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).