Monday, March 19, 2012

Review: Progeny Press Study Guides for Literature

If there's one thing that we love in our house, it's good literature.  We read a lot of it for just about every subject.  When we saw an opportunity to review something that had has reading literature, we were in.  Especially after we saw the wonderful book choices.

About Progeny Press Guides

Progeny Press has over 100 study guides for literature, covering kindergarten through high school. Progeny Press study guides concentrate on critical thinking, comprehension, literary analysis, and Christian application. Our goal is to teach our children to think clearly, to understand literature, and to rely on scripture for truth and valuesand enjoy themselves while they do it!

Progeny Press study guides are designed to help students better understand and enjoy literature by getting them to notice and understand how authors craft their stories and to show them how to think through the themes and ideas introduced in the stories. To properly work through a Progeny Press study guide, students should have easy access to a good dictionary, a thesaurus, a Bible (we use the NIV translation, but that is up to your preference; just be aware of some differences in language), and sometimes a topical Bible or concordance. Supervised access to the Internet can also be helpful at times, as can a good set of encyclopedias.

Each guide contains:

-A synopsis of the book
-Information about the author
-Background on the setting of the book
-Pre-reading activities
-Essay and project suggestions
-Answer key
-And more!

Our Experience

Progeny Press offered a lot of choices to us for review.  After much consideration, I went with the guide for The Cay by Theodore Taylor.  It is listed as a middle school option but I read it as a fourth grader and I knew that Mackenzie would love the book.

We were given the interactive PDF version of the guide.  What that means is that Mackenzie could type her answers directly onto the PDF instead of having to hand write it.  That was HUGE for us.  She hates to write by hand and this meant I didn't have to listen to her gripe about doing it.

This has been one of the easiest reviews ever.  The guides are so user-friendly that we could just open the file and go.  And the guide wasn't filled with the "busy work" that you often find in such products.

It was filled with questions that caused her to think and reflect on what she had been reading. She's learning literary terms, critical thinking, vocabulary, comprehension and analysis, all while reading a great book.  And best of all, they have a focus on how what you're reading applies to your Christian life.  That's definitely the most important feature for our family.  The guide gets your student digging into their Bible.  What a win!!!

We are just loving this product and it's filled with a lot of the books that we use for our normal schooling so I plan on using more of them in the future.  It was such a fun and easy way to get Mackenzie to think more deeply about literature.


Ages: K-12
Cost: $16.99 for email PDF/cd PDF and $18.99 for print version.  You can also get deals on bundles

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this guide for review purposes.  All opinions are my own.

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