Just in time for this US election year we've been reviewing HISTORY Through the Ages Hands-on History Lap-Pak: U.S. Elections by Home School in the Woods
With all the election news and conversations I had been searching for a way to help my daughter understand the long process that would lead to our new US President.
The U.S. Elections Lap-Pak was/is just the thing.
The U.S. Elections Lap-Pak is a digital product available as a digital download for $18.95 or on CD for $19.95 (Windows and Mac Compatible.
The U.S. Elections Lap-Pak is geared towards grades 3 through 8. My daughter is in the 5th grade and the content is just perfect for her (me too).
The U.S. Elections Lap-Pak is generally referring to the US Presidential elections but includes a little bit of information on elections in other styles of government and the choosing of other elected officials in the U.S. government system.
1.MP3s: This is the same information that is in the Reading Text. So you have the option of reading the book to your child (we chose this option) or to play the MP3 while you are putting the lapbook together.
- Introduction and Directions: Which includes your directions for putting together each project in the lapbook and also directions for putting the whole lapbook together.
- Lap Book Project Masters : These are your project templates. This is where you'll find all the printables to put together each project in the lapbook.
- Reading Text Pages: This is the booklet you will put together at the beginning and read through as you and your child put together your Elections Lapbook-Pak.
There are 21 projects in the lapbook beginning with the Definition of Elections and ending with the Vocabinet or a vocabulary project that helps to narrow down definitions of all the big words learned through doing this lapbook.
Using the Elections Lapbook
Initially we started working on the lapbook by doing one project and a reading text a day. After printing and giving her directions my daughter would put the craft of the day together as I read the accompanying text. This did work best for us and allowed her to retain all this great information. In a non-review world we would have kept working at this pace.
But due to the timeline of this review we ramped things up these past few days to finish the lap book for a complete project to show case for you.
The Project Directions in the lapbook are very detailed and complete so I recommend you read them through thoroughly before attempting each project.
For example by the end of the project we were on a roll and on the final project I neglected to read the directions thoroughly. As a result we messed up the final, and to me the most time consuming project, the Vocabinet activity, and pasted in all the definitions upside down.
I'm still not sure how that happened but once we realized what we had done we were to far gone to start again. Hence, heed my warning and read through carefully before beginning each activity.
There are 21 activities to work through…
Here are the list of Lapbook Activities:
- Definition of “Election”
- Different Forms of Government
- The American Experiment
- The Three Branches of Government
- Who Do We Vote For?
- Terms of Office
- A “Handful” of Political Parties
- Caucuses & Primaries
- National Conventions
- The Presidential Campaign: Platform
- The Presidential Campaign: Stump Speaking
- The Presidential Campaign: Media — News Sources
- The Presidential Campaign: Campaign Advertising — Spreading the Word!
- Raising Money
- Election Day (this was my daughter's favorite)
- The Electoral College
- Inauguration Day
- The Electoral Race!
Next we learn some examples that the current American government built it's system upon and who makes up the three branches of the government.
In addition to doing this lapbook the coming elections sparked and interest in us to supplement this learning with some other readily available tools you might be interested in too…
- Watching previous election campaign commercials from Living Room Campaign (because the current ones are so bad).
- And watching some of the current debates although I don't know how much that really helped.
The accompanying audio is the same information in the included printable book. At first I was reading the book but then we turned on the audio and found it rather nice to listen as we worked. We, amazingly enough, were able to multi-task AND retain this information while we worked.
We have loved doing this U.S. Elections lapbook. It was great timing!
Home School in the Woods make some really nice detailed lapbooks. And they are a great way to reinforce what is being taught.
Using this lapbook was a fun way to end our homeschool day. It gave us something fun to look forward to after a day of math problems, sentence structures, and and science experiments (not that all of that isn't fun too).
I wondered, before starting, how this project was going to go. I mean the elections can be a complicated thing even for adults. We gave my sister a looksee before finishing up and she was excited to have this information presented in such an easy to understand manner. This is coming from a homeschool graduate mom who lives in a home with very politically savvy members. But a lot of it she felt was over her head, until now.
From understanding the 3 branches of government and how they work together to what the word “Caucus” means and how that relates to the path to voting in a new US President. It feels really good to understand what is going on and how your vote was meant to count.
There is also history on the right to vote, how the current government we have today was devised of various other governments in history.
And the final product is so cool. I had a thought to order a mini Mp3 player to put the audio on so that when someone wants to look through the Lap-Pak they can listen to the audio at the same time.
Homeschooler or not this is a great way to teach your child about what's going on in the current news in a fun, easy to learn, but yet complete way.
Connect with Homeschool in the Woods online.