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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Before FIVE IN A ROW TOS Crew Review

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   Do you have a little one that wants to do "school" just like their older siblings? Do you struggle with activities you can do with your toddler to preschool age children? Do you want to give your 2-4 your old a jump start on their education without taking the fun out of being a small child?
   If you answered yes to any or all of the above questions then you have come to the right place as I have just the product for you.  As a member of the TOS Crew I was given the book "Before FIVE IN A ROW" By Jane Claire Lambert to review and share with all of you.
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  " Before FIVE IN A ROW"




This important product includes 23 Five in a Row-style mini-units (plus an extra mini-unit) based on outstanding children’s books for ages 2-4 as well as a large section of learning readiness activities for your every day life: things to do in the kitchen, at the store, at bedtime,bath time, etc.
You’ll find an entire treasury of ideas to prepare children


for pre-learning necessary for their educational foundation. These ideas are wonderfully effective without robbing


your little ones of those special golden years of childhood. Those few brief years of early childhood can never be reclaimed later and many parents discover too late


that they pushed too hard and too early for advanced academic achievement.


You can’t go back and swing at the park, float paper


boats in the rain and do the myriad of play activities with your young children that help build the foundation for learning in a way that also encourages a flood of warm, young-childhood memories.
Before Five in a Row is passionate about teaching, but the teaching comes through the subtle forms of play that are intrinsic to early childhood. These lessons are the important pre-education lessons that will both build your child’s mind and fill your child’s heart while truly readying them for the deeper academic experience to come.
Before Five in a Row is the perfect introduction to the joys


of parent-directed learning in just a very few minutes each day— whenever the opportunity arises!



    In my opinion this book could take you through most if not all of your school year but focusing on one activity a week. Maybe take each lesson that is based on a book and then divide it into even smaller lessons by doing one "Subject" a day with your child like Bible, Art, or Science. What you are actually purchasing is the Parent Guide the Literature titles may be purchased separately or in a bundle pack, or you can check them out at your local library. I know for us we already had many of the titles in our home library, There were a couple that were hard to find and it would be helpful if the parent guide could be updated to reflect the out of print books, but even with this small inconvenience this is truly a great investment.
 One of my favorite lessons was from a classic book.

  Let's take "Corduroy" for instance, I know this book is a favorite among all of my children and is a wonderful addition to any home library.
  We still have our copy from when our boys were small and they are in their pre-teens and teens now.  This particular lesson touches on Bible, Manners, Homes and Habits, Animals, Science, Art with a project to go along with the story, Games, Numbers(Math), Story-telling, and Literature. So depending on your child's attention span and/or how much you want to focus on a "school" program with your little one this particular study could be divided into 10 daily lessons. So it would take you 2 school weeks based on your particular style. I know around here we only do 4 days of school because we have a  day of co-op.

   "Before FIVE IN A ROW" can be a wonderful addition to your homeschool life as it can occupy your little ones while their older siblings get their much needed work done. This can also help your pre-schooler ready for school time by easing them into a work routine.  Starting education early on is a great way to jump start them on good learning habits. You can work on attention span, and listening skills. Also by completing their "work" it helps to build self-esteem. They will be so proud to show Daddy the work they did in school today just like their older siblings.



   The second half of the book is titled "Parent's Treasury of Creative Ideas for Learning Readiness"
This section is wonderful for Fine and Gross Motor activities that can be used in your everyday home life all the while teaching your little ones. There are family games, activities to do in the Kitchen and even activities to do at the Store out in the community. Drama, Singing, Dancing and Finger Plays are just a few fun things to do. Many of these activities work on enforcing coordination and muscle development. The kids just know they are having a good time.

  
  If you would like to check out "Before FIVE IN A ROW" for $35.00  or any of the other "FIVE IN A ROW" products then feel free to head over to Rainbow Resource Room the exclusive retailer of all "FIVE IN A ROW" Products.
Also be sure to check out what my other Crew Mates had to say about "Before FIVE IN A ROW".



Disclaimer: I was given this product specifically for the purpose of reviewing here on my blog as a member of TOS Homeschool Crew. I received no other compensation in regards to this review.






















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