Sunday, March 18, 2012
Review of Progeny Press Literature Guids
My daughter reads voraciously, just like I did at her age. Because of that, I have never emphasized answering questions and analyzing literature as much as I would have if she struggled with reading (which actually kind of sounds like a backward approach now that I think about it. However, now that she is in middle school, it has become important to me that she knows how to read and properly analyze literature. Making this decision is only one step of the process, though. The next step is choosing the curriculum for the purpose. While I could write the questions and/or book units myself, I would rather not expend the effort! Fortunately, I do not have to. Progeny Press has done it for me.
Progeny Press has offered amazing literature units for many years, but their new interactive pdf guides are amazing. With these guides, your student can type directly on the pdf and then print it out. Also, more than one child in your family can use the same guide without having to make additional copies. Each one just saves the guide under his own name. To see an example of how the interactive guides work, navigate here.
In exchange for my review, I received two of Progeny Press' interactive guides free. We used Pride and Prejudice in our homeschool.
I can't say enough good things about these study guides. I loved them when they were just bound editions of literature studies. My daughter did not. There was a lot of writing for her to do, and given that she is younger in years than in reading/comprehension ability, the writing really was onerous for her. The interactive pdf version of the guide changes everything. Now, instead of having to hand write everything, all she has to do is type in the fields provided. She and I are both thrilled! Of course, the thing that really sets Progeny Press apart is its Christian emphasis. Biblical references are always included, and students are asked to analyze the literature in light of Christian values. I actually think that a secular homeschooler could use these guides quite happily, just by eliminating the Christian questions. Christians, of course, will love how any literature is made relevant to their life in Christ.
Progeny Press offers over 100 literature guides, for ages ranging from 5-18 and up. The entire catalog of titles can be seen here. The guides range in price from $10.99-$27.99, with CD and print versions running a couple of dollars more expensive than pdf downloads. One thing that should be noted is that the emailed pdfs are not an automatic download. They are processed manually and emailed usually a day later. Progeny Press does charge a $3.00 processing fee for the email downloads, however, the charge is the same whether you order one guide or ten at a given time. Therefore, if you want more than one guide, make sure to order them at the same time!
My house is definitely a Progeny Press house. To see other opinions, view the Crew blog.