Teaching Kids about the Presidential Election
The process of how a presidential candidate is elected in the United States is complex, and teaching kids about the presidential election can be difficult for many homeschooling parents. I received the History Through the Ages Hands-On History Lap Pack : US Elections from Home School in the Woods in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
History Through the Ages Hands-On Lap Pack: US Elections
The lap-pack is a downloadable product for homeschoolers to use to teach their children in grades 3-8 the history and process of the United States presidential election. My third grader knew only a little about how the U.S chooses the next president, so the lap-pack is a good fit for our homeschool classroom this year.
What is a Lap-Pack and How do I Use One?
A lap-pack is a folder turned interactive textbook. Assembly can scare off some homeschooling parents, but we had no problems reading the clear instructions for putting together our US Elections lap-pack. Homeschoolers are also given the option of putting the 24 page curriculum into a notebook, a newer homeschooling trend.
What Can the History Through the Ages Hands-On Lap Pack Teach My Child?
I was surprised to see the interactive worksheets covering everything from the history of campaigning to the branches of the government. Included in the pack you’ll find curriculum worksheets on these topics:
- Branches of the Government
- Election Vocabulary
- Terms of Office
- Raising Money
- Caucuses and Primaries
- Election Day
And much more!
We’ve assembled our lap pack and started with the branches of the government, stump speaking, and campaign platforms. My homeschooled child has already learned several important facts about the government, and to be honest, I’m learning too!
Did we have any Problems with the Lap Pack?
The short answer is no. The pack printed clearly, and the directions for assembling the lap-pack were clear. I did use glue instead of the recommended clear tape. Our next lap-pack will be assembled with tape because the glue went through a couple pieces of paper, and we had to wait for everything to dry. Taped in pages will be easier to color and fold. The curriculum has many elements, so I recommend you take a little time as a parent to look through each page and plan ahead. It’s not a curriculum you can jump into and expect to speed through.
What do I like most about the lap pack? It is so full of information. There is information about the United States presidential election process that I would not have thought to teach my kids. It’s also fun. There are pages to color, interactive sheets, and my favorite, an “I Voted” badge.
We’ll be continuing this history curriculum throughout school year, and next year I plan to make an additional lap pack for my second school-ages child. The all in one U.S. Elections lap-book is going to be a permanent fixture in my children’s yearly United States history homeschooled curriculum.
We’ll be continuing this curriculum through the school year, and next year I plan to use it for my other children. The all in one Home School in the Woods History Through the Ages Hands-On History Lap Pack: U.S. Elections is going to be a permanent fixture in my children’s yearly U.S. History homeschooled curriculum.
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