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  1. In planning for high school a second time, I'm would love to incorporate FIAR or "rowing" techniques into a subject or two. Have any of you done this in your homeschool and how did you implement it into your curriculum?
  2. Hi, I have been looking at FIAR or MP Enrichment programs and am having a hard time deciding which way to go. I would like to add some gentle picture book studies to my daughter's schooling this year as a supplement to her other studies. Memoria Press Enrichment / Read-aloud programs are for JR K through 2nd grade and have correlated lessons with picture study, science, social studies, poetry, and music for one picture book a week. Five in a row has art, social studies, science, literature, geography for 15-20 childrens books a year ages 4-8. They are both similar, yet incorporate some different aspects. Does anyone have experience with these? Which aspects did you like/dislike? How easy was it to actually do each week?
  3. I've seen some comments here and there that FIAR and MP's enrichment guides are similar. How similar are they and in what way(s)?
  4. We are doing FIAR over the Summer to lighten things up....and we are just loving it. I am seriously thinking of veering from my fall plans of Sonlight Core A and sticking with FIAR What are your thought on the two. My kids will be K and 1st.
  5. I had a thread a while back with some good ones but can't find it anymore. Can anyone let me know where I can find some good ideas/activities to go with Volume 1?
  6. I'm thinking of using it for my almost four and five year olds this year. I love that it's literature based. Probably start with Volume 1. Anyone used it and liked it? Or hated it?
  7. Our daughter has a vision impairment and is currently in a integrated SN preschool, next year K would be 1/2 day in our school system. We are planning to pull her out next year and homeschool. We just started homeschooling this year, with her brother who is in 4th grade. Have been using Calvert 4 but been very happy supplementing this with online, SOTW, additional reading, and two co-ops. We're in a bind today. There is a 30% sale on Calvert which ends today. We were considering their K program for her, which is pretty cost effective, and supplementing with a few additional materials. BUT... Here's an alternative option, would like to get opinions from folks if this would be a pretty inclusive K year for her. Here's the option: FIAR (a person at our co-op is selling about $100 for 1-3 plus holiday plus cookbook) Hooked on Phonics K Learn to read set (we actually have the complete K-2 set already, bought unused at a library sale for $5, has everything) Handwriting Without Tears (HOT) -- we have wooden set already and comklete letter pages, she is working on these) and then the additional materials are ideas to complete her curriculum: Handwriting -- HWOT K - Letters and Numbers for Me ($11.64) Phonics -- Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons ($12.73) Explode the Code Vol. 1 ($9.05) Math -- Singapore Early Bird Textbook A & B ($24 and $29 respectively) Science -- Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding: A Science Curriculum for K-2 ($22.34) Science Arts ($12.89) ************* (I'd appreciate any alternatives to the above, I got from a great post on web site For Love of Education) *************** Anyway, it looks like if I bought all the above it would come to about $121.65. And then if I bought the FIAR books too the total might come to $200. Is this a fairly complete curriculum? This would be less than 1/2 what the Calvert would come to even on sale. Please help me decide. I like the idea of having things laid out and how to work with the teaching materials with the Calvert. But something is pulling me to go the other way (now that I'd decided last night on the Calvert, am having second thoughts.) HELP! Amy
  8. I've been trying to find a literature-based language arts(y) curriculum or guide to use with my soon to be K age DD. I love literature-based learning and themes. We're currently doing activities with our favorite books in what I *think* is a similar fashion to what little I've read about FIAR. My plan, so far, for her KG year is to take the classics or most used/loved pre-K and K books and create units or themed activities around them. I go through their most favorite books now over and over to come with different cross-curricular activities and tie in as many activities I think my DD would find engaging and interesting. So, can you tell me if FIAR is like this and would I benefit from using it supplementally? Is there anything else out there that's similar to what I've mentioned? I don't feel like I'd be a stickler for following any one curriculum strictly. I like to pull from different resources and make a lot of my own. I can be picky but I'm also a busy mom would could use some additional ideas. What do you think?
  9. We're considering using FIAR for our 4 1/2 year old (going into kindergarten next year). I have a chance to buy vols. 1-3 used but there are none of the actual books included. I heard that it can be hard to hunt down the individual books as many of them are older. Can someone let me know who has used FIAR? I'd like to use them from the library if possible. We do belong to one large library system and 2 smaller libraries (we're library groupies)...so if I planned ahead do you think that most of them could be found? Amy
  10. Our daughter is currently in an inclusion preschool 1/2 day, and we are considering whether to continue next year for KG or homeschool. (Well actually I'd like to homeschool either way, but we're deciding whether to also do KG. She has a vision impairment, and we would not get any assistance from her vision teacher if she were not enrolled. Of course, we're not getting a lot now, but that's another story...) I'm a big fan of phonics -- her older brother (now 10) taught himself at home with just a little phonics. Our daughter now is in last year of preschool but also has loved Leapfrog and is starting to put letter sounds together and spell words. This is coming from home, they are not doing at school. My question is, would it be confusing if we take a phonics approach (with reading lots of books of course, and probably doing FIAR) and she does KG which is more whole language based? I just asked her school what approach they take to reading in KG and this is what I got: "Basically, it's a combination of whole language and phonics through the framework of guided reading . We determine where each child's reading level is (though a running record) and place them in flexible groups at their instructional level. Skills are taught using texts at their individual instructional levels. Groups are made with anywhere from 2-6 children per small group. There is also a lot of opportunities for inventive spelling, which also supports print awareness." To be honest, I'm not sure I understand. But it sounds like a mixture and I'm really not at all happy about the inventive spelling. I remember her brother was spelling in KG and no one seemed to appreciate it, there was a lot of emphasis on inventive spelling. I just don't understand (myself) how encouraging invented spelling and getting used to that is going to help down the road when they have to start spelling words. Am I missing something? In her preschool class now they are doing "Tools of the Mind" curriculum which is very structured, they need to make play plans (draw picture and pretend "write" before they start to play (even if it is just scribbling on a line.) Just not sure where the school approach is leading, and what would happen if we also schooled at home. Would we have a collision of minds or would she implode? Any thoughts and suggestions would be much appreciated. :) Amy
  11. I have a chance to purchase FIAR manuals 1-3 along with cookbook from another mom, and was hoping to get feedback from others about how it works. And also what to supplement with. I understand it can be a full curriculum, but that it really focuses most on the literature. What about phonics, math, etc.? If we used this, what would you also recommend we pair it with? Our daughter is bright and at 4 1/2 now already is putting letter sounds together and can read a number of words. One thing also is that our daughter has a vision impairment -- sees well only close up-- and also is very hands-on and active. She likes to DO things! Amy
  12. We are looking at different options for kindergarten, and wondered what others use and are most happy with. Has anyone used Calvert for K? We are using for our 4th grader and are happy with it, it is structured but we are "loose" in our approach and supplement lots. The structure is really good b/c it pulls us back in and we like the SOTW used at his grade. We've heard mixed reviews about youngest years however and are not so sure it is necessary at the lower levels. Also wondering about Core Curriculum, if anyone is using this and how this works. I didn't even know this was a curriculum until a day or two ago I just thought it was a series of books (What your 2nd grader needs to know, etc.). Anyone using a classical approach, and how would you implement this at K? What about FIAR? I realize these are just several, we only just started looking at curricula. Our daughter really is hands on, super active and likes to do things. Very bright but not a sit still kind of girl (if you know what I mean!). We are really open to lots of different ideas. If you give me some suggestions we also have the Rainbow catalog and I can get more info there -- I just need a push to go in the right direction. Amy
  13. For those of your who used Five In A Row and LOVED it could you tell me..... Why/What did you love about your time with it? How did you use it in your family? (Just the TM, extra books, extra activities, etc.) TIA!:D Edited to add: I guess I am looking for more what "you" have done that you loved your time with FIAR. I understand there are many ways to use FIAR I wanted to know from families who loved their time with it specifics of their experience. Does that make sense??:001_huh:
  14. Trying to decide whether I should buy the books for FIAR volume 1 or try to get them from the library. We only own two of them and our library has 3-4 more. I can get most of the rest through ILL but would still need to buy 3-4 of the newer releases (and most expensive ones of course!). Our library has a limit of 6 in-state ILLs per year per card and there's a $6 fee for anything our rather small state doesn't have in a library system somewhere, so it'd probably be worth paying $10 for each of those books on Amazon vs. $6 to borrow them. I figured I could get all the books we don't own except maybe Cranberry Thanksgiving for around $80. And FIAR is designed to be used for more than one year...and I have two younger children. But this is my first attempt at HS'ing (actual afterschooling) so who knows if I will end up continuing or keeping up with FIAR. Should I buy, or borrow?
  15. Hello all! I am thinking of buying FIAR and going through some lessons this summer with my soon-to-be-kindergartener. Any ideas on the amount of time and money it takes to prepare for each week? Also, is there a list of basic materials that I would need to have on hand? Thanks! Leslie
  16. I like the Five in a Row book list but knew we'd never be able to fit the actual program in with our regular school stuff... so I decided to tackle the volume one booklist over the next 4 months as a "summer reading list" instead. To help us along, I created this printable PDF chart of the books in a couple of different formats, with cut-out book covers you can paste on the chart as you read the books. There are also cut-out flags you can add wherever you like as you read around the world, and titles for "summer reading list" as well as all the other seasons. Download this & many other free homeschool printables from my blog here. (p.s. print the covers and flags on a sheet of sticker paper and save yourself a ton of work!)
  17. Hello all! I posted a thread recently asking about favorite Kindergarten curriculum and got an overwhelming response for Five in a Row. I have heard many people sing praises for FIAR, but it is very difficult to get a good idea from their web site of how it actually plays out in an every day situation. From the bits that I've seen on other peoples' blogs, it seems to me that it is basically reading a book five days in a row and doing projects that coordinate with the theme of the book (unit studies?). My concern with this is that as a first time homeschooling parent next year, I will be overwhelmed with adding this to our plate. So far, we plan on doing 100EZ, Singapore Math, Bible Lessons, Explode the Code, Artistic Pursuits, and possibly some geography. If things go well beyond that, we may do some Spanish. Would it be crazy to add FIAR to all that? Does it take a long time to prepare for the projects? Does it cost a lot of money? Also, I'll be homeschooling an active Kindergartener with two year old twins by our side... Thanks so much for all your help and for sharing your thoughts!
  18. Can I ask you all about FIAR.....did you buy all 4 volumes? Did you buy all the books? What did you do about out of print books? I see some on Amazon. I can look up some of the books on my library website, but wondered if it is just easier to buy them or what you all did. Our library system here is so-so. How long do you need each book? I am having trouble telling some things about it from the website. I just wondered if I could pick your brains. This might be an answer for me with DD next year and I am just trying to figure out what I need to purchase. Thank you, Laurie
  19. I used FIAR once before and LOVED it. For some reason, I sold it and went with HOD and LOVE that, too! There is simply too many GREAT programs out there! I want to try them all, lol. So, I am back to FIAR for my 5yo and 8yo (adding in my challenging 9yo and just "beefing" it up a bit). We will start tomorrow and I am excited...mostly b/c my dd5 is chomping at the bit to do The Story of Ping. Has anyone used FIAR with an older student? How did you do it? Ds9 is using Preparing Hearts this year, but not the full program (b/c of the issues he has had). I thought about just doing FIAR until the end of the year and using only certain parts of Preparing. Next year, I thought about using FIAR for dd5 (then 6) and ds8. Obviously, we will add in Math and Phonics. Why am I worried? I keep thinking we should be doing chronological history! I thought I was set on MFW Adventures! I've been so excited about it! So why the change? Money. :glare: We HAVE the money but I have this nagging feeling that I could be using it elsewhere. We have sooooo many great books and curriculum, etc. Ugh. So, back to my question...has anyone used FIAR with older students and to what success?
  20. I'm wondering how US generally work. I'm reevaluating how we are schooling. Are there US that incorporate Christianity, Science, History etc.? What about Writing? ? I assume I would need to add Math and Handwriting. I'm OK with prep work and I still want to stick with real books. I've looked at some of Amanda Bennett's studies, but have no clue how in depth they are or what age groups they are for. I've also looked at Organic H'schooling, but can't tell if they are too young for a 1st and 3rd grader. I've looked at the KONOS site, but it has me completely confused:001_huh: Any help would be greatly appreciated. :001_smile:
  21. I am looking for ideas for to go along with the five in a books/activities. Anyone use FIAR that has a blog to share?
  22. Is there something else like this out there but with more up-to-date available books? Thanks!
  23. Has anyone used these? I really like to see samples before I buy things, but as far as I could tell they didn't have any on the FIAR website...just a description. If anyone knows where I could see a sample, that would be great! I basically just want to know exactly what the nature study provides, and if you think it is worth the money. And maybe which season you liked the best?:001_smile: Thanks, Nicole
  24. Hello! After reading through some threads, I've decided to give Five In A Row a chance. We tried Madeline last week and this week we're doing The Story About Ping. I really like delving into these lovely stories, and I also like that it's really laid back. The trouble I'm having is that there's a bit of mismatch between what my daughter reads in her free time and the FIAR choices. For example, she read (and was excited about) The Lightning Thief last week. There was such a discrepancy between her interest in talking about Madeline vs. about Percy Jackson. I know that FIAR has a couple "beyond" books, but besides that, is there anything that is similar that would address more complicated books? I'm almost ready to try to apply the FIAR ideas to Percy Jackson and do a day of the geography discussed, architecture, ancient Greek deities, etc. I'm hesitating because I don't have great ground to stand on when it comes to discussing the literary merits of the book. What have you used? Are there any programs or systems that do this? Thank you!
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