Elections Unit Study for Multiple Ages

Picking up books at the library, the librarian is scanning all the selections I’ve reserved. She asks…

“so are you a teacher, a homeschooler or a dedicated parent?”

I answer to all of the above, don’t you? And I love our wonderfully helpful librarians. They share our passion for learning.

Elections 2012 unit study by Amanda Bennett mixes and blends with our current Tapestry of Grace studies of colonial America. How? In the three weeks we’ve enjoyed it, we’ve studied the first five presidents, the constitution and the election process – a wonderful compliment to the era of history we were already entrenched in. While at the same time taking advantage of current events to learn all we can. Because come the next presidential election I’ll have one that will be voting!

Elections Study for Preschool to High School

How are we doing it? Once again, while the children are still finishing up their lunch, I crack open the laptop. I scan ahead and print a few copies of coloring pages. These coloring pages are perfect for the littlest ones and help keep them at the table a little while longer. I click and we watch the suggested video – usually about three to four minutes long.

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

Elections 2012 is designed with sections for lower level and upper level, so you just enjoy what you need for your children. I tend to pick the video or supplement I believe would appeal most to our age range rather than try to do everything for both levels. Plus, many assignments naturally overlap.

Elections Journals. Earlier that morning I’ve written the day’s verse or quote on the chalkboard overhead for the older ones to write in their Elections journal. (We’ve recycled our journals from our Amanda Bennett Olympics study. We just flipped to the back of the journal and created a new cover.) We discuss the person of the day. What fun discussions we’ve had about presidents! We talk about the vocabulary words and their meanings. Then we move on to another one of our ‘few more things after lunch’ subjects and studies.

Election Study Highlights and Favorites

I wouldn’t give you two cents for all your fancy rules if, behind them, they didn’t have a little bit of plain, ordinary, everyday kindness and a little looking out for the other fella, too.” ~Jefferson Smith, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

  • Watching Mr. Smith Goes to Washington! (an all-time favorite)
  • Discussing political parties and the current elections and the candidates’ views.
  • Adding to elections journals.

We’ve acted like homeschoolers this week. Had to be flexible with multiple doctor and orthodontic visits: 1. Mama’s late afternoon coffee break following a full day of appointments | 2. Night school – 15-year-old scans her planner to be sure she’s covered all her assignments. We have a weekly meeting on Sunday evenings to be sure everyone knows what we’ll be doing. And even with our Elections study, we’re still reading from our core Tapestry of Grace text. | 3. A favorite way for high schooler to complete her school assignments. Music in her ears, books spread at the school room table. | 4. We read our Five in a Row selection, Angus Lost whenever we pleased. After lunch, late afternoon or before bed.

Then, during afternoon quiet time I might open with a read aloud selection from the mantel (pictured at top). See, by having these books in plain sight, this might happen all on its own… put it in sight, they will read. Otherwise, I encourage each child to take at least one ‘school’ book for reading. Current favorites from each child are:

  • (15-year-old) Great Presidential Wit by Bob Dole
  • (13-year-old) The U.S. Constitution and You
  • (10-year-old and six-year-old) So You Want to Be President?

We’ve made sure to take nature study joy breaks! The fall colors are gorgeous! (How to Frame Your Days with Nature Study). All of the above photos are from the backyard except the gorgeous maple leaf that Lil’ Buddy handed me as we were getting in the car. “A leaf for you!” Littlest Girl also discovered some miniature mushrooms growing in the backyard.

The rest of afternoon quiet time is spent on reading for pure pleasure whatever they’d like to read. Middle Girl is going through a bucket of classic books by Beverly Cleary and the Nancy Rue series (Eldest Girl read these when she was this age).

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Romans 13:1

Then some evenings we watched an Elections Study selection or the current presidential debate.

It was an art filled week for us as well! 1. We were blessed to have Nana spend part of a day with us. She helped the children make fall art decorations (pictured in number 3) | 2. Free paint with watercolors | 3. pumpkins and leaves with crayons | 4. A Mark Kistler art lesson around the kitchen table thanks to our Harmony Fine Arts Grade 7 plans we enjoy together every week! | 5. Making tertiary color wheels with our new Home Art Studio DVDGrade 3 we are enjoying all together | 6. Free paint after our color wheels | 7. post color wheels | 8. Finished tertiary color wheels

Plus, today at The Curriculum Choice, Hodgepodgedad is sharing a confession. He no longer carries a Bible to church. See his review of the amazing Glo Bible App. We also have a collection of Elections resources on our Curriculum Choice Elections and Government Pinterest board.

But the biggest news from this week is that Littlest Girl made a profession of faith and will be baptized soon! “…there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” ~ Luke 15:10. That is what it is all about! And we are celebrating.

Many thanks to our Friday hostesses!

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Do you take a break from the regular to learn about current events? Have you been watching the presidential debates as part of your studies? Click to leave a comment…

About Hodgepodgemom

Tricia faces a daily dose of chaos homeschooling five children – preschoolers to high schoolers. The biggest lesson she’s learned? At the end of the day – when the dishes are put away and the children are tucked in bed – truly what matters is each child’s relationship with the Lord. Raising children is a God-given privilege and, folks, the time is short.

Comments

  1. We also started an Election and Voting unit study, but using lapbook printables from Homeschool Share…and what few books are library had. (Fortunately the library had one great book on the history of, how to, etc. that isn’t too daunting for a 10 year old and 7 year old.)

    I had to LOL at your high schooler because it looks very familiar! They only difference is mine does his work on the couch in PJs most mornings! LOL

    Your art looks like lots of hands-on fun! We’ve switched from Art to handicrafts this year. The kids are really enjoying the art/creative/doing approach (but sometimes it’s hard to get all the supplies every week).

    Beautiful fall colors!
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    • Oh mine loves the couch in pjs part of the school day too! Oooo – thanks for sharing about the lapbooks and printables from Homeschool Share. We may need to wrap ours up with a lapbook – I have one that is very much a hands on learner. Thanks so much Jessy!

  2. We love Glo! It’s the best Bible app. We complement it with youversion.com as well. I love the ideas for the Election Unit Study. We are about to move into that phase as well. We need to complete the Revolutionary War first.

  3. And another fast, fun-filled week at Hodgepodge! Such fun being with the student-artists and making Halloween and fall decorations! Yes, the great testimony of faith from the youngest girl DID bring joy not only to angels in heaven but also to those of us here too!
    Forever,
    N.

  4. I love seeing what your family is up to, and it encourages me to read how you respond to others readers’ questions. I’m so happy for Littlest Girl for her life-changing decision to follow Christ!
    Thank you for sharing with us!

    • Thank you for your sweet comment Jana. You just never know… just a regular sort of day when Littlest Girl asked about how to become a Christian! Praising Him! So thankful.

  5. Thanks for all the great resources! I can’t wait to check them out! We are doing an election class at our co-op but these ideas will help me supplement at home!

  6. So sweet that your little one will be baptized soon. What a wonderful time for your family!

    Now, on to the elections… they are sneaking up on me. I had to finish some Oregon Trail stuff and now we can move on. So far I just have one read aloud, but it seems that when we start with a book the rabbit trails and learning abounds.
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  7. So excited for Littlest Girl in taking the first step in her relationship with Christ!! Looks like a great week. We had so much fun with explorers and Columbus Day the past couple of weeks, that I’m suddenly beginning to wonder if my older two (who are only 7 and 5) would have any interest in the election. The election to them so far has been mainly a “Daddy arguing at the tv during the debates” experience. :-)

  8. Welcoming your daughter into the kingdom, thank you for sharing with us!
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  9. I love all your suggestions on multiple age teaching, with real, practical suggestions and visual examples. It is a pleasure to stop by this corner of the web.
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  10. Nature study is one thing I would love to do. All five of my children would love it, yet somehow it never gets done. Sigh. Well done you for achieving so much this week!
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