Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hands of a Child Lapbooks {Schoolhouse Crew Review}

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Ever since Lauren completed her Princesses lapbook last Spring, she's been asking when we could do another one. I was thrilled to be able to review another lapbook from In the Hands of a Child. This time, we've been doing science experiments with the Kitchen Science Project Pack. This study is intended for grades K-3 and is packed full of fun hands-on experiments.

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Why do we enjoy lapbooking so much?

Lauren likes lapbook studies because they seem more fun than listening to me read from a textbook style book or completing pages in a workbook. I like to use lapbook studies because Lauren's enthusiasm means that she retains more of the information. Also, the lapbook projects allow me to sneak in activities that will help her develop stronger fine motor skills.

Why do we love the lapbooks produced by In the Hands of a Child?

One of my favorite things about these lapbooks is that they include such a wide variety of activities and mini-books. It's not simply the same few booklets repeated throughout the study with different graphics; each lesson has a completely different format for recording the information learned.

The activities are easily adaptable for differing abilities. Sometimes Lauren writes in her answer, but I like that we can also opt for her to just cut-and-paste the correct answer. We completed the vocabulary a few words at a time, and I allowed her to pick the matching definition from just a few of the answers.

Why would we recommend the Kitchen Science Project Pack?

This lapbook was packed full of fun activities. We started with the traditional vinegar and baking soda experiment and watched the mixture bubble out of the container. A few days later, we were baking cupcakes and she noticed that bubbles formed in the batter when we combined the vinegar in the wet ingredients with the baking soda in the dry ingredients. (Our allergy-friendly recipe uses that chemical reaction to add lift to the cupcakes.)

For some of the experiments, we enlisted the help of her older brother. He helped with the second vinegar/baking soda experiment. (Note: we substituted a latex-free glove for the balloon originally called for in the directions.)

Both Lauren and Brennan enjoyed seeing what would happen to marshmallows when they were microwaved for varying lengths of time.

Information about a special sale:

In the Hands of a Child is having a huge Back-to-School sale through the end of August. All of their ebooks are at least 50% off. No coupon code is necessary; the sale price shows up automatically. The Kitchen Science Project Pack normally costs $12, but is only $5 during this sale.

I am so pleased with our experiences using these lapbooks that I'm ordering several more to round out Lauren's second grade studies this year. I'm eyeing a few more science topics and will likely pick up some literature units, too.


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