Recently, I was offered the chance to review one of the lapbook studies produces by In the Hands of a Child. I picked their Princesses Project Pack in the hopes that Lauren would enjoy working on it. She's been on a bit of a princess kick lately, especially since we recently collected Princess autographs at Disneyland.
It turns out that working on her Princess lapbook was Lauren's absolute favorite part of our school days. I quickly learned that I should save the lapbook activities for the end of our school day so that she would work diligently on her other schoolwork first.
From a parent standpoint, the Princess study was "practically perfect in every way." (I couldn't resist throwing in a subtle Disney reference, even if it isn't from a princess movie.) The study materials were easy to print and the directions for the lapbook were all easy to understand.
The project pack included information about all of the princesses we studied, but Lauren and I found it fun to read more complete versions of some of the stories using fairy tale books we already had. There is also a book list included in the curriculum if you need help finding princess books.
For each day of the study, we read either the information about the assigned princess or a book of our own. Each princess had at least one special activity specific to her story, and we added Princess trading cards to our collection each day, too. Throughout the study we added to a vocabulary book that had nearly 20 entries when it was finished.
Lauren's favorite activity was the Cinderella-inspired one where we measured the feet of all of our family members (and a few dolls).
The activities were slightly different every day. All of the assignments required her to remember the main points of the story we had read, but the way it was presented was different for each princess. On the days when the mini book required some writing, we had a choice between using the printed answer, using the answer that was written in dotted letters for tracing, or writing our own.
I loved that the lapbook activities gave Lauren some extra practice with her fine motor skills, especially in terms of cutting and gluing. Since she loved doing this study so much, she worked very hard to make sure everything was cut out as neatly as possible and glued together correctly.
On the last day of the study, we glued all the activity books to the main lapbook folders, and Lauren proudly took it with her to show her Occupational Therapist and Physical Therapist what she had done.
The Princess Project Pack from In the Hands of a Child came as a 74 page pdf file and is currently on sale for $7 (regularly $10). It is recommended for preschoolers through second graders and worked well for my first grader. The study covered both Fairy Tale and real life princesses, but the focus was definitely on the Disney princesses (or the Disney versions of traditional princess stories).
In addition to receiving the Princess lapbook materials for Lauren to try, I was also offered the opportunity to giveaway another copy of the study to one of my readers. Please use the rafflecopter form below to enter the contest.
Disclaimer: I received a Princess Project Pack (ebook) for the purpose of writing this review, and I received no other compensation. In return, I agreed to give an honest review of the materials and how they worked for my homeschool family. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.
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