Last year we discovered a wonderful resource – Five in a Row.
Jane and Steve Lambert designed an awesome method using outstanding childrens books. There are four volumes. Each volume has a choice of approximately 16 books. You pick a book from the guide and read it everyday for a week. The guide is simple to use and everything is laid out for you. They provide step-by-step instructions for teaching social studies, language, art, math, and science. You decide which subject you are going to teach each day. Most of the books are available at the library, but I prefer buying the books. We have a tendency to read the books over and over and over again.
Check out the Lambert’s website at www.fiarhq.com. You will be able to find out all kinds of information including what book titles are included in the manuals.
We are having fun “rowing” a different book each week and learning new things. So when I talk about what book we are rowing this week, you will know what I am talking about.
This week we are rowing “Snowflake Bentley”. Have you ever heard of him? I hadn’t. He is actually a real person by the name of Willie Bentley. He studied snow flakes. Yep, that is right. Snow Flakes. He spent his life studying and photographing them. In 1931 at the age of 66 he had a book published called "Snow Crystals" that shows over 2400 images of snow crystals. He died of pneumonia the same year after walking through 6 miles of snow during a blizzard, trying to capture and photograph more snow crystals. We will be purchasing the book soon.
My son isn’t the only one learning. I learned something new this week too!