Beyond Five in A Row- Goodnight Moon

We completed our first week of homeschool this week!

A little behind the curve I know 😉

I have chosen to use the curriculum from Before Five In A Row. It is meant to still allow a child to play and explore while learning through creativity and literature. It is based on children’s books which you “row.” This means you read them five times in a row- once a day- or more, and then the lessons are based off the book. It has worked perfectly for us because M keeps asking to do “schoolwork” but it is so play oriented that it is not super structured and stressful for anyone. Plus, MK can join in and she loves it!

In addition to this, we are learning our alphabet. I am using printables I bought off Confessions of A Homemaker.

Each day we listened to the song for our letter from Songs for Saplings. They put a bible verse to music and my girls LOVED it. It’s joyful to watch and hear them learn the Bible at such a young age. This week was “Keep me as the apple of your eye. Psalm 17:8”

I decided to start with the book Goodnight Moon because it has been one of M’s favorites since she was a baby. It was a sick week for us, so we did not do as much as I would have liked, but the girls still had a blast, and I am looking forward to diving into a new book this week.

Here is a glimpse into what we did:

During MK’s nap time, M explored the sensory bin I made for Goodnight Moon. It had a comb, a brush, some stars, three little bears, and pom poms for the red balloons. These are all “characters” in the book.

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Next, we did some activities with our “Do a Dot” paint, filling in the letter “A” and making an apple.

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On Wednesday, I poured salt into a bin and they used a comb and a brush to explore. They enjoyed this activity until M threw it and it got into MK’s eyes. Real life here!

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We sang more songs, practiced fine motor skills with tongs and our “balloons”, and drew A using our dry erase marker to practice writing.

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For the rest of the week, we played with different forms of mush imitating the bowl full of mush in Goodnight Moon, used clothespins to hang up socks and mittens, and painted with apples.

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Our first week was wonderful and I believe the girls enjoyed learning. I am excited to dive into “Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?” and the letter B this week!

Have you ever rowed a book?


One thought on “Beyond Five in A Row- Goodnight Moon

  1. I love this post! It’s fun to see what you’re doing with your girls–lots of things I used to do with A. It looks like you’re doing a great job and having fun!

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