Five in a Row

Five in a Row Book SetVisual, auditory and kinesthetic learners and teachers will all benefit from Five in a Row‘s variety of lessons and activities which are carefully laid out and available for you to choose whichever one fits your schedule for the day.  Expect to be ready to teach with as little as five minutes of preparation time. You’ll find everything you need to be an effective teacher at your fingertips- pronunciation guides to foreign words or phrases, background information on history, geography, art and science lessons, facts, figures, and activity suggestions for a wonderful variety of hands-on learning experiences.

Five in a Row was created by Jane Claire Lambert, a successful homeschool teacher with more than 17 years of experience.  To use Five in a Row, just pick one of the 70 books used in Five in a Row, locate the corresponding lesson plan in your teacher’s guide, read the story aloud each day during the week and use Jane’s suggestions and lesson plans to lead your children on a wonderful learning adventure. It’s that simple!

pingsampleimagewatermark - Page 001Five in a Row is comprised of 4 manuals.  Volumes 1-3 contain units that are all written at about the same level based on books at about the same level, and the units can be completed in any order. The units in Volume 4 are based on more difficult literature, cover more challenging concepts and designed to be completed over a two week period of time. Together, the four volumes of Five in a Row contain 70 unit studies covering Social Studies, Geography, Language Arts, Applied Math, Science and Art in a way that causes children to fall in love with learning.  We also offer a Five in a Row Cookbook (including recipes for Five in a Row Volumes 1-3 and Beyond Five in a Row) and Christian Character & Bible Supplement to complement your Five in a Row lessons. (These lessons are already included in the Five in a Row Volume 4 units.)  We recommend adding complete Math and Phonics programs.

Experience shows us that the most important educational lesson we can teach early learners is to fall in love with learning itself.

When children discover that learning is fun, both their job and yours becomes immeasurably easier! So gather your young learners around you and begin teaching the way you always hoped it could be: fun, spontaneous and enjoyable for both you and the student! Five in a Row provides a delightful gateway to the extraordinary, lifelong adventure of learning. Start loving learning with your child today!

Print products on this page button are hard copies that will be purchased from Rainbow Resource. Digital products are downloadable and available in the our digital store.

Print Products

Digital Unit Selection

Special Note: We have added a few units that are matching the level of Volumes 1-3 and offered only in digital format. Additionally, Volume 4 is our only manual available in individual separate units. You may get all of these units in our digital store.

Notebook Builder

notebook-builderThis Notebook Builder was designed to make it easy for the busy homeschooling mom to do Five in a Row & Beyond Five in a Row the way they are intended to be done: to present information in bite sized pieces, encourage research in child-sized portions, avoid busywork, and develop a love of learning and exploration by providing a format for the child to share what is interesting to him! This digital component is comprised of over 100 printable pages that can be applied to any Five in a Row unit study, or any topic of study for that matter. We have included maps and our timeline templates as well! The pages do not contain book titles or character names, rather they offer a scaffold for bite-sized research and exploration that can be applied to any topic over a number of typical subject areas. Learn more and view a sample here.


Available and FREE to blog subscribers, each Five in a Row FOLD&LEARN™ provides the tools and resources that you and your child need to take each unit’s Five in a Row lessons from your manual and combine them with creativity to find new and unexpected learning treasures. There is any combination of games to play, artwork to look at, puppets to tell stories and much more. There are pages and pages of resources which 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 him! There isn’t a right or wrong answer!

Book List

*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 each Five in a Row volume in one convenient package. (Manual not included in literature package.)

Volume 1
The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese
Lentil by Robert McCloskey
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
A Pair of Red Clogs by Masako Matsuno
The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills
Who Owns the Sun? by Stacy Chbosky
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
The Glorious Flight by Alice and Martin Provensen
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say Cranberry
Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin
Another Celebrated Dancing Bear by Gladys Scheffrin-Falk
Papa Piccolo by Carol Talley
Very Last First Time by Jan Andrews
The Clown of God by Tomie DePaola
Storm in the Night by Mary Stoltz
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
Night of the Moonjellies by Mark Shasha
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost (with illustrations by Susan Jeffers)

Volume 2
The Giraffe That Walked to Paris by Nancy Milton
Three Names by Patricia MacLachlan
Wee Gillis by Munro Leaf
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert
Mrs. Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco
Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully
They Were Strong and Good by Alice and Robert Lawson Babar
To Duet or Not to Duet based on characters by DeBrunhoff
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf Down
Down the Mountain by Ellis Credle

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
The Tale of Peter Rabbit written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter
Mr. Gumpy’s Motor Car by John Burningham
All Those Secrets of the World by Jane Yolen
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
The Little Red LIghthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde Swift
Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant
Gramma’s Walk by Anna Grossnickle Hines

Volume 3

The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco
Andy and the Circus by Ellis Credle
The Wild Horses of Sweetbriar by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, illustrated by Ted Rand
Henry the Castaway by Mark Taylor
The Finest Horse in Town by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Truman’s Aunt Farm by Jama Kim Rattigan
The Duchess Bakes a Cake by Virginia KahlAndy and the Lion by James Daugherty
Daniel’s Duck by Clyde Robert Bulla
Warm as Wool by Scott Russell Sanders
The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer
Climbing Kansas Mountains by George Shannon
Amber on the Mountain by Tony Johnston
Little Nino’s Pizzeria by Karen Barbour

Volume 4

Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran
The Raft by Jim LaMarche
Mailing May by Michael O. Tunnell
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
The Gullywasher by Joyce Rossi
Arabella by Wendy Orr
Higgins Bend Song and Dance by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Cowboy Charlie by Jeanette Winter
Grass Sandals by Dawnine Spivak Albert by Donna Jo Napoli
The Hickory Chair by Lisa Rose
Fraustino Hanna’s Cold Winter by Trish Marx
The Hatmaker’s Sign Retold by Candace Fleming
The Pumpkin Runner by Marsha Diane
Arnold Angelo by David Macaulay