This post is to explain and show how I plan and organise our B4FIAR (and plan to do the same for our FIAR weeks).
Here are the items I use for planning each book we row:
- Before Five in a Row manual
- This planning sheet
- Pinterest – I have a board for every Five in a Row book there is! It took forever to organise but it truly is a time saver because when I want to plan a book to row I go to that board and just look at all the ideas I have pinned previously. Here is my ‘Katy No-Pocket’ Pinterest board to give you an idea.
Here are the items I use to store my planned ‘rows’ ready to go:
- Clear plastic wallet
- Suspension file box
- 6 Drawer Trolley
Here is how we keep our completed work:
- 3-ring Lever Arch File
- Plastic sleeves
How I plan:
First I gather everything I need
I’ll read the book to get an idea of the story and themes it covers. They are all such beautiful precious books that the kids and I love.
BEFORE FIVE IN A ROW MANUAL
Basically I open the manual and write down all the activities I’d like to do on my planning sheet.
I use the iPad to search my Pinterest related board and write down ideas from here, printing anything I haven’t already done. It’s also great for reserving any books I want to get from the library so they’ll be ready for me to collect before we start.
At the start of the school year I printed, cutout and laminated all worksheets/printables I wanted to use for all the books we were going to row which has saved me a heap of time each time I plan a row.
Lots of Printables/Worksheets can be found on the following websites:
- Homeschool Share
- Homeschool Creations
- Five in a Row Fold n Learns you must be a blog subscriber to access
All the ideas I write in the planning sheet side are then transferred to the Week-at-Glance side according to what I’d like to cover each day eg.
- Monday – Bible
- Tuesday – Math
- Wednesday – Language Arts
- Thursday – Science/Geography
- Friday – Art/Cooking
It’s then a matter of just slipping each day’s printables into my 6-drawer trolley along with any additional library books or activities we will do and I’m set for the week.
So that’s how I plan and organise our ‘rows’ hope it’s been helpful.
Feel free to ask any questions if you’d like more information or I’ve missed something.
6 thoughts on “B4FIAR – How I plan & organise”
I love seeing how my free planning printable is being put to used! So glad that it has been helpful in your homeschool. Love your organization system! Thanks for sharing and linking back to my blog. 🙂
LikeLiked by 1 person
Thanks for making it up Jenni! It’s been a real help in my planning!
Thanks so much for sharing! This is going to help me heaps as I start this with my boys soon. You have saved me lots of thinking 🙂 xxx
You’re welcome Joy! Hoping it’s more of a help than a hinderance! This is just how I do it and it works well for me!
Do you by any chance have a calendar of what books you put in what months?
Nothing set in stone. I have got some handwritten notes which plotted out how to use the books which I’ll dig out and find for you.