Five In A Row : Yearly Planning
There are many different ways to plan for FIAR and you need to do what is best for you and your family but I thought I would share how we do it.
There are 4 manuals minus Before FIAR and Beyond FIAR. I choose to row only one manual at a time with the exception of rowing Cranberry Thanksgiving every November regardless of what manual we are in. Since I am only doing 1 manual a year that leaves me the room to row a book for 2 weeks rather than 1 week. I like to do this because we feel less hurried and it leaves time for all those fun exciting rabbit trails along the way.
So I get out my calendar — already knowing my starting date I begin to add my holiday / seasonal books into the weeks they correspond with. Next, I take a look on the internet for field trips that would go along well with a book. If it is time sensitive and has a date I put that in my calendar and will row the book the week of the event. If it is a place we can go to anytime like a museum I will write a note to myself so I will remember when I am planning out that particular book. All the rest of the books, I just do in order the way they are found in the manual.
Here is a look at my FIAR yearly schedule showing which date we will begin each book:
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You will notice review weeks on the schedule. We do school year round and have a 6 weeks on / 1 week off routine. You can read more about why we do review weeks here. We have not included FIAR in a review week as of yet. We will see how that goes this year. I think that we will have fun games like racing to find where the country was on the map , and have a tea party with the books we rowed and re-read them and discuss what is our favorite book so far. We can even go back to our lapbooks and read them and play the games included in them.
Now I add them to my planner. **Here is a little tip that will save you some frustration along the way: Write your books down on post-it notes that way if you have to shift or move your weeks around due to life’s interruptions you can move them and your planner doesn’t look all marked up and crossed out. I have one post-it with the list of books for that month on the monthly spread. And I have one with the title on the beginning day in my weekly section. Field trips are written on little post its too and placed on the specific day. I found all these adorable little post-its for next to nothing at Wal-mart and Micheals. I love that I can move them around if I need to and it makes my planner look cute as well. 😉
So now that I have my schedule in place it is time to start gathering the books and supplies I already have so I DON’T FORGET when I start planning out the rows. I have crates with a folder for each book. I will store the go along books behind each title. In the folders will be my printed weekly schedule and any printables that I have made. I am going to try to do a lapbook for each book. These will be printed, cut and ready to go to make it easier through out the year. I also have a plastic dresser type bin with a drawer filled with goodies that I have collected as I see them . I have things like a coal kit that I ordered for The Rag Coat, fun weather cards for a storm in the night, etc.
I have been collecting the books for years and I have all but 18 of them for every manual (Before FIAR – Beyond). You can get them from your local Library. We didn’t have a huge selection and I really just prefer to have my copies on the shelf.
Next in the FIAR Planning series will be Weekly Planning and I will have a free weekly planner to download!
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