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Interior Design, Fashion Design, Graphic Design . . . what career choice is it this week? My daughter is nearly 14 and is trying to determine what career path she will take. She has several ideas, has done some research, but has no definite plans as of yet. It is my desire to provide her with materials and exposure to her career interests to help her in determining her preferred career choice. We became excited when we discovered In the Hands of a Child (HOAC) has an interior design curriculum. Niki at HOAC graciously provided me with the Elements of Interior Design so I may provide a product review while helping my daughter as she explores a potential career.
One of the things I like about the curriculum is its versatility. Even though this curriculum is a lapbook, it can be adapted for notebooking. It is meant for 7th to 12th graders but may be adjusted for younger children. Also, there are 5 formats to choose from when ordering the lapbook. There is the eBook, eBook with type it in, CD, printed, and the CD and printed combination. My daughter prefers to use the computer rather than doing handwritten work so we chose the type-it-in format.
Have you tried type-it-in eBooks yet? They are really nice. Students type the information into the space provided. They can type in as much information as they wish and the area expands to fit the information being typed. HOAC’s type-it-in eBooks allows the students to type on the graphics, cut the graphics out, and then assemble the lapbook. You will need Adobe Reader in order for this format to work.
Elements of Interior Design comes with a 10-day lesson plan guide, 25 activities, 4 extension activities, a suggested reading list, a vocabulary list, an answer key, and the graphic templates. The 10-day plan may be adjusted to your schedule or the number of activities you wish to complete. Most of the activities center on the 11 major steps for designing a room. Some of those steps include sketching the room, drawing a floor plan, choosing a color scheme, planning the lighting, selecting the flooring, and so forth.
We are in the process of finishing our basement. My daughter will have a larger room built for her, which she wants to design. This project was a great opportunity for her to begin the preparation. My daughter and I went to our local home improvement store and selected samples and brochures. She also selected her paint colors, furniture, hard-wood flooring, and lighting.
Later, she drew a floor plan. My daughter must be expecting a very large room and a huge budget to go along with it. Here is what she drew:
My daughter found the lessons to be enjoyable and helpful. I really did not need to do anything to teach the curriculum other than drive her to the home improvement store. She was able to take the lessons and go with them.
The Elements of Interior Design originally sells for $12. The current cost begins at $8 for the lapbook eBook and increases to $11 for the printed/CD combination format. You are welcome to take a look at the curriculum by downloading the free sample of the Elements of Interior Design.
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