We love Five in a Row. Have you seen all of the books we have rowed so far? I have had Beyond Five In a Row sitting on my shelf for the past year and decided we would delve into this summer. I had plans of doing all of the activities and lapbooking elements, but with the way our summer is working out, I decided to just READ the book we had chosen aloud and pull out a few good activities from the manual. That was a GOOD DECISION, especially since I was doing this with a six and nine year old.
The book we chose was Thomas Edison, Young Inventor. As we read through each chapter (usually at lunch each day) I would read a little bit from the teacher's guide as well. Some of the things we learned:
Thomas Edison was homeschooled from a young age... his mother set up a laboratory for him in their basement.
Tom's questioning was essential - my children learned that asking questions is good!
Thomas Edison published a newspaper at a young age and worked with the telegraph. He was a Morse Code expert.
Thomas Edison is so much MORE than the inventor of the light bulb!
I would highly recommend purchasing (or obtaining from the library) the FIAR manual! It has so many valuable cross curricular ideas and bits of information I had not even thought about. I cannot tell you how much I learned about Edison in this study! Homeschool Share has some wonderful lapbook pieces for this if you are going to spend a lot of time on Thomas Edison. Our goal this summer was just to expose the children to good books and lots of reading -- I tried to keep things simple so we eliminated paper and projects!
Next up for us in Beyond FIAR: Betsy Ross, Designer of our Flag!