Progeny Press has wonderful study guides for your children to use while they are reading books for school (or pleasure). Over the past few weeks, we have been able to review their Indian in the Cupboard E-Guide.
As the name suggests, this study guide is to be used in conjunction with reading The Indian in the Cupboard.
The guide has a suggested age range of middle school kids in grades 6 through 8.
To facilitate our review, we were given a digital download of the study guide, as well as a digital download of the answer key.
I saved both to my desktop on my laptop so they would be easy to find any time my son needed to work on it.
I checked out the book from the library and told my son (12 years old, going in to 7th grade this coming year) he would be reading it and doing the study guide.
He is not a huge fan of reading and sometimes I feel like it is due to a lack of understanding. I think he may just have some reading comprehension issues that need to be worked on in time.
With that in mind, I thought the study guide for his literature time would help him understand what he was reading as he read it.
The study guide can be used in two ways. You can type right into the guide and save your answers as you go. Or you can print off the pages and the child can write out the answers. For this time around, I decided to just have him type the answers in the document. In future study guides I may have him write it out just to have him work on his handwriting skills.
The guide is broken down by chapter, usually with each section being over multiple chapters. For example, the first section is over Chapters 1 and 2 and the next section is over Chapters 3, 4, and 5.
Each section has vocabulary words from the book for the child to look up in the dictionary and match with their definitions. They also put the words in the sentence that is found in the book, ask the student to define it using context clues, then look it up in the dictionary and write down the dictionary definition. This is a great way for a student to practice figuring out the definitions of words they don’t know using the context clues in the sentence it is in or the surrounding sentences.
After the vocabulary, there are fill in the blank questions regarding things happening in the book. Sometimes it is just telling what happened in the book and sometimes it is giving an opinion about why a character might have done what he did. Some questions also ask the child to look verses up in the Bible to compare things in the Bible to actions or words in the book. This is a great thing for those that want a faith-based critical analysis of the book your child is reading.
I sat down with him and we did the first few pages of the study guide together, so he could get the swing of the way things were done. He then misunderstood that he was to do the study guide while reading the book and ended up finishing the book without doing further study guide pages. Because of that, he ended up doing the study guide after reading the book. This made it so he didn’t benefit from studying the vocabulary words as much, because he still didn’t understand those words while he was reading the book. Live and learn. Next time, he will understand it is to be done while reading the book!
He didn’t necessarily love this study guide, but only because it gave him more work to do. ;)
I liked it. I think it is a great way to gain more understanding for what the child is reading! It is laid out so well and the questions they choose are wonderfully thought provoking!
Information at a glance:
For whom? Middle School ages (gr. 6-8)
How much is it? $18.99