Five in a Row Vol. 1

Five in a Row Vol. 1

# 019808

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Item #: 019808
ISBN: 9781888659009
Grades: PK-3

Product Description:

150 pgs covering 19 weeks (and 19 books).

Category Description for Five in a Row Literature Unit Studies:

These literature-based unit study curriculum guides are so named because you spend five days in a row (a full week; one day for each subject area) using a particular children's book as the theme for multiple academic subject areas. Five in a Row (FIAR) Volumes 1-3 cover social studies and character, language arts, math, science, and art through 15-21 children's books. The literature selections, primarily picture books, contain positive moral values reflecting Biblical values. Christian content is not incorporated in Volumes 1-3, but is available separately in a Christian Character & Bible Study Supplement. Five in a Row Vol. 4 is for slightly older students (Grades 2-4) and features fewer books, some of which are stretched to two weeks of lessons. Christian content is included in the Volume 4 guide.

Before Five in a Row takes the same concept, but simplifies it for ages 2-4, with multiple activities provided for each book, but not as structured between days of the week.

Beyond Five in a Row is the next step up (for Grades 3+), and these guides are structured around chapter books. Activities at this level incorporate history, geography, science, language arts and fine arts with Christian Character and Bible content available separately.

Category Description for Five in a Row:

These literature-based unit study curriculum guides cover social studies and character, language arts, math, science, and art. Literature selections contain positive moral values reflecting Biblical values. Use as a stand-alone curriculum for preschool or supplement with phonics and math for older children. Curriculum is so named because you spend five days in a row (a full week; one day for each subject area) using a particular children's book as the theme. There's plenty of text here as the author provides all the reference material you'll need right in the volumes as background for your studies. Hands-on activities and projects abound and there are plenty to choose from each day, using the literature selections as a springboard. The varying difficulty of the activities makes it easy to use with a range of ages. Very little teacher preparation is required. Once you have the needed literature selection, you can open the book and begin! Each book also includes tips for teaching the curriculum, instructions for creating manipulatives, a topical index, a sample planning sheet with a blank, reproducible lesson plan sheet, literary glossary, story disks, and suggestions for finding the reading books. Volumes 1-3 do not incorporate Biblical content, as this is found in the optional Christian Character & Bible Study Supplement, available separately.

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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Jane Claire Lambert
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Trying out a Living Books homeschool approach
Guido V on Jan 22, 2020
unit grade studies for a first grade classroom
Heather M on Sep 28, 2019
Trying out a Living Books homeschool approach
Guido V on Jan 22, 2020
recommended by friend
Lindsay R on Jan 15, 2020
unit grade studies for a first grade classroom
Heather M on Sep 28, 2019
Friends had recommended it as a great curriculum!
Jessica H on Aug 25, 2019
I love FIAR!
Sarah A on Aug 21, 2019
Daniel I on Aug 16, 2019
recommended by a friend
Shana M on Aug 15, 2019
Recommended by a friend.
Michelle G on Aug 9, 2019
It was highly recommended to me and sounds like the perfect curriculum for my son's kindergarten.
Anna L on Aug 7, 2019
Can't wait to use this with my 2nd grader. Good literature is the best way to teach reading and writing. Should work with other subjects, too!
Heather M on Aug 5, 2019
My friend told me about FIAR, and I am excited to use this helpful tool to take the love of literature we already have as a family, and help my children learn more from each book we read.
E & his wife on Aug 1, 2019
This came highly recommended by a friend.
TANIESHA W on Jul 30, 2019
Because I heard it was amazing
Lauren P on Jul 29, 2019
Recommended by a friend, seems simple and isn't too expensive
Nicole R on Jul 23, 2019
Curriculum needed for teaching in co-op
Tamara L on Jul 20, 2019
Linda N on Jul 15, 2019
Saw this company at a homeschool convention and fell in love with the idea. I can't wait to get started!
Katherine L on Jul 9, 2019
Did Before Five in A Row, and moving up.
Ann O on Jun 17, 2019
SO many good reviews! and it looks easy to expand on!
Heidi A on Jun 9, 2019
Tracy M on May 13, 2019
We received several reviews from other homeschool parents that rave about this!!
Michelle D on Apr 29, 2019
Recommended by a friend.
Melissa S on Apr 18, 2019
Donna C on Feb 26, 2019
Several homeschoolers I know use this book and love it! I want to implement this curriculum with my 4 and 7 year old girls. I downloaded the sample and used it for a week and loved it!
ANdrea C on Feb 13, 2019
Just it! Want my own copies of everything.
Robin L on Feb 8, 2019
Recommended by other homeschool moms!
Melissa L on Jan 28, 2019
I have loved Sonlight over the years but want something different for number five. I have heard great things about Five in a Row and am looking forward to the shift.
Laura S on Jan 3, 2019
Sarah MacKenzie master class - this was one of her top resources. I will try the first volume and then see if I will purchase the rest.
Amanda B on Jan 1, 2019
Recommended by a homeschool mom with multiple children to teach.
Jennifer D on Nov 20, 2018
A homeschool mom recommend it to me.
Amanda M on Oct 16, 2018
I heard Mr. and Mrs. Lambert speak at a teaching them diligently conference and I am very curious and eager to use their teaching method with our girls!
Pam N on Oct 7, 2018
Five in a Row offers different lessons for many school subjects while reading one book five times in a week. I am hoping this will save us the stress of putting together our lesson plans and also save us money.
Tiffany O on Sep 28, 2018
A friend told me about this product and I read the reviews. I used the sample about 'the story of Ping' and it look like a way that can work for me and my 4 year old.
Elizma D on Sep 27, 2018
Positive reviews
Shelley P on Sep 17, 2018
Neighbor let me borrow it over the summer. Will work well with my varied age range.
Linda E on Sep 14, 2018
Friend recommended it
Christina W on Sep 5, 2018
I've read to my children since birth. Five in a Row seems like a natural extension of how we already learn together.
Anna G on Sep 5, 2018
I heard wonderful things about the Five in a Row program from other homeschool moms. Sounds like a fun way to teach these subjects to younger children.
Mary D on Sep 5, 2018
Recommended by my sister
Martha C on Sep 4, 2018
This is our main curriculum for kindergarten for my daughter. We are supplementing math and reading/phonics in addition to this.
Lindsay H on Aug 28, 2018
recommended by friend
Jennie H on Aug 27, 2018
It was recommended by a friend.
Brian T on Aug 21, 2018
I have four young children, all about two years a part and I wanted a way to build relationship while at the same time meeting the various needs academically that come with have having various aged children. I am so excited to try it!!
April D on Aug 18, 2018
I taught this literature to my younger siblings when I was a teenager and I really enjoyed it, so now I want to start with my own children.
Katie L on Aug 17, 2018
Used Before FIAR
Melanie Y on Aug 13, 2018
I used FIAR with my older children. We had a 17 year gap between our children and I am starting over. My first go to for school with my young ones is FIAR. This is a great curriculum and I look forward to doing it over again!
Beth D on Aug 12, 2018
Heard good things about it, like the idea of a literature based unit study curriculum.
Laura V on Aug 12, 2018
needed for homeschool
walter a on Aug 6, 2018
Our daughter will be beginning kindergarten this year. We felt that the Five in a Row approach would best suit her as it is engaging, provides well-rounded exposure to various subjects, and includes art/hands-on activities.<br />We can also incorporate Biblical principles to every book. That makes this a wonderful solution for our family.
Scott S on Aug 5, 2018
I'm very excited. It seems to fit well with the Charlotte Mason philosophy that we've decided to use for our family, especially for preschool age kiddos. I'm looking forward to using activities and conversations without having a structured "school time" for my 4.5 year old! Found out about this through a couple of friends within a matter of days, its a God send
Shae P on Aug 2, 2018
recommended by friend
Lindsay R on Jan 15, 2020
Friends had recommended it as a great curriculum!
Jessica H on Aug 25, 2019
Is the Teacher's Guide Vol 1 religious or secular?
A shopper on Jun 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I would say the writer of this curriculum is a Christian since I remember that I had read something where she referenced God but I believe it was just that one time. Other than that the writer stays neutral .
The volumes seem age/level specific. Is that true? Do the volumes of fiar become more advanced? If yes, what reading levels are recommended for each volume?
A shopper on May 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Volumes 1, 2, & 3 of Five in a Row are roughly at the same level. The can be used in any order and cover skills in the K-2nd grade range. FIAR Volume 4 is more advanced and covers skills at a 2nd-3rd grade level.
What edition is this?
A shopper on Oct 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There is only a single edition of Five in a Row, Volume 1. However, several years ago the books were updated with new covers and spiral binding. We carry the updated cover edition.
Does book one cover a whole school year? Or do we need to buy all 4 books for a complete year?
Megan C on Apr 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Book 1 has nineteen story books that it covers. If you stick to one book a week, it will cover half a school year. So, Books 1 and 2 are designed to last a single school year.
Who did the video review for 5 in a row?
A shopper on Jul 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The video was prepared by a Rainbow customer.
Is the manual all I need?
Kendra P on Feb 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You can check out all these books at the library if you want to save money and that way all you need is the manual. My sister in law does it that way. However, if the library doesn't have the book, you have to be somewhat flexible with what story you do that week. I bought the manual and the book package mainly because it seemed more convenient and I wanted to add to our home library anyway. The books are wonderful! We read them over and over! Part of the reason why I'm happy we bought the package. Hope this helps :)
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Great Curriculum! My kids have learned a lot from the stories that a lot of kids their age wouldn’t be learning yet.
June 4, 2019
over 2 years ago
Just as expected!
January 30, 2019
1 year ago
Fantastic Curriculum
This curriculum (supplement?) is fantastic for those kids who love to read and learn. I even enjoy learning alongside with my 3.5 yr old. I think this is pretty advanced for their recommended age of 4, but if you want to push them a little I think it's a great option. We plan on revisiting these books and curriculum when he's older to reinforce concepts and introduce new ideas (the ones he's too little to understand right now). I wouldn't change a thing though, as we've enjoyed this curriculum more than expected!
November 1, 2018
1 year ago
I like the layout and explanation and how easy it is to use !
September 3, 2018
1 year ago
Enriching our studies, simply and effectively!
We have incorporated Five In A Row with our core subjects to add variety and interest for our elementary students in co-op classes. The students are enjoying the stories and activities. The teachers are able to easily find activities that fit our setting and group. It is also simple to add more if you have other ideas you want to use. Very flexiible and solid education resource.
March 12, 2018
over 2 years ago
I love FIAR curriculum. We have used this for all of our elementary-aged kids so far.
January 3, 2018
over 2 years ago
The program is useful for busy people.
This is my first time venturing into the world of home schooling, so I'm new. My impression of this manual is that it basically encourages parents to find different things to talk about in each of the books. For example, in a book featuring a map, the manual encourages parents to talk about maps. In a book featuring a grandparent/grandchild relationship, the manual encourages parents to talk about grandparents. I think a lot of this could be pretty intuitive--just talk about different things in the books that you read. However, for people who are busy and do not have the emotional energy to figure out different things to say about each book, this could be a useful tool.
December 12, 2017
over 2 years ago
My son has Cerebral Palsy and I have had a hard time finding curriculum to use with him. Five in a row is just what we needed. I have used it with my other children as well and love the variety of activities to choose from.
September 27, 2017
over 2 years ago
Just what I was hoping for
It's me and my kiddos favorite part of homeschool!
September 17, 2017
over 2 years ago
We are loving FIAR!
Our family is loving the Unit Study approach with the guidance of Five in a Row. We are using it with our 7 and 9 year olds this year. It feels so much more cohesive than trying to use a random curriculum for science, history, art, etc. Highly recommend!
August 29, 2017
over 2 years ago

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