Thursday, July 23, 2015

Five in a Row Plans for 2015-2016

I've mentioned a few times that we love Five in a Row.  It's flexible, offers quality literature selections, and the kids enjoy it and are learning so much from it.

This year will be a little different though.  We will continue to use Five in a Row as the core of our family studies, but I'll also be adding an introduction to chronological history.  That will be part of our Family Curriculum Choices.  Of course the kids will have their own math, reading and language arts as well, but I've shared more about that in their individual curriculum posts.

This post contains affiliate links.  

This year I will have the following:

Elliott ~ 3rd Grade
Emory ~ 1st Grade
Eleanor ~ Preschool
Eloise ~ Baby Loves

In addition to Five in a Row volumes 1-3, I will likely tie in some Before Five in a Row titles for Eleanor.  I also have the Bible/Character Supplement and the Cookbook.

Do not let the age recommendation or the use of some "simpler" picture books fool you.  This program is rich and diverse when you really explore it as intended, and I actually believe it is very appropriate for middle-upper elementary ages when additional resources are used to teach students how to explore and research on their own.  

So yes, I have the following resources available to enhance our studies when appropriate.

Children's World Atlas
Children Just Like Me: A Unique Celebration of Children Around the World
Geography from A to Z: A Picture Glossary by Jack Knowlton
Don't Know Much About the 50 States by Kenneth C. Davis
My First Book of Animals {a great animal encyclopedia-type reference}
Draw Write Now by Marie Hablitzel and Kim Stitzer
Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Bostford Comstock
The Handy Answer Book for Kids (and Parents)
We Choose Virtues
Five in a Row Fold n' Learns
Homeschool Share

I've made a tentative outline for our rows for the upcoming school year, based on the books we haven't rowed and already own.  It comes out to approximately 2 rows per month, which is a good pace, in case we want to follow rabbit trails or add in a non-FIAR unit.  I placed some titles strategically around seasons, holidays, festivals or other events that would add some fun to our studies.  The rest were plugged into empty spots.  Again, this is only a tentative outline.  Who knows how it will actually turn out!

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter (in process now)

Three Names by Patricia MacLachlan
The Story about Ping by Marjorie Flack

The Duchess Bakes a Cake by Virginia Kahl
Daniel's Duck by Clyde Robert Bulla

The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco
When I was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant

Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Another Celebrated Dancing Bear by Gladys Scheffrin-Falk
{We will transition into seasonal studies with a tie-in to Russia, Tchaikovsky and The Nutcracker.}

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Andy and the Lion by James Daugherty

Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
St Patrick's Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting (not FIAR)

Mrs. Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco
The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde H. Swift

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
Wee Gillis by Munro Leaf 

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Lentil by Robert McCloskey

I'll be sharing more about the rest of our family subjects and the kids' individual subjects in the days to come, so stay tuned!

©2011-2015 Mom’s Heart.  All rights reserved.  All text, photographs, artwork, and other content may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the written consent of the author.


  1. This looks awesome! It's sure to be a great year. Have fun!

    1. I'm not a planner, so this was a big step for me. We'll already be shuffling a couple of books around for a seasonal activity, but I'm okay with that!

  2. Even though I only used the regular Five in a Row one year (and Before Five in a Row for preschool), I've always loved looking at their book lists for some good recommendations!

    1. Yes! I used the book lists first, then decided to just give it a go! I still recommend their book list to everyone, even if they don't want a unit study curriculum.