Five In A Row Homeschool Unit Studies
by Katie B
FIAR Homeschool Unit Studies
Smart homeschooling mom of six uses Five In A Row curriculum so she can school multiple children at once and keep her home running smoothly.
I love the fact that Five In A Row homeschool unit studies uses classic books to teach the lessons. My kids are learning to love reading the classics. I also love that it packs so much learning into one easy lesson that takes 45 minutes to 1 hour a day to teach. I love that I can teach multiple ages at once. There is a curriculum for preschool age, ages 4-8, ages 8-12, and the author is recently coming out with ages 12+.
I have only used it or a few weeks, but we love it. My kids are enjoying home school, where before each day was a long struggle to get them through each subject, we now have fun, and they can't wait to see what will happen next!
I have used Five In A Row for Preschool, Kindergarten, 2nd grade, 3 grade and fourth grade. I have caught my 3rd grader sneaking the book we are reading into his room so he can read what happens next before everyone else. He hated to read anything but comic books before this. The curriculum makes the stories come alive.
The thing I like most about it is that my five school age children love it! And that it doesn't take a lot of time, so as a stay at home mom of 6, I still have plenty of time to get the laundry
and dishes done and take care of our one year old. We can get school done while she naps! You do have to use a separate math and phonics curriculum though.
There are three or four books for each age, except preschool, which I don't use. I just included my preschool age child with my Kindergartner. Each book is $35 on the Fiveinarow.com website. Then there are Bible study books that you can add that correspond with the lessons. So it's a little over $100 for each age group for a year's worth of curriculum. But it is reusable if you have multiple children.
I borrow the ones we use from the library, because we just can not afford more curriculum this year.
I love the fact it uses classic books to teach the lessons. My kids are learning to love reading the classics. I also love that it packs so much learning into one easy lesson that takes 45 minutes to 1 hour a day to teach. I love that I can teach multiple ages at once. There is a curriculum for preschool age, ages 4-8, ages 8-12, and the author is recently coming out with ages 12+. Excellent review of Five In A Row curriculum, Katie! I have gone through FIAR three times so far and never tire of it. Thanks for adding your encouraging story and helpful tips; they will be so helpful to others. Blessings, Heather :)
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Beyond Five in a Row Curriculum
by Tamie Petersen
(Battle Creek, MI)
Beyond Five in a Row Curriculum Review
Learn more about Beyond Five in a Row homeschooling unit study curriculum from this FIAR veteran...
I have used volume 1 & 2 of Beyond Five in a Row. This homeschooling unit study includes everything but math and grammar. Moving from Five in a Row (FIAR) to Beyond FIAR (BY FIAR) was easier than I first thought it would be.
I still set up my planning pages the same way with the paper turned LANDSCAPE, I drew lines making 5 spaces. Instead of the name of the course as I did for FIAR, I put Monday, Tuesday... Friday. I did this because Beyond FIAR will not experience all the courses in any specific order. The lessons are based on CHAPTER BOOKS instead of PICTURE BOOKS as in FIAR.
I still did a lot of the teaching in a conversation-type manner. We simply talked about much of the topics having my daughter repeat what I have taught.
I did have my daughter do nearly daily essays. I had her write more of the vocabulary words than I did for FIAR.
It was not very long before my daughter decided that she wanted to teach herself. She kept quite an ongoing notebook so that I could see what she 'assigned' herself.
Since she decided to take over her own education as she did, I decided to move her up to 7th grade a bit early.
This curriculum can be very cost effective. Many of the books can be gotten from the library or cheaply used.
Thanks for taking the time to help other parents learn more about Beyond Five in a Row curriculum, Tamie! Your thoughts are helpful and appreciated. Blessings, Heather :)
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