November Planning – A Look Ahead at the Holidays

While planning for November, we’ve listed a few well-known holidays, as well as some unusual holidays that you can tie learning into. Which holiday are you looking forward to most?

November 11 -Veterans Day

World War I Project Pack

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!


World War II Project Pack

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.

Attack on Pearl Harbor Project Pack

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.


The Vietnam War Project Pack

November 13 – Peanut Butter Day

The Peanut Project Pack

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.

November 23  – Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Project Pack

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!


The Pilgrims Project Pack

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.

Monthly Holiday – Harvest Month!

Harvest Festival Project Pack

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.

5 Summer Activities that Double as Education

Visit a Botanical Garden

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.

Science Museum

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.

If you’re looking for curriculum to tie-in to this activity, check out our numerous lapbooks.

Water Science Experiments

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.

4 Fun Ways to Incorporate More Activities with Your Curriculum

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:

  • Drawings

  • 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.

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!

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 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?

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Getting the Most Out of the New Website Design

We are very excited about our new website design and want to help you get the most out of it.

We know your time is limited and we want to help you use it wisely.

Did you know you can easily sort our products by grade level or curriculum format (such as Note Packs or Type It Ins)


Start by clicking on the curriculum tab

Scroll down on the right side select how you’d like to sort the products, choose by grade or by format, click on the one you’d like to see

You can also sort by both grade and format by clicking on the grade you’d like to see and then on the next screen choosing the format

Have you checked out our newest product line…Note Packs??

We are sure once you’ve tried them you will love them and, in fact, for a limited time we are going to offer you a free download for one of our Note Packs.

Download our current freebie to see an example of our Project Pack Plus

What Makes our Note Pages different from all the other Notebooking products out there today?

We’ve taken all the prep work out of using Note Packs for you the teacher!   Just like our Lapbook products, we have included ALL of the information needed to complete the Note Pages, as well as a detailed list of activities telling the students what to answer into each Note Page.

Download the free Project Pack Plus Today!!  Don’t forget to share this deal with your friends on Facebook and Twitter too!

See a unit you are interested in purchasing in Note Pack format that does not yet have that option?  No problem!  Simply email Niki at and we will get started on it as soon as possible.

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Note Pack (Same price as the Lapbook Version)

With our Note Packs your students are able to enjoy the same Research Guide and activities without the cutting and pasting. We provide students with fun, educational notebooking pages to answer all their activities into that can be simply 3-hole punched and added to any binder.  These are the same price as the eBook or Printed versions of our Lapbook Units.

Note Packs are:

  • Perfect for older students who like to add more research and information into their studies.
  • Perfect for family studies when all the kids want to work together on one project yet make it their own.
  • Notebooking units that are available as eBooks format or in Printed Format.


Project Pack Plus ($10 more then the Lapbook Version)

Do you have both older and younger students? Then the Project Pack Plus (PP+) is a great option for you!   A PP+ unit  includes both the Lapbook graphics as well as the Notebook pages. PP+ units are $10 more than the Lapbook only option.

  • PP+ units come in both  eBook format as well as  Printed Format.
  • A PP+ unit includes both the complete Lapbook Project Pack  PLUS the Note Pack!