Review: Elections Lap-Pak from Home School in the Woods

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Unless you live under a rock I’m sure you’ve noticed we are deep into a presidential election year.  By the close of 2016 we will have a new leader for our country.  What better time to study U.S. Elections than right now.  In order to accomplish that study we were recently given the opportunity to review HISTORY Through the Ages Hands-on History Lap-Pak: U.S. Elections from Home School in the Woods.

Before I requested this review I was already very familiar with Home School in the Woods and Amy Pak’s amazing lapbooks and timelines.  I clearly remember the first time I came upon her booth at a homeschooling conference.  I totally squealed out loud and absolutely gushed over all of the beautiful lapbooks and timelines they had on display that I could complete with my children.  I absolutely wanted to buy one of EVERYTHING!  My experience implementing these projects into our homeschool has not been disappointing at all.

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The U.S. Elections Lap-Pak is available as either a CD or a download and it is complete with 21 different lap booking projects.  This is a fun, hands on study that encourages children to learn through creative writing, artistic expression, listening skills.  Provided for you is text to read and audio texts for listening, directions for projects, and photos for clarification.

While working through this Lap-Pak your children will learn about such topics as the definition of an election, the different forms of government, the three branches of our government, suffrage, primaries and caucuses, campaigns, the electoral college… and on and on and on.  Confession time! I don’t know much about too many of these topics myself.  I’m just as eager to learn for myself as I am for my children.

There are a number of supplies you’ll need on hand in order to complete all of the projects.

  • cardstock (white and colored)
  • printer paper (white and colored)
  • glue sticks or double sided tape
  • colored pencils
  • scissors
  • brads
  • file folders
  • clear acetate
  • an exacto knife (just for mom)

A good printer is also a must.  These projects do require quite a bit of printing.

How it Works

All of the instructions that are provided are very detailed and easy to follow. There are a lot of parts of pieces to this and everything is so well organized and simple to keep on top of.  There is a single file with all of the directions that I printed and keep handy as we work.  ElectionsLapBook-open3_zpsvy5f9uw1
We are using this product 2-3 times a week.  We complete one or two projects at a time.  Each project typically takes about a half an hour or so to finish.  I play the audio of the reading for my two boys (ages 8 and 10) to listen to and then they work through whatever the assignment is.  They are generally able to complete questions and do writing prompts on there own but I’m right there engaged in the discussion and pointing out key ideas to help them along.  They complete the cutting/coloring/glueing of the projects themselves after some explanation from me.  If there is a picture of the finished project (and there pretty much always is) I’ll show them since the photos are so helpful. We keep all of our completed projects in large ziplock bags for storage until we are ready to put the entire lapbook together.

ElectionsLapBook-open5_zpsj1e1lm6lOne of the thrills for these projects for my boys is the discovery of what the next project will entail.  They love how every project folds, moves, turns, or bends in a new way.  They are very excited to see how the whole final lap book will come together.

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When all is completely they will certainly have something special to show for their hard work and something they’ll likely want to share with friends and family. Most importantly we are all gathering a very solid understanding of the U.S. Election process during this most critical year.

U.S. Elections History Lap-Pak Review
 

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Comments

  1. Thank you for your review. So do they listen to the audio and then choose what they want (similar to narrations) to write on each designated piece? You mentioned assignments. Would you mind elaborating on that? I am thinking of teaching this in a co-op setting in the Fall and am trying to figure out how it would all work. Any tips you have for doing it in that setting, would be wonderful! Thank you! It was a nicely laid out review. I appreciate it.

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