Designed to be used with children ages 2 through 4, Before Five in a Row is a rich treasury of creative ideas that help you gently, consistently prepare your children for the lifelong adventure of learning. Now in a revised second edition, this bestselling volume is the foundation for inspired learning through great books and future studies with the entire Five in a Row curriculum. 

Before Five in a Row is divided into two parts. Part One contains hundreds of simple ideas and activities developed around 24 of the finest books ever written for young children. You’ll find delightful activities built around such wonderful classics as The Runaway BunnyThe Carrot SeedCorduroyCaps for SaleWe’re Going on a Bear HuntThe Snowy DayKaty No-Pocket and Blueberries for Sal. Each unit provides creative ideas and enjoyable activities designed to cultivate joyful intimacy with your child while building vital learning-readiness skills.

Part Two is a rich resource filled with specific ideas designed to help you prepare children for learning through simple, everyday activities. You will also find ideas for bath time, bedtime, in the kitchen, at the grocery store, and much more—information and inspiration to help you maximize these precious years, guiding and preparing your children well for their future academic journeys.

JANUARY SPECIAL: If you order a Before Five in a Row manual or More Before Five in a Row manual from January 1-31, you will automatically receive the storybook map AND the story disks for that manual. (Do not add the story disks or storybook map to your cart. We will include them with your order.)

New features in this second edition include a new design with updated illustrations, Animal Classification Cards that help children develop simple, enjoyable classification skills, and Story Disks and a Storybook Map that provide hands-on fun and prepare your child for later studies with More Before Five in a Row and Five in a Row.

Before Five in a Row is the perfect introduction to the joys of parent-directed learning in a few moments each day! Download the Goodnight Moon unit to try out Before Five in a Row.


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(Black & white versions of the Story Disks and Storybook Map are included in the manual. Orders placed at other approved retailers will NOT include the free 11×17, full-color, laminated Storybook Map.)

Before Five in a Row
Story Disks
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Story Disks

Before Five in a Row
Storybook Map (11×17)
Full-Color + Laminated = $10.00
(Do not add this storybook map to your cart if you are also purchasing More Before Five in a Row from our website. It will automatically be added to your shipment at no charge.)
Story Disks


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Literature Package

Before FIAR Literature Package

Rainbow Resource Center has a literature package for Before Five in a Row. Literature packages are not all-inclusive as there will rarely be a day when every single title is available at the same time, but they offer a great way to get the majority of the books needed for Before Five in a Row in one convenient package. (Manual not included in literature package.) 

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Available and FREE to blog subscribers, each Five in a Row FOLD&LEARN™ provides tools and resources that you and your child may use to take each unit’s Five in a Row lessons from your manual and combine them with creativity to provide hands-on learning opportunities. There is a combination of games to play, artwork to look at,  and much more. There are pages and pages of resources that your child can cut, fold, glue, paste, sort, stack, read, handle, talk about and share. Created in the style of a typical lapbook with content unique to each unit, but different in that how your child puts them together is completely up to them! There isn’t a right or wrong answer!  Available and FREE to blog subscribers! Sign up for the blog here.

Book List

Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by N. W. Carlstrom
Yellow Ball by Molly Bang
My Blue Boat by Chris L. Demarest
The Little Rabbit by Judy Dunn
Ask Mr. Bear by Marjorie Flack
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The Big Green Pocketbook by Candice Ransom
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
The ABC Bunny by Wanda Gag
If Jesus Came to My House by Joan Gale Thomas
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
The Quiet Way Home by Bonny Becker
Play With Me by Marie Hall Ets
Prayer for a Child by Rachel Field
I Am an Artist by Pat L. Collins
Angus Lost by Marjorie Flack
Katy No-Pocket by Emmy Payne
We’re Going On a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
The Red Carpet by Rex Parkin
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Jenny’s Surprise Summer by Eugenie*
*note: Jenny’s Surprise Summer is currently out of print. It was included as an extra title because it provides an excellent opportunity to present decision making at a very young level.