This blog is my attempt to document our busy but BLESSED lives raising and educating our children for His glory. A child of God, wife to one, and mom to 6 fabulous kids. We are in our 9th year of homeschooling using a Classical ~ Charlotte Mason approach.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

TOS Review ~ Before Five in a Row

Do you have a preschooler wanting to “do” school like there older siblings?  I definitely do!  I jumped at the offer to review Before Five in a Row because I thought it would be a perfect fit for Montana and McKenzie.  Let me tell you we were not disappointed!

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Jane Claire Lambert designed Before Five in a Row for preschoolers roughly two to four years old.  Instead of formal academics for this age group, Before Five in a Row helps to build special memories with your child by introducing important pre-learning skills needed  later in academics.

 The vision statement for Before Five in a Row is this:

"Dedicated to protecting and nurturing the early years of childhood, Before Five in a Row opens up the world of learning through great books and creative play, and builds a solid foundation for more formal education to come."

This Volume, and all volumes, are divided into two parts.  The first part of the Before Five in a Row book includes twenty-three mini-units based on beloved picture books.  Some of the great books include Corduroy, Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?, Caps for Sale, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Blueberries for Sal (one of our favorites), and many more treasures.

The second half of this book is subtitled, “Parents Treasury of Creative Ideas for Learning Readiness.” This awesome section contains activities for building reading readiness and for developing both fine and gross motor skills. The activities listed include fun play activities that can be used anytime.  Play is a very important part of a child's development and  ideas are included for for in the kitchen, things to do at the store or while out and about town, and even bath time suggestions.

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         Before Five in a Row met all of my expectations and then some!!!  Like many young children my girls love to be read to.  We spent many days cuddled on the couch or on the floor reading great classic stories over and over again.  I think we read Blueberries for Sal over 15 times in one week.  But you know what, my little girls loved it and Montana and McKenzie were able to and act out some of the scenes in their playtime and Montana is able to narrate the story to me.   I would most definitely recommend Before Five in a Row and any of the Five in a Row products to anyone with young children.  We give this product 6 thumbs up!  I look forward to heading into Volume 1 next year and digging a little deeper into the stories and activities.

Check out what my Crewmates thought about Before Five in a Row.  FIAR-Logo

Product: Before Five in a Row

Price: The parent's guide is reasonably priced at $35.00.  The corresponding books are sold separately or available at your local library (but check your bookshelves you may already own some).

Company: Five in a Row

Ages: 2-4 year olds

Available to purchase: Rainbow Resource and Amazon

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I am a member of The Old Schoolhouse 2011-2012 Crew and as such received a copy of Before Five in a Row from Five in a Row, in exchange for a thorough and honest review.  Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of cash for my reviews.  The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but are not influenced by the company or the free product provided.

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