/Melissa Crabtree

About Melissa Crabtree

I'm blessed to be a child of the King, married to Robert and a homeschooling mom of two great kids! I also have the privilege of working from home as the Community Manager for Five in a Row Publishing!

2013-2014 Five in a Row Planner™ 5 day SALE

The 2013-2014 Five in a Row Planner is available (and we have a SAMPLE for you to view)!

The Five in a Row Planner™  was created to simply and practically plan your homeschool days in a visually attractive format including artwork by Jane Claire Lambert, customized for Five in a Row!  This planner includes all you’ll need for all of the levels in one 100 page file, via digital download.

Print out your Before, Five in a Row or Beyond Planner at your local copy shop or at home. You choose from the 4 cover images provided. Have it spiral bound or store it in a 3-ring binder, whichever you prefer. Print new pages as you need them, or print it all at once…it’s up to you!

The planner includes printables for:

By |August 18th, 2013|Homeschool, Product Information|6 Comments

Introducing the Five in a Row Notebook Builder!

The heart of Five in a Row as a company is to encourage research in child-sized pieces, avoid mindless paperwork, and develop a love of learning and exploration. Five in a Row is built on quality literature.  We take that literature and offer loads of topics to be explored further. Inherent in Five in a Row is the concept of open ended thoughts about a topic… a child following her interest sparked by a book about an elephant leading to a month long delight in all things elephants leading to a dream of an African safari and Oh! what other animals live on the savanna? Phew! Anyone else have a child like that? Rather than leading our children to a correct answer that has been predetermined by the creator of a worksheet, and quite possibly even squelch  their own interests on a topic, the concept of notebooking gives children an opportunity to to share what they think is remarkable and memorable, encouraging independent, critical thought!

When you use the notebooking method, you present the lessons, learn about the concepts together or individually, and then allow the child to share what  he thinks is remarkable in the way that works best for him: drawing a picture, dictating to you his understanding, writing a story to explain her thoughts, rewriting a story to make it funny, writing short report, etc. We realize that homeschool life is busy, and it’s really nice when something is made a little easier for us by being readily available.

We have created a Notebook Builder to make it easy for the busy homeschooling mom to do Five in a Row and Beyond Five in a Row the way they were intended! 

By |August 4th, 2013|Homeschool|12 Comments

Can I use Five in a Row with my Older Child?

My child is 9 or 10 or… can I use Five in a Row with him? This is a question I see almost every week on one of our social media pages. The short answer is: YES! Here’s the long answer:

Subscription changes, a linky update & a giveaway!

**You might notice that this post looks different in your inbox! We’ve switched to AWeber for our blog subscription service to serve you more effectively. Hopefully it made the switch for you seamlessly! I’m interested to know how often you’d like to receive an email with the blog posts, so if you want to head

By |March 14th, 2013|Homeschool|0 Comments

How Others Use Before Five in a Row

Almost all of use want to see how others homeschool. The beauty of Before Five in a Row is that it can be adapted to fit your family in many, many ways… as many ways as there are families and children using it!

Before Five in a Row is intended to be used quite simply:

1) Read a delightful book to your children – several times over a few days.

2) Notice topics -listed in your B4 manual- that lend themselves to exploration.

3) Lead your child through living learning as you explore those topics in your daily lives!

This is where the linky comes in…

By |March 4th, 2013|Before Five in a Row, Homeschool|13 Comments