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New Digital Unit – Introductory price for 1 week!

Jane fell in love with this book a few years ago and she and Carrie Lambert Bozeman have written a unit to share with you!

The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever, 

written by H. Joseph Hopkins and illustrated beautifully by Jill McElmurry.

Katherine Olivia Sessions never thought she’d live in a place without trees. After all, Kate grew up among the towering pines and redwoods of Northern California. But after becoming the first woman to graduate from the University of California with a degree in science, she took a job as a teacher far south in the dry desert town of San Diego. Where there were almost no trees.

Kate decided that San Diego needed trees more than anything else. So this trailblazing young woman singlehandedly started a massive movement that transformed the town into the green, garden-filled oasis it is today. Now, more than 100 years after Kate first arrived in San Diego, her gorgeous gardens and parks can be found all over the city.

Part fascinating biography, part inspirational story, this moving picture book about following your dreams, using your talents, and staying strong in the face of adversity is sure to resonate with readers young and old.

By |July 29th, 2015|Homeschool|5 Comments

Bible & Character Supplement – Jane Shares How to Use

Many FIAR families look for direction in how to use the Bible & Character Supplement.  It’s such a rich resource we hate for anyone to miss out! After all, the most important aspect of living a lifestyle of learning is that learning which develops our character and worldview!

For each Five in a Row story selection, I give in our FIAR Bible Supplement ideas and Biblical references to Bible incidents. I show where these can be found in the Bible. The side-bar (bold type) chapters or verses that have been cited were never meant for memory or necessarily to be read word for word! These chapter or verse notations are just to show the teacher where to find the connected concept or Bible story.

For instance,

By |February 14th, 2015|Bible Supplement, Five in a Row, Homeschool, How To|1 Comment

Valentine’s Day Books & Ideas

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so we want to  be sure you have time to reserve these books at your library or find great deals to order. Holidays provide one of the easiest opportunities to build traditions with our family.  And reading favorite books year after year is a delightful (and easy!) tradition to start!  I like to order one new book each season if I can, and that helps build our collection without breaking the bank. If you have a used bookstore nearby, that’s even better!  We’ve shared quality books we recommend and some FIAR topics you can study or review as you read them.

By |January 29th, 2015|Holidays, Homeschool|1 Comment

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

By |November 16th, 2013|Homeschool|0 Comments

Are you brave enough to find things that don’t work?

 I have not failed 10,000 times. I have successfully found 10,000 things that don’t work. ~ Thomas Edison
I can hear it now: “Maybe this is the year I become a perfect teacher,” many of you might be thinking or hoping, but the truth is there are no perfect teachers. As in any area of our lives, there are always aspects that can be improved. The goal is to keep trying. If a teaching method or material is working for your student (and family) keep it. If it is not, be willing to cheerfully abandon it for something else which will work better. Do however, give it a good try.

Every teacher who has ever taught goes through this process, and as homeschool teachers we have the privilege of doing so as well. It will certainly help keep a joy in our journey if we begin to think like Edison, that we are successfully finding the things that don’t work as we learn the methods that do. When we conquer the fear that we will fail, then we can become brave enough to find out what methods bring genuine learning to our children and become confident enough to employ these methods, even when they are not the traditional classroom teaching styles. Remember,

By |August 22nd, 2013|Homeschool, How To|1 Comment