Hands-On History from Home School in the Woods

I LOVE projects and since I’ve allowed my project-love to spill over into our homeschooling, I couldn’t resist a review of the lapbook projects available from Home School in the Woods. We recently reviewed HISTORY Through the Ages Hands-on History Lap-Pak: U.S. Elections and I’m thrilled to bring you our results.The MamaZone: Home School in the Woods Elections Lap Pak

This review was facilitated by Schoolhouse Review Crew  and Home School in the Woods.

About HISTORY Through the Ages Hands-on History Lap-Pak: U.S. Elections

The Elections Lap-Pak introduces students to the presidential elections process here in the United States. This was a perfect time for this project, as my son has had a number of questions about our current presidential race. It was quite helpful to be able to walk him through the process with these hands-on activities. Here are the highlights:

  • Appropriate for grades 3-8
  • Includes 21 lap booking projects (see below)
  • Includes a 24-page reading booklet
  • Includes narrated audio text
  • Projects include step-by-step instructions and a photo of the finished project

The lap-pak is available via CD ($19.95) or Download ($18.95). We used the downloaded version, which includes all of the required components, clear instructions and links so the pages can be accessed using an internet browser.  All of the project pages were easy to print, with the exception of the reading booklet. There are several variations of instructions for printing the booklet, but we never quite got it to print correctly.

U.S. Elections History Lap-Pak Review

Included Projects:

  • Definition of “Election”
  • Different Forms of Government
  • The American Experiment
  • The Three Branches of Government
  • Suffrage
  • Who Do We Vote For?
  • Terms of Office
  • A “Handful” of Political Parties
  • Caucuses & Primaries
  • National Conventions
  • The Presidential Campaign: Platform
  • The Presidential Campaign: Stump Speaking
  • The Presidential Campaign: Media — News Source
  • The Presidential Campaign: Campaign Advertising — Spreading the Word!
  • Raising Money
  • Statistics
  • Election Day
  • The Electoral College
  • Inauguration Day
  • The Electoral Race!
  • The “Vocabinet”


Our U.S. Elections History Lap-Pak Review

I work hard to center our homeschooling activities around history. My son loves it, so keeping history in the forefront makes our days a bit easier. Things are also easier when we have a variety of activities that help break up the monotony of the day and when those activities are hands-on and creative, that’s a huge plus as well.

Can you see why I was drawn to Home School in the Woods and their lap-paks?


The U.S. Elections HISTORY Through the Ages Hands-on History Lap-Pak definitely made for a stress-free history class.  My star student followed along in the reading packet as the narrator read each lesson, then we worked together to finish the hands-on projects. He was able to research, expand and apply creativity to the projects and we had several conversations about the current presidential race, which were enlightening for him and often hilarious for me! Our rating: an unquestionable 5 mamas. Here’s why:

The MamaZone Review: 5 Mamas

[1] It makes mama’s life easier, taking stress out of homeschool history time.  [2] It’s kid approved. [3] It delivered what was promised. [4] It’s affordable. [5] It’s unique in its comprehensiveness. It’s also cleverly put together, user-friendly and extremely easy to implement.

You can be sure I’ll be purchasing more of their products! If you’ve tried the Elections Lap-Pak (or any of their products), I’d love to chat about it in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to check out what the other Schoolhouse Review Crew members thought by clicking the green banner below.

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