Home School in the Woods U.S. Elections Lap-Pak Review
What's the difference between a caucus and a primary? What is the United States of America's government based on? What are each of the three branches of government responsible for? What is the Electoral College? These are just some of the questions that are answered in the U.S. Elections Lap-Pak made by Home School in the Woods.
Since we are in the midst of what I call "election season", I thought that this was a great time for our 10 year old to learn more about elections. He hears about the election and some of the people running and has questions about it (don't we all?).
Home School in the Woods has put together a great U.S. Elections Lap-Pak to help answer some of the questions. It is a very thorough study of the entire elections process. It starts talking about what the word "election" means, then goes into what some of the different forms of government are that can be found around the world. By working through the Lap-Pak, your child (and you, if you are working with them) will learn the following: Elections in the United States of America, The Different Forms of Government, Governments of the People in History, America: A New Creation from Old Roots, The Three Branches of Government, Suffrage, The Election Process, Who Do We Vote For and their Term Limits, Running For Office, Political Parties, Caucuses and Primaries, National Conventions, Running a Presidential Campaign, Raising Money, Statistics, Election Day, The Electoral College, Inauguration Day, and The Importance of Elections.
This Lap-Pak is completely downloadable, which is nice. Once you purchase it, you get an email with the zip-file for you to download. I would suggest opening the document labeled, "Start", so you know how to proceed with printing. Just as a side note, there is quite a bit of information and material included with this Lap-Pak. The directions are extensive, and at sometimes, overwhelming. I tried to follow the directions to print the booklet, but after two tries, I just printed each page and used double-sided tape to attach them back to back. It worked. I then proceeded to print all of the documents in the folder, so that I would have them all and I wasn't printing every day. This was good and bad. The good was that I had everything together and I didn't have to mess with figuring out what to print each time we worked on it. The bad was that I had everything at once and it was quite a big stack of paper. This made it slightly difficult to find the right pages for the activity we were doing that day because they are printed alphabetically, not in the order of how you use them. If I were to do this again, I would print the pages each day to better track them all. Just make sure that you give yourself plenty of preparation time before you get started with this. There is a lot to get ready and read through before you begin.
"So, what all are you printing?", you may ask. For each part of the Reading Booklet, there is a paper activity to complete to put into the folder. These paper activities help your student to understand what the reading was about. These activities are greatly informative. They basically summarize what the reading was about. This was, of course, our 10 year old's favorite part of this. Listen to what he said about it:
Honestly, I think that it's really cool that they are teaching kids on what an election is becuase kids don't really know what it is. I really didn't know what happens in the election. I just thought that everyone went to a place, wrote down who they were voting for, and putting it in a box. I thought that the crafts were pretty cool.
Here he is explaining to his grandparents all that he had learned so far.
My first thought was to have him work through this by himself. We ended up going through it together, as it was a little overwhelming for him to do independently and I found the information interesting, as well. It ended up being a great activity for us to work through together. I know that we both learned a lot! I am glad that we were able to use the U.S. Elections Lap-Pak made by Home School in the Woods to learn about the election process.
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