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.
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.
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.
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 together....like 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!
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