If you enjoy doing Lapbooks with your kids, I highly suggest checking out the variety from Home School in the Woods. We recently received a digital copy of HISTORY Through the Ages Hands-on History Lap-Pak: U.S. Elections. The suggested age group for this particular pack is grades 3 – 8.
This Lap-Pak introduces your child to the United States presidential elections process through hands-on activities. It takes a brief look at the structure of the government and then goes into election process. The nice thing is it gives you a little bit of history as it was established as well. It also explains how the president is chosen.
The Lap-Pak consists of 21 different hands-on activities. There is a variety where you can draw, color, use creative writing, research and more. The reading comes in two different formats: full size sheets you can put in a binder or smaller size that you can make into a book. There is also audio that is provided so if you prefer to listen to it instead of read that is an option too. There are step by step directions for each project as well.
HOW WE USED THIS:
I used this with my son and we worked about 30 minutes a day until we were finished. I printed the booklet out for both of us to follow along. I didn’t make them double sided they actually printed on a sheet and I cut them in half and stapled them. I did print the step by step directions so I knew where to pause and what to work on as we went along in the reading. Instead of creating folders I put all our folds into a notebook, as that is what I normally do with our lap books. That way it’s all in one place and easier for me to store.
We both really enjoyed learning about the elections. Ok well maybe I was questioned why he had to learn about the elections as he didn’t seem really interested at first. I simply explained to him that I felt it was important so that one day he could vote and understand the process behind it. He then started becoming more and more interested. I think he was more fascinated with learning about some of the history. I didn’t know that newspaper writers in the beginning had to be very careful to not be biased. Now a days there is bias in the news. I can image that it was very hard to write with out stating an opinion. My son thought it was pretty cool that they stood on tree stumps speaking to the people.
One that that really I enjoyed was reading about the Electoral College Votes as I always wondered what the purpose of the people voting if the Electoral College had there say. It has even been talked about removing. However, it’s nice to know that most states Electoral College Votes are swayed by the popular votes from the people. I think there is like only 2 that are allowed to vote the way they want. There was a election where one person won the popular votes but lost the Electoral College votes so he didn’t get to be President. I am pretty sure it was the year Al Gore ran for President. I just found it interesting as I never really know how things were voted for.
I really liked that there were things my son could color in order to brighten things up. The one thing that I really liked was that I could print out the answers and put them in the folds. That created less writing for my son. My son has a hard time with writing so that worked out perfectly. Now don’t get me wrong there were some things he did have to write. I would read the reading and he would have to read what I call the recap from the lap book folds.
I also did like the audio as we started out by listening to just the audio and then we did the reading with the instructions on the project. This was set up nicely for how it was taught. I liked that this could be accommodating for different needs and learning styles as well.
You can purchase the digital copy or you can order a CD copy.
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