Study Great Literature With Progeny Press #Review
The absolute favorite way to study language arts in this house is with real books, and one of the easiest ways to do that is to use literature study guides from Progeny Press. Chris and Cheyenne have had the pleasure of using two titles recently: Little House in the Big Woods and The Giver. In the interest of transparency, we’ve used Progeny Press guides before, so we knew going into this review that we were probably going to like them.
There are three formats available for guides: a physical book, a CD with a PDF ebook, or a downloadable PDF file. Each includes the same content, and copies are allowed for one teacher or parent to use in their own classroom or home. There is one special feature to the E-Guides; upper elementary, middle and high school are “interactive”, meaning that students can do their work either on printed pages, or type their answers directly into a copy of the PDF file.
Each guide provides lessons for approximately 8-12 weeks, so if using Progeny Press exclusively, students would complete 3-4 per year. (The guides in the early elementary level may take a little less time, due to the book they’re based on being shorter.) Students would need to complete approximately one page per day to work at this pace. It’s not necessary to read the text yourself to correct your student’s work; answer keys are in the back of every physical book, or as provided as a companion PDF file for ebooks, whether text or download.
Cheyenne and Little House in the Big Woods
Cheyenne tends to prefer to write things out by hand rather than type, so it was no surprise that she immediately asked me to print her guide. Little House in the Big Woods was easy to find in the library – is she the only 6th grader that hasn’t yet read this series? She was extremely pleased that she was expected to read through the entire book the first week; as avid readers, all my kids get annoyed when they are *supposed* to wait and read along with the text. (Needless to say, they read ahead anyway, in those circumstances.
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In the first book of the Little House series, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s shares her story of growing up in the 1860s in the “Big Woods” of Wisconsin. With no neighbors for miles around, life on the frontier isn’t easy, but hard work is interspersed with play for Ingalls family. From fiddle-playing to food preparation, the family works and plays together, and the reader has a front row seat to the way life was “back then”.[/learn_more]
Chris and The Giver
Chris, on the other hand, was perfectly happy to use the e-guide on the computer. My only concern with this is that he tends to run to wordiness, and when you’re typing in a fillable PDF file, there doesn’t seem to be any way to extend the boxes when it’s printed. That can be a little bit of a hassle with a student that really, really, REALLY likes to thoroughly explain things!
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Jonas lives in a utopia, a perfect society, where there are no problems, and everyone is provided for, so pain and hunger do not exist. Rules control everything, from standards of behavior to the age a child gets a bicycle. In the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas is chosen to be the next “Receiver of Memory”, the only community member who knows what life was like before the utopia. What choices will Jonas make once he learns what his community has sacrificed for “perfection”?[/learn_more]
What do I, Mom, think about Progeny Press?
Love it! Low level of time commitment from me, easy to correct their answers, and I really appreciate the e-guide, because I can use it for multiple students. The kids are happy because they’re working with real books that they enjoy reading, instead of contrived-seeming activities.
I’m seriously considering going with just the literature guides from Progeny Press next year, combining them with writing study and some grammar and vocab. (And of course, Chey’s ever-present determination to practice spelling.) I find myself wondering, why haven’t I already done this?
Probably because it’s too easy to forget that I already own several of the titles, because they’re stored as ebooks instead of printed out. That, now that I think about it, is the only hazard of ebooks – it’s entirely too easy to forget what materials you already have. But in the case of homeschool materials, the ability to print and reprint definitely outweighs that worry! The black-and-white pages are make printing on demand economical, which I totally appreciate.
We will definitely be using Progeny Press Literature Guides in the future!
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