I choose to give this product 5 out of 5 Gold Teacher’s Stars!!
When I first heard that we would be reviewing a product from Five in a Row, I wasn’t too sure what to think. I assumed that we were too old for this product and I really didn’t see a use for it in our homeschool. However, when I actually received the product, Volume 2 of Beyond Five in a Row, I immediately saw that I was very wrong in my assumption. I quickly discovered that this product was entirely relevant and I quickly fell in love with it. In fact, I recently purchased Volume 1 and Volume 3 of the Beyond Five in a Row series for our use this next school year.
While the younger version of Five in a Row depends on reading a picture book and then doing activities that correlate over a 5 day period, the Beyond Five in a Row series deals with chapter books. However, lest you think that you will be reading the same chapter over and over for five consecutive days, the lessons and activities are such that it takes about 2 days for each chapter. Of course, some chapters and activities can be done in a single day, but I would say that it is best to plan for 2 days on average.
In each volume of Beyond Five in a Row, there are four different books to be covered. Two of the books are fiction and the other two are biographies of famous historical characters. Each book should take approximately one semester to complete. The activities help to enrich the learning and understanding of the principles being taught in the literature study. Comprehension of the literature is easy as the lessons and activities are designed to help the student to learn to dig into the story and find the treasures therein.
We chose to start our study with the first book in our volume, Sarah Plain and Tall. I wasn’t sure how much my son would appreciate the book, but it turned out that he absolutely loved it. We began by studying Maine, and began notebooks for the prairie and the sea. We discussed symbolism and how to recognize it in literature. We did several art projects for his notebooks. One of our favorite projects was to rewrite the 3rd chapter of the book from the perspective of a dog. He had a lot of fun with that one and the finished project resulted in many giggles from our family as it was read aloud.
We needed to take a car trip during our study of Sarah Plain and Tall. We found it relatively easy to adapt the lessons as Dad drove the car and we all discussed the varying aspects of the story. In fact, Dad became so involved in the study, that we stopped along the way and visited a historical site to see some items that the Pioneers used. He thought it might help our son to see some of the things that they may have used back when the story took place. It was a very enjoyable and spontaneous field trip!
The Beyond Five in a Row books are very economical and can be purchased from the Five in a Row site for only $24.95 each. However, if you order all 3 of the volumes at once, you can save even more $$ and then then the package price is just $67.50! That is a fabulous price for 1 1/2 years worth of curriculum! In fact, when we finish all 3 volumes of Beyond Five in a Row, I can’t wait to try out the volume of Above and Beyond Five in a Row! I just love this curriculum THAT much, and I can’t say enough good things about it!
Good literature is meant to be enjoyed and relished. With Five in a Row, we are learning to not just read good books, but to study and immerse ourselves in them as well.