Curriculum Perfect for the Spring Season and Warmer Weather

Spring has sprung and warm weather is officially here (and summer is fast approaching)! Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite curriculum that ties in with the season.

 

May Day & Other Spring Festivities Curriculum

We may have passed May Day, but this curriculum goes over some other fun spring festivals and the history behind them.

 

In the Garden: Flowers and Insects Curriculum

The beginning stages of having a garden is understanding how they work and the life in it. This curriculum is filled with all the information to get your little one from the books to the garden planting their own.

 

The Four Seasons Curriculum

With it being the middle of Spring, and we’re close to Summer, it’s the perfect time to teach about the different seasons, why we have them and what they bring.

 

Going to the Park Curriculum

Whether you live in a small town or big city, chances are you have a park close to you. Parks are great places to get some fresh air and exercise, meet your friends, and have some fun!  Make your lesson planning easy with this project pack, which is all about things to do at the park, nature at a park, park and playground safety, playground science, and an introduction to state and national parks.

 

Exploring Nature Curriculum

Pair your outdoor adventures with this curriculum! Whether you hike, kayak, camp or explore your garden, this is the perfect curriculum to learn about the nature you encounter!

30 Minutes or Less Recipes Perfect for Weekday Dinners

By the time dinner rolls around, you may not have the time to dedicate one or more hours on a meal for the family. Below, we’ve listed five recipes from recipe blogs that are 30 minutes or less, easy to make and delicious for the entire family. Make sure to visit their sites and grab the recipes by clicking on the images!

 

EASY 30-MINUTE HOMEMADE CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP from Averie Cooks

Wow, does this look delicious! A homemade tradition that usually takes hours only takes 30 minutes now! One of her tips? Use rotisserie chicken!

ONE POT CHILI MAC from Num’s the Word

Not only does this just take thirty minutes, but it also only uses ONE POT. Think of what you can do with your time outside of washing dishes when you only have to clean one pot.

SHEET PAN FAJITAS from Wine and Glue

Take Taco Tuesday to the next level. This recipe requires one cutting board, one sheet pan and only 10 minutes of hands-on time.

30 MINUTE MOZZARELLA CHICKEN IN HOMEMADE TOMATO SAUCE from Little Spice Jar

A traditional and simple Italian meal.

ORANGE CHICKEN 30 MINUTE SKILLET RECIPE from The Gunny Sack

One of the most popular Chinese foods out there can be made in 30 minutes in your home.

BONUS RECIPES from The Love Nerds

So here’s the thing: Maggie from The Love Nerds has put together more than 25 recipes that take 30 minutes or less and are perfect for weeknights. Print it, Pin it and Save it in any way you can to keep this on your list to rotate through.

Rounding Up the Best Homeschooling Memes

If you follow our Facebook page, you know we love homeschool memes. Below is a collection of some of the best (in our opinion!).

 

  1. Waiting on new curriculum:

  1. Because you’re homeschooled, you have no social skills:

  1. Because you’re homeschooled, you aren’t competitive:

  1. The dreaded lack of a snow day:

  1. What grade are you in?

  1. Gorgeous “sun” days off:

  1. Day One versus Day Fourteen of the school year:

  1. And finally…

 

What are your favorite homeschool memes? Go to our Facebook page and post your favorites!

The Best of… According to You!

With the hundreds of lapbooks and note packs in our shop, it may be difficult deciding which one will be next in your curriculum. Using your reviews, we’ve put together a list of the most popular curriculums we have to offer!

For the student who knows or shows interest in a career in veterinary science:

“My daughter intends on being a vet and she loved this curriculum. It gave a lot of insight and contained so much information. It allowed her to learn more about her career choice and it gave her some incentive to do some research!!” by Elaine

“My daughter loved learning about animal care and veterinary science. I even learned something new.” by Tracie

 

Our top-rated curriculums on the English subject:

“This is the first lapbook i have bought from this company and I will definitely be buying some more! A great practical way to learn and my daughter loves the whole secret agent thing so this was perfect for her.Would definitely recommend.” by Patrice

“My girls are teens and we did this and they loved it. I learned some new things, also.” by Suzan

“My daughter has learning issues and hates (maybe I should say HATES) English – this pack helped her very much……..though English is still not a favorite ;0)” by Denise

“LOVE IT! We used this when my daughter was in third grade and are doing another one-using the same kit as I bought the CD combo- now that she is in fifth and is advancing more in grammar. Easy to us with our grammar program and great review. Can’t recommend it enough. Well worth it. THANKS!”

 

“This was the first lapbook our family ever used and we were hooked! We loved every part of of this unit. We printed all of our minibooks on white paper and my daughter would color them while I read. Thank for such a great product!” by Rebecca

“We really enjoyed the Little House in the Big Woods lapbook! It helped my daughter focus to have hands on projects for each chapter. We have a better appreciation for how much work they did back then. The more lapbooks we do…the more we want to do! Thanks so much for your lapbooks!” by Heather

“This was the very first lapbook that we did. My 9 yo dd is really into the books and wanted to do a lapbook on one. I had no idea what I would be getting from the company. HOAC did NOT disappoint. We used it along side reading the book aloud which was perfect. My 2 younger children really enjoyed it as well. It caused us all to dig deeper into the book and really think about the story. There are mini books about bee sting treatments, celebrations, difference between then and now and many more.” by Kristi

 

For the student interested in learning about why certain holidays exist and what they mean:

“I have really enjoyed the variety of activities put together in this lapbook. I also appreciate the fact that it can be used for different ages and abilities. Thanks for putting this together!” by Jennie

“In my opinion, Hands of a Child products are always top notch! This is no exception. Very well laid out. Super easy to follow instructions on construction of the folders, as well as the activities. Can easily adapt for multiple levels.” by Susan

“This was a very easy and fun way to teach what St. Patrick’s Day is all about and how it came to be. My 10 year old really enjoyed this.” by Carol

 

“A very simple lap book about Thanksgiving. This is for grades 4-8 but my first grader enjoyed this as well as my 6th grader. Easily adapted for the younger child. I had my first grader draw mostly pictures on the worksheets instead of writing. Thanksgiving discusses why the Puritans left England, their journey to the New World, Native Americans, the first Thanksgiving, a timeline, lots of recipes and symbols and how Thanksgiving became a national holiday.” by Kristina

“This is our first year homeschooling and so I have been trying out many of the different methods of teaching to see what fits in best with our lives. I have to say that LOVED this HOAC unit study. It was very easy to follow and I really liked that it had detailed instructions on what to do with the printables for the lapbooks. (especially helpful to me since I had never seen a lapbook before!) I felt that the information in it was complete and my children ages 6 and 7 had a great time doing the lapbooks. They both asked if we could keep doing homeschooling this way from now on! (which of course made me ecstatic!!) I had a day by day lesson plan in it which was invaluable to me. I have a 6 yr old, a 7 yr old and then a toddler. All of them have special needs so my time is extremely limited. It was a really big help to be able to spend my time actually teaching them rather than preparing the lessons. All I had to do was look at the lesson plan and then print what we needed for the week. I did cut some of the things out ahead of time since my children have some fine motor issues. I have tried other unit studies also but this HOAC format was perfect for us, I will definitely be purchasing more unit studies from HOAC! Thanks for all your hard work putting these together so that people like me can utilize them. It has been a blessing for sure!” by Jessica

 

“Very simple yet thorough lap book. Lots of good, detailed information on Christmas symbols. Now that my kids and I know the history of each symbol it really makes us think and reflect each time we see a candy cane, poinsettia or receive a Christmas card. We decided to create our own Advent calendars after reading about their origins in this lap book. We included special messages for each family member in ours.” by Kristina

“My kids and I learned so much about the symbols of Christmas! There were some projects that my younger ones had a hard time either cutting out or putting together, but it brought us closer so we could help one another. I helped my smallest cut out everything. He got to color it in and glue it on. Now they are keepsakes that we can bring out each year to remember Christmas. Thanks for a great study!” by Elizabeth

 

For the science lover:

“My son worked on this last year and loved it. He’s my science nut :) He took the finished project to his merit badge counselor and earned a merit badge too! I love when that happens. Thanks for the great product.” by Kristin

“We loved this animal classification lapbook. I have some samples on my blog at http://myfatherssheep.blogspot.com/2011/04/wb-30-animal-classification-lapbook.html if you would like to see how we made the lapbook and completed the study. They really came out understanding animal classification when they were done. Finish the lesson with a fun field trip to the zoo & see if they can identify the different animals :O)” by Rachel

 

“This was the first lapbook we completed in the Habitat series. After completing this we can’t wait to work our way through the remaining lapbooks. Ocean Habitats begins by explaining the difference between and ocean and sea. Then it breaks into each ocean along with a few facts about each. You will learn about each layer or zone of the ocean, ocean currents and finally ocean life. It gave very general information about ocean life so I had my daughter, age 11, do research on an animal who calls the ocean home. Animals just make learning more fun. She researched the ocean zone in which the animal lives, how the animal helps the ocean and how we can protect this animal and its environment.” by Kristina

“I was afraid this was going to be “too much” for our boys, but it was great! One day I will realize that HOAC Project Packs really are easy to customize to your kiddo’s level. The boys enjoyed looking for vocabulary words as we went through. Our 9 year old was the “note keeper” of the project and our 6 year old was our “illustrator”. We tied in Creatures of the Deep and will be revisiting our Ocean Habitats when we do the Pirates pack.”

 

For the pirate enthusiast:

“My boys LOVED this lapbook! They like coloring and thought it was fun to paste/brad and color the pirates onto toilet paper rolls. We used eye patches to make it more fun. I liked the color by number and learning activities included. Anything with pirates and parrots will be a hit!” by Melissa

“Oh my, did my co-op class have fun doing the pirates lapbook! This is a great topic for boys. They had to move our classroom because we were being too noisy talking like pirates! On our last day I had them search the building for hidden treasure. They loved it!” by Lynda

“What a great time we had with this! While my olders (12, 10, and 8 were doing Pirates, the 6 and 2 year olds were able to tag along on the journey with this project pack. We all had pirate names and positions on the crew. It is one of our most favorite studies!” by Vicki

“Great unit to start out with. We spent a week on this unit, and the boys said it wasn’t long enough. I done this with a 1st & 2nd grader. They had so much fun creating a pirate, pirate ship, flag, etc! All the activities were fun & informative. Most activities the boys could do all on their own. My boys enjoyed this unit so much, and I was told I have to get more! We’re looking into doing Blackbeard and the Pirates lapbooks from HOAC also. I shouldn’t say looking into … we will do them! Thank you HOAC for adding such fun to our lives by providing great material for our children to learn from!” by Angela

 

There are even curriculums that get you prepared for your next vacation:

“We completed this lapbook just before our vacation to Disneyland. Although we are regular visitors to the Magic Kingdom, this lapbook gives a lot of info and would be perfect for someone who has never been there, as well as great memories for someone who has.” by Sara

 

Any of these catch your eye? What have been your favorite curriculum topics you used so far?

Tying Literature into Your Curriculum

Reading literature is such a vital part of a child’s education. The books read can impact a child’s entire life. With that being said, how do you know you are choosing the right books for their age and reading level? How do you know they are truly grasping the message of the book?

Below are just a few books to start with for different age and grade levels. Some of the books have corresponding lapbooks that can enhance the reading experience and engage them with hands-on activities.

 

Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd Grade

 

“Kitten’s First Full Moon” by Kevin Henkes

“Kitten’s First Full Moon is an acclaimed modern classic, from one of the most celebrated and beloved picture book creators working in the field today. This memorable character and her suspenseful adventure are just right for the very youngest child. It is Kitten’s first full moon, and when she sees it she thinks it is a bowl of milk in the sky. And she wants it. Does she get it? Well, no . . . and yes. What a night!.”

 

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“The Tale of Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter

“The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a British children’s book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter that follows mischievous and disobedient young Peter Rabbit as he is chased about the garden of Mr. McGregor.”

 

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“Strega Nona” by Tomie dePaola

“Strega Nona—”Grandma Witch”—is the source for potions, cures, magic, and comfort in her Calabrian town. Her magical ever-full pasta pot is especially intriguing to hungry Big Anthony. Big Anthony is supposed to look after her house and tend her garden, but one day, when she goes over the mountain to visit Strega Amelia, he recites the magic verse over the pasta pot, with disastrous results.”

 

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3rd through 6th Grade

 

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“Little House in the Big Woods” by Laura Ingalls Wilder

“This beloved story of a pioneer girl and her family begins in 1871 in a log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Four-year-old Laura lives in the little house with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters Mary and Carrie, and their dog, Jack. Pioneer life is sometimes hard for the family, but it is also exciting as they celebrate Christmas with homemade toys and treats, do the spring planting, bring in the harvest, and make their first trip into town. And every night Laura and her family are safe and warm in their little house, with the happy sound of Pa’s fiddle to send them off to sleep.”

 

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“My Side of the Mountain” by Jean Craighead George

“Terribly unhappy in his family’s crowded New York City apartment, Sam Gribley runs away to the solitude-and danger-of the mountains, where he finds a side of himself he never knew.”

 

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“The Twenty-One Balloons” by William Pene du Bois

“Professor William Waterman Sherman intends to fly across the Pacific Ocean. But through a twist of fate, he lands on Krakatoa, and discovers a world of unimaginable wealth, eccentric inhabitants, and incredible balloon inventions.”

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What are some other books you have on your reading list?

Top 5 Lapbooks of February

February has officially graced us with its presence, and with it brings brand new monthly planning. Below, we’ve listed the top 5 lapbooks for February that both celebrate history and teach valuable lessons.

1. Study a President

Study a President Lapbook

This means any President! Use this lapbook with the 18 hands-on activities to learn about important dates, country of origin, family, early life and occupations, election and office facts, impact on national history, qualities and characteristics of the president, and more. Better yet, tie it in with some important dates this month: Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is February 12, George Washington’s birthday is February 22 and President’s Day is February 20.

2. Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day Lapbook from In the Hands of a Child

Valentine’s Day is more than just “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue,” but do your children know that? Teach them all about the history of the day, Saint Valentine, the symbols, etc. with this lapbook.

3. Great Inventors and their Inventions

Great Inventors and Their Inventions Lapbook by In the Hands of a Child

Do you have a mini-inventor on your hands? Grab this lapbook and learn about the greatest of our time, such as Johannes Gutenberg, Galileo and Benjamin Franklin. Better yet, you can tie this in with Thomas Edison’s birthday on February 11.

4. America’s Civil Rights Movement

America's Civil Rights Movement Lapbook from In the Hands of a Child

Not only is it Black History Month, but it’s also Rosa Parks’ birthday on February 4. This is a great time to teach your children that every citizen is entitled to their own civil rights, however there are those in the past who have had to fight for these rights. This lapbook covers the years 1954 through 1968.

5. The Cardiovascular System

The Cardiovascular System Lapbook from In the Hands of a Child

Today, February 1, is Healthy Heart Day. Teach and show how the complex cardiovascular system works.

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“The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis.

A great series to get your kids into this summer and keep the learning alive. Read it as a family or even get some friends involved. Any way you do it the kids will love this book and the corresponding Lapbook!

Keep summer simple with our simple planning included. This pack includes a 14-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 25 Hands-On Activities, a 20-page Research Guide, and an Answer Key.
(But feel free to take it slower, it is summer of course!)

Whether you choose to study “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” as a classical example of a great fantasy story or you are looking for a Christian lesson, this unit is for everyone! The Research Guide is presented from both a secular and a Christian perspective to allow for an all-inclusive study. Just add the novel and you are ready to go!

When adding this unit to your cart, choose the Lapbook eBook or Note Pack eBook (if available) option.