Skip to main content

FREE Printable: “Summer” Reading List! (based on Five in a Row)

If you want to know why I put this together, read on!  If you just want to download a PDF of the reading list materials and information, feel free to skip this stuff and scroll to the very bottom.

Believe it or not, when I first thought about homeschooling, I was very, very drawn to the idea of unit studies, particularly literature-based unit studies.  I have always loved children’s literature, WAY before I had kids, and I could easily imagine myself reading a book and using it as a springboard for any number of explorations. 

I guess that’s also kind of unschooly, but I knew I wanted a modicum of structure and planning, because I know me and my kids and I know that without it, things tend to fall apart.

Anyway, I have long admired the IDEA of Five in a Row (FIAR), a popular elementary curriculum offering studies in a range fields based on well-loved children’s literature.  But I have also known for just about as long that I would probably never jump in and do it. 

As inclined as I am in a Charlotte Mason direction, I find I enjoy separating out the different subjects, so we all know what we’re doing at any given time.  And I don’t mind that the math isn’t related to the history, or whatever; not everything has to be connected for the kids because, as I read everywhere, the kids are smart enough to figure out the connections for themselves.

But one thing I really, REALLY like about FIAR is the books!  Specifically, the lists of books.  You can see all the FIAR books listed here.  First, because the books are all classics, but not tread-to-death:  in fact, most of them I haven’t read, which is also part of the attraction, because face it, parents get sick of the same-old more quickly than kids. 

 image There are a few things I don’t like about the lists.  I don’t entirely love how US-slanted they are (there’s not a single British book on the Volume 1 booklist), but I figure we’re getting the Brits in with our chapter books (we just started A Little Princess, but our last non-Little House chapter book was Roald Dahl’s Matilda, and the next may be Noel Streatfield’s Ballet Shoes).  There’s also a very Christian book, Tomie de Paola’s The Clown of God, which I have left on the list because a) I figure the kids won’t understand the references anyway, b) it looks like a beautiful book with an honest death scene, which you already know I approve of, and c) I don’t think it will hurt them to hear Christian stories any more than reading Greek mythology will turn them into pagans.

image So I created a printable book list to track our progress through our “FIAR” summer reading.  There’s a chart, in three different formats, and miniature book covers you can cut out and stick on the chart when you’re finished reading the corresponding book (there are 19 altogether).  There are also flags and extra book covers you can stick onto a world map to integrate a geography component into your reading.

imageThe chart format here has “ghosted” book covers – they are a very pale grey – and then I plan to stick on the full-colour book covers as we finish reading the books.

It doesn’t have to be just a SUMMER reading list, by the way!  I have included several cut-out titles you can use, including one for each season, so you can start whenever you want.  I’m giving myself until the end of the Jewish month of Av to finish all 19 books:  we’re at the beginning of Iyar now, so that’s almost four months.  Piece of cake, right?  We’ll see…

  • Download this and other printable PDFs from my General Studies printables page here.
  • For Limudei Kodesh (Jewish Studies) printables, including weekly parsha copywork, click here.

As always, if you use this printable, post here with a link or just leave a comment to let me know!

Popular posts from this blog

לימודי קודש/Limudei Kodesh Copywork & Activity Printables

Welcome to my Limudei Kodesh / Jewish Studies copywork and activity printables page.  As of June 2013, I am slowly but surely moving all my printables over to 4shared because Google Docs / Drive is just too flaky for me. What you’ll find here: Weekly Parsha Copywork More Parsha Activities More Chumash / Tanach Activities Yom Tov Copywork & Activities Tefillah Copywork Pirkei Avos / Pirkei Avot Jewish Preschool Resources Other printables! For General Studies printables and activities, including Hebrew-English science resources and more, click here . For Miscellaneous homeschool helps and printables, click here . If you use any of my worksheets, activities or printables, please leave a comment or email me at Jay3fer “at” gmail “dot” com, to link to your blog, to tell me what you’re doing with it, or just to say hi!  If you want to use them in a school, camp or co-op setting, please email me (remove the X’s) for rates. If you just want to say Thank You, here’s a

Ancient Auction Secret: If Chinese auctions are racist, why do Jews love them so much?

Ah, Jews, Jews, Jews, Jews.  You sure do love your Chinese auctions, don’t you? It seems that even in an era of political correctness, within certain circles, this term just will not die . And frankly, I’m mortified. I’m not Chinese, but I have family who is Chinese.  Some are Korean, as well.  I guess this makes us more ethnically diverse than many Jews, but I suspect most Jewish families are moving in this direction.  Still.  Even if we don’t know a single Chinese person, we should still stop calling it that. First of all… is it actually racist to call it a Chinese auction? I figured I’d let Chinese people decide.  But when I turned to Google to find out how Chinese people feel about Chinese auctions, what I found was mostly… nothing.  Silence.  I did find some debate (presumably among non-Chinese people) over whether it was too far in the direction of political correctness to refer to these as a “silent auction” or (as in some parts of the States) a “tricky tray.”  (Ok

Hebrew/ עברית & English General Studies Printables

For Jewish Studies, including weekly parsha resources and copywork, click here . If you use any of my worksheets, activities or printables, please leave a comment or email me at Jay3fer “at” gmail “dot” com, to link to your blog, to tell me what you’re doing with it, or just to say hi!  If you want to use them in a school, camp or co-op setting, please email me (remove the X’s) for rates. If you enjoy these resources, please consider buying my weekly parsha book, The Family Torah :  the story of the Torah, written to be read aloud – or any of my other wonderful Jewish books for kids and families . English Worksheets & Printables: (For Hebrew, click here ) Science :  Plants, Animals, Human Body Math   Ambleside :  Composers, Artists History Geography Language & Literature     Science General Poems for Elemental Science .  Original Poems written by ME, because the ones that came with Elemental Science were so awful.  Three pages are included:  one page with two po