With this year being a presidential election year, I literally jumped at the chance to use and review HISTORY Through the Ages Hands-on History Lap-Pak: U.S. Elections from Home School in the Woods. I’ve always have liked the Home School in the Woods Timeline Materials, and we have used such in our homeschool from time to time throughout the years.
I don’t know about you, but my family is already keeping up with the presidential caucuses, primaries, and debates this year. It truly is a wonderful learning experience for our children! When I received the HISTORY Through the Ages Hands-on History Lap-Pak: U.S. Elections from Home School in the Woods product link via email, I quickly began to download and print the material in order to supplement their learning alongside the election information that they were watching via political news outlets. To be fair, I wasn’t entirely enthused about the download process since I much prefer physical copies of materials compared to downloads, but in the end, it was relatively painless.
There are three main folders to download, which include MP3s, PDFs, and images. The MP3s are valuable to listen to in preparation to complete the lap-pak. Their is truly so much information included with this study, and while viewing the PDF and image downloads, I chose items which would work best for my children’s ages which were five and nine.
We decided to make an accordion-style book instead of a more traditional lap book with the material. My five-year-old colored the majority of the material, while my nine-year-old looked up facts and tried her hand at drawing the seal of Georgia for the electoral vote piece. We discussed the primary and caucus information in detail since that is the stage of the electoral process which my children have been watching on television.
Next, I asked for my twelve-year-old to help out a bit as well. He helped explain to the younger children the many types of media advertisement that candidates normally participate in. We discussed which forms of campaigning would likely be most effective, along with the implications of social media in our world today.
After our discussion, and time spent coloring and writing out facts, we got to work assembling the accordion-style book. My children picked out an assortment of colored construction paper (I thought that red, white, and blue would have complimented the book nicely, but hey, it works, ha!), and I used heavy-duty tape to tape all of the pieces together. My children and I cut out the pieces that we chose to include in our book, and then we got to work adhering them to the construction paper. We mainly focused on the beginning of the election process through the swearing in of the new president. My children learned several fun facts along the way, such as presidential campaign slogans of old.
You couldn’t keep the smiles off of my children’s faces when the book was completed! They definitely felt accomplished, and they could barely contain their excitement when they showed their daddy the project once he arrived home!
In sum, if you wish to supplement your homeschool with material about U.S. elections, especially since this is an election year, I highly recommend HISTORY Through the Ages Hands-on History Lap-Pak: U.S. Elections from Home School in the Woods. Thank you so much for stopping by, and to read more reviews from the Fabulous Schoolhouse Review Crew, please click below!