Get in the Game: It’s Constitution Day!

“On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. We encourage all Americans to observe this important day in our nation’s history by attending local events in your area. Celebrate Constitution Day through activities, learning, parades and demonstrations of our Love for the United State of America and the Blessings of Freedom Our Founding Fathers secured for us.”

Today is the actual observance of Constitution Day.

I took the above definition…

from the website.

It really is mind-boggling…

to consider…

all that went into the discussion…

drafting, and creating…

of our Constitution.

The sacrifices that ensued…

were not only sobering…

but also reinforced…

and continue to reinforce…

that freedom isn’t ever free.

In honor of this day…

and because I love my TommyMom readers…

I have an incredible giveaway!

I want you to meet two very special people…

who are the creators of an awesome game.

Son #1 and I…

had the privilege of going to their home…

to try it out.

Pam Barret is passionate about Constitution Quest

which she and her husband, Dave, spent years developing.

In fact…

they lived with color-coded Post-It Notes…

all over their bedroom wall…

as they wrote…

re-wrote…

edited…

and discussed.

They had test groups…

of friends and families…

who played…

offered opinions…

and gave feedback.

The day we visited…

Pam became more and more excited…

with every roll of the dice!

 

Her enthusiasm is contagious.

Dave is more the steady, soft-spoken…

voice of logic and reason…

but they are both simply delightful.

And smart.

Check out this hometown write-up

to see for yourself.

Both Pam and Dave…

have been devoted and dedicated educators…

their entire adult lives.

I was inspired just visiting with them!

The game was carefully designed…

to include a graphic organizer…

that has helped students pass AP exams…

individuals seeking citizenship…

classrooms discuss and study together…

the list is pretty much endless.

The Barret’s relied on Bloom’s taxonomy…

hoping that one of the goals in game play…

will be to analyze metacognitive thinking…

expressing publicly what players…

are reasoning and analyzing…

in their questions.

Sound heady?

Looking for Alex Trebeck?

Here was our family experience…

I set up the board…

and stated announced excitedly…

that we were going to play.

Sons #2-#5…

ran.

Mostly the other direction…

but there were preconceived notions.

Hey…

I even rounded up my folks.

Here’s the box…

along with my personal stash…

 

which I can already tell you isn’t enough!

Set up was fun.

You have cards color coded…

which coincide with the space colors on the board.

No photo can do justice to the richness of this game.

It’s beautiful.

Enclosed…

are a copy of The Constitution…

the Rules of Play…

and an Answer Key.

You also receive a Score Pad…

complete with engraved pencil.

Classy.

When you get to the end of your pad…

I’m assuming you would do…

what you do with every other score-pad-game!

Run some more off!

There are two columns on every page…

so you get a lot of play out of one paper.

The pieces fluctuate.

You receive 4 stands…

and “flat” framers and founders.

After choosing your piece…

you slide it in the stand.

This is far more important…

to some of us than others.

I chose Charles Pinkney.

Charles is the new love-of-my-life…

because he was a very sharp dresser.

It is clearly evidenced in the above photo.

The depth of my priorities and character…

are clearly showing.

I think he is a Nordstrom ancestor.

Moving along…

there are prolific individuals…

as well as virtual unknowns…

amongst the piece choices.

This was also intentional.

The Barrets hope to incite curiosity…

that will result in research on the part of individuals playing…

where these framers are concerned.

With the current sales being at 900 games…

they are already witnessing this goal…

along with other creative ventures.

Their hope is Constitutional Literacy.

From the first roll of the dice…

we were honestly hooked!

Son #5…

finally felt vindicated in birth order…

because he was in charge of the answer key…

as well as being a team player with me.

My mom and Son #3 were a pair…

in more ways than one.

Son #2 went forth alone.

And was leading in points…

for most of the game.

Son #4 and my dad…

were a duo.

My dad is a rather daunting presence…

but was honestly stumped more than once.

You have the three branches of government…

and a Facts and Founders category…

from which to choose questions.

There are also spaces entitled Quest.

Watch out for these!

The questions are True/False…

and involve double points…

both plus and minus…

depending on whether or not…

your answer is correct!

It killed me and Son #5.

He was still solid as a rock…

because he had the Answer Key…

except when it was our turn!

An additional 10 points…

for getting around the board first…

was a deal breaker…

allowing my mom and Son #3…

the unexpected win!

You simply can’t predict!

Game play lasts 30-40 minutes…

depending on length of discussion.

We can’t wait to play again…

and are looking to do so at least once a week!

Joseph Andrews said that the acquisition of knowledge…

is much like hiking.

A lake looks pure…

but since it is a lower water source…

is it safe to drink?

As you journey higher and higher…

in your hike…

the source becomes more and more pure.

The Founders learned through…

Research, Reasoning, Relating, and Recording.

We need to pursue the purest possible information.

Studying the writers and framers…

along with The Constitution…

and The Federalist Papers…

will help us drink from pure sources.

In honor of Constitution Day…

and the upcoming week of celebratory activities…

and thanks to the Barrets…

I am giving away one of these games!

Read the following…

in order to know how to obtain entries.

I hope you win!

Come back and post for each entry in the comments section in order to obtain credit.

1. Subscribe to TommyMom via e-mail or RSS feed here.

2. Like TommyMom on Facebook here.

3. Tweet about this giveaway including @TommyMom5 ConstitutionQuest game.

4.  Like Constitution Quest on Facebook here.

Disclaimer: While I purchased my own game, I was given one to give away here on TommyMom.  Nevertheless, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.  Giveaway is for residents of the United States only.  The Constitution Quest may be seen and purchased at both the  Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California, as well as at Montpelier, the home of James Madison, in Orange County, Virginia.

A winner will be chosen next Thursday evening at 9:00 p.m. PST. Announcement will be made here on TommyMom next Friday.

This giveaway is linked to the Hip Homeschool Moms Giveaway Day.

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Comments

  1. 1
    Cathy Woolley says:

    It’s looks a great game! I LIKED it on Facebook.

  2. 2
    Cherylyn says:

    Wow thanks for the info on this game! We have a birthday coming up for a son who will love this. I’m checking the website right away!

  3. 3
    Hailey White says:

    I just signed up via email to receive your posts. But I must say that this is one of those very few times that I wish that I was on facebook or tweeted. . . . but I will not be swayed . . . . so this is my only entry and while I am annoyed about it. . . . becuase I WANT the game. . . . I will get over it! See you tonight!!

  4. 4
    Sharla Snow says:

    This looks fantastic. I WANT one in my home!! Thanks for sharing, Teri. You are amazing.

  5. 5
    Beth says:

    Hey this will help me with my Business Law class…..may get one for my instructor as well! He would probably get a kick out of it! :)

  6. 6
    Michelle says:

    I REALLY want this game!!! Well I already like TommyMom and subscribe to it. I don’t tweet. But I did like the ConstitutionQuest Game on Facebook!! Yeah!! Hope I win :) See you tonight!!

  7. 7
    Joelle says:

    I’ve been tweeting away.
    So, what question did Dr. Brooks miss? ;0)

  8. 8
    Joelle says:

    I Facebooked the game and “Liked It” on my page.
    What a great way to bring attention to this day.
    It REALLY should be a national holiday. Don’t you think?

  9. 9
    Joelle says:

    I’m trying-out the RSS feed on Google.
    It is amazing how many ways you can communicate
    with everyone. Scary, really. I think I just sprouted a gray hair.

  10. 10
    Trisha Hugulet says:

    Happy Constitution Day America!!!!!
    HOW COOL IS THIS GAME!!!???!!!!
    After I read this post in my EMAIL update, I couldn’get to TWITTER fast enough to send the link out to my followers!!!
    (I also SUBSCRIBE to the blog via GOOGLE READER, so I always have quick access to your blog.
    Bummer, I DON’T Facebook…BUT…I have a sister that does…now, if only I can get her to do the Facebook stuff and then if she wins, she could give me the game for Christmas…she’s here now…of to suggest to her…)

    :-) Trisha

  11. 11
    Tammiejoe says:

    Liked ya on facebook my friend!!!!! (love ya really….but like was my only option!)

  12. 12
    Carol says:

    That looks like a fun game….thanks for sharing!!

  13. 13
    tammiejoe says:

    liked the game on facebook too. :)

  14. 14
    Marci J says:

    subscribed via google reader- thanks!

  15. 15

    I subscribe to your rss feed.

  16. 16

    I “like” Constitution Quest on facebook.

  17. 17

    I “tweeted” about the giveaway on twitter.

  18. 18
    Kym Peavoy says:

    What a beautiful amazing game! I can’t wait ’til I win!!! 😉 I liked Constitution Queston on Facebook.

  19. 19
    bonnie Lewis says:

    I bought the game yesterday and we have played it already. Love it. My husband NEVER plays any game, but he played this one and really liked it. We have taken a couple classes on the Constitution and this is great reinforcement.

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