I was excited to read the delightful book Josefina's Story Quilt and to go through Josefina's Story Quilt e-Guide from Progeny Press. What fun!
The story is easy to read so little ones can read it aloud to Mom. At a chapter a day, that's six days. During that time, we made bread, looked up photographs online of the California Trail, and found some old quilts at a nearby museum.
We just did the questions/workbook pages as we read the book. They were easy to answer and enjoyable, too.
I was surprised at the amount of grammar covered in this little guides. Things like "Metaphor" were explained in easy-to-understand language. We found the metaphor easily, though I would have completely missed it if not for the study guide drawing attention to it.
We adapted the quilt project in the study guide. We stared by choosing our photos with clip art and made a template with the photos, putting them in squares to make a plan for the quilt. Next, we are going to get fabric paint and white muslin so we can draw the photos. Finally, we will stitch together the muslin squares to make our own story book quilt. We will probably make more squares.
The best part of the study guides is the Scripture that is tied in to the story. Looking up verses, children apply biblical principles to the novel they are studying. In The Josefina Quilt Story, the little girl prays in the story so there is Scripture about prayer and questions related to pray in the story and prayer in our own lives. I love it!
Designed to help students enjoy and understand what they read, Progeny Press e-guides, or study guides, facilitate the students' discovery of the ideas and themes woven through the story, as well as understanding how the author crafted the novel.
Students need a Bible, dictionary, thesaurus, and reference materials. Reference materials, like an encyclopedia, can be found in the library.
Progeny Press recommends that students read the book the first week while working on a pre-reading activity and then spend the rest of the 8-10 weeks doing the activities in the study guide.
There are several study guides available for young readers including A New Coat for Anna Study Guide, The Bears on Hemlock Mountain Study Guide, The Drinking Gourd Study Guide, and Frog and Toad Together Study Guide. These books are all favorites in our house.
For older elementary children, I discovered Farmer Boy Study Guide, The Door in the Wall Study Guide, The Cricket in Times Square Study Guide, Charlotte's Web Study Guide, and many more. Again, all family favorites. How does Progeny Press know what we love at our house?
Middle School students can use Across Five April Study Guide, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Study Guide, Amos Fortune Free Man Study Guide, Anne of Green Gables, and more. Middle and high school were both another set of family favorites. I wouldn't have to buy any books to use these study guides because I have them all. High school students can use Beowulf Study Guide, Call of the Wild Study Guide, A Christmas Carol Study Guide, Great Expectations Study Guide, and more.
Wow! I have to admit it: I am really impressed. I have heard of Progeny Press but never used them so I was only familiar with the fact that they are very popular with homeschooling families. Now, they are popular with me, too. These handy e-Guides are a great way for students to grow in reading comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar. Plus, they can have fun while they learn!
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Until next time, Happy Homeschooling!