Five in a Row (FIAR)

For our second year of homeschool I decided to try my own version of the FIAR program.  Obviously it’s more work without purchasing the manuals – which I highly recommend if you can afford it because it’s chock-full of great information! – but I’d like to think I’m capable of pulling it off for two little kiddos.  How hard can it be??

One of the great things about the program – besides being literature-based – is that you can tailor it to any age.  If your kids are young, like mine, you don’t have to confuse them with the more difficult vocabulary words, language concepts or science lessons, but you can choose to build on each subject category as you see fit.

Delightful Learning

As we “row” each book I hope to add it to our completed book list.  At first I tried to cram a bunch of titles from all four volumes into one year, but I think I’ll cover volumes one and two one year and volumes three and four next.  Using some of Delightful Learning’s suggestions, along with this PDF chart I found, I tried to plug most of the titles into the calendar according to season or similar focus.

*May 2013 – I’ve taken a break from weekly FIAR posting but am still keeping up with our book schedule.  

Late Summer
All Those Secrets of the World
Night of the Moonjellies
The Little Red Lighthouse
Down Down the Mountain
Mr. Gumpy’s Motor Car

Fall
Who Owns the Sun?
Lentil
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
Storm in the Night
Three Names
When I Was Young in the Mountains
Cranberry Thanksgiving
Follow the Drinking Gourd

Winter
The Rag Coat
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Another Celebrated Dancing Bear
Babar’s Museum of Art
The Clown of God
Very Last First Time
Katy and the Big Snow
A New Coat for Anna
Stopping By Woods on a Snowy  Evening
Owl Moon

Spring/Early Summer
A Pair of Red Clogs
The Giraffe That Walked to Paris
Papa Piccolo
Mrs. Katz and Tush
The Story of Ping
Grandfather’s Journey
The Glorious Flight
Madeline
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
They Were Strong and Good
Miss Rumphius
Make Way for Ducklings
Mirette on the Highwire
The Story of Ferdinand

*See my Pinterest boards for inspiration and great resources:
FIAR (contains vol. 1 & 2 plus general resources)
FIAR Volume 3
FIAR Volume 4

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2 thoughts on “Five in a Row (FIAR)

  1. I just happened upon your post from Pinterest and read you own tula’s and thought “I drive by that all the time!” Maybe I’ll stop in if I have a minute some day :)

    1. Hi Jessica,

      I don’t OWN Tula’s, I just happen to be one of the crafters that sells things there. But it’s a lovely place and the owners are wonderful! Definitely check it out. :)

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