Tuesday, November 8, 2016

U.S. Elections Lap Book

This month we have been learning about U.S. Elections and we are working on the final details of our U.S. Elections Lap Books today as we wait for the polls to close this evening... 

Four years ago we completed these Presidential Election Lap Books and Unit Study and this year we used the excellent U.S. Elections Lap-Pak from Homeschool in the Woods, as I mentioned in our 2016-2017 Curriculum Plans last month.  We've all learned so much and have had a great time creating all the mini-books. 

In addition to the resources provided in the Lap-Pak, we've added in some books, videos, and this Pro-Life Citizenship Unit Study (for the teens) as well. 

We still have a few things to finish... The kids are each writing their personal policies (social, economic, and foreign) and working on coming up with their own campaign ads and slogans.


I loved hearing the kids quiz each other while they assembled their lap books! 


.: INSIDE VIEW #1 :.

Left Flap:
  • Suffrage
  • The Presidential Campaign: Stump Speaking
  • Election Day
  • The Electoral College
  • National Conventions
Right Flap:
  • Terms of Office
  • The Presidential Campaign: Platform

.: INSIDE VIEW #2 :.

  • The Presidential Campaign: Campaign Advertising — Spreading the Word!
  • The Presidential Campaign: Media — News Source
  • Inauguration Day

  • Definition of “Election”
  • The “Vocabinet”

.: INSIDE VIEW #3 :.

  • Raising Money
  • Different Forms of Government
  • A “Handful” of Political Parties
  • Statistics
  • Who Do We Vote For?

.: INSIDE VIEW #4 :.

  • The Electoral Race!
  • Caucuses & Primaries (Choosing the Candidate)

  • The Three Branches of Government
  • The American Experiment


See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House
Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts
Mary and the 50 States
Thanksgiving in the White House
Elections in the U.S.A. Activity Book

Other Resources: 
Electoral College for Kids from Waltzing Matilda
Pro-Life Citizenship Unit Study (teens) from Culture of Life Studies
Misc other resources and videos (I'm out of time to link to them all right now!)


Build the White House

(We'll be working on the the Capital Building tonight!) 

They also want to add the election prayer/novena we have been praying to the back of their Lap Books as well:

Most Holy Trinity: Our Father in Heaven, who chose Mary as the fairest of you daughters; Holy Spirit, who chose Mary as your Spouse; God the Son, who chose Mary as your Mother, in union with Mary we adore your majesty and acknowledge your supreme, eternal dominion and authority.

Most Holy Trinity, we put the United States of America into the hands of Mary Immaculate in order that she may present the country to you. Through her we wish to thank you for the great resources of this land and for the freedom which has been its heritage.

Through the intercession of Mary, have mercy on the Catholic Church in America. Grant us peace. Have mercy on our president and on all the officers of our government. Grant us a fruitful economy, born of justice and charity. Have mercy on capital and industry and labor. Protect the family life of the nation. Guard the precious gift of many religious vocations. Through the intercession of our Mother, have mercy on the sick, the tempted, sinners — on all who are in need.

Mary, Immaculate Virgin, our Mother, Patroness of our land, we praise you and honor you and give ourselves to you. Protect us from every harm. Pray for us that acting always according to your will and the will of your divine Son, we may live and die pleasing to God.


By His Eminence Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke,

O Lord Jesus Christ, You alone are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In Your Church You show us the Way, You teach us the Truth, and You give us Your Life. Grant, we humbly beg You, that, always and in all things, we may be faithful to You in Your Holy Church, and to Your Vicar on Earth, the Supreme Pontiff, Pope Francis. Grant also, we beg You, that, in these times of decision, all who profess to be Catholic and who are entrusted with the sacred duty to participate in public life, may, by the strength of Your grace, unwaveringly follow Your Way and faithfully adhere to Your Truth, living in You with all their mind and heart, for Your greater glory, the salvation of souls, and the good of our nation. Amen. 

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America, Pray for us.
Saint Thomas More, Patron of Religious Freedom, Pray for us.