Monday, September 11, 2017

Progeny Press Charlotte’s Web E-Guide Review

My family had the privilege of trying the Charlotte’s Web E-Guide from Progeny Press for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool curriculum. This is a Homeschool 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 Charlotte's Web E-Guide is a great study guide for using in conjunction with the book by E.B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams. Like the book, it is geared towards grades four to six. 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 51 pages total when printed.

Here is Charlotte's Web Study Guide Layout:

  • Note to Instructor (How to use the study guide)
  • Book Synopsis (What book is about)
  • About the Author
  • About the Illustrator
  • Ideas for Pre-reading Activities (Things to do or study before reading the book)
  • Chapters (1-3) (4-6) (7-10) (11-14) (15-18) (19-22):
    • Vocabulary (Definition and write the word in a sentence)
    • Characters (Matching) 
    • Fact & Opinion
    • Questions (Short Answer)
    • Mood (Short Answer)
    • Thinking About the Story (Comprehension Questions)
    • Descriptive Writing (Fill in the Blank) 
    • Dig Deeper (Questions with Bible Verses to look up and Biblical perspective to go with the book)
    • Writing Assignment/Activity
    • Summary Questions/Overview
    • Story Structure
    • Character Study
    • Theme
    • Cycles of Life
  • Ideas for Post-reading Activities
  • Additional Resources (Other books by the author)
  • Answer Key (located in a separate PDF)

Teela reading Charlotte’s Web.

How We Used This and Our Thoughts:
My daughter, Teela, who is 9 years old is an advanced reader. She loves reading and devours books. Her favorites are chapter books that have some substance to them. I love classics that I remember reading when I was younger. I told her about Charlotte's Web 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 3 we had her do the first three chapters in the study guide since they were grouped together like this. Then she read the next three chapters and did the worksheets online to work on her computer and typing skills as well.

Sample pages from the Progeny Press Charlotte’s Web E-Guide.

This was the second 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 is in 4th grade this year, I had her type 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 are easy to download and simple to print from PDF and easy to do online. The Charlotte's Web 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 Charlotte’s Web E-Guide in e-guide format for $17.99 from Progeny Press and also download a sample of the guide to see what it looks like.

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