Beyond Five in a Row Volume 2

Beyond Five in a Row Volume 2

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Item #: 000624
ISBN: 9781888659146
Grades: 3-7

Product Description:

This is the second volume in the Beyond Five in a Row Series. As with volume 1, books used in the study can be obtained at your library and are also offered below for your convenience.

Category Description for Five in a Row Literature Unit Studies:

This series provides a wonderful way to nurture your relationship with your children and foster a lifelong adventure of learning. The Five in a Row title comes from reading the same classic children’s book five days in a row as a literature-based unit study to cover social studies, character, language arts, math, science and art. Use as a stand-alone program for preschool, or supplement with phonics and math and use it with older children. Literature selections contain positive moral stories that reflect Biblical values. Choose from many possible activities for each day.

The original Five in a Row series was written three decades ago for the previous generation of homeschoolers. Now, the author’s children have undertaken the task of modernizing the series and updating the literature lists. All books in the series will eventually be revised; however, at this writing, Beyond Five in a Row series are still in the previous edition.

Before Five in a Row has much the same content as the original book, but with three additional stories included. There are also updated illustrations, Animal Classification Cards that help children develop simple classification skills, and StoryDisks and a Storybook Map (an enjoyable way to teach where the story takes place). This book is a collection of discussion and play-based lessons to do for 10-15 minutes 2 or 3 days a week. It doesn’t follow the typical 5 day a week schedule. The first of two parts list the 24 stories, along with creative activity suggestions such as examining the stars or using colored tissue paper to make a simple collage. The second part is filled with ideas to build a foundation of readiness – talking and listening skills, coordination skills, activities in the kitchen and other primary skills.

More Before Five in a Row is the new addition to the series and includes 14 new books. It has been specifically written as a preschool curriculum (ages 3-5) and follows the typical format of the Five in a Row books. New to this book, however, is an encouraging Bible lesson before each story written specifically for the parent. Many lessons are built around six early literacy skills: vocabulary, narrative, print awareness, phonological awareness, letter knowledge, and print motivation. The gentle activities are not meant to teach in-depth concepts, but to enhance your child’s awareness of the world around them. Centered around play and discussion, the program provides a wide variety of activities involving science, social studies, Bible, language arts, health and much more. An Animal Classification game, StoryDisks and a Storybook Map are included in the back. The activities are a bit more detailed than in Before FIAR.

Completely redesigned and updated, the second edition of the Five in a Row Volumes 1-4 still have the same goal of providing elementary students with a quality educational foundation through well written and illustrated books. All you will need to complete the curriculum for 5-and-6-year-olds is a good phonics program and a simple introduction to math. For children who are reading successfully, you will want to supplement with math, spelling, penmanship, and grammar material if you desire to teach those as individual subjects. Volume 4 is designed for older elementary (9 years and up). The activities related to the different subjects in this volume are more involved; therefore, plan on spending 2 weeks on Volume 4 books instead of one. For ages 9 and 10, it is recommended adding math, spelling, and grammar. This volume prepares students for Level 5 as students transition to reading chapter books.

The new editions include special teaching tips from the author (including step-by-step guidance for each day of the week), along with an explanation of the philosophy behind the program. There is also a “Teacher’s Note” page and activity sheets following each book lesson. The “Teacher’s Note” page is handy to record relevant information such as activities done, library resources or videos used, and any field trip opportunities taken. The three or four activity sheets for each book title correlate with some of the activities and really add to the program. These sheets are reproducible for family use only. The books in each program remain the same with a couple of exceptions. They Were Strong and Good was taken out of Volume 2 and The Old Woman Who Named Things was added to Volume 3. Literature packages contain all available books for each volume. Note: literature packages do not contain the FIAR guides. Check out our website for the most current literature package updates! Christian Character and Bible content also available separately. ~ Gina

Category Description for UNIT STUDIES:

What is a "unit study"? Briefly, it's a thematic or topical approach to teaching as opposed to the traditional by-subject approach. Rather than teach each subject separately, a unit study attempts to integrate many or all subject areas into a unified study - usually centered around a particular subject or event. Obviously History (the study of events) and Science (the study of "things") are well-suited to unit studies, and usually form the "core" around which other subjects are integrated. Subjects like Bible, Geography, Government, English (writing), and Reading/Literature, Music, Home Economics, Life Skills, and Art, are usually easy to integrate around a core topics. Remaining subjects (Math, Phonics, Grammar, Spelling) can be integrated to some extent via related activities. Each, however, has its own "system" (progression of skills, mastery of "rules") which must be followed to some degree. Since one of the additional advantages of a unit study curriculum is the ability to use it with students of varying ages and skill levels, these subjects are generally taught apart from the core curriculum. This may be as simple as assigning pages in a grammar or spelling book, or using a separate "program" for Phonics and Math. Unit studies also tend to be more activity-oriented than the traditional approach, a real boon to kinesthetic learners. Advocates of the unit study approach site studies showing that children learn best when learning is unified rather than fragmented and when learning is more participatory than passive.

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2nd, Revised, Illustrated
Becky Jane Lambert
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Its and easy and good curriculum
Paola S on Oct 10, 2020
I watched reviews and this is exactly the type of easy applicable, well-rounded novel study I've been looking for.
Sally M on Sep 8, 2020
Its and easy and good curriculum
Paola S on Oct 10, 2020
i like the simplicity
Marlene E on Oct 5, 2020
I watched reviews and this is exactly the type of easy applicable, well-rounded novel study I've been looking for.
Sally M on Sep 8, 2020
Highly recommended by friend
Julie W on Aug 5, 2020
Need for school
Sheila W on Jul 31, 2020
Highly recommended by a veteran homeschooler
Darin S on Jul 23, 2020
Wang Chiew N on Jul 3, 2020
great curriculum!
Sarah C on Jun 19, 2020
for students I teach
Linda M on Apr 7, 2019
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Allyn D on Mar 29, 2019
Wanted a living books format for teaching LA to my smaller kids. Cathy Duffy likes you guys! LOL!
William J K on Sep 17, 2017
I chose Beyond Five in a Row Volume 2 because I enjoy teaching the series to my kids. Rainbow Resource Center has excellent customer service which is why I went through them rather than another company.
Amy G on Aug 1, 2016
Our first year homeschooling and a newborn on the way. I wanted something familiar and exciting to get us started on the right foot. As a former early educator, unit studies are something I have experience with and after seeing the sample pages and reading reviews, this curriculum option looks like the best fit for our family
Janelle L on Apr 30, 2016
i like the simplicity
Marlene E on Oct 5, 2020
Highly recommended by friend
Julie W on Aug 5, 2020
Is it necessary to do Volume 1 before Volume 2?
A shopper on Jan 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No....I've only been doing FIAR for a year and I see, from the FB support group, that most people change up the book studies in V1-3 based on the seasons, etc. whatever suits their families needs and their child's interests. Vol. 4 is a more advanced study of its books and should be done after V1-3. :)
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Rated 5 out of 5
Great curriculum!
New to FIAR. We are really enjoying this curriculum.
October 19, 2015
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I have used Five in a Row for several years and love the warm fuzzy feeling we get from spending time together as a family using this curriculum A lot of the books we found at the library so it made it more affordable for our family and we were able to use it for multiple kids at once Love how the author has put it together so simple yet so rich in knowledge without being intimidating
November 12, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5
We love this book Before we began using this curriculum we were having a hard time getting all of our different subjects tied in together It felt like we were all over the place It was hard for my fourth grader to remember everything let alone the order that the information went in This program integrates science reading language spelling history creative arts and Bible all in one! The best part about it is that the current book you are reading ties it all up in a neat little package! My son loves adding pages to his different notebooks and he actually remembers what we study! Even though this particular program is geared to older children my four year old daughter listens in and enjoys the projects also What I love the most about it is that there is very little preparation Everything is already planned out for you all you have to do is do it! WE are really enjoying Five in a Row and look forward to continuing it next year!
March 19, 2007

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