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First Thanksgiving of All

Reading poems with children can be great fun. Snuggling together, listening to the rhythm and rhymes, catching an interesting image or giggling over a funny line, brings a sense of intimacy and richness to your family gathering. Reading good prose, enjoying together a great piece of art, music or dance are all wonderful, but don’t forget to add the enjoyment of good poetry. Here is a poem by Nancy Byrd Turner you can have fun with at Thanksgiving.

By |November 10th, 2019|Poetry, Thanksgiving|0 Comments

Instagram Giveaway…Don’t Miss the FIAR November Mini Unit

Centered around reading wonderful picture books aloud…Five in a Row has always provided an amazing opportunity for building relationships between parent and child and between siblings! The new FIAR Mini Units are built on that foundation but designed to extend further by bringing parents and children from 2-12 together for one week each month to

By |November 3rd, 2019|FIAR Mini Unit, Homeschool, Thanksgiving|0 Comments

Did you ever wonder why Five in a Row is based on reading the same book five days in a row?

“We may not ever know why some books come to exert such spellbinding power that children want to hear them again and again. Perhaps it will forever be a mystery, like love. There does however seem to be one solid, prosaic explanation: children enjoy repeating books because the experience imbues them with feelings of competence

The Five in a Row November Mini Unit is now available

The Five in a Row November Mini Unit for ages 2-12 is now available! Balloons Over Broadway has been one of our favorite Thanksgiving reads for many, many years. If the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has not been a family tradition…this story might change that. 

We know that planning, requesting books from the library or purchasing

By |October 22nd, 2019|FIAR Mini Unit, Homeschool, Thanksgiving|1 Comment

Are You Noticing Fall in Your Backyard?

Woods, ponds, fields, the skies, and your own backyard

all have a “fall readiness” program going on!

Can you see the signs? One immense benefit, educationally speaking, of taking nature walks through each of the seasons, is to observe “changes” as they occur, to spend time thinking about them—why is the grass turning brown?  Why are the leaves colored, or falling?  Why are the clouds so low and gray?  Why is the air so cool, when it was so warm just a week ago?  What are those animals doing anyway?

As your student spends time outdoors and sees and feels changes around him

By |October 15th, 2019|Autumn, Homeschool, Nature Study|0 Comments