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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 incorp
  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 materia
  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 wo
  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 a
  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 ver
  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 curr
  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
  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 othe
  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 w
  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 unt
  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
  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
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