- Paperback: 149 pages
- Publisher: Face 2 Face Games (March 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1888659041
- ISBN-13: 978-1888659047
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 10.9 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Before Five in a Row: A Treasury of Creative Ideas to Inspire Learning Readiness Paperback – March 1, 1997
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The first section of the book offers educational activities centered around classic children's books such as GOODBYE MOON and CORDUROY. Based on these books, you will take nature walks with your child, play fun games, act out stories, do simple science activities, and eat fun foods. These activities lay the foundation for future educational situations---providing simple math, science, reading, and language arts readiness.
The last section of the book offers general activity ideas not centered around specific books.
These activities are not just wonderful educationally, though, but relationally as well. They are opportunities for the child and parent to build beautiful memories and strengthen the child-parent relationship.
As a busy mom of 4 children, this book reminds me of what a special time these early years are without making me feel guilty for not being "super mom". We homeschool using the Five in a Row curriculum with our older children, and Before Five in a Row is a nice go-along with our older ones' educational process. My 2 and 3 year old sons love when they get to do "school". In fact, my 3 year old often begs us to do a Before activity with him because he loves them so much. Even his big sisters like to join in with many of the activities such as when we went berry-picking to go along with BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL.
The Lamberts also offer a website with message boards for Before Moms to "meet on" and exchange ideas and advice. There are many great articles there related to the Five in a Row books, education, and parenting in general.
I HIGHLY recommend this book. You and your family will be blessed by its use in your home.
I feel this book can be used by Christians and non-Christians alike, as yes, there is a Bible reference section, but it is short for most stories, and does not get referenced in any of the other sections (i.e., literature, drama, science, health, math), so non-Christians can skip this section without detriment to the program.
Most of the books are still available for purchase, there are 5 that are out of print, but can easily be obtained through your local library or inter-library exchange program.
The stories are gentle, fun, and in some cases, might allow you to share pieces of your childhood with you child (for me, Cordoroy was a childhood favorite that I can now share with my child), and the life lessons can easily (and enjoyably!) be taught.
The second section on learning readiness also has a lot of useful ideas that I look forward to using in the coming months.
This is a good way to do some homeschooling with your child and I highly recommend this to anyone!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can't wait to get started. It is so full of possibilities. I will warn though many of the books are out of print and hard to get your hands on. Read morePublished 20 days ago by scmiller
Takes a little time to get books and materials together. That said, it is a wonderful teaching resource.Published 1 month ago by Wanda Berrier
I have started Five in a Row with my elementary age daughter and loved it. I decided to try Before Five in a Row with my younger and love it also. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Viola
This is a wonderful book to start your Charlotte Mason homeschooling with preschoolers. There are activities for 24 classic stories. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Crzyoldone
Great book! It inspires a love of learning and gives step by step instruction on how to proceed through each lesson using different styles to suit your child's interests.Published 12 months ago by Elizabeth Hecht
I had heard and read so many good things about BFIAR, I was excited to receive it with all the other homeschool curricula I had ordered. What a disappointment it was. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mom in Iowa
My favorite way to begin the home-education way of life. Love the sweet simplicity of each book chosen, the ideas to teach a different concept each day, lots of activities to... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mom of three