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On Planning Beyond Five in a Row

In the surveys a number of you asked for more posts on Beyond Five in a Row.  I thought I’d start with this note from Becky Jane on how she suggests you go about your planning.  ~ Melissa

Many of you have compared FIAR to Beyond FIAR and made the astute observation that FIAR neatly packages its lessons into a separate subject for each day — 5 days a week. And unlike FIAR, Beyond gives you a bevy of different subjects (some being more present in certain books than others) and no specified day on which to do them. This is true!

When you are using a chapter book unit study (and if you have chosen to purchase and use Beyond FIAR that is indeed what you are using ), there is no way to neatly extract a lesson in all five subject areas out of each chapter. I suppose it could be done, but the lessons would be forced and nonsensical. Instead, I like to take a more organic approach to unit study planning —

Using Beyond Five in a Row – A Mishmash of Thoughts

We’ve talked about planning, supplemental resources, and the importance of a timeline. Today we have a mishmash of topics for you!

Essay Questions

In Beyond, you will find an essay question idea for every chapter. We strongly believe that learning to communicate clearly is foundational to any good education. Your student may or may not need to understand the complexities of physics in his chosen career field, but he will need to be able to communicate with others through both the spoken and written word. Use these essay questions as a starting point. Encourage your student to write frequently. If you have another idea for an essay question, by all means use it instead! Assign the length of each essay based on your student’s abilities and age. Younger students or students with learning disabilities may only be able to write 1-3 paragraphs. Older students, or those who excel in writing may want to write 1-3 pages or more. Feel free to adjust the assignment length as you find out what works for you. And don’t feel obligated to

Learning Readiness in Your Preschooler

Beyond a strong sense of family identity and intimacy, every child needs a foundation in learning readiness before formal schooling can begin effectively.

Learning readiness encompasses four vital specific areas: emotional, relational, physical and spiritual. A child who physically lacks the small muscle motor skills to grasp a pencil and write will find schooling very frustrating. Poor relational skills make a day’s learning taxing and difficult, while the lack of a solid spiritual foundation undermines everything else we set out to accomplish.

You can help your child grow in emotional maturity by dialoguing about fears, joys, disappointments, jealousies, pride, selfishness and the like. An enjoyable, natural way to generate these important dialogues is

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Using Beyond Five in a Row – The Importance of aTimeline

For those of you just joining our series on Beyond Five in a Row, we have covered an introduction, practical planning tips and supplemental resources thus far.  Today I’m going to share with you the importance of a timeline.

A timeline is a very important tool for helping pull a unit study together. You can purchase the Five in a Row Digital  Timeline or you can make your own. A timeline can be as simple as

Suggestions for Working With Preschoolers

For the next few posts in our Before Five in a Row series we’re going to talk about some building blocks we want to be sure we put in place during these precious preschool years. First, what do we mean when we talk about a “preschooler?” Obviously, the words literally suggest a season in our child’s life beforehe begins schooling.

But these few, precious preschool years are so much more than just a season of waiting for school to begin.

This is a special season when we have the opportunity to prepare our child for the life long adventure of learning; when we can equip him with the tools he’ll need to tackle learning successfully. We can use these years before formal schooling begins to