Considering using a homeschool unit study like Five in a Row? While an excellent choice for science and social studies, the program’s authors remind its users that Five in a Row does not cover phonics or math. Time4Learning can be an enjoyable and effective way to fulfill the need for language and arithmetic instruction.
Included on this page:
- How are Five in a Row and Time4Learning Compatible?
- Thematic Unit Study – The Five in a Row Approach
- An Eclectic Approach to Homeschooling
- Time4Learning Works With Five in a Row’s Thematic Unit Study
- More Benefits of Time4Learning with Five in a Row
- Some Helpful Tools and Resources
How are Five in a Row and Time4Learning Compatible?
Many parents find Five in a Row appealing because of the intense parent/child interaction inherent in the majority of lessons. Activities revolve around a story that a parent is required to read aloud to the child, and parent/child discussion is strongly encouraged as the basis for learning. The teaching parent often finds it easier to maximize the Five in a Row experience when it’s combined with a self-running curriculum, like Time4Learning, that is less demanding of the parent’s time. Less time spent on math and phonics means more time to enjoy Five in a Row!
Thematic Unit Study – The Five in a Row Approach
A unit study, or thematic unit, approach integrates all subject areas around a common theme or idea. The thematic units in Five in a Row are organized around reading a selected story book every day for five days (hence the name “Five in a Row”). Each day’s activity is themed to the book. For instance, if the main character in the story is a bear and the setting of the story is a forest in Oregon, the student’s science studies might revolve around bears and a forest habitat. Social studies could include the Oregon trail or a study of the state of Oregon.
The idea is that children, especially children in the four-to-eight year old age range that Five in a Row is geared toward, enjoy the repetition of reading a familiar story multiple times. When children are interested in the chosen book, this approach is enjoyable and successful. Many children benefit from blending a thematic unit study with another supplementary curriculum of contrasting style, especially one that integrates multi-media activities with learning.
Five in a Row also publishes Before Five in a Row for two-to-four year olds and Beyond Five in a Row for eight-to-twelve year olds.
An Eclectic Approach to Homeschooling
Most families discover that their children’s educational needs are best met by blending several homeschool programs and approaches, rather than choosing one all-encompassing curriculum. This eclectic homeschool approach provides an optimal outcome. Time4Learning’s experience shows that there is no single, best homeschool material. Rather than feeling torn between homeschool resources, parents should create diversity through different materials and activities.
My daughter almost had to repeat the 2nd grade, but after a year with Time4Learning she tested above grade level in math and is at a 5th grade reading level!
Second graders learn to recognize the different letter combinations that create the "a" sound from the Phonics Puppets.
Time4Learning Works With Five in a Row’s Thematic Unit Study
All child learn differently and most respond very well to online delivery of homeschool materials. In addition, many children benefit from seeing a topic or concept presented in more than one way before what’s being taught “clicks” for them. Time4Learning’s online, interactive style complements Five in a Row’s literature-based program.
Time4Learning offers interactive, self-paced instruction in math, language arts, reading, social studies and science. Many families report that using Time4Learning in conjunction with Five in a Row has enhanced their child’s academic success. Time4Learning’s online educational software can be used as either a core or supplemental curriculum.
More Benefits of Time4Learning with Five in a Row
The Time4Learning language arts and math programs can stand alone or be worked into Five in a Row’s education. The social studies and science lessons are easily used as a springboard for non-computer-related activities. The Reports function of our program keeps track of all lessons started and completed, percentage scores for quizzes and tests, the amount of time spent on each activity, and the dates the activities are completed. This makes portfolio keeping easy.
Time4Learning appeals to a wide range of learning styles. Our online learning materials are especially well-suited to children who are visual or kinesthetic learners. These children can take advantage of Time4Learning’s interactive, multi-media materials, and by shifting from computer-based lessons to discussion, or from paper and pencil exercises to art projects, all children stay engaged and benefit from different teaching methods. Variety keeps children motivated and attentive throughout the day.
Children like using the computer to learn. Time4Learning is a convenient, interactive homeschool resource that provides a welcome change from textbook-based lessons, and it helps children learn computer skills that are so important today.
Time4Learning’s self-paced, modularized lesson plans allow you to move forward and back through the materials whenever you want. You can skip lessons that teach concepts your child has already mastered and repeat those he or she has not. The choice is yours. With Time4Learning, you are always in control.
Time4Learning has proven effective with homeschoolers, has a low monthly price, is easy-to-use, and provides a money-back 100% satisfaction guarantee so you can make sure that it works for your children. Sign up for Time4Learning as part of your overall homeschool program. If you have been looking for a fun, interactive, web-based curriculum to supplement the other homeschooling programs you have been using, try our demo lessons to see if Time4Learning would be a good fit with your homeschool program.
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Some Helpful Tools and Resources
Welcome to Homeschooling Guide – Are you new to homeschooling? This guide was written by seasoned homeschoolers to answer some of the difficult questions new families often struggle with.
Curriculum Lesson Plans – An overview of the number of lessons that are included for each grade and subject. All students have access to at least 2 (and in most cases 3) grade levels of curriculum for each subject, so they can move ahead or review at their own pace.
The Lesson Activity Finder – One of the many helpful tools that Time4Learning offers its members. The activity finder is a shortcut that makes it easy for parents to preview lessons or find extra practice for their child. You can visit our hints and help section for more information about the activity finder.
Lesson Planning Worksheet – Wondering how many lessons to have your child do each day? Estimate the number of activities per day using this easy to use, printable worksheet.
Online Parent’s Forum – Reach out to homeschoolers in your area, join discussions, ask questions and trade ideas on our online community of homeschooling parents. Having the support of seasoned homeschoolers can really help make your homeschooling journey a success.
Sign up for Time4Learning and gain access to a variety of educational materials, which will engage and challenge your child to succeed. Make Time4Learning a part of your children’s homeschool resources.