Progeny Press is a name that is very well known for their literature study guides that come from a Christian perspective. Even if you have never used a study guide, I'm sure you have heard their name. Recently, I was able to review Frog and Toad Together E-guide, along with my daughter, Delani.
Progeny Press offers study guides for Lower Elementary through High School. The guides give students the opportunity to work through a story by noticing and understanding how an author writes a story. It also shows them how to find the themes and ideas that are introduced in a story.
The Frog and Toad Study E-Guide is recommended for K-3rd grade. The study guides included:
- A synopsis of the story.
- About the Author
- Activities to do before you read the book.
- Questions and projects for each chapter.
- A Venn diagram to work through.
- A word search puzzle.
- Book resource suggestions
I used this with Delani, who is six and hasn't officially started school. I borrowed the book from the library (Why I don't own this book is beyond me!) and the first week we spent read through the story. The next week we started the study guide. Since this isn't a long book we read through each chapter first before answering the questions and doing the projects.
Since Delani is not reading or writing yet, I just asked the questions from the study guide and she would answer me to the best of her ability. If she didn't know how to answer I would talk her through the question to make sure she understood. We then would take a day or two and work on a project before heading into the next chapter.
Personally, I feel a study guide at this age is unnecessary. Delani really enjoyed the story and on her own was able to form her own ideas by listening and looking at the pictures. This study guide was a better fit for a 2nd-3rd grader that enjoys writing, though you could use the questions for discussion with a child who struggles with writing. I feel the value of the Progeny Press Study Guides is better applied toward an older student to help them understand literature with a Christian perspective.
The Frog and Toad Study E-Guide is available for download through Progeny Press for $11.99 a paper edition is also available for $11.99.
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