Are you looking for something fun to do with your children to teach them about U.S. elections? Are you wanting to create a lifelong project that your children can come back to time and time again? I received HISTORY Through the Ages Hands-on History Lap-Pak: U.S. Elections download from Home School in the Woods to review with my family. This product is also available on CD.
This is our first time using a lap-pak from Home School in the Woods and it is amazing!! If you have never made a lap book before this is a very good one to start with. Home School in the Woods has laid everything out for you! You are given step by step directions throughout the entire process from the beginning until the finished product. Detailed pictures of every step from filling out the pages to assembling in the lap book! The suggested grades to work on this lap-pak are grades 3-8 but you can use it with older and younger children as well. I used this with Sweet Pea who will be eight soon.
I appreciate that the majority of the supplies needed to complete this lap-pak can be found around the house and are inexpensive if any needed to be purchased. The project directions are broken down into detailed steps. Each step lists the supplies you need, which paper to print the pieces on, and step by step directions on completing the individual project. Pictures are also included for assembling the project. It made it very easy for me to print everything on the proper paper, what supplies I needed for each project, and how everything was assembled.
Included in the lap-pack is a 24 page reading booklet. The reading text can be printed in two different ways, either in booklet or binder format. If printed in booklet format, the completed size is 5.5″ x 8.5″ and in the binder format the pages will be 8.5″x 11″. Step by step instructions are given for printing the reading text. If your printer doesn’t have the duplex feature there are instructions on which pages are printed together to form the book.
*Note: If you have any problems with page placement when printing in duplex mode make sure “Flip on Right Edge” is selected.
An audio copy of the booklet is provided as 2 MP3 files. Home School in the Woods provides the location of every project on the track so you can easily find the audio reading for the project you are working on. I like the option of having an audio file available as an alternative to reading the booklet.
There are a few different options of putting together the lap book. Home School in the Woods provided detailed descriptions on how to put together the lap book and where to place everything in the lap book. We chose to assemble the pages in a book with comb binding per Sweet Pea’s request. We have a comb binder, which she loves to use and we used colored card stock for the pages. Sweet Pea chose the fall colors for her card stock. Other ways of putting the book together is using a binder to store all of the pages or in a lap book (as shown in their directions).
As we were putting together the lap book Sweet Pea kept exclaiming, “Mom, this is awesome!” and “I love this!” I was very excited to see how excited she was as she was putting together this lap book. She has asked for me to read her the pages in the book and asks to look through it a lot. This will definitely something we will be keeping for a long time!
You can find Home School in the Woods on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter. With the homeschool convention season getting into gear I would like to encourage you to check if Home School in the Woods will be attending your local convention. If they are there please stop by their booth and check out this wonderful lap-pak and their other products!