- Paperback: 159 pages
- Publisher: Five in a Row; 2nd edition (March 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1888659009
- ISBN-13: 978-1888659009
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Also, one might get the impression that this book is not readily available from the way it is listed here, as a hard to find title. This isn't true. Amazon may have to special order it, but they should be able to get it without a problem.
I do have to offer one clarification, of sorts, from what some others have said. It is suggested that the lessons require no further preparation than glancing at this book and then getting started. That isn't true. If you want a curriculum where all the information your child needs is right there in front of him, this is NOT it. Five in a Row suggests *topics* on which to teach based on the book of the week. You may be learning about the Revolutionary War, or Japan, the sense of taste, or ducks. But if you want pictures related to that topic or some information about it on the child's level, you need to supplement with other books.
That should be achieved easily enough in the public library, same place many people get the FIAR books themselves. But it helps to know that in advance, rather than assume this material is something it's not.
For those who are interested in teaching their children the Charlotte Mason way, FIAR makes a GREAT curriculum. It will grow a love of literature. While my son sometimes resists his math and phonics lessons, he LOVES FIAR. He often asks me, "What are we learning today from the book?" I don't have to tell him, "It's time for *Papa Piccolo* (or whatever book we are on that week) twice. He's there, ready and waiting for the next lesson!
When I was figuring out the curriculum for this year, I found my FIAR book and decided to give it another try. I'm glad I did! While I can understand the comments made by the people who gave negative reviews, I think anyone who is having a tough time with these books and activities should re-think how they're approaching it and give it another chance. I found that flexibility is key - I view the activities as guidelines and adjust to my son's abilities and interests as needed.
First of all, I don't think anyone intends for FIAR to be a complete curriculum - it's just one lesson a day. We use it as supplemental material to break up the day with something different. Each FIAR book has at least one lesson on Math, Science, Art, Social Studies, and Language Arts. There are actually many more than 5 lessons for each book, so you can pick and choose which ones you want to do (or you can do a couple in one day).
One of the negative reviewers mentioned that the lessons for Madeline included counting hats & talking about the Eiffel Tower, and that the lessons were "unstructured and flighty." I don't believe FIAR is perfect, but I feel the reviewer made a horrible misrepresentation of FIAR, and would like to use the book, Madeline, as a brief example of how well-rounded the lessons are for each book:
- One of the FIAR Art lessons involves a discussion on Paris architecture based on the pictures in the book. I found plenty of photos of all the landmarks easily online.Read more ›
There are nineteen picture book titles (ex: Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say) with extensive lesson plans for each title. Units can be repeated easily without repeating the same information each time. My children have been using Five in a Row for three years and the knowledge they have gained is incredible! This is a fun and enjoyable curriculum that teaches a love for learning and I highly recommend it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We are loving our FIAR vol 1. Great selection of books and I love the ideas for each subject.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've written a rather long review of the Vol 2 and the same goes for this volume. Wonderful resource for Charlotte Mason (and Classical education) homeschoolingPublished 8 months ago by Crzyoldone
I first used this FIAR 16 years ago when my oldest daughter was 4 for her "homeschool preschool". We both loved it. Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by momofthree
I have been loving FIAR. It is a great approach to really digging in and getting everything out of the text. My daughters and I, ages 6, 4, and 2, have really enjoyed this.Published on March 7, 2013 by Chelsey M. Kayse
After story time at the library and reading time together at home, this book has been a wonderful treasure (along with other 5 in a row books). Read morePublished on February 20, 2013 by Anni Killam