Back in November, we decided to scale way back on Five in a Row. I scheduled one FIAR book every five weeks, so that in the intervening periods we could devote more time to lab science and history. We’ve done a few good rows since then. But yesterday we picked up the FIAR book I scheduled for this week and realized… we were done.
It’s funny how a curriculum can go from right to not-right. In the past, I’ve seen people complain that the FIAR concept felt weird and disjointed to them. Their children didn’t understand why they were having a lesson on some random detail of a story; they liked the books themselves, but not using the books as a springboard for a unit study. I always thought those people didn’t get it, or they weren’t doing it right. Until Alex turned into one of those kids.
We gave it a night’s rest before making any final decisions. Then today I asked Michael and Alex, separately, what they thought. They agreed that we were done. Alex asked that I still sometimes check out a stack of related library books for her, but she doesn’t want to “do” them as a formal study based on one central story.
This is a really great thing about homeschooling. When something is no longer right, we can just bring it to a close and go on with things that are working well.
So I’ve rewritten my planning calendar and packed the FIAR books away to wait for Colin’s kindergarten year. I try to look at it this way: I haven’t lost a core curriculum, I’ve gained two cubes of bookcase storage.