With this unit study you will be able to teach your 3rd-8th grade classroom about the history of World War I. On July 28, 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia and the world suddenly changed. The First World War had begun. Make your lesson planning easy with the 101-page World War I Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child. This pack includes a 10-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 22 Hands-On Activities, 18-page Research Guide, and an Answer Key. Students will be introduced to the countries involved, causes of the war, weapons used, and the battles fought. There is also a detailed timeline of events, short biographies of important people, and much more!
With this unit study you will be able to teach your 6th-10th grade classroom about the history of World War II. For twelve long years the world was in turmoil as the Allied countries fought against the Axis countries in World War II. Make your lesson planning easy with the World War II Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child. This pack includes a 14-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 30 Hands-On Activities PLUS 1 Extension Activity, a 26-page Research Guide, and an Answer Key. Upon completion, students will understand the causes of the war, weapons used, the decision to drop the atom bomb, secret codes, and how the balance of world power shifted as the war came to a close.
With this unit study you will be able to teach your middle and high school classroom all about the attack on Pearl Harbor. December 7, 1941, is a day that many Americans will not forget. As Franklin D. Roosevelt said, it is a day that will live in infamy. On this historic day, Japan attacked the Pearl Harbor naval base in Hawaii, forcing the U.S. to enter World War II. Make your lesson planning easy with the Attack on Pearl Harbor Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child. This unit includes a 6-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 20 Hands-On Activities PLUS 1 Fun Extension Activity, 10-page Research Guide, and Answer Key. Students will learn a brief history of World War II, the events of the attack on Pearl Harbor, damages and casualties of the attack, the aftermath, memorials, and more.
With this unit study you will be able to teach your elementary grade classroom about the peanut. The peanut, a member of the legume family, is an annual warm-season plant that originated in South America. Students can learn about this fun and nutritious food with The Peanut Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child. Make your lesson planning easy with the 8-page Research Guide and 12 hands-on activities PLUS 2 extension activities to help students learn about types of peanuts, the peanut plant, peanut growth cycle, peanut uses, and fun peanut facts.
With this unit study you will be able to teach your multi- grade classroom about Thanksgiving. Every year Americans look forward to the fourth Thursday of November and enjoy the feasting and good times with their families. But Thanksgiving is not just about eating all that wonderful food. Make your lesson planning easy with the Thanksgiving Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child. This pack includes a 7-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 17 Hands-On Activities, a 12-page Research Guide, and an Answer Key. Introduce your students to the history, people, symbols of the holiday, recipes, and more!
With this unit study you will be able to teach your elementary, middle school and high school classroom all about Pilgrims. Have you and your family ever moved to a new house or maybe even a new city or state? Have you ever imagined what it would be like to move to a new country? This year as you celebrate Thanksgiving, think about those people long ago who moved to a new country in search of freedom – think about the Pilgrims. The Pilgrims Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child is complete with a 10-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 20 Hands-On Activities, 11-page Research Guide, and Answer Key to help your students study the history of the Pilgrims.
With this unit study you will be able to teach your early elementary classroom about celebrating autumn. Autumn leaves are falling and it’s time to celebrate the harvest! Your preschoolers will absolutely love the Harvest Festival Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child. We have included a total of 15 Hands-On Activities; three activities for each day of the unit to help you and your student celebrate autumn! This is a thematic unit focusing on skills and concepts needed for school, there is no research guide included with this unit. This unit covers the following concepts: the letters L, P, S, R, A, and B; matching, symmetry, and sequencing. Tracer font or cut and paste answers are provided for this unit.
It’s no secret that hands-on learning is a way to fully immerse students in their education. Our curriculum is built upon this, and we would like to share with you why. Below, we’ve highlighted some of the larger reasons hands-on learning is vital in education through research gathered from larger associations and organizations.
As students put projects together, create crafts, or use familiar materials in new ways, they’re constructing meaning. “Kids learn through all their senses,” says Ben Mardell, PhD, a researcher with Project Zero at Harvard University, “and they like to touch and manipulate things.” But more than simply moving materials around, hands-on activities activate kids’ brains. According to Cindy Middendorf, educational consultant and author of The Scholastic Differentiated Instruction Plan Book (Scholastic, 2009), between the ages of four and seven, the right side of the brain is developing and learning comes easily through visual and spatial activities. The left hemisphere of the brain—the side that’s involved in more analytical and language skills—develops later, around ages 10 and 11.
When you combine activities that require movement, talking, and listening, it activates multiple areas of the brain. “The more parts of your brain you use, the more likely you are to retain information,” says Judy Dodge, author of 25 Quick Formative Assessments for a Differentiated Classroom (Scholastic, 2009). “If you’re only listening, you’re only activating one part of the brain,” she says, “but if you’re drawing and explaining to a peer, then you’re making connections in the brain.”
Multitasking in the classroom is not a negative when it comes to hands-on activities such as coloring, scribbling, or cutting with scissors. Indeed, even adults benefit from the “busy hands, busy brain” phenomenon: Recent research has shown that people who doodle during business meetings have better memory recall. A report in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology demonstrated that volunteers who doodled during a dull verbal message were 29 percent better at recalling details from the message. Researchers suggest that engaging in a simple hands-on task, such as cutting out a shape with scissors, can help prevent daydreaming and restlessness during a learning experience. If adults in business settings can benefit from mnemonic tricks such as doodling, then students should certainly be encouraged to try these strategies.”
“Well-designed, hands-on activities in the classroom foster connections to real-world situations and increase learner engagement. This commingling of the classroom and the rest of life is called hands-on learning. When students make connections between the concepts in the classroom and concepts in the real world, more parts of their brains are activated, and the knowledge gained more easily transfers to long-term memory. This style of teaching and learning also fosters the growth of critical thinking and problem solving skills – skills that many employers say they view as high priorities in new hires. Another perk to hands-on learning is that it makes both teaching and learning fun again. School time is not simply a time to “buckle down” and “do work” but an extension of the full lives that your kids are already living.”
The study, published online April 24 in Psychological Science, comes from the Department of Psychology’s Human Performance Lab, directed by Prof. Sian Beilock, an internationally known expert on the mind–body connection and author of the book How the Body Knows Its Mind.
For Beilock, the findings stressed the importance of classroom practices that physically engage students in the learning process, especially for math and science.
“In many situations, when we allow our bodies to become part of the learning process, we understand better,” Beilock said. “Reading about a concept in a textbook or even seeing a demonstration in class is not the same as physically experiencing what you are learning about. We need to rethink how we are teaching math and science because our actions matter for how and what we learn.”
With all of this being said, if you focus on hands-on learning, why do you do this? What are some of the reasons behind why you choose a tactile learning environment? Share in the comments below or on our Facebook page!
With this unit study you will be able to teach your K-12th grade classroom about Christopher Columbus. Your student may be familiar with the saying, “In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…”but what else does he or she know about this famous man who is credited for discovering America? Teach your students about this famous explorer with the Christopher Columbus Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child. Make your lesson planning easy with the 7-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 17 Hands-On Activities, 8-page Research Guide, and Answer Key about the man, his travels at sea, his famous voyage in 1492, and how Americans celebrate that voyage today. What a great way to learn the history of this famous explorer and his travels!
With this unit study you will be able to teach your 2nd-5th grade classroom some basic tips for using a dictionary and thesaurus. There are over one million words in the English language. Luckily there are two very important tools that can be used to find and understand words: a dictionary and a thesaurus. Make your lesson planning easy with the Words, Words, Words Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child, which contains a 5-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 15 Hands-On Activities, and a 10-page-page Research Guide. Students will be introduced to the parts of a dictionary, parts of word entry, and how to lookup a word, types of thesaurus’ and how to use a thesaurus.
With this unit study you will be able to teach your early elementary classroom the poem, “Five Little Pumpkins” in our fun loving Five Little Pumpkins Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child. We have included 20 Hands-On Activities that gives you and your child 5 days of hands-on activities to celebrate pumpkins and more! This is a thematic unit focusing on skills and concepts needed for school. There is no research guide included in this unit. This unit covers the following concepts: the color orange, numbers 1-5, circles, square, the letter “P”, sequencing, and graphing. Tracer font or cut and paste answers are provided for this unit.
Every year fires injure and kill thousands of people and cause damage to property. Firefighters are people who are trained to put out fires quickly and safely. With this unit study you will be able to teach your K-3rd grade classroom about the types of firefighters, what firefighters wear, firefighter equipment, types and colors of fire trucks, how to become a firefighter, a day in the life of a firefighter, other things firefighters do to help people, what happens when you call 9-1-1, and the history of firefighting. Make your lesson planning easy with the Firefighters Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child. This unit includes a 6-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 15 Hands-On Activities PLUS 2 Extension Activities and 1 Fun Bonus Activity, and an 11-page Research Guide.
Back to school planning can be daunting, especially with so many options and subjects out there. How do you know which ones will be best to start with? How will you incorporate these with activities. Below, we’ve listed some of our more popular curriculum from most of the subjects we offer. Whether you want to start with Economics, The Arts, or a little of both, these lapbooks are sure to get you started in the right direction. Each curriculum notes the age group and what is included.
With this unit study you will be able to teach your 4th-7th grade classroom about law and government. Throughout the world, there are different forms of government that establish and enforce laws for the people who live within the boundaries of each nation. Make your lesson planning easy with the World Governments Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child. This unit includes a 5-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 15 Hands-On Activities, 5-page Research Guide, and Answer Key. Students will be will introduced to roles of government, types of laws, how U.S. laws are made, national and state laws, and careers in law.
With this unit study you will be able to teach your 2nd-5th grade classroom about globes and maps. How do you find your way around the world? Globes are the most accurate world maps. Flat maps, though not as accurate, are easy to store and take with you when you travel. Teach your students about these two important models of the Earth. Make your lesson planning easy with the Globes and Maps Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child, which includes a 10-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 20 Hands-On Activities PLUS 4 Fun Extension Activities, 11-page Research Guide, and Answer Key. Students will be introduced to globes (invention, longitude and latitude, twenty-four hour globes) and maps (map projections, types of maps, parts of a map, and reading maps).
With this unit study you will be able to teach your 3rd-6th grade classroom about the history of the battle at the Alamo. There have been many famous battles throughout the history of the world. One famous battle in the U.S. was the Battle of the Alamo, a critical event during the Texas Revolution. Make your lesson planning easy with the Remember the Alamo! Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child. This pack includes a 5-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 16 Hands-On Activities, an 8-page Research Guide, and an Answer Key. Students will be introduced to the events leading up to the battle, the history of the San Antonio de Valero Mission, the Texas Revolution, the events of the siege of the Alamo, Texians who fought at the Alamo, and the aftermath.
With this unit study you will be able to teach your 2nd-5th grade classroom some basic tips for using a dictionary and thesaurus. There are over one million words in the English language. Luckily there are two very important tools that can be used to find and understand words: a dictionary and a thesaurus. Make your lesson planning easy with the Words, Words, Words Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child, which contains a 5-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 15 Hands-On Activities, and a 10-page-page Research Guide. Students will be introduced to the parts of a dictionary, parts of word entry, and how to look-up a word, types of thesaurus’ and how to use a thesaurus.
With this unit study you will be able to introduce your 4th-8th grade classroom to geometry. Geometry is the mathematical study of the properties of points, lines, planes, angles, and shapes. Make your lesson planning easy with the 7-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 22 Hands-On Activities PLUS 2 Fun Extension Activities, 10-page Research Guide, and Answer Key. With the Introduction to Geometry Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child, students will be introduced to points, lines, planes, angles, and shapes as well as measuring shapes and the importance of geometry.
With this unit study you will be able to teach your PreK-2nd grade classroom about plants. Plants may not travel, but their seeds sure do! In fact, a traveling seed is one of the ways that new plants begin! Introduce your student to the science of plants with the Traveling Seeds Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child. Make your lesson planning with the 5-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 14 Hands-On Activities, and 5-page Research Guide about plant anatomy, pollination, growth, photosynthesis, and plant uses.
With this unit study you will be able to teach your 2nd-4th grade classroom about two incredible women: Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks. Throughout U.S. history there have been many people who worked to ensure freedom and equality for all citizens, including Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks. Teach your students about these two remarkable women and their role in freedom and equality. Make your lesson planning easy with the Freedom & Equality: Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child. This pack includes a 5-day Planning Guide, Related Reading, 15 Hands-On Activities, and an 8-page Research Guide. Students will be introduced to each woman’s personal life, her role in freedom and equality, and important events in history during her lifetime.
With this unit study you will be able to teach your 6th-10th grade classroom about Broadway Musicals. Located in New York City, Broadway Musicals have been a part of the New York theatre scene throughout history. Make your lesson planning easy with the Broadway Musicals Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child. This pack includes a 5-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 13 Hands-On Activities, an 11-page Research Guide and Answer Key to introduce your students to the history of the longest-running Broadway Musicals: The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Chicago, Les Misérables, The Lion King, A Chorus Line, Beauty and the Beast, Rent, Mamma Mia, and Miss Saigon.
While a botanical garden is beautiful to walk through, it also provides a lot of learning opportunities for your student. The most obvious one is to learn about the plant life. What are the flowers and plants? What do they do? Even learning how a plant grows could be interesting to younger students.
On another note, there is an abundance of birds and insects at a botanical garden that may interest your student. Why are certain insects there? What do insects do to the plants? What about the birds?
This is very simple, but also a great hands-on way to learn over the summer. If you want to tie it into a curriculum, our recommendation would be our In the Garden Project Pack.
Bring a Camera Everywhere
Most people already have a phone on them with a camera, but learning how to operate a camera can be fun. Have your student carry around any type of camera all day and take pictures as they go. While they are taking pictures, they are learning about how to zoom, focus, what all of the nodes and buttons are used for, as well as what to look for that is a good “shot.”
At the end of the day, look over the photos and maybe even talk about the printing process and what goes into the developing of a photo.
If you’re looking for curriculum to tie in to this activity, we have them for every age group here.
This one is a no-brainer. Science museums are chock full of fun and amazing learning opportunities. Check your local science museum for any events they have over the summer. They usually hold mini-summer camps and classes.
Trip to the Zoo
The zoo is full of learning experiences for your student. You can teach about the types of zoos, purposes of zoos, where zoo animals come from, zoo management and animal care, zoo rules, and comparing animals in the wild to animals in captivity. There are also endangered species and why they are endangered. They can learn more about animal classifications and why animals look differently from others.
There are so many amazing science experiments involving water. Below I’ve listed a few that link to some great blogs with the full projects written out.
The blog Rookie Parenting has an entire section with water science experiments. It includes the properties of water, capillary action, water density, refraction, surface tension and the freezing point. The greatest part is that most of the objects needed to conduct the experiments can be found in your home.
Another blog, Brain Power Boy, is a great resource for water science experiments. The great part about this blog is that it’s all about how to have fun with water and science. There are also some ground rules that Sheila lists out that are very useful and great to remember.
Have any summer activities you tie in with education? Let us know in the comments below or by heading over to our Facebook page.
It’s vital that you incorporate something hands-on or outside of a textbook within your curriculum. Whether that be something as simple as going to the grocery store to have your student add the total amount and other activities or putting together a grand experiment, you want it to be a mix of fun and educational. Below we’ve listed 4 fun games and activities that you can incorporate with our curriculum to help you take education to the next level. Have any other fun ideas? Let us know on our Facebook page!
1. Let’s Take a Trip!
The Plan: Did you know that in our geography section there are numerous states, countries and destination locations that can be learned about? Let your student choose from any one of them themselves or choose a location that may not be on the list. Then, when the curriculum is completed, take a trip! No, we’re not telling you to pack your bags and take a road trip (unless you want to!), but to have your student plan out a trip virtually.
The Details: Pick a location and a specific amount of time you’d be going on the trip for. Have your student map out the time it takes to get there (flying or driving), what cities or activities to go to and the amount of time it takes to do these activities. This allows them to utilize geography in a way that is very realistic. For example, if you pick the state of California, you won’t necessarily want to climb the mountains of Big Sur and walk across the San Francisco Bay Bridge on the same day.
2. The Stock Market
The Plan: The stock market is such a complicated system and always changing! Use the Stock Market curriculum to teach your 9th to 12th grade students all about what it means to go public as a corporation or what it means to have stock in something.
The Details: Give your student a certain amount of funny money they can invest. Allow them to research and decide where they’re giving their money, how much and what they hope to see come back or multiply. Have them track these changes over the time you give them.
3. Bringing Stories to Life!
The Plan: Pick a book, short story or poetry to read. Along with all of the normal activities and curriculum with that literature – have your student re-tell the story in an inventive way!
The Details: Utilizing items and crafts around the house, have your student re-tell their favorite part of the literature. This may be in the form of:
Lego block building
Furniture, toys and stuffed animals
A poster board, glue and tons of magazines…
Whatever medium chosen, let it be their decision. Watch them as they bring the story from words to life.
4. It’s Science.
The Plan: Some of our curriculum is a Project Pack, which include quite a few hands-on activities. One of the most fun project packs is Kitchen Science. This project pack takes what’s in your kitchen and teaches how there are similarities between a kitchen lab and a science lab.
The Details: Within the project pack for Kitchen Science is a fun extension activity, along with the 15 other hands-on activities. Finish it, grab a photo and share it on our Facebook page or tag us on our Instagram.
You may be guilty of it, and most importantly, almost everyone is guilty of it.
What is it you may be guilty of? Scrolling through Pinterest for hours.
You may look up recipes, everything you’re interested in or fun ideas for the kids. The thing is, it’s not just a social media platform, but also a search engine. This search engine can be used in a powerful way to aide in homeschooling.
Here are just a few ways it can be used:
Create new boards for themes or units. Then, whenever you find something browsing Pinterest, blogs or just through Google, you can Pin it to that board to go back when you are about to start that theme or unit.
Use the Pinterest Search Engine. Do what you may already do, but streamline it by searching for things you may need help with. Not sure what crafts to go along with your curriculum on Consumer Math? Search “consumer math crafts” and you’ll get hundreds of ideas that others have tried and tested for you. You can use this in any way, even for things like “homeschool organization.”
Who you follow will show up on your overall feed. So be careful. Not every Pinterest account you follow will be ONLY what they pinned that caught your interest. To combat that, follow specific boards.
Create a board for each child. As you know, each child learns differently and is at a different level of education. Why not use a Pinterest board to pin things you know one child would like versus all of them?
Join group boards with other homeschoolers! Usually the collaborative efforts of all will show some pretty great content.
Showcase your students’ amazing work! Why not use it the other way around and show everyone what you’re doing? You may be able to inspire others, but it also doubles as a tracker as well.
Extra general Pinterest tips:
If you don’t want a board to be public, you can make it “Secret” so that you can only see it (or whomever you would like to add).
You can easily pin the same pin to multiple boards, move pins from one board to the next or even delete pins if they don’t work.
If you try something out from Pinterest, you can go to the pin and click the checkmark. This allows you to write your own notes on the particular post, such as “Will do it again,” “Made these changes,” or even “This didn’t work.” You can go back and look at those anytime.
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.
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.
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!
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.