- Paperback: 159 pages
- Publisher: Five in a Row; 2 edition (March 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1888659009
- ISBN-13: 978-1888659009
- Package Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 82 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is awesome and I wish I had this book years back when I taught in school.
This will make your kids love books. FIAR makes learning natural and fun.
I used it 10 years ago with my now 17 and 15 year old, starting again with my 5 year old.
So glad to find another book after so many years.
We're just about to finish up Volume 1, and it has been a great fit for us. My son loves books, so this is literally the best part of our day, when we curl up on the couch under a blanket and read our Five in a Row book together. We also really enjoy the suggested discussions and activities. I would estimate that I use about 75% of the suggested activities and come up with about 25% on my own. I also try to take my lead from him--if he's really interested in a particular aspect of the story, then we run with it for as long as he wants to, even if that means we don't have time for the other activities. (Case in point: he built a replica of the hospital from Madeline out of Magna-tiles and Playmobil pieces, so we spent a full day playing with that, instead of doing the suggested activities.)
Have all the books been a hit? No. "How to Make and Apple Pie and See the World" was a dud for us, as was "Another Celebrated Dancing Bear." But I've been surprised by how he responded to other books. He really enjoyed "Who Owns the Sun," and he also loved "Papa Piccolo." Those are books that I never would have checked out from the library, so it was great that we gave them a try. And even when the book hasn't resonated with him, we've been able to find activities that we enjoy doing together to highlight aspects of the book.
If you decide to use this curriculum, you might consider buying the books, instead of checking them out from the library. These are books your child will want to hear again and again, so it's a worthwhile investment. Also, definitely get both a U.S. and a world map! My son loves putting the story discs on the map and pointing them out to friends and relatives who come to visit. He's actually learned quite a bit of geography from this. We also made a historical timeline that we put story discs on, too, which he really enjoys. There are homeschool websites that sell the entire package of books, as well as laminated maps and story discs, so don't be deterred if you're not the crafty type. I know I'm not!
Best of luck to all new homeschoolers out there!