Saturday, February 27, 2010

What Came In The Mail And Why We Were Excited

The day our mail arrived it was like receiving Christmas presents when Dad walked in the door with this letter and 2 small packages.

A year ago, our oldest son wrote a letter to the President of the United States about why they let the bomber of the U.S.S. Cole go free.  This letter made his day!

My husband, being a pastor, loves to read books.  He recently has been preaching through Titus and has covered the roles of deacons and elders.  Hence, the thought these two books would be helpful to him in his studies.  His favorite company to order through is Reformation Heritage Books.
I have been looking at Sonlight curriculum for a while and could never justify ordering it because of the price.  We are a family who loves to read.  In my journey to find a supplemental curriculum, I have discovered a blog in which she uses Five In A Row and highly recommends it.   After much examination, I decided to take the plunge and order this curriculum.  It was only $35, so I figured I could be happy with that.  Most of the books are available through the library and I can also purchase them through used book sellers.  I also found a book crossing site that enables me to basically swap books like paperback swap with just the cost of postage.  The basic concept behind FIAR is to use a book a week and to teach through literature, art, science, social studies, and math while reading the same book every day for the entire week.  Heather over at says that the main difference between the two curriculums (she has used both) is that Sonlight devours through books (creating a love for many books with quick reading), while FIAR savors the books the children read (creating a love for great books and teaching them how to deeply read a book).  Needless to say, I am very excited to get started in FIAR with my 5 year old.  If there are any other FIAR mommies, I would love to hear your feedback as I am brand new to FIAR.

1 comment:

Creary said...

I just came across your blog today in a random FIAR search. I just want to say that we have used B4FIAR, FIAR 1 and are working on FIAR 2 right now. I have a 5 year old and a 3 year old and they both love it, as do I. I also wanted to let you know about Homeschool Share,, has lots of ideas and printable for using with FIAR. We do a very relaxed method of FIAR, basically just reading the book and talking about different ideas from the manual with a few sheets from Homeschool Share. I hope you enjoy.