to explore the importance of what they said. “We the People” – who is that? “Establish justice” – what is meant by justice? Etc.

Loveland Classical Schools’ curriculum exposes students to sophisticated ideas early in their education, allowing them to develop meaning in a rich intellectual environment.

It’s a credit to this approach when 7 and 8 year old students understand the meaning of words they still struggle to properly pronounce.