Learning Language Arts Through Lapbooking

Here are a couple of poems that will help you learn your parts of speech. I remember learning these when I was in school!


The Parts of Speech

Every name is called a NOUN,

As field and fountain, street and town;

In place of noun the PRONOUN stands

As he and she can clap their hands;

The ADJECTIVE describes a thing,

As magic wand and bridal ring;

The VERB means action, something done-

To read, to write, to jump, to run;

How things are done, the ADVERBS tell,

As quickly, slowly, badly, well;

The PREPOSITION shows relation,

As in the street, or at the station;

CONJUNCTIONS join, in many ways,

Sentences, words, or phrase and phrase;

The INTERJECTION cries out, “Hark!

I need an exclamation mark!”

Through poetry, we learn how each

of these make up THE PARTS OF SPEECH.

The Nine Parts of Speech

Three little words you often see,

Are articles- a, an, and the.

A noun’s the name of anything

As school, garden, hoop, or swing.

An adjective tells the kind of noun-

Great, small, pretty, white, or brown.

Instead of nouns the pronouns stand-

Her head, his face, your arm, my hand.

Verbs tell of something to be done,

To read, sing, jump, or run.

How things are done the adverbs tell,

As slowly, quickly, ill, or well.

Conjunctions join words together,

As men and women, windor weather.

Theprepositions stands before

A noun, as at or through the door.

The interjection shows surprise,

As ah! How pretty-Oh! how wise.

The whole are called nine parts of speech,

Which reading, writing, speaking teach.

Be sure and check out Operation: English GrammarProject Pack for help with parts of speech!

How About a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving This Year?

One of my very favorite Thanksgiving specials on tv is Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving. Chuck and his friends are always showing some semblance of God in everything that they do.


When my kids were younger, I decided one year that while we were studying about the First Thanksgiving, we would watch Charlie Brown and then recreate our very own first Thanksgiving just like Chuck and his friends.


To do this, you will need the following for each person:

  • Two slices of buttered toast,
  • Some pretzel sticks,
  • A handful of popcorn, and
  • A few jelly beans

While you watch the movie with your kids, you can eat your own Charlie Brown Thanksgiving dinner. You can even talk to your kids about parts of the movie like Linus’ prayer.


In the year 1621, the Pilgrims held their first Thanksgiving feast. They invited the great Indian chief Massasoit, who brought ninety of his brave Indians and a great abundance of food. Governor William Bradford and Captain Miles Standish were honored guests. Elder William Brewster, who was a minister, said a prayer that went something like this:

“We thank God for our homes and our food and our safety in a new land.

We thank God for the opportunity to create a new world for freedom and justice.”


And who could ever forget the moral of the story in ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ when ungratefulness reared it’s ugly head by way of Peppermint Patty prompting a quick depression in Charlie Brown:

What kind of Thanksgiving dinner is this?

Where’s the turkey, Chuck?

Don’t you know anything about Thanksgiving dinners?

Where’s the mashed potatoes?

Where’s the cranberry sauce?

Where’s the pumpkin pie?

Of which, Marcie delivers the punch line . . .

“Don’t feel bad, Chuck. Peppermint Patty didn’t mean all those things she said. Actually, she really likes you. Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck.

You heard what Linus was saying out there. Those early Pilgrims were thankful for what had happened to them, and we should be thankful, too.

We should just be thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by ‘Thanksgiving,’ Charlie Brown.


Have fun with Thanksgiving. Your kids will love that you used a show on television to teach them about the true meaning of Thanksgiving!

While you’re at it, grab our Thanksgiving Project Pack to enrich your studies even further!

Thanksgiving Project Pack

Jamestown Craft and Study

My kids and I are working on studying Jamestown at the moment. My children are not little. In fact, they are teens, so craft time does not happen as often as I would like. However, when I come upon a study that I can incorporate that little bit of craftiness, I jump on it!


I found this neat Jamestown fort craft at About.com.


I knew as soon as I seen it that we were going to enjoy making this neat craft! To create it, you only need the following craft items:

  • Pop-cycle sticks
  • Brown wood stain/Acrylic Paints
  • Hot glue & glue gun
  • Small pieces of Pine tree
  • Dirt
  • Sticks
  • Styrofoam

I know this will help them out a lot with actually seeing a visual image of what a Jamestown fort will look like. It also doubles as art for the day!

To bring this study home for my kids, we completed the the project pack The Story of Jamestownwhich you can snag today for only $5.00!!

Grab your $5 Jamestown project pack and learn all about how this little settlement came to be!

Start a New Family Tradition With the Thankful Tree

During November and December, my kids and I take a break from our normal homeschool studies to break up the routine of schoolwork. During this time, we study things like Fall, harvest festivals, thankgiving, and we do several unit studies based on literature that we can read together.

One of my favorite things during this time is to create a Thankful Tree.

You can create one too and start a new tradition in your family. All you have to do is draw a tree trunk and tape it to your wall. Then trace some leaves of different sizes and fall colors. Each day, a member of the family writes something down on the leaf that they are thankful for. By the time November comes to an end, your tree will be full of goodness and thanksgiving unto God.


Looking for more fun studies during November? Check out the following Project Packs we have available.

Prek-1st Harvest Festival Project Pack


Grades 3-7 The Pilgrims Project Pack

PreK-8th Thanksgiving Project Pack

Lapbooking through Thanksgiving & Christmas

We have tons of lapbooks that any family would enjoy, but our favorites during this time of year are the Thanksgiving and Christmas ones in our product line.


Below you will find a list of those for you to take a look at. Each one has a downloadable sample so that you can see if this project pack is right for you. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to send an email to sales@handsofachild.com.

  • November Sampler Pack
  • Harvest Festival Project Pack
  • The Pilgrim’s Project Pack
  • Thanksgiving Project Pack
  • 5 Little Pumpkins project Pack
  • Winter Sports Project Pack
  • New Year’s Celebration Project Pack
  • The 12 Days of Christmas Project Pack
  • Katy’s Big Snow Day Project Pack
  • Holiday Traditions: Nutcracker and the Story of the Nutcracker
  • What is Snow Project Pack
  • Let It Snow Project Pack
  • Symbols of Christmas Project Pack
  • Christmas Around the World Project Pack

You CAN Do Lapbooking

You may already be aware that lapbooking is a great way to add a hands-on approach to your classroom or homeschool curriculum, but are you aware that it’s not as hard as it looks?  If you haven’t tried lapbooking yet because you are worried it will be too time consuming or overwhelming, you aren’t alone.  Some educators take one look at a finished lapbook and become overwhelmed with the task of creating one with their students.  Although some finished lapbooks look like art masterpieces completed by super creative lapbooking experts, it really doesn’t take an artist, or an expert, to create one!  Anyone can create a lapbook- any age, any skill level, and for any topic.  You CAN do lapbooking!

Creating a lapbook is a fun and easy process.  Not only does it appeal to visual and hands-on learners but it helps break information up into bite-size sections, making the information easier to comprehend and retain.  Lapbooks are great hands-on tools for 4H Projects, PreK-12 Classrooms, School Presentations, Homeschools, Homeschool Co-ops,  Sunday Schools, Bible Studies, Book Studies, and more! You do not need expensive materials or supplies to get started; you may even have all the supplies you need right in your office or craft drawer.  All you need to create a lapbook is a file folder (or 2), paper, scissors, tape or glue, writing tools, crayons, and perhaps a stapler or hole punch.  You CAN do lapbooking!

Beginner lapbookers might want to create their first lapbook with one that has already been designed like the Project Packs provided by In the Hands of a Child.  These ready-to-assemble lapbook project packs contain a full research guide (also called a unit study) with hands-on activities, reproducible graphics, and full instructions to create a lapbook on the topic you choose.  You can visit In the Hands of a Child and browse over 400 lapbook topics to choose from at www.HandsofaChild.com.  The best time to start lapbooking is now with our Back to School specials!  We can help make your lapbooking curriculum affordable!

A Virtual Trip to the Zoo

                  Did you know that you can go online and watch the gorillas?

They are so neat. I have been watching them for a few days and my kids and I have just fallen in love with this fascinating creature.

For instance, did you know that. . . .

Gorillas are shy vegetarians

                                    Like all great apes, gorillas’ arms are longer than their legs. When they  move quadrupedally, they knuckle-walk, supporting their weight on the third and

fourth digits of their curled hands. Like other primates each individual has distinctive fingerprints.

                                    On two legs, adult male gorillas stand about five a half feet tall (rarely a bit taller). They weigh between 300 and 400 pounds.

Females are smaller, standing up to five feet tall and averaging about 200 pounds.

                                    Gorillas may live about 35 years in the wild, and up to 54 in zoos.

                                    Gorillas live in groups, or troops, from two to more than 30 members.

The gorilla is a very fascinating creature. If you want to learn more facts like these, grab our King of the Apes Project Pack.

With this unit study you will be able to teach your K-8th grade classroom about the king of apes- the gorilla. Travelers to the rainforests of Africa told tales of a “man-like monster” who could stand upright, beat its chest, and roar a loud warning to anyone who trespassed in its territory. Tales of this legendary creature turned out to be TRUE! It was the King of the Apes! Make lesson planning easy with the King of Apes: The Gorilla Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child. Teach your students about this amazing creature using the 10-day Planning Guide, Related Reading List, 23 Hands-On Activities PLUS 2 Fun Bonus and 1 Fun Extension Activity, 11-page Research Guide, and Answer Key.