With this year being a presidential election year, my boys studying United States History and my daughter studying US Government I jumped at the chance to use HISTORY Through the Ages Hands-on History Lap-Pak: U.S. Elections from Home School in the Woods. At first my children (13, 15 & 18) where a bit skeptical about putting together a lap book, thinking they were too old for this project. They soon found out that this project added a bit of fun to our studies and that they maybe needed a little brush up on their cutting skills. 🙂
If you are not familiar with lap books you will want to find out how they can enhance your homeschool.
Lapbooks are paper manipulatives using file folders in which the student stores creative summaries of their work.
When children are given hands on activities to learn while they study they will retain more information. Lapbooks do exactly that; they help them retain the information they are learning.
HISTORY Through the Ages Hands-on History Lap-Pak: U.S. Elections is recommended for grades 3-8. U.S. elections takes you through the election process reinforced with hands on activities.
What you get:
We received the download version of HISTORY Through the Ages Hands-on History Lap-Pak: U.S. Elections ($18.95) for this review. A CD version is also available for $19.95 from Homeschool in the Woods. Following is what was included in our download:
- Instructions on how to print and assemble the booklet. The booklet is the text that accompanies the projects completed in the lap-book. The booklet can be read by the parent or child. There is also an audio of the booklet included in the download. We enjoyed listening to the audio while we worked on the lap-book projects.
- A list of materials needed plus Instructions with color pictures on how to assemble the lapbook.
- Instructions on how to print and assemble each of the projects that go into the lap book. Each of the projects is unique in how it is folded, cut and put together. This is the fun part.
- A book list is given to help gather books to add even more depth to this study. I was able to find most of the books through my state library.
If you are looking for a fun but still educational way to brighten up your homeschool you will want to take a look at this option. My kids were skeptical about being too old, but found it to be a highlight of their week. This hands on learning experience is just what we needed and worked in perfectly with what we are studying. It was fun to see how each of their lap books turned out differently with their own unique style. Here are some of our praises for this product:
- It was easy for me as the teacher to get everything ready each day. The instructions were easy to follow and I loved that there was color pictures of finished projects so that I knew when to use color paper, cardstock or plain white paper when printing.
- I loved the recommended book list. I would read to the kids as they were working on the projects. Some of the recommended books were for younger children, but we enjoyed going back to the basics after reading high school material for the past several months.
- I appreciated the choice of printing the projects with lines for them to write out the information themselves or with the information already printed. Some of my students wouldn’t have like this project as much if there was writing involved.
- Being an artist and having likeminded children (2 out of 4), we enjoyed the artistic side of this. Having the projects be interactive was exciting as well.
- My children learned about the election process and actually enjoyed it. I know the visual and hands on experience will help them remember what they have learned.
You will want to have plenty of choices of colored paper, a printer with plenty of black ink, colored pencils, glue sticks and double sided tape so you can get started right away.
Watch the video we put together below to view this product in use.