Thursday, March 31, 2016

TOS Review~ Fifth Grade Literature Set from Memoria Press

Studying great literature is an important part of any Classical homeschooling education. We have been enjoying the Fifth Grade Literature Guide Set from Memoria Press. With the Fifth Grade Literature Guide Set,we have been able to explore great books like Lassie Come-Home, Heidi, and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Memoria Press offers a wonderful literature based curriculum.

Memoria Press Literature Guides Review
The Literature Guides from Memoria Press are a wonderful way to encourage students to read great classics. Reading great classics are important to families following a classical education approach.The literature guides help the students to focus on what they are reading and become an active reader. The guides focus on vocabulary, spelling, reading comprehension, and composition skills. Each lesson in the study guides will help students build a strong vocabulary base. Students will learn proper spelling while learning new challenging words. They may even be exposed to words that they might now here in every day life today. The reading comprehension questions will challenge the student to dig deeper into what they are reading. They will be asked to identify and understand important concepts and events that take place in the story. The questions provided in the study guide will encourage students to think and write.  The questions will help students learn to read with a purpose. They will help students learn how to see what the author was trying to get across to the reader. The study guide questions will help students learn how to write concise to the point answers. This will help them to answer questions with a main point and not ramble on and on. The questions will lead the students to focus on the main concepts presented in the book by the author.  Great literature provides students with a fantastic base for writing.  Great literature is important for strong writing skills and thinking skills. A well read student will accomplish so much. 
Memoria Press' study guides help students learn how to focus on their thinking and writing skills. It's an important task that isn't always easy to accomplish.  What parent doesn't want a strong reader who loves to read and write!

Memoria Press Literature Guides Review

For this review, we received the Fifth Grade Literature Guide Set. 
The set included....
Lassie Come Home Teacher Guide
Lassie Come Home Student Study Guide
Heidi Teacher Guide
Heidi Student Study Guide
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe Teacher Guide
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe Student Study Guide
We had all the books on our shelves at home, so we didn't need to purchase any of them. I have tried to build our bookshelves around great books. Michael read Huck Finn for the first time at 6! If you don't have the books, I'm sure most libraries would have them. It is recommended to use the Puffin Classics Edition of Heidi or an edition translated by Eileen Hall.

homeschool curriculum

Over the past few weeks, the kids and I have been reading Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight. We have been reading the book together as a read aloud. Since the literature guide we received was geared for 5th grade, I've had Therese working through the guide. Each week, we have been reading through a chapter. Lassie Come Home has 22 chapters. After reading the chapter, we discuss the chapter together. I focus more on Therese since she's in fifth grade.
Therese has been working through the different sections of the study guide.

Each study guide is broken up into section.
Reading Notes
Comprehension Questions
Discussion Questions

 I did have both kids create a vocabulary notebook for Lassie Come Home. They would add the new words from the reading notes and vocabulary section of the guide to their notebook each week. I added the words to their spelling lists. In their notebook, Therese and Michael would copy the word and the definition. I then encouraged them to write a sentence using the new words.

literature curriculum

I loved how the Lassie Come Home guide has gotten Therese to write complete sentences for her answers. I have enjoy how the study guide questions have gotten the kids involved in the story and has gotten their brains thinking. I see the gears turning and twisting while they try to a figure out the answer. The guides also have fun enrichment activities that we can do bake bread, map skills, ideas on how to study history and events from that time period. 

We haven't been able to get to Heidi or The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe yet, but we are looking forward to study them too. These study guides seem just as thorough as Lassie Come Home. The Heidi study guide brings in the study of poetry. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe brings in drawing and Greek myths. 
All the study guides have quizzes and tests in them. They even have a final test for when you are done with the book.
All the study guides seem to work together to present a solid curriculum for the student. I love how the study guides present writing topics like setting and plot, allegories, perception, history, etc. By using the entire set throughout the year, students will receive a wonderful balanced approach to history. 

What did we think?

I liked the Fifth Grade Literature Study Guide Set from Memoria Press. At first I would say Therese disliked all the writing (which really isn't that much). As we progressed through the guide and we got into a routine, it became easier and not as tedious for her. 
She is looking forward to reading Heidi next!
I love how the study guides added extras like poetry, copywork, map work, drawing, and fun activities like baking to bring the books to life.
I will be looking into more literature guides for us to do together next year. My plan is to pick at least 2 books (maybe 3) to read and work through. I may even allow the kids to pick their own book! Michael and Therese can each pick one, while I pick the 3rd option. That way everyone will be happy.

Be sure to stop by and see what other grade level literature sets the Review Crew members reviewed. Memoria Press has so many wonderful boos to chose from. I know you're kids will definitely find a favorite.They may even beg you to do school!

Memoria Press Literature Guides Review

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1 comment:

  1. I like your idea to use the guides with a book you are reading aloud. I could do this with my younger 2. We used the 7th grade set and loved it.


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