They Were Strong and Good (FIAR)

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They Were Strong and Good was the boys’ last Five in a Row book for this school year. It’s hard to believe this school year is over and summer is here already!


(Please note: This post contains lessons from the Five in a Row Volume 2 Manual as well as activities by me and inspired by other homeschool moms.)


The Were Strong and Good by Robert Lawson is a neat story. Here is what Amazon says about it:

“Awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1941, They Were Strong and Good is a classic book that follows the path of one family’s journey through American history. Robert Lawson introduces us to his forefathers and with them we brave Caribbean storms, travel to the wharf markets of New York, and fight in the Civil War. Amidst these adventures Lawson’s grandparents meet, marry, and raise a family, and later his parents follow the same cycle of life. But this book is more than just the story of one family, it’s a social history of our country. It reminds us to be proud of our ancestors—who they were, what they did, and the effect that they had on the nation we live in today.”

My boys loved this book and begged me to read it to them every day! We started with the story disk. The boys decided to place it on Minnesota. In the story, one of the grandmothers was from there.



There were several Geography lessons for this book. We looked for all the different places mentioned in the book on our globe and read over the lesson in the manual on the Islands of the Carribbean. One of the grandfathers was a sailor and he traveled from Scotland to New York, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Panama. So we tracked his route on the map to those countries.

For another Social Studies lesson, we talked about how cities change over time. We looked up pictures of our city from years ago to see how it has changed. They couldn’t believe the difference!



For Social Studies, we also talked about the different kinds of school there are and different occupations that people have.

For the Social Studies Genealogy lesson, we talked about what a family tree is and wrote down a simple one of their own family. They had fun doing that. We had fun talking about our family history with their grandfather also while we worked on it.




For Bible, we talked about the first family and how we see many families throughout the Bible. We also talked about how important family is to God.

For Language, we had a few new vocabulary words and we talked about using Italics and choosing a good title for a book.

The last thing we did was for Science to learn about Bees. In the story, one of the grandmothers learns to take care of honeybees. So we read over these great books about bees:



So that finished up our last Five in a Row book for this school year! I’m already excitedly planning for next year!!









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