Understanding Tragedy through Lapbooking

Open any newspaper or watch a nightly news program and you are bound to find a report about a tragedy somewhere in the world.  From natural disasters like forest fires and hurricanes to tragedies like September 11, 2001 and war; these are some of the unfortunate events we hear about and experience on a daily basis.  How do we explain these types of things to our children?  How do we help our children understand what a crisis is and teach them how to deal with it?  One way of helping your child understand tragedy is to create a lapbook about the event or a related topic.


I recently spoke with a mom about her son’s love of Steve Irwin, the “Crocodile Hunter”.  She recounted to me how upset her son was when he heard the news of Steve’s  tragic death in 2006.  While snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef, Steve was pierced by a stingray barb; what some experts says was a one-in-a-million incident.  While trying to console her son and think of a way for him to honor his hero’s memory, this mom came across our Steve Irwin: Crocodile Hunter Project Pack at In the Hands of a Child.  They had never tried a lapbook before, but thought this would be a good time to start. 


By creating a lapbook on his hero, this young boy learned about and celebrated Steve’s life.  He learned about his childhood, his family, his career as a television and movie star, his work with zoos and animals, and his work as a conservationist.  Even though it has been 7 years since Steve Irwin’s death, his young fan can pull out his lapbook and remember his favorite “Crocodile Hunter.”


In the Hands of a Child has a variety of topics that can help you create a lapbook that will help kids understand some of the unfortunate events that may be happening right now in or have happened in history.  Some of those topics include:

  •  Slavery HOCPP 1014

  • Titanic HOCPP 1019

  • Forest Fires HOCPP 1041

  • Volcanoes HOCPP 1042

  • Extreme Weather HOCPP 1044

  • World War I HOCPP 1086

  • World War II HOCPP 1089

  • September 11th, 2001 HOCPP 1105

  • Steve Irwin HOCPP 1107

  • The Civil War HOCPP 1181

  • Amelia Earhart HOCPP 1227

  • The Holocaust HOCPP 1249

  • Earthquakes HOCPP 1255

  • Emergency Services HOCPP 1304

  • America’s Great Depression HOCPP 1347

  • Basic Survival Skills HOCPP 1350

  • Firefighters HOCPP 1367

~Katie Kubesh

Facebook Party Winners!!

Ok! Here is our exhaustive list of winners from our FB party!

Congratulations to all!

If your name is on this list and you have not received an email from either me or one of our great vendors, please let me know right away by emailing me at Info@HandsofaChild.com  



A. Carrington
Amber Flinn
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Amy Whitehurst
April Munson
Charissa Deuser
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Chrissy Walser
Christina Hermann
Cindy Robbins
Cyndi N
Cynthia (last name unknown)
Dawn Doll
Denise King
Dianne Osmun
Gayle Lifsey
Heather Schuitt
Jalynn Patterson
Jamie Spears
Jessica Miller
John Wieger
Julie Brown
Julie Catanzaro
Katherine White
Kathy Balman
Katy Nelson
Kim Branch
Krista Wine
Lisa Grover
Lisa Huettl
Lori Keck
Lynne Wheaton
Martin M
Meg Grooms
Michelle Schmidt
Nancy (last name unknown)
Rebecca Weede
Robin Hovius
Robin Moore
Sarah Brezina
Shirley (last name unknown)
Teresa Gonzalez
Terri (last name unknown)
Therese Allan
Tonya Nuttall
Topaz Jewel
Victoria Goerg
Wendi Huffman

Thank You All

We just want to thank you all again for making our 10 year birthday celebration such a success! We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we have and we look forward to serving you for another 10 years and beyond!

All of our contests are now closed and winners will be notified within a week. 


We wish all of you and your children many years of Happy Hands-on Learning!


~Kimm, Niki, & Katie

Super Membership Contest


Super Membership 6 Months

10 People will each win a 6-month Super Membership at In the Hands of a Child!


What is a Super Member?

A Super Member at In the Hands of a Child is someone who has purchased a subscription to our Super Member Area where free Lapbook units are available for download each month. Super Members receive:

  1. Two (one multilevel and one early elementary) free Lapbook units a month that are downloadable* right from the Super Members Area. These Lapbook units are released on the 15th of each month (or the next business day) and remain on the site for two months before being released to the public for sale. Each Lapbook unit includes a Planning Guide, Hands-On Activities, Research Guide, and Answer Key (where applicable) and is brand new. All Lapbook units available for Super Members are written from a neutral/objective standpoint and can be used by those teaching from a secular world view and those teaching from a religious world view.


*Please ensure that you download and save all Super Member Lapbook units to your computer or other file saving device- once they are removed from the Super Members Area, they are no longer available to Super Members.

1. 15% discount off all eBook Lapbook units (15% discount exclude custom ordered units and sales and promotions). Please email memberships@handsofachild.com to receive your Super Member Savings code.

2. A free Birthday Lapbook unit is emailed to Super Members about 2 weeks before their birthdays. This is a special Lapbook unit all about birthdays!  To be entered in the Birthday Club, simply email memberships@handsofachild.com with your Order # and birth date.
3. $10.00 off the price of any custom ordered unit.  For coupon code and estimated completion dates of custom orders, please contact memberships@handsofachild.com.

StartWrite Contest



One winner will receive a full version download of StartWrite – value $49.95


Startwrite is the easiest way to create customize handwriting practice sheets for your student. Startwrite has always made teaching easier, with personalized worksheets that engage children in the learning process. Nobody likes busy work. So Startwrite 6 is even more fun to use, with new learning tools, more powerful design options, Spanish language capability, and an endless supply of new resources.


Startwrite 6 includes lots of features designed to help each child practice strokes and shapes –the building blocks of handwriting. Plus, it’s bilingual!

SchoolHouseTeachers Contest


Schoolhouse Teachers is offering a 1-year membership to one winner for their online classroom, where Kimm Bellotto is the Lapbooking Teacher. With over 25 different “school” subjects presented via teaching videos, ongoing lesson plans, worksheets, lapbooks & unit studies, writing prompts and other assignments to choose from, students can additionally interact personally with the teachers by asking them questions and gaining feedback. – $64.26 value.