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?

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New school materials

Small Warrior has been doing a few new school things. One being Explode the Code or rather “Get Ready for the Code” and “Get Set for the Code”. He enjoys doing these but only in small increments.  He is not much of a workbook kind of kid, he likes using the computer or App’s on the Kindle.  So we also signed up for ABCMouse. He really enjoys this, we used to have Starfall and while the kids loved it they had been through it left and right and I think it was time for a change. One Sock also enjoys getting on ABCMouse but needs help with the mouse so I do the things with him more so than Small Warrior who likes me to sit with him while he’s doing it but does not want me to work the mouse for him.

Gamma has also been helping Small Warrior with his “writing” (even though it’s still more just tracing at this point). This is one of the things that I love about homeschooling, Gamma can be involved. The kids love spending time with her and she with them. Gamma has also been a tutor for many years and taught many adults to read and write, helped younger kids with school work so she is a natural. I think she likes that I have invited her to help with their schooling too.

What are some of your favorite items/programs to use?