Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Five in a Row Units

I decided to organize all of our Five in a Row units as links on this page, so that they wouldn't get lost in the sidebar.

You'll always be able to access this page by clicking on OUR FIVE IN A ROW UNITS under "Categories" in the right-hand sidebar.

But first, a few notes about Five in a Row in our family:

1. Oftentimes I'll combine a Five in a Row title with a topical unit we're doing. (For example, Night of the Moonjellies and our Ocean Unit.) I usually do this by kicking off the whole topical unit study with the Five in a Row title. So, for example, for the first week of our Ocean unit we "rowed" Night of the Moonjellies, using the lessons in the FIAR manual. After that we branched out into other books and activities pertaining to the ocean. (I often use Homeschool Share for complimentary units and activities.)

2. Also, we've done more Five in a Row titles that what I've listed below, but for some of them we really didn't have anything to take pictures of.

3. One last note...we have really enjoyed using Before Five in a Row. That was our primary curriculum our very first year of homeschooling (Pre-K for Superman). However, those were pre-blog days, so I only have one "Before" entry, which was from last year. Maybe one of these days I'll go back and blog about our "Before" adventures - because I did take lots of photos!
Unfortunately, it seems like we don't use "Before" that much anymore, but I really want to pull it out and start using it more with the girls. The stories are priceless and are such great foundations for making some sweet memories with your little ones.

Now for the links to our Five in a Row Adventures:

Cranberry Thanksgiving
Katy and the Big Snow
Make Way for Ducklings
Night of the Moonjellies
Owl Moon
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
The Bee Tree
The Glorious Flight
The Salamander Room
The Snowy Day (Before Five in a Row)
The Story About Ping

Hope this has been helpful for someone! :)


  1. Me again! ; ) Thanks for the links! I just checked out Cranberry Thanksgiving at the library this morning. : )

  2. How long do you use FIAR? Is it layed out in weeks or is it or is it just a suppliment to the years curriculum

  3. Jen - I'm glad the links were helpful. Cranberry Thanksgiving is such a fun story!

    Micke - Each FIAR unit is intended to be 5 days in length and is based on a quality piece of children's literature, a living book. If a story is particularly appealing to my children, and we just aren't ready to be done with it, we'll continue the unit for two weeks or so.

    There are several lessons for each unit (more than enough for five days), covering social studies, geography, science, language arts, math.

    Five in a Row can be used as the "spine" for your homeschool curriculum. You just need to add a reading and math curriculum.

    Hope this is helpful.
    For more info. visit www.fiveinarow.com

    Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Hi! I just came across your blog. I am just starting out with FIAR(finally--I've had it for a few years, but I was exploring my options!) Anyway,thanks for the one stop links to your units. I'm also an adoptive mom--our ds was adopted from Guatemala. My blog hasn't been updated since Dec. b/c we were moving, but please stop by to say hi! I'd love to have aa new FIAR friend. My kids are 6 1/2 and 5(in a few weeks).


  5. I recently bought FIAR vol 1. We are going to get started tomorrow with Madeline. The description of your approach with regards to unit studies is really helpful. Thanks for sharing this.


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