Random Five

1. My three older children have been sick this week, so we took an early spring break.

2. Since they have been sick, I have started to prepare our lessons for the upcoming school year.

3. Looking forward to being done with this school year and taking our end of the year trip to the zoo.

4. My youngest turns 5 this week!

5. Also, looking forward to warmer weather, so we can get out of the house more.


Our Week

This week started with my oldest son turning 14 on Monday! He wanted to go to Zaxby's for his birthday lunch. Overnight, we were hit with freezing rain. They had just brined the roads (we live in Eastern NC) on Friday, so once the temperatures got above freezing, the roads cleared up quickly.

Since, the weather cleared up, it was turning out to be a beautiful day. We went to downtown New Bern (NC) and walked around looking at all the bears from the tricentennial celebration back in 2010. We ended up at the History Center.

When we were through watching the video and looking at some of the things inside of the History Center, we decided to walk along the river back to our car. We saw many different kinds of birds: seagulls, ducks, pelicans, and cormorant.

The rest of the week was filled with book work and working on review items. One of those items is from Grapevine Studies. My youngest was so excited to be able to have her own review item (most of the items I get are for older kids). She is having so much fun with the drawings and doing a lot better than I though she would. Here is a sneak peek:


Home School in the Woods ~ Review

I hadn't really discussed the election in detail with my children even though my boys are old enough to remember the last Presidential election. The only thing that they knew about the election is that each state voted and there were representatives from each state (electoral college) who then cast their vote for the candidate that the people from the state picked. At the last election, my older children were 10, 8, and 6. Since they were kind of young during the last election, I knew it was now time to have a more detailed discussion with how the whole election process works with them being 14, 12, and 10. I was thrilled when I learned we were going to review the HISTORY Through the Ages Hands-on History Lap-Pak: U.S. Elections from Home School in the Woods.

This election lap-pak is the most detailed that I have seen. Everything from the definition of election to the Inauguration Day. There is about an hour of mp3's included about the U.S. election. These are great to listen to while you work on each project in the lap-pak. Some of the lap-pak activities include: Different Forms of Government, The American Experiment, Suffrage, Terms of Office, Caucuses & Primaries, National Conventions, The Presidential Campaign: Media -- News Source, Raising Money, Election Day, The Electoral College, and The Electoral Race. And all the masters to make all of these projects are included, as well as step by step instructions for putting them together. 

The one thing I like about this lap-pak is that you can either put it together as a lapbook or put it into a three ring binder. It also comes with a 24 page booklet that you can store with the lapbook. So now that you learned a little about what is included in the election lap-pak, I'm going to let you know how we used it in our homeschool.

When I first received the download version of the lap-pak, I looked through each project and printed several to begin. I also printed the booklet in full pages, because we had decided to put this project into a 3 ring binder. And lastly, I printed out the directions for putting together each project.

We worked on the lap-pak two times a week. I decided I wanted to try to spread the lap-pak out over a few months. Each day we worked on the lap-pak, I would read through the booklet, whatever section we were going to be working on that day, and after ,while my daughter and I worked on the project, they listened to the mp3. My boys didn't like the putting together part of the projects, so I helped my 10 year old daughter put them together. My boys just listened to me read the booklet and listened to the mp3. That was fine with me, because they were still learning plenty. They also looked at each project after we put them together.

In the above picture, you can see a sample of the projects we have completed. My daughter and I decided to use markers and colored pencils to make the projects more colorful and mount them onto different colored construction paper for the binder. We are having fun creating our binder and it will be a treasure to keep for many years.

Below is what the lapbook would look like if you decided to do it that way instead of a binder:

You can also check out more pictures of the lapbook on the website.

My children and I are definitely enjoying working on this project. We (yes, including me) are learning so much about the whole election process. My boys told me that they were glad we were able to review this because now they understand the election process a lot better than they did. My daughter told me she enjoys putting the projects together and is learning some about the election. I can see me using this lap-pak again in four years with my younger daughter who will be 9 in 2020. I enjoy learning with my children and we have had a great experience with the HISTORY Through the Ages Hands-on History Lap-Pak: U.S. Elections from Home School in the Woods.

The lap-pak is available on the website as a download ($18.95) or as a CD version ($19.95).

U.S. Elections History Lap-Pak  Review

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Random Five On Friday

1. On Saturday, Tryon Palace had a free day. We were able to visit and check out the palace and grounds for free.

2. The forecast called for snow today, but we have only gotten rain. No snow for us.

3. My oldest will be 14 on Monday.

4. My first review for the Schoolhouse Crew will be posted next week.

5. Although I dislike the cold weather we are having right now, I am enjoying making different kinds of soup. When it's warm during the winter, I don't make soups or chili. We've had vegetable beef and tomorrow I am making chicken gnocchi soup.


Random Five On Friday

1. I have started to research curriculum to buy for our 2016-2017 school year. I think I have most of it narrowed down.

2. I will have a 14 year old the day after Valentine's Day!

3. He will be driving in a year and I am so not ready.

4. I am tired of all the rain that we have had this winter. My 4 year old said, "but I keep praying for snow."

5. We are down to the last weeks of school. Planning to be done around April 15.



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