Wednesday, September 14, 2011

TOS Review: Before Five in a Row

image Product Description:

Recommended for ages 2-4, this program follows the same Five in a Row approach of reading a story for five days in a row (hence the name) while supplementing in fun and educational activities to go along with the story.

Before Five in a Row is actually divided into two sections one section has 23 book-units (plus one extra), and the second section is full of ideas for learning readiness.


Books to “row” in B4FIAR:

  • Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?, by N. W. Carlstrom
  • Yellow Ball, by Molly Bang (out of print)
  • My Blue Boat, by Chris L. Demarest (out of print)
  • The Little Rabbit, by Judy Dunn
  • Ask Mr. Bear, by Marjorie Flack
  • Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey
  • Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Big Green Pocketbook, by Candice Ransom
  • The Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown
  • The ABC Bunny, by Wanda Gag
  • If Jesus Came to My House, by Joan Gale Thomas
  • Caps for Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkina
  • The Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss
  • The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats
  • The Quiet Way Home, by Bonny Becker (out of print)
  • Play With Me, by Marie Hall Ets
  • Prayer for a Child, by Rachel Field
  • I Am an Artist, by Pat L. Collins
  • Angus Lost, by Marjorie Flack
  • Katy No-Pocket, by Emmy Payne
  • We’re Going On a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen
  • The Red Carpet, by Rex Parkin (out of print)
  • Corduroy, by Don Freeman
  • Jenny’s Surprise Summer, by Eugenie (out of print)

imageProduct Review:

I LOVE the philosophy of this program. The literature element that is central to this curriculum is the foundation of our schooling, which I appreciate. This is a fun, easy program that teaches the youngest student without pressure or the chance of robbing your child of their “funnest” years. B4FIAR allows for a gentle introduction to learning, without too much structure.

While I think some of the ideas are simple and that some parents/teaches could come up with some of these ideas on their own, there are many ideas that I (personally) never would have come up with on my own, but they add a fun, educational element to reading that only adds to the fun of the story. 

Whether you homeschool or not, this is a great program to use with your preschooler.

To Purchase this Product:

This product is sold exclusively through rainbow resource for $35.

To see what others are saying, visit the TOS Crew Blog.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book due to my affiliation with the TOS Crew, for the purpose of my honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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