Today's topic on Schoolhouse Review Crew's Back-to-Homeschool Blog Hop is Curriculum. Being a literature-based unit study freak, Five in a Row is the perfect curriculum for us ... when we use it.
I also do a lot of building of my own unit studies, and I like to "backwards" plan unit studies. What this means is that I search for local events, plays, movies, etc., that interest us. Then I build a literature-based unit off that event. So, the first thing I did in planning for the school year was to calendar all of the events I already know about that could have a fun unit study attached to it ... THEN I supplemented our school year with Five in a Row units. It works great!
Although FIAR has many different levels to it's units (Social Studies, Geography, Science, Art, Math), we will have separate, daily studies in some other areas:
All About Spelling
Copywork (based on the unit we are doing, usually a poem or a quote)
Handwriting Without Tears ~ Cursive Writing
Math Enhancement Programme (MEP)
Usborne Treasury of Art
Nature with Barb at Handbook of Nature Study and natural exploration
As you can see, writing is a big deal to me. We do many of these things daily, and concentrate on Art and Nature studies on Friday.
We are looking forward to a fun year of learning.
If you need some other curriculum ideas, see what other Crew members are using by clicking on the links below.