E (age 6) and I are doing Five in a Row again. I’m tired, so it’s an easier way to manage, just like when Astrid was new. We started this week with The Story of Ferdinand and so far we’ve been doing the topics through conversation, which is working fine for her. She’s a very switched-on, thoughtful, articulate child, really. The selfish little horror. I think she’s got about the perfect balance for Being Six Years Old. She’s a delight.

As long as you don’t try to read her reading books while she’s using them to teach herself to read. If you do it FOR her you are HINDERING her ability to LEARN how to do it FOR HERSELF. YOU HAS BEEN WARNED.

I got L (age 8) the Beyond Five in a Row set and she has read almost the whole curriculum manual already – in three days – and most of The Boxcar Children and she and E made a Lego boxcar today and acted out the book very carefully – L read the book, said to E “And now you say ‘must be five blueberries’” and E said “Must be five blueberries,” and L said “‘Or even ten’” and E said “Or even ten,” all very obediently. Never works for me.

A hasn’t been in hospital or seen by paramedics for over a week. Her last one was mild concussion from jumping on the bed. She likes jumping.

  1. liveotherwise’s avatar

    I tried five in a row years ago and couldn’t get on with it. I’ve got the sneaky suspicion that it would suit Smallest down to the ground. (What, read a book with me Mummy? Every day? And then talk about it?) I am going to be *very cross* if I have to buy the manual again after I sold it!

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  2. Carol’s avatar

    Hi, just bhopping around the blogring.

    This post made me chuckle because both L and S spend a lot of their time injuring themselves and I often wonder if I should book them a hospital bed each.
    We couldnt get on with the five in a row system but do like the books they use.

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  3. Ailbhe’s avatar

    I can’t do “lessons” but I do like using the books as a starting point; it’s much easier than having to think for myself.

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  4. Hannah’s avatar

    Hello, just pootling around the blogring. I don’t know anything about five in a row, but the bit about L teaching E made me smile. I love it when the children teach each other and isn’t it funny how the little ones listen more to the older ones than to us sometimes?

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  5. Alison’s avatar

    Hello! We never seem to be in the same place at the same time these days, but I do still keep up with what you’re doing :)

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  6. hharicot’s avatar

    loved the idea of 5 in a row but never quite got the hang of it. i do love that there is a unique path for each family to home educate tho

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  7. Caroline (Frogmum/TMFH)’s avatar

    I’ve always wanted to have a try with FIAR, but it never quite fitted into our budget. I do wonder though about Chip (baby) as he is SO into books and learning loads from them already, even at under 2. I think maybe my 5yo would enjoy it too, as he has taught himself to read and now is an avid reader, often found reading to Chip! Perhaps I really SHOULD give it a go before I run out of children!! :D

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  8. Ailbhe’s avatar

    Hannah — what gets me is when the older one says “But E (or A) wanted me to!” as though they always do whatever their asked no matter what their personal preference or better judgment might be…

    Alison — Hi! I have no idea what you’re doing, though I enjoyed your summer catch-up posts. We are suddenly unscheduled on a Tuesday now.

    HHaricot — I rather suspect there’s a unique path for every child/adult pairing, much like breastfeeding. If I say more I’ll sound terribly negative about school though.

    Caroline — I figured the books alone were worth having, even if I was the only one who got anything overtly educational from the manuals. Having read a lot of the picture books now, I still think that, but as a nice bonus the children got something from the stuff in the manuals too, so that was nice.

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