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ISBN: 9781888659047
Grade: PreK

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Fun stories with simple extension activity ideas. My 2yo and 4yo have been enjoying it. It's great to have everything "right there" and to not have to constantly look up ideas online to go with the stories we read. Very worthwhile resource at a reasonable price.
August 15, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Excellent
This really fits well with our unschooling-eclectic learning style. We can pick and choose books as the kids are interested. The authour has numerous ideas and suggestions for each book. We can revisit each book, take our time, and each time we read a book, we learn more.
July 17, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Well written!
I am finding this resource so interesting and helpful. It is thoughtfully written and has made our story time so exciting. My 4 year old loves all the time and attention he gets while we are reading through our library books and working on activities suggested in this resource. I am very pleased.
September 25, 2017
Purchased
11 months ago
wonderful, wonderful, wonderful product.
Before Five in a Row is a wonderful beginning into our home school adventure. My son has loved all the books that we have read so far. The activities are just at his level. The discussion questions really engage my son in the reading process and because we are reading the books 5 days in a row he actually notices things in the pictures of the book that he probably would not notice if we read through it just once. As a mom I am extremely happy with this product. My son enjoys it, and I enjoy it what more could I ask for.
April 11, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Our 3 year old LOVES the books and learning through this!
We have been very happy with the BFIAR products. We ordered the instructional book and the set of books for our son. He LOVES them. I try to read through a week before each new book that we row and find additional books to complement the lessons from the local library. We also use Pinterest as a great resource to go along with the ideas in the lessons as well. Using the BFIAR has helped our son who is 3 to get even more excited about reading and he is drawing connections between life running errands, other books, playing at home and his books we are rowing- which is so exciting! We hope he continues to love them and will plan on using the products as he gets older. We were unable to locate the Yellow Ball book (out of print) and then borrowed the My Blue Boat from the local library as it also did not come in our set. Otherwise- we have no complaints! :)
November 9, 2015
Purchased
over 2 years ago
BFIAR
My 2 yo son and I have really been enjoying BFIAR! I think it has been great for me as a new homeschooling mom... I needed something simple yet intentional to ease us into the preschool years. BFIAR has been perfect because it is age appropriate, really cultivates a love for learning (love seeing my son's eyes light up when he is thinking about what we are talking about/reading and when he "gets" it!) and the books used with the lessons will favorites for several years to come, I am sure. And it is just FUN!
October 31, 2015
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Before five in a row
This book has been so useful with beginning my 4 year old into school!!
October 20, 2015
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Great resources!
I do like "Before Five in a Row" because it has lots of really great resources included in the back of the book. It also has some incredible ideas for various aspects of raising a preschooler. For example: ideas to do in the grocery store. That is why I love this product.
I will say however, that I misunderstood what I was receiving. I thought that the classic children's books were included, but they are not! And it makes sense to me now, since the price you pay would be a steal if all of the books were included, but that is really why I bought BFIAR. I am still keeping it just for the ideas in the back and resources.
I also like the way she gives you different ways of teaching your child from one book (Biblical aspect, Scientific aspect, etc), but I think you can also get those same great ideas from other moms with older children, or maybe even pinterest. We were already doing that sort of thing with our daughter so it didn't really add to how we were teaching her, it just broadened our selection of books we chose at the library.
all in all I do recommend this product, just for the treasure of resources and real life teaching ideas!
October 19, 2015
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Easy to get started, easy to follow.
What a wonderful resource. I love the simplicity of this program. It's really just about the love of books. We are secular learners, but love the universality of the bible quotes and how it's a piece that is easily left out, if we choose to do so. The book list is full of well-chosen, classic books. My only complaint is the lack of multiculturalism. All books either have the main characters as animals or the main characters as Caucasian.
October 18, 2015
Purchased
over 2 years ago
This is one TERRIFIC unit study!!! The books are wonderfully whimsical and open my girls up to plenty of discussion as well as expanding their curiosity!!! We ADORE FIAR!!!!
October 22, 2013
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Why did you choose this?
Rainbow Resource Center Store
I felt like this would help me dive a little deeper into the books with my daughter who doesn't sit very long for book reading. I feel she may feel more connected to what is going on in the story. Many people in the homeschool community of my town love it as well.
Mindy S on Aug 15, 2018
I have homeschooled for 12 years. My oldest tests high in reading but his reading comprehension has not improved in two years. I am realizing now how important it is to begin developing comprehension skills in kids at a young age. I love the easy approach in these books. I have found over the years that repetition really is key to memorization, and memorization skills are key to learning anything. Reading the same story 5 times will help them learn they can memorize easily.
Hannah B on Aug 9, 2018
I felt like this would help me dive a little deeper into the books with my daughter who doesn't sit very long for book reading. I feel she may feel more connected to what is going on in the story. Many people in the homeschool community of my town love it as well.
Mindy S on Aug 15, 2018
I chose this because it was recommended by Cathy Duffy, and I like the way it includes The Lord and also our American flag:)
Teresa M on Aug 10, 2018
I have homeschooled for 12 years. My oldest tests high in reading but his reading comprehension has not improved in two years. I am realizing now how important it is to begin developing comprehension skills in kids at a young age. I love the easy approach in these books. I have found over the years that repetition really is key to memorization, and memorization skills are key to learning anything. Reading the same story 5 times will help them learn they can memorize easily.
Hannah B on Aug 9, 2018
I love the concept of learning through literature.
Elizabeth V on Jul 29, 2018
Recommended by other moms that really enjoyed the curriculum for their little ones.
Kathryn M on Jul 27, 2018
Looks good
Carolyn H on Jul 23, 2018
i think it's a great way to fall in love with books, and help develop critical thinking skills.
Amy S on Jul 23, 2018
Looking forward to beginning this early homeschool resource with my children. I've heard great things about Five in a Row and since my children are 2yo and 4yo, I thought I'd start with the Before Five in a Row resource for younger children.
April W on Jul 15, 2018
Literature based plus hands on activities
April P on Jul 13, 2018
Highly recommended by pastor's wife.
Elaine W on Jul 6, 2018
recommendation
Kelsie B on Jul 3, 2018
I heard about it on the podcast "Read Aloud Revival."
nancy g on Jun 29, 2018
I picked this program because a friend who homeschools referred me and she’s a homeschool mom I trust. I wanted to give my children the best head start in education.
Tanya W on Jun 15, 2018
REcommendation
Lauren T on Jun 7, 2018
As a long time homeschooling mom, I know FIAR is the best curriculum for my grand daughter! Hands on activities.
Gina B on Jun 6, 2018
I've got grandbabies coming up and my daughter is requesting this. She remembers me doing B4FIAR with her 2 younger brothers.
Georgia K on Jun 4, 2018
I chose this as an affordable, wholesome, well-rounded program for my daughter for preschool! I look forward to the guidance on books and activities to enrich our time together and her learning and development.
Tara S on Jun 4, 2018
to develop a love of reading in my child
Millason D on May 23, 2018
On the advice of a trusted friend
sheri r on May 20, 2018
This is an extremely popular option in our homeschool community, i love that it centers around reading and unit study method, instead of text books or worksheets.
Jennifer S on May 16, 2018
Recommended by a friend
Rheena M on May 16, 2018
Recommended by an Australian homeschool blogger
Michelle C on Apr 21, 2018
recommended on the internet for homeschooling
audra c on Apr 18, 2018
Great Curriculum
Kathy C on Apr 13, 2018
Someone recommended this to us.
Grace S on Apr 12, 2018
Recommended by a friend. Doing it with my 3 year old! :)
Mallory B on Apr 7, 2018
to help with the planning
Meihua C on Apr 4, 2018
We are using Five in a Row for two of my other children. We love it, so I wanted to start my youngest!
Kadence L on Mar 19, 2018
A friend, Cathy Hagen, recommended this book to me and told me that she had used it with her children.
Margaret M on Mar 8, 2018
Based on reviews and online research
Kayla W on Mar 4, 2018
I wanted a literature-based program and love unit studies!
Vanessa E on Mar 3, 2018
We needed the book for our coop class
Christine G on Feb 28, 2018
Recommended by a friend. Needed something fun and easy to teach that's a unit study style.
Melissa G on Feb 25, 2018
looks simple
Jaron G on Feb 22, 2018
To use with my granddaughter. I used with my children.
Dianne M on Feb 20, 2018
This curriculum came highly recommended by a friend.
Loretta M on Feb 20, 2018
I wanted a pre-school curriculum that focused on reading and making it fun.
Tammy L B on Feb 1, 2018
I have a 2 year old who wants to to 'work' like her older 6yo sister and the product was recommended to me.
David B on Jan 29, 2018
My 2 younger children (newborn and 2) will benefit from it greatly, and I've only heard amazing reviews from friends.
Jennifer J on Jan 24, 2018
Looking forward to using this with my 2yo daughter. Seems like a very simple method of teaching/learning.
Lorraine M on Jan 12, 2018
I'm working towards homeschooling. Friends from my church community that homeschool recommended that I start with Before-Five-In-A-Row. I'm hoping that the curriculum is a hit. I'd enjoy purchasing the literature set if it is successful.
Erica C on Jan 8, 2018
I need a little direction with things to do with my toddler to help keep her busy and engaged, while I'm also working with my older son. I like the idea of taking books we are already reading and expanding on them.
Jessica C on Jan 8, 2018
Preschool curriculum
Brian S on Jan 2, 2018
Special Christmas gift request that I could not find on Amazon
Dr Vicki C on Dec 19, 2017
A cousin is using FIAR to homeschool her 5 kids and highly recommended the program.
LAURA H on Dec 5, 2017
I like the ease and ideas that go with these great books.
Jonathan H on Nov 13, 2017
I'm interested in giving my children a good head start.
Shaunda C on Nov 12, 2017
It is where my son is at now.
Kelli B on Oct 25, 2017
I am a strong proponent for literature based learning and can't wait to use this for my very eager 3 year old.
User on Sep 25, 2017
I already own FIAR 1-3 and now that we've adopted I *needed* BFIAR to get started on the fun and education early. We are excited to begin step one of this marathon that is homeschooling for the third time!
Karen A on Sep 25, 2017
I chose this because it was recommended by Cathy Duffy, and I like the way it includes The Lord and also our American flag:)
Teresa M on Aug 10, 2018
I love the concept of learning through literature.
Elizabeth V on Jul 29, 2018
Is this book a digital download or an actual book?
A shopper on Aug 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I received a spiral bound FIAR manual. The cover was in colour, and the rest of the pages were black and white. I did not have to print it myself. I hope this helps.
It looks like this curriculum is just talking about books? Is there more to it than that? I don't want to spend 35 dollars if it's something as simple as reading and discussing books, which we already do....Thanks!
A shopper on Mar 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There are two parts to this book. Part one is 20+ chapters each on different books. It gives bible verses, crafts and activities that go along with each book (sometimes it's nice to have other ideas that I hadn't thought of). Part two are more suggestions and activities to do with your young child that are unrelated to the books (I haven't used this one much).
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    4.8 / 5.0
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    Worthwhile purchase
    Fun stories with simple extension activity ideas. My 2yo and 4yo have been enjoying it. It's great to have everything "right there" and to not have to constantly look up ideas online to go with the stories we read. Very worthwhile resource at a reasonable price.
    August 15, 2018
    Purchased
    1 month ago
    Excellent
    This really fits well with our unschooling-eclectic learning style. We can pick and choose books as the kids are interested. The authour has numerous ideas and suggestions for each book. We can revisit each book, take our time, and each time we read a book, we learn more.
    July 17, 2018
    Purchased
    1 year ago
    Well written!
    I am finding this resource so interesting and helpful. It is thoughtfully written and has made our story time so exciting. My 4 year old loves all the time and attention he gets while we are reading through our library books and working on activities suggested in this resource. I am very pleased.
    September 25, 2017
    Purchased
    11 months ago
    wonderful, wonderful, wonderful product.
    Before Five in a Row is a wonderful beginning into our home school adventure. My son has loved all the books that we have read so far. The activities are just at his level. The discussion questions really engage my son in the reading process and because we are reading the books 5 days in a row he actually notices things in the pictures of the book that he probably would not notice if we read through it just once. As a mom I am extremely happy with this product. My son enjoys it, and I enjoy it what more could I ask for.
    April 11, 2016
    Purchased
    over 2 years ago
    Our 3 year old LOVES the books and learning through this!
    We have been very happy with the BFIAR products. We ordered the instructional book and the set of books for our son. He LOVES them. I try to read through a week before each new book that we row and find additional books to complement the lessons from the local library. We also use Pinterest as a great resource to go along with the ideas in the lessons as well. Using the BFIAR has helped our son who is 3 to get even more excited about reading and he is drawing connections between life running errands, other books, playing at home and his books we are rowing- which is so exciting! We hope he continues to love them and will plan on using the products as he gets older. We were unable to locate the Yellow Ball book (out of print) and then borrowed the My Blue Boat from the local library as it also did not come in our set. Otherwise- we have no complaints! :)
    November 9, 2015
    Purchased
    over 2 years ago
    BFIAR
    My 2 yo son and I have really been enjoying BFIAR! I think it has been great for me as a new homeschooling mom... I needed something simple yet intentional to ease us into the preschool years. BFIAR has been perfect because it is age appropriate, really cultivates a love for learning (love seeing my son's eyes light up when he is thinking about what we are talking about/reading and when he "gets" it!) and the books used with the lessons will favorites for several years to come, I am sure. And it is just FUN!
    October 31, 2015
    Purchased
    over 2 years ago
    Before five in a row
    This book has been so useful with beginning my 4 year old into school!!
    October 20, 2015
    Purchased
    over 2 years ago
    Great resources!
    I do like "Before Five in a Row" because it has lots of really great resources included in the back of the book. It also has some incredible ideas for various aspects of raising a preschooler. For example: ideas to do in the grocery store. That is why I love this product.
    I will say however, that I misunderstood what I was receiving. I thought that the classic children's books were included, but they are not! And it makes sense to me now, since the price you pay would be a steal if all of the books were included, but that is really why I bought BFIAR. I am still keeping it just for the ideas in the back and resources.
    I also like the way she gives you different ways of teaching your child from one book (Biblical aspect, Scientific aspect, etc), but I think you can also get those same great ideas from other moms with older children, or maybe even pinterest. We were already doing that sort of thing with our daughter so it didn't really add to how we were teaching her, it just broadened our selection of books we chose at the library.
    all in all I do recommend this product, just for the treasure of resources and real life teaching ideas!
    October 19, 2015
    Purchased
    over 3 years ago
    Easy to get started, easy to follow.
    What a wonderful resource. I love the simplicity of this program. It's really just about the love of books. We are secular learners, but love the universality of the bible quotes and how it's a piece that is easily left out, if we choose to do so. The book list is full of well-chosen, classic books. My only complaint is the lack of multiculturalism. All books either have the main characters as animals or the main characters as Caucasian.
    October 18, 2015
    Purchased
    over 2 years ago
    This is one TERRIFIC unit study!!! The books are wonderfully whimsical and open my girls up to plenty of discussion as well as expanding their curiosity!!! We ADORE FIAR!!!!
    October 22, 2013
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    Rainbow Resource Center Store
    I felt like this would help me dive a little deeper into the books with my daughter who doesn't sit very long for book reading. I feel she may feel more connected to what is going on in the story. Many people in the homeschool community of my town love it as well.
    Mindy S on Aug 15, 2018
    I have homeschooled for 12 years. My oldest tests high in reading but his reading comprehension has not improved in two years. I am realizing now how important it is to begin developing comprehension skills in kids at a young age. I love the easy approach in these books. I have found over the years that repetition really is key to memorization, and memorization skills are key to learning anything. Reading the same story 5 times will help them learn they can memorize easily.
    Hannah B on Aug 9, 2018
    I felt like this would help me dive a little deeper into the books with my daughter who doesn't sit very long for book reading. I feel she may feel more connected to what is going on in the story. Many people in the homeschool community of my town love it as well.
    Mindy S on Aug 15, 2018
    I chose this because it was recommended by Cathy Duffy, and I like the way it includes The Lord and also our American flag:)
    Teresa M on Aug 10, 2018
    I have homeschooled for 12 years. My oldest tests high in reading but his reading comprehension has not improved in two years. I am realizing now how important it is to begin developing comprehension skills in kids at a young age. I love the easy approach in these books. I have found over the years that repetition really is key to memorization, and memorization skills are key to learning anything. Reading the same story 5 times will help them learn they can memorize easily.
    Hannah B on Aug 9, 2018
    I love the concept of learning through literature.
    Elizabeth V on Jul 29, 2018
    Recommended by other moms that really enjoyed the curriculum for their little ones.
    Kathryn M on Jul 27, 2018
    Looks good
    Carolyn H on Jul 23, 2018
    i think it's a great way to fall in love with books, and help develop critical thinking skills.
    Amy S on Jul 23, 2018
    Looking forward to beginning this early homeschool resource with my children. I've heard great things about Five in a Row and since my children are 2yo and 4yo, I thought I'd start with the Before Five in a Row resource for younger children.
    April W on Jul 15, 2018
    Literature based plus hands on activities
    April P on Jul 13, 2018
    Highly recommended by pastor's wife.
    Elaine W on Jul 6, 2018
    recommendation
    Kelsie B on Jul 3, 2018
    I heard about it on the podcast "Read Aloud Revival."
    nancy g on Jun 29, 2018
    I picked this program because a friend who homeschools referred me and she’s a homeschool mom I trust. I wanted to give my children the best head start in education.
    Tanya W on Jun 15, 2018
    REcommendation
    Lauren T on Jun 7, 2018
    As a long time homeschooling mom, I know FIAR is the best curriculum for my grand daughter! Hands on activities.
    Gina B on Jun 6, 2018
    I've got grandbabies coming up and my daughter is requesting this. She remembers me doing B4FIAR with her 2 younger brothers.
    Georgia K on Jun 4, 2018
    I chose this as an affordable, wholesome, well-rounded program for my daughter for preschool! I look forward to the guidance on books and activities to enrich our time together and her learning and development.
    Tara S on Jun 4, 2018
    to develop a love of reading in my child
    Millason D on May 23, 2018
    On the advice of a trusted friend
    sheri r on May 20, 2018
    This is an extremely popular option in our homeschool community, i love that it centers around reading and unit study method, instead of text books or worksheets.
    Jennifer S on May 16, 2018
    Recommended by a friend
    Rheena M on May 16, 2018
    Recommended by an Australian homeschool blogger
    Michelle C on Apr 21, 2018
    recommended on the internet for homeschooling
    audra c on Apr 18, 2018
    Great Curriculum
    Kathy C on Apr 13, 2018
    Someone recommended this to us.
    Grace S on Apr 12, 2018
    Recommended by a friend. Doing it with my 3 year old! :)
    Mallory B on Apr 7, 2018
    to help with the planning
    Meihua C on Apr 4, 2018
    We are using Five in a Row for two of my other children. We love it, so I wanted to start my youngest!
    Kadence L on Mar 19, 2018
    A friend, Cathy Hagen, recommended this book to me and told me that she had used it with her children.
    Margaret M on Mar 8, 2018
    Based on reviews and online research
    Kayla W on Mar 4, 2018
    I wanted a literature-based program and love unit studies!
    Vanessa E on Mar 3, 2018
    We needed the book for our coop class
    Christine G on Feb 28, 2018
    Recommended by a friend. Needed something fun and easy to teach that's a unit study style.
    Melissa G on Feb 25, 2018
    looks simple
    Jaron G on Feb 22, 2018
    To use with my granddaughter. I used with my children.
    Dianne M on Feb 20, 2018
    This curriculum came highly recommended by a friend.
    Loretta M on Feb 20, 2018
    I wanted a pre-school curriculum that focused on reading and making it fun.
    Tammy L B on Feb 1, 2018
    I have a 2 year old who wants to to 'work' like her older 6yo sister and the product was recommended to me.
    David B on Jan 29, 2018
    My 2 younger children (newborn and 2) will benefit from it greatly, and I've only heard amazing reviews from friends.
    Jennifer J on Jan 24, 2018
    Looking forward to using this with my 2yo daughter. Seems like a very simple method of teaching/learning.
    Lorraine M on Jan 12, 2018
    I'm working towards homeschooling. Friends from my church community that homeschool recommended that I start with Before-Five-In-A-Row. I'm hoping that the curriculum is a hit. I'd enjoy purchasing the literature set if it is successful.
    Erica C on Jan 8, 2018
    I need a little direction with things to do with my toddler to help keep her busy and engaged, while I'm also working with my older son. I like the idea of taking books we are already reading and expanding on them.
    Jessica C on Jan 8, 2018
    Preschool curriculum
    Brian S on Jan 2, 2018
    Special Christmas gift request that I could not find on Amazon
    Dr Vicki C on Dec 19, 2017
    A cousin is using FIAR to homeschool her 5 kids and highly recommended the program.
    LAURA H on Dec 5, 2017
    I like the ease and ideas that go with these great books.
    Jonathan H on Nov 13, 2017
    I'm interested in giving my children a good head start.
    Shaunda C on Nov 12, 2017
    It is where my son is at now.
    Kelli B on Oct 25, 2017
    I am a strong proponent for literature based learning and can't wait to use this for my very eager 3 year old.
    User on Sep 25, 2017
    I already own FIAR 1-3 and now that we've adopted I *needed* BFIAR to get started on the fun and education early. We are excited to begin step one of this marathon that is homeschooling for the third time!
    Karen A on Sep 25, 2017
    I chose this because it was recommended by Cathy Duffy, and I like the way it includes The Lord and also our American flag:)
    Teresa M on Aug 10, 2018
    I love the concept of learning through literature.
    Elizabeth V on Jul 29, 2018
    Is this book a digital download or an actual book?
    A shopper on Aug 22, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: I received a spiral bound FIAR manual. The cover was in colour, and the rest of the pages were black and white. I did not have to print it myself. I hope this helps.
    It looks like this curriculum is just talking about books? Is there more to it than that? I don't want to spend 35 dollars if it's something as simple as reading and discussing books, which we already do....Thanks!
    A shopper on Mar 18, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: There are two parts to this book. Part one is 20+ chapters each on different books. It gives bible verses, crafts and activities that go along with each book (sometimes it's nice to have other ideas that I hadn't thought of). Part two are more suggestions and activities to do with your young child that are unrelated to the books (I haven't used this one much).
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