Review: Five In A Row

When I received this curriculum I was thinking “not another one”. But as I have found, this is by far my favorite unit study that I have came across. It fits my criteria for what I want in a literature unit study. It is easy, simple, and I don’t have to go find a bunch of books to go along with it. I just had to find the one book per section and use a few library books for supplement, encyclopedia, or Internet. I really can not stress enough how SIMPLE this is. I did not have to stress on anything.

The directions of what to do were laid out very clear, short, and oh, that word again SIMPLE!
This program caused me no stress or frustration at all. I am now a HUGE fan of the curriculum. I wish I had found it sooner. I also have become a fan of notebooking with this program. I use to think notebooking was hard and time consuming, but now its easy and a time saver. And not to mention all I have to do is buy paper and not more curriculum!

Let me tell you about the Beyond Five In A Row Volume 2 that I used for this review.

  • for ages 8-12
  • Covers: Language Arts, History, Geography, Arts, Science
  • 4 book unit studies (Sarah, Plain and Tall, and Skylark, both by Patricia MacLachlan)

Some area’s of study:

  • George Washington Carver, & Helen Keller
  • Career Paths
  • Baby Development
  • Segregation
  • Human Relationships
  • Birds
  • Composting (something we are going to start doing this spring)
  • Making bricks out of clay
  • Analogies
  • Anatomy of an Eye

There are just so many interesting things to learn about. I really could not have came up with all the different things to learn about from one chapter of a book. There are so many things that can be used as inspiration from one chapter. And that is what they do. They take a chapter from a book, that you are reading for the lessons, and pull ideas from that chapter to teach on. Like from Chapter 1 in Sarah, Plain and Tall. They talk about babies growth, Maine, Eastern USA, writing a letter (which we enjoyed and used to mail a letter to a great grandpa in Florida).
There are just so many things to do and learn about.
Please check out Five In A Row. It has become one of my favorites and I would like to have the whole collection sitting on my book shelves so I can just pull one down and start a new study, or redo a study and make it more challenging as the girls get older.
They also offer other studies and age ranges 2 and up.
To read other Reviews about this volume or other volumes go HERE.

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