Anyone who has been following along with us this past year knows we’ve been slowly working on way through the books of Before Five in a Row. This has served as the main component of our preschool curriculum, with other activities added in. Now that the school year is over, I can happily say this was a wonderful choice that has greatly impacted the curriculum we use going forward.
My favorite thing about Before Five in a Row is that it revolves entirely around books! Based on each book, there are suggestions for numerous activities and discussions to have during the week. The books ideas, concepts, people and places throughout the world. It’s up to each individual family to decide where the learning goes from there.
While the manual gives detailed ideas to accompany each book, it is not exhaustive and there are always plenty of other ideas to include in your learning. You can do as much as or little as your life allows for each week. For us, some weeks were filled with activities related to the book while other weeks we didn’t do more than simply read the book. The best part is, just reading the book is not a failed week! Reading the book still exposes your little ones to words, stories and ideas.
We had such a wonderful time using Before Five in a Row that I’ve decided to continue for next year. In the fall, we will start with Five in a Row – Volume 1 as the main component of their learning. It will work perfectly as J starts to get involved in school time, since he will be part of reading the book as well as any activities that peak his interest.
Below is a list of the books used in Before Five in a Row along with links to our adventures with them. I was able to find almost all the books at our library or using the inter-library loan system in our state.
Big Green Pocketbook
The Carrot Seed
Play With Me
The Little Rabbit
Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?
We’re Going on a Bearhunt
I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for ideas to incorporate with your little ones. Th publishers recommend this for ages 2 – 4, so it is perfect for early preschool learning! I hope you have as much fun as we did! 🙂