Beyond Five in a Row Volume 1 Literature Package

Beyond Five in a Row Volume 1 Literature Package


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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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Switching to this for my rising 4th grader!! So excited
Hillary F on Aug 13, 2021
It is in the Beyond Five in a Row curriculum.
Chelsea A on Aug 31, 2020
Switching to this for my rising 4th grader!! So excited
Hillary F on Aug 13, 2021
I have a child who needs things hands-on. Digital learning doesn't work for him.
Jen D on Jul 16, 2021
It is in the Beyond Five in a Row curriculum.
Chelsea A on Aug 31, 2020
My kids love books, so I thought using this curriculum really matches their learning style.
Carla S D on Aug 28, 2020
Highly recommended by a veteran homeschooler
Darin S on Jul 23, 2020
The package deal makes the books cheaper than you can buy them used!
Bethany E on Jun 18, 2020
Wonderful resource.
Kelly N on May 28, 2020
To go along with Beyond Five in a Row Vol 1. We are excited to dive into these books, The Boxcar Children was one of my favorite books when I was a child and I am excited to share it with my children.
Bethany S on May 21, 2020
I used Before Five in a Row when my daughter was pre-school age and we loved it. She will now be 4th grade level and we've decided to come back to a literature based program. Can't wait to get started!
Tara L on May 19, 2020
It was highly recommended.
Sheila C on Sep 13, 2019
a complete package, that will engage and continue to encourage my daughters love of learning while connecting our family.
Christine B on Nov 8, 2017
Friend Referral
Danielle S on Sep 14, 2017
This package was recommended to me.
Cindy A on Aug 29, 2017
"WE LOVE way for us to learn AND actually REMEMBER what we have learned."
Celena D on Aug 15, 2017
We have enjoyed Five in a Row, I'm excited that we get to continue 'rowing' this year!
jason g on Jun 16, 2017
required curriculum for child
Alicia C on Jun 10, 2017
The package of 4 books seemed reasonably priced.
Lesley T on Feb 17, 2017
needed something less juvenile
User on Jan 26, 2017
"The cost of the bundle of books is comparable to purchasing them used from the internet and this makes building my curriculum both cost effective and easy!"
Sasha L on Jan 24, 2017
Just starting homeschooling for 3rd and 6th grader . This was recommended by another mom.
Monette G on Oct 4, 2016
use for homeschool
Juan We C on Sep 13, 2016
It was highly recommended to me by a friend.
Sara G on Sep 12, 2016
co-op curriculum
Genessa C on Aug 22, 2016
For our homeschool curriculum
Carl R on Aug 8, 2016
Using for a home school co-op
Debbie W on Aug 4, 2016
My son has enjoyed the Five In A Row series. I think Beyond Five in A Row can only benefit him further. He has developed a love of reading and I think it has a lot to do with Five In A Row.
Cheryl C on Jul 28, 2016
For a class my son is taking.
Karen B on Jul 22, 2016
I've heard great things about this program and I believe it will help my 6th grader be inspired again with his education.
Shelly L on May 9, 2016
We will be doing "fun school" during the summer. I thought this product would be enjoyable, relaxed, and fun.
Chris M on Apr 25, 2016
Enjoyed Five in a Row, so have now moved on to Beyond Five in a Row.
Wendy O on Apr 4, 2016
We feel that unit studies make learning more interesting and enjoyable.
Nicole R on Mar 3, 2016
I have a child who needs things hands-on. Digital learning doesn't work for him.
Jen D on Jul 16, 2021
My kids love books, so I thought using this curriculum really matches their learning style.
Carla S D on Aug 28, 2020
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