John Elijah is a first grader this year in our homeschool and we have been using the Five in a Row curriculum. I have very fond memories of this curriculum as I have been using some parts of it for over eleven years! The basic premise is that you take a book and read it for five days straight. I’ll admit, sometimes I get tired of reading the same book five days in a row. But the kids really connect with the book using this method. The books become their friends. This has seemed especially true of John Elijah this year. I have been very relaxed about using the guidelines. There are many ideas listed for each book and in years past I have spent huge (HUGE) chunks of time planning activities for each day revolving around the week’s book. I knew I didn’t have that kind of time this year but some of these books have become my friends, too, and I wanted to share them with J.E.
Last week’s book was How to Bake an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman. I remembered it as being one of my favorites when the older kids went through FIAR. Of course, relaxed or not, we couldn’t let the book pass by without making an apple pie! I tried to let J.E. in on every aspect of making the dessert — even the dreaded pie crust. 😉 I cut the apples and helped a little with rolling out the crust but my big boy did the rest.
There were only 2 pieces left after everyone enjoyed some. John Elijah and I snuck into his room a few days later and enjoyed those last 2 pieces together. It was good times. 🙂