Five in a Row

As I’ve said before, we love books in this house. I love to read and hope my children also learn to love to read.  So I’ve decided to try using Five in a Row, we will start with Before Five in a Row though. I am waiting on the teachers manuals for BFIAR and Vol 1 of FIAR. I can’t wait to get started, we own a couple of the books it uses and the rest we’ll just borrow from the library. The library is a wonderful place, lets you borrow as many books and movies as you want, how awesome is that! I’ve always been amazed by that! For those that don’t know what FIAR is, it’s a unit study that uses real books to teach lessons. You can check it out here. I will write an update after we get into it to let you all know how it’s going. What program are you using that you love?



Fall time. aaaaaahhhhhh, my absolute favorite. The kids really seem to like it too, they can go outside and play pretty much all day without getting too hot or cold. However Fall is also our busiest time of the year, this is the time when animals need to be processed (taken to the butcher, or butchered by us), the garden needs to be readied for winter and I try to get some fresh mulch and yard work done so when spring comes I’m not scrambling in between rains. The 2 hogs we had have been taken to the butcher and now our freezer is full of pork, we also processed 10 chickens ourselves. Small Warrior got quite a few good lessons in that: PE – chasing the chickens to catch them, Religion –  thanking God and the chicken for its meat and eggs it had given us plus death, Biology – learning the parts of the chicken (lungs, heart, intestines, etc.), Nutrition – what the fat was and why I was removing it, Math – counting heads and feet, History – which came first the chicken or egg, Trade – learning how we process our own food. We also processed our own turkeys this year too. We find lessons all around us, driving to the store the other day we passed all kinds of combines and tractors harvesting corn and soybean. So Small Warrior asked lots of questions (he was more upset over them cutting the corn down then butchering chickens). It really doesn’t matter if you live in the country or in an urban area, there are things to learn all around us. What kind of things do you find around you to learn?


one of the turkeys we raised and processed


pork chops from our pigs