My family had the privilege of trying the Indian in the Cupboard Study Guide for Middle School (gr. 5-7) from Progeny Press for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool curriculum. This is a Schoolhouse Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.
Progeny Press is a Christian based company that produces products that help with comprehension, critical analysis, and vocabulary study in literature and reading. They have a number of very nice literature based study guides and interactive e-guides that go with a number of classical, historical, and award winning books. They are always adding new titles to their list. All of their guides - whether book-bound, on CD, or downloaded - have exactly the same content.
The Indian in the Cupboard Study Guide is a great study guide for using in conjunction with the book by Lynne Reid Banks. Like the book, it is geared towards grades five to seven. The one we received is the interactive e-guide which means that it is able to have the answers entered and typed directly into the PDF and saved. You can additionally print the pages and have your student work on them off of the computer. The e-guides save you money because you do not have to pay shipping and handling. You can also grade the student's work directly on the PDF and make comments in the same file. All the guides, once purchased, can be reproduced for the teacher's/homeschooling parent's use in their own classroom or home. Once downloaded to your computer they are permanently available on your computer, and are yours and yours only. This guide is 52 pages total when printed.
Here is The Indian in the Cupboard Study Guide Layout:
How We Used This and Our Thoughts:
My daughter, Teela, who is 8 years old is an advanced reader. She loves reading and devours books. Her favorites are chapter books that have some substance to them. Most of these that she picks out are from a series. I told her about The Indian in the Cupboard and she was excited to start reading. We had the book already at home, so this was perfect for her book study in our homeschool. She loved this book and read it chapter by chapter working through the study guide.
She got to use the guide as she read the book and since the review period for this was slightly longer than most (roughly 7 weeks) we got through a good portion of the study. After chapter 2 we had her do the first two chapters in the study guide since they were grouped together like this. Then she read the next three chapters and did the worksheets I had printed out. She is not a strong typist or I would have let her do this online the interactive way.
This was the first time we had experienced Progeny Press and their literature study guides. The e-guide we received was jam packed full of reading comprehension and information to study. I love that it is also faith-based and has biblical applications that relate to the book fairly well. Since Teela was a bit younger than the age group that this was for, I had her write her answers as best she could and I believe she did great for her age. These guides are very well thought out and put together and I feel that my daughter learned and comprehended a great deal more because of it.
I highly recommend the Progeny Press e-guides. They were easy to download and simple to print from PDF. The Indian in the Cupboard one got my daughter thinking a lot more about the story and characters than she would have just reading the book on its own. Progeny Press has a great selection of other guides that go with some other great books as well. Check them out below.
You can get The Indian in the Cupboard Study Guide in e-guide format for $18.99 from Progeny Press and also download a sample of the guide to see what it looks like.
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