Five in a Row

Testing the Tongue Mapping Theory

Remember testing the tongue mapping theory in elementary school? We were told that the tongue was divided into different sections. Each section was meant to taste either salty, sour, bitter or sweet. I clearly remember sitting in class, watching the teacher go around the class, dropping a drip of mystery fluid onto each student’s tongue. According […]

Paddle-to-the-Sea Unit Study Chapters 1-3

I clearly remember, over 30 years ago, sitting in my elementary class, listening to the teacher read the book, Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling Clancy Holling. Her enthusiasm for the story was directly conveyed to us, her students, as we listen enraptured by the story of small canoe carved by an young boy, drifting through the Great Lakes out […]

Activities to Celebrate President's Day

There is one thing I’ve learned from homeschooling:  If you don’t make holidays and celebrations into a really big deal, then your kids are going to miss out.  This is especially true in my case.  I am a Canadian, transplanted into the United States.  I was actually a little surprised to learn that I had […]

Math Tools for the Kinesthetic Learner

Homeschooling has been a great learning experience for me.  I started with no knowledge of how to teach my children.  I had no background in teaching.  All I had was the drive to learn and the desire to provide my children with the best possible education.  So I read and read and read.  And then […]

FREE Apple Printable

We’ve been reading the book, How to Make an Apple Pie and see the World as part of our homeschool curriculum.  Of course, learning about apples was a logical part of this study, but when I told Clark and Luci that we were going to learn about, their response was: “What?!  We already KNOW about […]

Play Passports for Learning Geography

We’ve been reading the book, How to Bake an Apple Pie and See the World as part of our Five in a Row (FIAR) homeschooling curriculum.  In the book, a young girl decides to bake an apple pie but finds that the market is closed.  She travels the world, collecting all of the necessary ingredients […]