Above & Beyond Five in a Row

Above & Beyond Five in a Row

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ISBN: 9781888659177
Grades: 7-8

Category Description for Above & Beyond Five in a Row:

Why not continue a good thing? Like the other FIAR studies, with Above and Beyond, you can read a wonderful book (Hitty: Her First One Hundred Years) that crosses centuries and continents while covering topics in five principal areas: History and Geography (Ireland), Language Arts (writing your own memoirs), Science (bats), the Fine Arts (drawing animals more realistically), and Human Relationships (listening to your conscience) [examples are all from Chapter 1]. And like the other FIAR studies, the emphasis is on "loving to learn" although at this level the study is more self-guided where the student will benefit from working together with his/her teacher but does not "have" to. You will still need to provide math, spelling and grammar separately but Above & Beyond can be used as a stand-alone 6-8 week unit study or as a change-of-pace supplement to other curricula. There's complete flexibility - you can go at your own pace or follow your interests with the goal of learning every day; of actively expanding knowledge. Writing a research paper is an Above & Beyond project and the student is led step-by-step through the process. She/He is also encouraged to participate in a meaningful service project. ~ Janice




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 writingVolume 4 and the 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 1-3 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. 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. Check out our website for the most current literature package updates! Christian Character and Bible content 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.




Primary Subject
Curriculum
Grade Start
7
Grade End
8
ISBN
9781888659177
Author
Becky Jane Lambert
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Five in a Row
Weight
0.55 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.75" x 0.5"
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This is the lesson plan for Hitty....can't wait to dig in this school year.<br />I like the easy flow of the lesson guides...simplicity at its best....but oh so rich in content that fosters curiosity and life long learning. Love this curriculum!
Lori F on Jul 30, 2020
My younger two girls and I have decoded to do the very last book study from Five In A Row because we have done all of them from the beginning and enjoyed it greatly. This is our last hoorah!!
Carrie-Ann S on May 12, 2016
This is the lesson plan for Hitty....can't wait to dig in this school year.<br />I like the easy flow of the lesson guides...simplicity at its best....but oh so rich in content that fosters curiosity and life long learning. Love this curriculum!
Lori F on Jul 30, 2020
To help my daughter enjoy reading and writing papers
Diane L on Jul 12, 2016
My younger two girls and I have decoded to do the very last book study from Five In A Row because we have done all of them from the beginning and enjoyed it greatly. This is our last hoorah!!
Carrie-Ann S on May 12, 2016
I have used FIAR products for 10 years and am excited to see a new publication! I just finished Beyond FIAR with my 9 year old and was looking for more curriculum in that format.
Stephanie F on Dec 3, 2015
Love FIAR learning method.
Moneca D on Nov 16, 2015
To help my daughter enjoy reading and writing papers
Diane L on Jul 12, 2016
I have used FIAR products for 10 years and am excited to see a new publication! I just finished Beyond FIAR with my 9 year old and was looking for more curriculum in that format.
Stephanie F on Dec 3, 2015
Is this unit study written to work with the original Hitty book, or the rewrite copyrighted 1998?
A shopper on Apr 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The 1998 copyright edition.
what ages is this good for?
A shopper on Feb 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think this unit study will appeal to a variety of ages. We used it successfully with a 10 yr old and a 13 yr old. Need to be a strong independent reader, and then the extra activities and reading can be tailored to interest and ability.
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