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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hands of a Child Asia Note Pack- A Review

We are used to a living books approach to our school so working with this note pack was a little different. Pretty much all the information that is needed to do the activity sheets (the notebook pages) is included already- just needs to be read. The information is very straight forward and a lot of what we have already studied, because of this I thought it might be somewhat repetitive for my 7th grader. But he does enjoy notebooking. 
Suitable for grades 4 and upfor upper grades I would say it is a supplement at best.
This Note Pack is 63 pages total, $14.00 as a pdf download (with other options available, such as print and/or CD), includes:
  • suggested schedule
  • 5 referenced books
  • links to other resources such as Enchanted Learning –but links to HOAC Mesopotamia and Africa did not work (can easily be searched)
  • bibliography includes more resources –books and links
  • 2 Asian craft how-tos
  • activity ‘instructions’basically is a question to help the student understand what they need to put on their activity page
  • 19 pages of information
    • people, language, religion, government, climate, geography, economics, animals, history, regions, vocabulary
  • 22 activity pages
  • answer key to all activities
I appreciated that all the images are in gray-scalethank you! saves on printing. Especially since I printed the entire Note Pack.
You can see a sample of this Note Pack at Hands of a Child website. I encourage it, go ahead. I’ll wait for you…Winking smile
Perhaps the only thing I had an issue with is that the Table of Contents suggests there is additional information {probably for a lapbook} and reproducibles but the Note Pack does not contain these items; the TOC isn’t clickable either. We’ve only done lapbooks once or twice so the omission is okay with me {after all this is the Note Pack} but that it is mentioned in the TOC but not there is a little odd.
I preread the entire Note Pack and pretty much decided to go along with the suggested schedule. Thankfully, since this is a pdf, I can print what we need later as well {I chose not to print out the animals pages}.
Since my son is older and does a lot of work independently, this was also done independently. Each day I had him read as was suggested in the schedule. At the bottom of the readings I put the activity page that corresponded so that he could do it afterward. Everything was hole punched and put into his three-ring binder. He also does narration of what he read and/or what he put on his notebook pages.
We used this by itself because as mentioned earlier it has information we’ve already gone over. Reinforcement never hurts.
Overall, I like the Note Pack. It is organized well and includes all that is needed (information wise and notebooking pages) to do a ‘unit’ on a particular subject. The fact that we’d already covered the material doesn’t detract from the product because it was presented in a different way. The notebooking pages helps my son to focus on what he is working on and ‘reliving’ it, I suppose. He doesn’t seem to consider it ‘work’.
I would like to have seen more resources listed, such as books and/or links for researching but that could be because that is what we’re used to. We look up books and links to find the information- generally it’s not all right there for us.
I would definitely be interested in other products that Hands of a Child offers- next time I’ll make sure it’s not something we’ve already covered Winking smile
Have a visit to the website to see all that they offer. You can follow them on Twitter and on Facebook.
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Mail: 3271 Kerlikowske Road, Coloma MI 49038
Phone: 1-866-Hands-01
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***Disclaimer: I received the Asia Note Pack from Hands of a Child for the purpose of giving an honest review. No compensation was given. All opinions stated are my own or those of my family. See Disclosure/Policies.***

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