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How This Curriculum Has Influenced Our Schooling,
This review is from: Five in a Row (Five in a Row): Volume 1 (Paperback)
We have used this curriculum for our first year of homeschooling, and I can't possibly tell all the benefits, but here are a few. The books used to study have all been gotten very easily through our library, either on shelf or interlibrary loaned with ease. The ideas given are fun, packed with info, and a wonderful springboard for further exploration, if chosen. I have learned how my daughter learns best by introducing these lessons, and following her interests to further her learning experience. This has taken time--a trip to the library, a search on the web, a look through a book from home, a field trip, etc, but the decision to homeschool my daughter wasn't one of "reaction"--but one of "conviction" that a real education is one that teaches that life is filled with learning experiences, and how can we best use these. The "love of learning" that Five in a Row teaches has shown up in so many ways this year--from a glance at a cloud that resembled "Sri Lanka" (How to Make an Apple Pie & See the World), to seeing "concentric circles" on a button, reminding her of how a tree grows (All Those Secrets of the World), to working on bravery when we were camping, to be more "mature" (Very Last First Time), and so on. I truly believe that this approach to education, the literature unit study, is accomplished with the use of this curriculum in a life changing way. It recommends approaching learning in a natural, fun, explorative & continual process--so, if you're looking for a curriculum that gives you a dated, scheduled, textbook & worksheet approach, keep looking. But, if you're looking for a rich, broad, eye-opening and thrilling education for your children that includes reading while snuggling, learning while talking, re-inforcing while doing a project, understanding & seeing the world while doing life, exposing them to many cultures around the world while deepening their love for God, or teaching about the life long need and value of learning at it's best--THIS IS IT! Hope this helps someone!