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Learning Together ~ Part 2: More Organizing {FI♥AR}

. . . or how I do what I do.

In Part 1, Learning Together With Five in a Row, I shared how I was organizing our Five in a Row lessons:
Rowing has been relatively easy to implement ~ since I did all the printing, laminating, etc. up front. 

When I pull out a file, I read the book and manual, brainstorm, do an internet search for go-along activities/crafts, start a blog post and add ideas, notes, recipes and any links I find helpful (which helps when it comes time to publish my post). I usually print my notes (blog post) and stick them in the file. Then I make a shopping list and gather any additional supplies/ingredients. {Adding a book themed Sensory Tub has made things a little more interesting}. 

Since I am getting ready to have a baby {in 8 weeks or so} I have been doing this for the rest of the books we will row with B4. 

I've been been putting materials/supplies, etc. in a basket that sits on my craft/sewing table. Usually, I just use a smaller tub per book and plan one at a time. . . but, {did I mention I was having a baby soon?}.

Here I have supplies for Corduroy and Katy-No-Pocket gathered, and am working on We're Going on a Bear Hunt, The ABC Bunny and The Snowy Day:

I try to include the kids in planning as much as possible and this builds their excitement. . .

Which means, there is no way I am getting out of rowing the next book with them! Honestly, this is what keeps me going ~ I love the joy it gives them!

I guess that is more of "why I do what I do" ~ back to "how:"

Somedays, I honestly have no clue ~ I don't know how I will get anything done. But, I begin each day with prayer and ask Father to order my day and this looks different each day.

Somehow, {by the grace of Yah} I get things done ~ and His grace is sufficient for me.

Sometimes, things fall together beautifully and other times I wonder if we will ever get anything done ~ and then it just happens.

How long do we take to row a book?

This depends. I like to row a book in 4-5 days, but those days sometimes happen over 2 weeks (2 days one week and 2 or 3 the next) and sometimes there is overlap. If planning and set up is a part of the row (such as the dog house and pet store in Angus Lost), then we will take a few extra days ~ but the actual row is still 4-5 days.  I will try to add a day-by-day in future posts for a better idea.

How much does this cost and where can you get it?

I purchased my manual and books from Rainbow Resource. The manual is $35. You can get a literature package for $97.50 ~ this includes the books used in the manual that are in print. But most of the books, even the out of print ones, you can find at your local library or through Inter-Library Loan (ILL) ~ for free or a small fee.

A note about the manual: the manual is a source of inspiration for me. It is designed to be used alone as an accompaniment to the books you read with your child. The manual gives me a starting point that in itself would be enough. The extra things I do are just that ~ extra. They fulfill my desire to be creative.

If you are resourceful, you can limit the money you spend on crafts and activities by planning ahead. I plan a special treat every Sabbath and, if possible, I tie it in with what we are rowing ~ this limits the sweets we eat and the money I spend. For example, the Dig-In-The-Dirt Milkshakes for Angus Lost, was our Sabbath treat.  By planning ahead, I bought the Breyers all-natural ice-cream on sale {and hid it in the deep freezer}. :D I also shop once a month from Azure Standard and get fun {edible} things through this co-op ~ like the Organic Vegan Gummy Bears we will use when we row Corduroy.  It is when I don't plan ahead that I spend more than I want.

This has been a "behind the scenes" post to answer a couple of your questions. Thanks for asking! It helped me to put things into perspective and remind myself of why I do what I do and remember from Whom my strength comes when I am not sure I can do anything.