We have struggled this year with finding a good curriculum fit. Workbooks just weren’t enough. My 4th grader didn’t want any help. My 2nd grader wanted help with everything. School just didn’t seem to be as full as it should be. Trying to gather information, resources and create something that flowed, just didn’t turn out to be my cup of tea. 

I don’t know how it happened, but I had an “aha” moment last week-I remembered how much my kids LOVED FIAR last year. We have an amazing Homeschool book store here in Portland called Exodus Books. After checking their inventory in their online store, I headed out and purchased used copies of Beyond FIAR Vol. 1 and the 4 books that go with it: The Boxcar Children  Thomas Edison: Young Inventor , Homer Price, and Betsy Ross: Designer of Our Flag . 

Our first day was a huge success! Each day has fabulous ideas for activities, experiments and discussions that go along with your focus subjects (there are 5 separate subjects, but you don’t do all 5 in the same day.) I went ahead and purchased the Fold & Learn for The Boxcar Children so that we could have a hands on activity. My 4th grader especially loves this. The Fold & Learns are digital-purchase and download immediately (I love this!)  These really flesh out the Unity Study, spur creativity and open up a lot of discussion. All Fold & Learns are available here as well as some other digital content.

During our school break I happened to find my kids on the porch snuggled up and eating bread. For those of you not familiar with The Boxcar Children, the 4 siblings are essentially homeless and hope to sleep outside on some pillowed benches in front of a bakery where they also buy some bread. I just love seeing our lessons played out like this.

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