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I'm wondering if there are other programs and/or story stretching type of books similar to the Five in a Row books. I have the Before Five in a Row, but I'm looking for a bit more substance with ds#1. Before buying the FIAR book, I thought I'd see if there are other books out there that give some good activities and ideas to go along with good children's literature.

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There is a book called Whole Language Discovery Activities for the Primary Grades . We enjoyed it. It's a little more intensive than the FIAR books.

The books needed are
Moja Mean One : A Swahili Counting Book (we loved this book)

The Ox-Cart Man

Owl Moon

A Chair for my Mother

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Song and Dance Man

and more

The authors are Margaret C. Riley and Donna L. Coe

the subjects covered are Langauge , Science , Math and Social Studies

The ISBN # 0-87628-616-3

I paid $7 for mine at Foozles.
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There is a Canadian 'version' of Five in a Row called Come Sit by Me but I haven't compared them so I have no idea if one has more substance than another. (sorry - no link off the top of my head)

There is also a series called Story Stretchers and they have various grade versions - a few for slightly older kids I think. I have had them from the library and while there are classroom based suggestions, they did have some easily adaptable ideas, good art activities etc.

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Brit, I'm not sure how old DS1 is, but my 3 1/2 year old is enjoying Five in A Row (not the Before one, but FIAR Vol 1). I haven't tried the Before series, but just went right to FIAR. You could always look for it at the public library if you're not sure whether you want to invest in it. We've been very happy with it, as long as I plan kinesthetic activities (instead of just discussing the town in Lentil, for example, we made a model of it with blocks).
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There is a Canadian 'version' of Five in a Row called Come Sit by Me but I haven't compared them so I have no idea if one has more substance than another. (sorry - no link off the top of my head)
Come Sit by Me doesn't have nearly the richness in its book selections -- half of them are Franklin books. Franklin is OK, but studying Franklin book after Franklin book just can't be compared to the variety of topics, art styles, settings etc. in FIAR.

My kids loved FIAR and we rowed all the books in vol.s 1-3. If you have any questions about FIAR or any of the books, feel free to ask.

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Thanks Mamas! Ds#1 is just over 4, and loves to be read to (we've already started chapter books too). So, when I was browsing through the BFIAR I was thinking it seemed a bit "young" for him. I think I'll go ahead and buy the FIAR vol. 1 and also maybe the story stretchers book ... that way I have some variety to go off from ...

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I highly recommend the FIAR cookbook. It added a lot to our unit studies. The only other thing you really need is a world map. A laminated one is best. My kids learned tons of geography from FAIR.

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is it valuable for vegetarians, too? We eat eggs and dairy, but no poultry, no meat and very little fish.
This cookbook looks great from what I can see online, but I don't want to invest the $ if many/most recipes will not be suitable.
WDYT?

Oh, and I agree about the laminated world map. DD absolutely loves hers. We've just begun "rowing" and already she looks at her map, talks about the story discs and the settings of the stories, and asks questions about other places on the map. I love it!
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is it valuable for vegetarians, too? We eat eggs and dairy, but no poultry, no meat and very little fish.
For each story there are 2-3 recipes: a main dish and either a side dish or two, and some stories have desserts. There are 19 maindishes for vol 1.

There are 3 that are meatless:
marinara sause
miestrone soup
mac and cheese

There are 6 that I think could made meatless by leaving out the meat or substituting tofu (or something else)
egg rolls, quiche, casserole, apple stew (which calls for pork but I think would be lovely with lentils), cabbage soup, chicken pie.

3 are fish based:
seasoned fish
poached shrimp
lobster rolls

1 is meatless, but based on beef broth, so I'm not sure where to stick it:
onion soup

5 seem so dependent on meat that I don't think there is any hope for them:
lemon chicken
sausage gravy
Irish stew
roast turkey
chicken and dumplings

That only equals 18, so I've left something out, but you get the idea.
All of the side dishes and desserts and meatless, so even on a week like Lentil where the main dish is Lemon Chicken and just wouldn't work for you, you would have a recipe for the most delicious lemon bars in the world.

The recipes for vol 2 seem to be even less dependant on meat.

My kids loved helping when we made our special FAIR meal and they were more willing to try new foods when they related to a book.

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for the info about the cookbook, Linda! It sounds very practical. I hadn't thought of the "get the picky eater to try new things" benefit, but that would probably be worth the cost of the book alone!
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So, should I just order FIAR from the official website. I thought maybe I'd be able to get it through Amazon, but no such luck. Has anyone ordered through the FIAR site? Are they pretty good with shipping?

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I haven't ordered from the FIAR site, but I have posted a message to Mrs. Lambert on the message board. She personally (I think!) responded to me immediately and very helpfully. If that's any indication, I'd say they're prompt!!

I have found all the FIAR volumes on eBay for less than what I'd pay from FIAR for new (just double check what you'd pay from the FIAR site to be sure you're getting a good deal). You can often purchase used books to "Row" from eBay, too, although so far I've found all from my public library. Some homeschool curriculum sites may have FIAR volumes, and you can probably post on Freecycle or other similar sites looking for them. . . . depending on whether you're in a big hurry.
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