Our Learning Baskets

Each week, Little T and I read a book five days in a row. We are inspired by Before Five in a Row (BFIAR) and usually add learning ideas of our own. You'll find below the list of books we have already "rowed" (studied, explored) and made Learning Baskets with. Sometimes, though, our Learning Basket is based on places we're going to or have been to, events, occasions, and books not found in the BFIAR book list.

Click on a link to see the fun things we have done and learned, and maybe, hopefully, you can pick up some ideas that you can do with your child, whether you're homeschooling or not. Happy reading!

Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear: Exploring Our Surroundings
We're Going on a Bear Hunt: What an Adventure!
The Runaway Bunny: Of Acrobats and Artists
Corduroy: Buttons, Money, Jobs
Caps for Sale: Monkeys, Peddlers, and Caps
Prayer for a Child: Appreciating Poetry in Prayer
The Carrot Seed: Patience and Positive Thinking
The ABC Bunny: There's More Than Just One Alphabet Song
The Big Green Pocketbook: Ladies' Day Out
Ask Mr. Bear: Building Drama Skills At Home
Yellow Ball: An Exercise in Perspective
A Snowy Day in the Sweltering Summer Heat
Angus Lost: Night Time Play Time
I Am An Artist: Finding Art in Nature
Kerplink! Kerplank! Onomatopoeia for Preschoolers
Kittens for Keeps: Beaches, Kittens, and Making Choices


The Story About Ping



The Glorious Flight

The Rag Coat

A Pair of Red Clogs

Down, Down The Mountain

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

When I Was Young in the Mountains



Ang Pambihirang Sombrero: Neighborhood, Hats, and Art
The Chair King and Bandila: Philippine Independence Day for Preschoolers
Isang Mayang Uhaw: Experiencing Birds

Plum Tree Cottage: Life Lessons from Dolls
Pete's A Pizza: Little Hands at Work
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
The Little Engine That Could
The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Following a Child's Lead
Doctor De Soto; Going to the Dentist



Maya said...


I'm interested to use BFIAR for my little one. Would you know where to get the books here in PH? Thanks!

thelearningbasket said...

Hi Maya! The BFIAR and FIAR manuals are only (officially) available at http://www.rainbowresource.com/. I asked the publishers once if I could distribute it here, given the inquiries I receive about BFIAR. They said that they are only distributing through Rainbow Resource, a highly reliable company and are not entertaining country distributorship. I ordered my BFIAR and Volumes 1 to 3 of FIAR online and had them delivered to relatives in the US. You can also use services like www.my-shoppingbox.com or Johnny Air. I'll be happy to answer more of your questions, or feel free to browse around. Thanks for dropping by :)

GeriLen ELinessete said...

i have passion for books and i wanna share this love with my baby!

are these available on ebook too?


Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...

Hi! I don't think these are available as ebooks, but most can be easily found at the local bookstores:)

Reich Santos said...

hello! you have a nice site. i haven't finished reading. there are lots of interesting books here that I wish I read to my kids when they were younger.

I'll include you in my blogroll. i run a site for parents of special children. they may be interested in the books you have here.


Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...

Hi Reich! Thank you! I hope your readers will also find my site interesting and helpful. Do visit my Facebook page since we have most of the books featured here on sale there. Thanks again! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Mariel. Would you recommend we buy the before five in a row set of books? tks!

Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...

Hi! If you have the budget, go for it! :) The books are really wonderful and your children will enjoy them for several years. Also get the manual since it's a treasure on its own :)

Anonymous said...

Hi po. What's the difference between the BFIAR and BFIAR lit. package po? Is it advisable to buy both po? Thank you.

Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...

Hi! BFIAR is only the manual and the BFIAR literature kit is the manual with all the picture books :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much po.