Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
It’s election year, and considering our current climate, I think that it’s more important than ever for us to get out and vote for the right people to govern our country. I love to take my kids with me to vote because I want them to be included in this wonderful privilege I have to play a part in making our laws and choosing our representatives. And I want my children to know about the process as well so that, one day, they will be able exercise their rights and make informed choices for our country as well.
To be honest, I am not especially good with lapbooks. I love the idea, and I enjoy seeing other people’s works of art. But somehow, I can never get them put together just right. Still, we have enjoyed our time working on these, so don’t judge me too harshly! The hands-on projects have made it much easier to discuss with my children the process that we go through in U.S. elections. Let’s be real–the process itself can be quite dry to explain. But thanks to this wonderful packet, we have had some interesting conversations about the process! If you want to see how it really should look, check out Amy’s blog on “Studying U.S. Elections Hands-On.”
We actually still have more to work through, but I thought you might want to see our creations while we’re all quarantined. I really do believe that this is a great project to work on for the whole family.
Here’s Hannah’s project:
And here’s Ephraim’s:
The lapbook comes as a a downloadable packet with detailed instructions for each section as well as visuals and instructions on how to put it all together. As you can see, we are not great at following instructions, but we definitely tried! So far, we have discussed the Different Forms of Government, the Three Branches of Government, Suffrage, the Election Process, Terms of Office, Political Parties, and Caucuses and Primaries. It’s been great to walk through this lapbook with my kids and to be reminded a lot about the process we citizens have the opportunity to go through in our amazing country.
I love how comprehensive this lapbook is. I didn’t have to do any of my own research as the download also includes the text for teaching as well. As someone who just does not do well with lapbooks and projects, I do love that this comes already to go for me. I just have to teach it and help my kids figure out how to put together each section. Actually, the kids are pretty proud of themselves, too!
Home School in the Woods also has some other great projects to add to your homeschool as well. Whether you want to learn about a specific holiday or time period, Home School in the Woods has some great options to consider! While I received a free product to review, I think that the cost is worth the time and effort that they obviously put into each study. I may have to add one of their other studies to our school next year!
By now, though, you know you don’t have to just take my word for it! We have a great crew that reviews these products, and I am sure you will find that I am not alone in singing the praises of this great resource!