FULL YEAR Project Pack Curriculum!

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FULL YEAR Project Pack Curriculum!

You’ve all come to love In the Hands of a Child Project Packs as supplements to liven up your schooling, but did you know you can use them as a complete curriculum?!?!

We’ve made it easy for you to purchase a full year’s worth of Science for your kids and SAVE tons while doing it!!  At only $8 a unit you can’t lose!!  Yes that’s right ONLY $88 for a FULL YEAR’S worth of Science curriculum.  A curriculum that you can use over and over with ALL of your children!


Plan on three weeks for each topic of study and…

Prepare to LOVE school next year!!


Want to make it even easier??

Order a year’s worth of Kit Packs…. YUP, that means NO printing, no folding folders…  just pull out the kit pack, start cutting, and you are READY to go!  And you weren’t looking forward to planning school for next year… Good thing we’ve done it all for you!!   At ONLY $88 you’ll save almost $50 and tons of headaches!!


Do you prefer printed products?

That’s okay too!  We’ve got you covered.  A FULL YEAR of Printed Project Packs is only $138!!!   WOW!   The savings are amazing!


Hurry and order today!

If we receive good customer feedback from this promotion we will add a full year of History as well as other topics into a year’s worth of Lapbooks too!!


Not sure which grade levels to choose?

Don’t sweat it!  Our Project Packs are extremely versatile and, with just a little bit of tweaking, they can be used for both higher and lower grade levels.  In fact, at the front of every Project Pack, we offer suggestions for tweaking a unit to fit your child’s learning level or abilities!


Lapbook your entire way through Science this coming school year with

In the Hands of a Child Full Year Project Packs!

A Year of Physical Science

Grades 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, or 7th


1325 Heat and Temperature
1124 The Sun
1041 Forest Fires
1087 Electricity
1239 Exploring Light
1291 Sound
1109 Foundations for Chemistry
1228 Simple Machines
1091 Forces
1178 Gravity
1302 Technology
Ebooks Retail: $137

Alternate PhysicalScience Units (may be higher grade levels): 1013 Basic Physical Science, 1294 Materials & Structures, or 1301 Bridges


A Year of Life Sciences: Plants, Human Body, and Health

Grades 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th


1003 Plants
1116 Botany
1364 Get Ready to Garden
1066 Human Body
1049 Healthy Eating
1067 The Five Senses
1004 Dental Health
1140 Germs
1122 Healthy Bodies
1306 Smart Choices
1344 Human Reproduction
Ebooks Retail: $136

Alternate LifeScience Units (may be higher grade levels): 1263 Creation Anatomy




A Year of Earth & Space Sciences

Grades 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th


1378 The Solar System
1024 The Earth
1100 The Moon
1042 Volcanoes
1027 Space Exploration
1081 Galaxies
1007 Weather
1044 Extreme Weather
1008 Water Cycle
1255 Earthquakes
1205 Rocks & Minerals
Ebooks Retail: $124

Alternate Earth & SpaceScience Units (may be higher or lower grade levels): 1279 Creation Geology, 1281 Creation Day 2: The Atmosphere, 1088 Advanced Astronomy, 1135 What is Snow, 1280 Creation Astronomy, Introduction to Caves, 1198 The Grand Canyon


A Year of Biomes

Grades 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, or 7th


1119 Polar Habitats
1123 Penguins
1095 Rainforest Habitats
1266 Animals of the Rainforest
1223 Ocean Habitats
1085 Sharks
1175 Mountain Habitats
1093 Grassland Habitats
1099 Forest Habitats
1083 Desert Habitats
1050 Owls
Ebooks Retail: $138

Alternate Biome Units (may be higher or lower grade levels): 1147 King of the Apes: The Gorilla, 1121 Kangaroos





A Year of Life Sciences with Vet Science and Animals

Grades 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th


1208 Veterinary Science & Animal Care
1209 Deer
1036 Horses
1247 Rabbits
1179 Guinea Pigs
1246 Zebras
1173 Eagles
1125 Pigs
1324 Dog Breeds
1018 Bats
1265 A Trip to the Zoo
Ebooks Retails: $127

Alternate LifeScience Units (may be higher or lower grade levels): 1185 Beavers, 1159 Sled Dogs


A Year of Animal Classification Life Sciences

Grades 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th


1289 Ecosystems
1051 Animal Classification
1133 Vertebrates
1131 Invertebrates
1251 Animal Life Cycles
1103 Mollusks
1318 Insects
1129 Birds
1077 Predators of the Deep
1360 Reptiles
1312 Marsupials
Ebooks Retail: $121

Alternate Animal LifeScience Units (may be higher or lower grade levels): 1359 Snakes, 1296 Herpetology, 1127 Bees, 1259 Mosquitoes, 1305 Animal Investigation




A Year of Animal Discovery

Grades PreK, K, 1st, or 2nd


1252 Circle of Life
1354 Is it Living or Nonliving
1190 Busy Beaver
1311 A Pouch for Katie
1248 “Z” is for Zebra
1262 Dinosaurs
1284 Ladybugs
1184 Clownfish Adventures
1002 Butterflies
1017 Spiders
1267 Jena the Jaguar
Ebooks Retail: $113

Alternate Animal Discovery Units: 1224 Under the Sea


A Year of Science Discovery

Grades PreK, K, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd


1326 What is Heat? What is Temperature?
1352 Tell Me About Planet Earth
1380 The World of Trees
1025 Exploring Nearby Space
1394 Colors of the Rainbow
1206 Rodney Rockhound’s Rocks & Minerals
1290 V is for Volcano
1152 In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb
1346 Lily and the Amazing Journey
1183 Bubbleology
1219 Traveling Seeds
Ebooks Retail: $112

Alternate Science Discovery Units: 1316 Hot Diggety Dog, 1330 The Peanut, 1171 The Shedd Aquarium, 1340 Seashells, 1214 Flying the Sky: Airplanes

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 sales@handsofachild.com and we will get started on it as soon as possible.

Bring Laughter and Learning into the Hands of a YOUR Child!


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!

Our Copyright

One of the great things about using our Project Packs is the ability to reuse it with your children! Our copyright policy gives you permission to make one copy for each of your children within your family unit!


Permission is hereby granted to the individual Licensee to reproduce student materials contained within this publication for noncommercial individual or classroom use only. The Publisher, In the Hands of a Child, gives permission for one copy of all written material to be copied and or printed for each child within a single family.


Do you have a co-op class that you teach?

Then our project packs work for you too! Your class is allowed to have one copy per 10 students, so you only need to purchase one project pack!


Classroom teachers have permission to reproduce one copy for each student in a classroom. Members of co-ops or workshops have permission to reproduce one copy for up to 10 children per unit. Reproducible graphics may be reprinted as many times as needed.


Purchasing your co-op material from HOAC will save you and your group a ton of money!


Bubbles, Bubbles, and More Bubbles

Lots of fun can be had with just a few handy supplies from around the house.


Today we are talking about bubbles!



During the summer, the kids and I made some homemade bubble mixture. It was definitely fun watching the kids make rings to blow their bubbles from.


We used–

~flexible wire

~chenille stems

~milk rings

~soda pop rings


to make the tools to float the bubbles with. I think my favorite was the soda pop 6 ring tool. We wound up with so many bubbles floating around!


Here is a simple way that you can make homemade bubble mixture right in the comfort of your very own kitchen.


Get out a large cup.

1.   Pour 1/2 cup dish soap into the cup.

2.   Add 1 1/2 cups water to the cup.

3.   Measure 2 teaspoons of sugar into the water/soap mixture.

4.   Gently stir your mixture.

5.   Go outside and blow bubbles!

                  Want to learn more about bubbles? Check out our neat Project Pack:

Bubbleology (Prek-1st)


Conducting Electricity with Your Kids

There are simple ways to make electricity that will intrigue kids and adults alike. You can use basic items found in your home to teach children about electrical power. This will lead to interesting discussions about voltage strength, static electricity, what objects conduct electricity and the wonders of science.


Clean the penny and dime thoroughly with soap and warm water and then dry them off with a towel.

Roll the lemon on a table or counter top. This will release the juices. Explain to the children that you are creating a lemon battery.

Cut two slits into the lemon. Make these cuts about a half inch apart.

Slide the clean dime and penny into the slits you cut into the lemon.

Hold the lemon to your mouth and touch your tongue to the penny and dime at the same time. You will feel a tingling sensation. This is electricity!

Discuss with the children how one of the coins has a positive electrical charge and the other one has a negative electrical charge. This is because the acidity in the lemon reacts differently with the two metals. The tongue is moist, so it acts as a wire and allows the circuit to be complete by conducting or guiding the electrical charges.

Did you like this experiment? Want to learn more about electricity? Grab our Electricity Project Pack!!!

Are You Taking Advantage of Your Super Membership?


What exactly is a super membership? A Super Member at In the Hands of a Child is someone who has purchased a subscription to our Super Member Area where free Project Packs are available.


Super Members receive:

·       Two (one multilevel and one early elementary) free Project Packs a month that are downloadable right from the Super Members Area. These Project Packs 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 Project Pack includes a Research Guide and Hands-on activities and is brand new. All Project Packs 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.

·        15% discount off all eBook Project Packs (15% discount exclude custom ordered units and certain sales and promotions)

·        A free Birthday Project Pack is emailed to Super Members about 2 weeks before their birthdays.This is a special pack all about birthdays!

·        $10.00 off the price of any custom ordered unit.


One of the great benefits of being a super member is always having something new to learn with your children! Most of the planning has already been done for you so all you have to do is print out what you want to use and learn away!


Not only that, but these packets are great for breaking up the routine of a school day that may or may not be going as smoothly as you hope. When the kids seem bored with school, pull out one of your great super member packets and get them excited about learning again!


Don’t forget to sign up for the Super Member newsletter to stay informed of when new downloads are available. memberships@handsofachild.com

Learning About the Earth with Crafts

A great way to get your older middle school students to really learn about the Earth science, is by allowing them to build a model of the Earth.

My kids did this last year and it really helped them to get a better understanding of the continents, bodies of water, and the countries of the world.


Here is a step by step process on having your child create their own earth model.


You will need the following items to make a clay Earth:

1.   Clay

2.   Water

3.   Cup

4.   Green paint

5.   Blue paint

6.   Paintbrush

7.   Newspapers

8.   toothpick


Follow the instructions below to make a clay Earth:

1.   Lay out at least two sheets of newspaper over the workspace to protect it from the paint.

2.   Hand each child a large block of clay.

3.   Demonstrate how to roll the block of clay on a flat surface against the palm of your hand until a large ball is formed.

4.   To smooth out the ball, have your child dip their hands in a cup of water and use a little water to work the edges of the ball.

5.   Set the balls (spheres) aside to dry.

6.   Place a globe where your child can see it. Point to the western hemisphere and the eastern hemisphere and allow him or her to shout out what land masses are in each.

7.   Paint the land masses onto the clay with green paint. Your child should try to get them to look as close to the globe as possible, but it does not have to be perfect.

8.   The rest of the earth is covered in bodies of water. Have your child paint the rest of the clay blue.

9.   Set the ball aside for the paint to dry.

10.  Have your child point out the 4 bodies of water and the 7 continents on the clay Earth. 

11.  Give him or her a toothpick and have them etch the names of each continent and body of water into their clay Earth. If there is not enough room, then have them  use abbreviations.

12.   Display your child’s Earth for everyone to see.


Want to learn more about the earth? Check out The Earth Project Pack. Available also as a Note Pack. For grade level 3rd-8th

5 Reasons To Use Notepacks for Your Highschooler

Convenient Way To Organize Information Across the Subjects. Notepacks can combine subjects to make an interesting follow-up project. With Literature, history, Science and art appreciation you can learn about the biography of an author more in depth, biography of a scientist or a timeline of inventions and  Art Appreciation–Information about the art time period, other artists working at the same time, biographies, and other influences on the artist.


Personalized Learning. Notepacks give students a place to record what they know and what they found interesting from their reading. Teenagers learn research skills as they ask their own questions and then find the answers.


Budget Friendly. With notepacks, there is no need for workbooks or fill in the blanks type pages you use up and don’t look at again. Notepacks can be used with multiple children, so no need to buy more than one per family.


Encourages Creativity. Using notepacks gives the opportunity for a balance of writing and artwork. Teens love the variety of ways that they can build a notepack page including drawing maps or diagrams, finding images to include, or copying quotes. 


Great for Review and Long-Term Retention of Information. Use notepacks to review before taking college testing such as the SAT or any type of college tests. Notepacks can also be used to refresh your memory as you build transcript records or high school portfolios.


I hope that these 5 tips help you to see why notepacks are a great resource for your budding high schooler. Use them to build a very put together high school portfolio.


How to Put Together a Homeschool High School Portfolio

Putting together a high school portfolio is fairly simple even for home-schooled students. Portfolios can be used to show what a student has learned and how the student has grown educationally over the course of their four high school years. A portfolio can be presented in a physical portfolio, but in this day and age, more students are choosing to present digital portfolios. Having a high school portfolio can help when searching for a job right out of high school or when applying for college.

First, decide between which type of portfolio you will be using. The benefit of an electronic portfolio is that it doesn’t require any special care to keep the contents safe from spills or damage. A downside is that some colleges and employers may not accept an electronic portfolio. A benefit of the physical portfolio is that it can be taken anywhere and shown to anyone who’s interested.


Next, you will want to select the works to go into the portfolio. Typically, a high school portfolio will contain work samples from all four years from various courses your child may have completed. Students may also want to include information on any volunteer experiences completed while in high school. Also, include any awards received while in school. 

Your student will want to organize the portfolio. It is best to organize the portfolio chronologically.  This will highlight how the student has grown over the years. Your student may decide to have the first page be their statement, the next page the resume. The following pages could be the student’s awards and accomplishments, volunteer experience and then work samples, all in chronological order.

Once the portfolio is complete, the student can begin using it at job interviews or when applying for college.


Are you looking for electives that you can use to add to your child’s portfolios? We have many options that we can offer you. Just send an email to sales@handsofachild.comwith “Highschool electives” in the subject line and we will do our best to direct you to the ones that will best fit your student’s portfolio file!