Why We Love Five in a Row
Of course as soon as I heard about FIAR I knew it was for us. Thankfully I have kids who enjoy listening to stories as much as I love to read to them, and the stories in FIAR have only strengthened our love of good literature.
Besides the awesome literature that is used in the FIAR curriculum, my favorite aspect of it is that it's so flexible. You really can simply read the story each day, talk about it briefly, and that is enough for young children. You are exposing them to really good stories and it's amazing how much they pick up and retain.
However, with older children it's fun to delve deeper into the stories. Much can be learned and explored from a good picture book.
How We Plan Our Five in a Row
1. Choose the book/read through it quickly
2. Sit down with the guide book and planning sheet. I read through the suggested activities and pick the items I want to focus on and jot them in the appropriate box of the planning sheet.
|FIAR Planning Sheet|
3. Pick a bible verse for the week - I'm no bible scholar so I pick an area we might need some work on in our family and google "bible verse about xxxxx"
4. Browse through the FIAR Blogroll and see if anyone has rowed the book. I enjoy getting ideas from other people, and often it sparks an idea of my own.
5. Choose Go Along Books - Often go along books are obvious, but not always. Sometimes seeing what others have done is helpful in this area too.
6. Choose the craft - As you know I almost always pick quick and easy crafts. But, one of these days we're going to try those paper bag books - they are so cute.
7. Gather supplies - if I have any coloring pages or any other printables that I want to use for the week, I print them off and store them in an inexpensive folder that I keep with our FIAR books. I also try to gather the craft supplies and them in one spot.
|FIAR Materials are kept in a magazine holder|
Linking up today at Works for me Wednesday.