Little House Lapbooks (Knowledge Box)
Generously packed with well-written lessons, a variety of student activities, and black-and-white illustrations, Elections in America is another winning curriculum from the Notgrass family. Elections in America teaches students about voting, elections, and the history of the American political process. There are three main sections: "Voting in America," "American Politics" and "The History of American Elections." Lessons in Voting in America" cover topics such as voter registration, voting technology, electoral votes, and the Electoral College. This section also covers the historical events affecting suffrage for women, African-Americans, immigrants, Native Americans, and 18 year-olds. In "American Politics" students will learn about the origins of many political parties, political conventions, party platforms, political debates, campaigning and the influence of the media. The last section provides a detailed timeline of American elections in chronological order, from 1788 to the 2008 pre-election. Bible study lessons relevant to the process of electing leaders, such as wisdom, integrity, principled leadership, truth and more are also interspersed throughout the program and allow students to view America's political processes and experiences through the lens of scripture. There are 75 lessons in all, organized into 15 units (chapters). Each unit begins with a one-page snapshot, providing the parent/teacher a lesson overview, list of needed supplies, and parent participation guidance. Parental participation is minimal and would be easily managed in a house filled with homeschooling children. According to the publishers, the student should be able to complete each lesson (including reading and the corresponding activity book assignment) in 15-30 minutes. Thus, you could use the program as a semester-long course.
The Curriculum Package includes the Elections in America book, student activity book and an answer key to the student activity book. Within the student activity book are "fill in the blank" sentences, mapping activities, unit reviews and a variety of creative art assignments such as designing campaign buttons, drawing political cartoons, and similar projects. Recommended supplies are items easily found the house including: colored pencils, white and black paper, a U.S. map (with states labeled), a dictionary and a container. ~ Deanne/Caryl