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Educational Summer Fun!

Have you taken a look at all of our “Just for Fun” lapbook Project Packs? If you haven’t, you should! Gather the kids together and look them over. There are 20 different titles to choose from that are perfect to work on during those long, hot, dog-days of summer. Here are a few titles your family might enjoy:

        

 

Check out all of our “Just for Fun” lapbook studies here:

JUST FOR FUN!

 

Classroom teachers, homeschool parents, and group leaders (4H, scouts, etc.) all love our high-interest, hands-on curriculum including Lapbook Project Packs, Notebooking Packs and Thematic Unit Study Packs. Be sure to tell others why YOU and YOUR CHILD love using curriculum from In the Hands of a Child!

Full Year Curriculm is HERE!

 

 Introducing In the Hands of a Child

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!

Bird’s Eye View

We have been having fun bird watching this summer.  My girls have strategically placed bird feeders all over the backyard so they have a great view from their swing set or any window in the house.  By introducing some new kinds of seed and a few hummingbird feeders, we have invited some new visitors to our yard.  It has been a treat to see a beautiful bird that we have never seen before and look it up in our bird book.  We have even taken some wonderful photos!

 

What do picture when you think of a bird? Do you picture lots of feathers? There is a lot more to our feathered friends than just feathers! It’s a great time of year to learn about birds. Make your lesson planning easy with the 58-page Birds Project Pack from In the Hands of a Child. This high-interest, ready-to-assemble pack includes a 13-page Research Guide and 19 Hands-on Activities about how birds move, how birds communicate, life cycle of a bird, anatomy, habitat, migration, defense mechanisms, types of birds, bird watching ethics, value, and conservation of birds.

 

Teachers and Homeschool parents love our high-interest hands-on curriculum including Lapbook Project Packs, Notebooking Packs, and Thematic Unit Study Packs.  Enjoy your very own bird’s eye view and create a Birds Lapbook today!

FULL YEAR Project Pack Curriculum!

Introducing In the Hands of a Child

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

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)

 

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

Tips & Tricks for Lapbooking Success

I am often asked to share some of my tips and tricks for completing lapbooks. Sometimes the hardest part about lapbooking is trying to decide which topic to choose! Are you interested in pirates or penguins? Or do you have time in your curriculum to study both pirates and penguins? Choosing a topic to study should be the only step that is most difficult. After you have chosen your topic, the process of making a lapbook should be a fun, easy, and rewarding experience for you and your student(s).

Lapbooking can be a little overwhelming, especially for new lapbookers or those who have many students to work with. So I have compiled a list of some tips and tricks that I have found helpful when completing lapbooks with my children, and some helpful hints that have been passed on to me by our customers at In the Hands of a Child.

  1. Is this going to by your first lapbook? For your first lapbook, choose a subject that is of high interest to your student. Maybe pick a few options and have your student choose his or her favorite. Often times, parents choose a difficult topic (or one that is not interesting to the student) and both the student and parent can become frustrated before they even begin! In addition, giving the student the option to choose the topic gives him or her ownership of the lapbook right from the start.
  2. It is helpful to have all the materials organized before beginning. Basic supplies needed to create a lapbook include scissors, glue (or other adhesive), stapler, hole punch, colored paper, file folders, crayons, colored pencils, and/or markers. Without good organization at the start, you could spend valuable lapbooking time looking for scattered tools. Many people find it helpful to have a box or tool caddy to keep all their lapbooking supplies handy.
  3. If you are working with young children or a group of children, cut out all of the graphics before beginning the lapbook and store them in a zip-top bag. Snip off the very tip of a bottom corner, so that the air can escape, and your bag will easily store flat. If you wish to have the students work on their cutting skills, set aside a few for them to cut themselves or have them help you with the cutting before you begin the lapbook.
  4. Vocabulary words and timeline activities can be very important to a lapbook. They can also be very tedious and time consuming for the student. Remember that vocabulary and timeline activities do not have to be completed in one day! They can and should be worked on throughout the entire study. At In the Hands of a Child, we recommend that students learn a few new vocabulary words each day or learn them as they encounter them in their study. We also recommend that timeline activities be done a little each day; for example, plan to cover a 10-year block of history each day, or as you encounter it in the study.
  5. Your student may choose to add the various activities to his or her file folder as they are completed or wait until all the activities are completed and then attach them to the file folder. If your student chooses to do the latter, simply store the completed activities in a zip-top bag, expandable file, or pocket folder until he or she is ready to attach them to the lapbook.
  6. If you run out of room with one file folder, add an extension! There are many different options for adding extensions to a lapbook such as adding another file folder or adding a sheet of cardstock or heavy scrapbooking paper.

Lapbooks are easy to store, an instant review tool, and a ready-made portfolio of a student’s studies. Now that you have some of the tips and tricks for making your next lapbooking project a success all you have to do is decide which topics you want to complete!  Enjoy your learning!