I would assume just about everyone knows the story of Charlotte’s Web, but maybe you want your child to study it as a part of their schooling. Progeny Press has a way for your child to enjoy the book AND use it as a way to learn some new things too. When you use the Charlotte’s Web E-Guide while reading the book, your child will gain a deeper understanding of the book, as well as gaining additional skills, like reading comprehension, vocabulary, and literary analysis.
Charlotte’s Web E-Guide
The Charlotte’s Web E-Guide is an interactive study guide to be used while reading the book. It is geared towards children in grades 4 to 6, but as with anything homeschool related, I’m sure it could be used with those that are a bit younger or a bit older.
It is a not a physical product. It is a download of an interactive study guide. What that means is that you answer the questions right on the screen. I love this because I didn’t have to print it out in order to use it. In fact, it is intended to NOT be printed out. Each time you use it, you just have to hit save so that you don’t lose the answers you’ve just worked on.
There are different types of questions in the study guide. There are multiple choice questions, fill in the blank, short answer, and matching.
If there is a multiple choice question, then the child will just click the correct answer and it will put a circle in the space. See below for an example.
The study guide helps the student dive deeper into the book. WHY was it such a big deal to keep a “runty piglet”??
It also brings the student to the Bible to think about how the things going on in the story relate back to real life. For example, one of the question in the chapters 11 through 14 section says, “The words we say to other or about others really do have the power to affect them either positively or negatively. Read Ephesians 4:29. What is commanded in this verse?”
The study guide is separated by chapters. Actually, each section is a set of chapters. So, your first set of questions is for Chapters 1 to 3.
The book also gives you a few ideas for books to read or things to do before you read the book. We chose not to do those extras, but it was neat to see the ideas.
Overall, I think the layout of the study guide is great. I like that there is a variety of different types of questions. I think that keeps the student from getting bored, as well as helps them think in different ways.
How We Used It
My 4th grader is the student in our house who used this study guide. We read Charlotte’s Web as a read aloud. Then, I would read the questions in the study guide to her and type out her answers. That is how we chose to do it, however, if you have a strong reader or an older child, you could have them do it all independently.
I was actually pleasantly surprised by how well my daughter did on the vocabulary questions. Some of the words the study guide was asking about I thought were too hard for her, but she got the answer right! She may not have known what the word meant, but in the context of the sentence, she was able to figure it out. I was happy to be wrong!
She also did quite well on the short answer questions as well. I’m glad we did this as an activity together. It was fun to get to talk to her about it and hear how her mind works.
I definitely recommend getting the Charlotte’s Web E-Guide to help you and your child dig deeper into your understanding of the book.