Winter 25% off Sale! {ends January 24}

We’ve decided to celebrate this season by giving our FIAR families 25% off of our Winter Nature Study (66 pages) and the January/February Holiday Through the Seasons volume (22 pages)! Five in a Row has literature based units on many books set in the winter, and these studies here are perfect additions to those units or delightful stand alone activities as well!

See more about both products on our Additional Resources Page! (Sale prices will be reflected in your digital shopping cart.)

Becky Jane’s Cranberry Thanksgiving Week

I wrote this after my first Cranberry Thanksgiving “row” with my sweet Lily Jane. I thought you might enjoy it as you are planning your Thanksgiving school with your children!

For the last week, my daughter, Lily Jane, and I have been having a marvelous time rowing the Five in a Row Volume One lessons for Cranberry Thanksgiving.This is the first FIAR book we have rowed and Lily has been living and breathing pilgrim life. I thought I would share with you some of the things we’ve enjoyed together.

Of course each day began with
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Read more about Becky Jane Lambert’s week rowing Cranberry Thanksgiving with her daughter here.

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**This is the same unit as is available in Volume 1. This is the unit study and does not include the book, Cranberry Thanksgiving.**

One Mom’s FIAR Planning Process

For as many FIAR families as there are out there, there are as many ways to plan your year. Here’s one mom’s routine:

1. Create school year calendar.

2. Review school calendar and select START and END dates for upcoming school year. I officially school for 36 weeks or 180 days; however, I select an end date 40 weeks from my start date. Forty weeks allows for 20 days to play with for vacation, “catch up” or “whatever” days, testing, mental health days ☺ etc. I circle vacation days in pencil and note any days that we will not school due to our family schedule (travel, out of town guests etc.). NOTE: It helps to have the “master calendar” for your family handy when planning.

3. Obtain planning pages for the entire school year.

4. Select 18-20 FIAR titles to row in the upcoming year.

5. Determine the order in which I would like to row the titles.

6. Planning Sheets – Fill in FIAR titles in the weeks during which I plan to row. (We do not row each week. We use non-FIAR weeks for other units/lessons.)

7. Create FIAR Pocket Folders (I have a pocket folder for each title. A pocket folder is a folder in which I store supplemental info/docs.).

8. Quickly review FIAR manual(s) to become familiar with the subjects/topics that will be covered in the titles I have selected to row.

9. Pull information from my Master File (alphabetical accordion file used to store misc. homeschooling articles, worksheets etc.) and insert in Pocket Folders.

10. Search Internet, print supplemental pages and insert in Pocket Folders.

11. Peruse home library shelves to find supplemental titles or items to compliment FIAR studies. Insert supplemental titles/items in applicable Pocket Folder or make a note in the folder if the book/item is too large.

12. Quickly read FIAR manual and add a checkmark next to the lessons I would like to cover. (These are not etched in stone!)

13. Go back to the planning sheets and write (in pen) the topics that I would like to cover for each subject. (Do this for each of the 18-20 titles that I have selected.) For example, for The Duchess Bakes a Cake my plans were as follows: Monday – story disk, feudal system, vocabulary; Tuesday – Language Arts: alliteration, conflict, rising action, climax, denouement; Wednesday – problem solving, consequences etc. (These plans serve as my record for what is actually covered during the year. I check off each topic that is taught as we go along. If a topic is not actually covered, it is circled as a reminder that it needs to be taught at a later time. Any topics that are taught which were not originally planned are added, in pen.)

14. One to two weeks prior to rowing a title, I pull the applicable Pocket Folder to “see what’s ahead.” I note whether I need to reserve any books from the library and do so, if necessary. I make mental notes on what supplemental pages I would actually like to use. I re-file the Pocket Folder.

15. On the Sunday before I row a new title, I pull the applicable Pocket Folder. I set it on the table and it is ready to go on Monday morning. ☺

• I keep a colored Post-It flag “on my page” in my FIAR manual. It is always easy to find my place and I don’t have to waste time searching for the right page.
• I also keep a colored Post-It flag “on my page” in my planning sheets. I can always find the week’s lessons easily.

• It takes approximately 5-6 hours to plan my entire year for FIAR + the other curricula that I use. I do it over one weekend about 2 weeks prior to the start of school. Those 5-6 hours are well spent because it is the only planning that I do for the ENTIRE year.

What do you find that works for you?

5000 Likes Giveaway!

You have gotten us to 5,000 fans on Facebook, and we’re always looking for a reason to have a giveaway!

Because we’re celebrating 5,000 likes, we thought it would be fun to have 5 winners!

Here’s what you have a chance to win:

Your choice of ONE: Five in a Row 1, 2, OR 3 or Beyond Five in a Row 1, 2 OR 3

Five in a Row Book Set

A Before Five in a Row Manual


One Complete FIAR Nature Studies set


One Complete FIAR Holiday Through the Seasons Set

FIAR Through the Seasons

One copy of Going on a Bear Hunt, Popup book
(Thank you, Candace at His Mercy is New, for the donation!)


Each winner will also win one of our 5 Homeschool Encouragement Messages, you choose which one!

And while we’re celebrating, use the coupon code 5000LIKES to get $5 off your purchase, good through October 25, 2013!


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