I’m going to be writing a lot of posts about our homeschooling, in particular our core curriculum called “Five in a Row”. I wanted to take a minute to explain what Five in a Row is, how it works and how we use it as our core for anyone who has never heard of it.
I first found FIAR when I was first getting started on Preschool with Hailey and a friend showed me her Before Five in a Row manual. I fell in love with it and was hooked instantly. This curriculum instills in children a passion for books and reading, which I feel is one of if not THE most important thing about school. I started with B4FIAR when my oldest (Hailey) was 3 years old and Braden was 1 and would sit along with us.
The main idea of FIAR is you take a children’s book and read it everyday and the manuals have lessons to go along with the book for the subjects of Social Studies, Language, Art, Math and Science. B4FIAR is designed for ages 2-4 and then you move into FIAR Volumes 1-3, Volume 4, Beyond FIAR (ages 8-12) and Above and Beyond FIAR (ages 12+). There is also a Holidays book, Cookbook with recipes for every book and Bible Supplement. The lessons are fun and easy to follow and you can also add your own ideas and activities as well. The idea is you read the book 5 days in a row, but for us it has always worked better to go a little slower and do each book for around 2 weeks.
Like I said before, I started B4FIAR with Hailey when she was 3 and she is now finishing up with Volume 4 and will begin Beyond next school year. I have continued with all the kids and my youngest, Rosemary is now in B4FIAR. My kids have loved it so much and fallen in love with all of these great books as well as the characters in them. I’m so thankful for this curriculum and Jane Claire Lambert for creating it. She also stays current on the FIAR website forum/message boards as a regular. It’s so nice to continue getting input from the writer/creator, you just don’t get that with most homeschool curriculum.
I could go on all day about how great this curriculum has been for our homeschool, but I think I have given a fairly good overview. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to comment or email me. I would encourage anyone to at least give it a try. I will attach a link to the five in a row website for more information.
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