A few years back, I was introduced to lapbooking. Of all the companies out there producing units for lapbooking, I have to admit that In the Hands of a Child is at the top when it comes to choices and ease of use. I was an affiliate with them for the past few years. During 2009, I worked a few homeschool conferences as a rep for them. I used my earnings to purchase a lifetime Super Membership from them which gives me a new unit every month for ever.
Given that, you could surmise that we LOVE this company and their products. And, you would be right! I’ve lost count on how many of their units I own (definitely over a hundred.)
Recently, they switched their website to a new platform. I’m still getting used to the new site, but overall I like the clean look it provides.
Haven’t heard about this company before and wonder what all the fuss is about?
To sum it up (or share my spiel from my rep days), HOAC provides a stand alone unit study on a given topic that gives you the basics plus suggestions for further study. The child compiles that information into mini-books, etc. so they end up with a lapbook to showcase all they have learned. They offer a semi-annual freebie unit, so you can really sample the format before ever purchasing a unit from them.
My boys will pull out their lapbooks (or folders if we put them on cardstock) to share with others or just review for their own pleasure. I can’t say that about any of their worksheets they do for school!
The project pack we were gearing up to complete (before illness struck) is Christmas Around the World. I signed up to work on the online co-op for this unit (as a Sub Sally), but got derailed from helping with that tummy bug. Released last year, it provides the framework to study not only the holiday of Christmas but also other cultures. There is the usual research guide that gives you the basic information a child needs to complete the activities which follow. Within these pages, you will visit a dozen different countries to sample how each celebrates Christmas. Beyond the typical foldables, they have includes a few craft projects plus a recipe. What I adore about this kind of unit is that you can make school time fun while still covering almost all the major subjects. And, this particular project pack is for multiple ages so it can become a family affair.
Disclaimer ~ The post originally included a giveaway is sponsored by In the Hands of a Child. There was no compensation for this post and the opinions expressed are my own.