Thursday, March 31, 2016

Memoria Press Review

Memoria Press Literature Guides Review
Vendor: Memoria Press
Product: Third Grade Literature Guide
Price: $95.00
Age: Third Grade

Memoria Press Literature Guides Review
Memoria Press provides classical Christian education for all ages. They are a family ran business and provide families and private schools with Christian curricumum. Memoria Press was founded in 1994 by Cheryl Lowe, who also homeschooled her son's. I was blessed to get the chance to review their Third Grade Literature Guide. You can buy the guides alone, which is what I recieved for review, or you can buy the guides and the books that go with the guides as a set for a little bit more. The books that go with the guides are: Charlotte's Web, Farmer Boy, Paddington Bear, and Mr. Popper's Penguins.

The guides are ment to get your child thinking and engaged into reading. They focus on vocabulary, spelling, comprehension, and composition skills. Each book comes with a teacher guide as well as a student work book. Each book comes with the student guide as well as a teacher guide. We decided to start with Charlotte's Web since we already had the book and didn't have to track one down. The student guide is broken down by chapters, so we decided to read one chapter a day and then do the guide that went along with that chapter. We read the first chapter and then opened up our study guide. Each lesson is broken into sections:
reading notes- gives definitions of words that may not be real common.
vocabulary- this is the place that gives the vocabulary words for the chapter. It leaves space for the child to write the definitions.
comprehension questions- this is where they write the answers to questions asked about the chapter.
quotations and discussion questions- this is more of an open ended discussion. We actually did these orally vs writing all we wanted to say.
enrichment- is kind of a language lesson. Each enrichment is different but the idea is they copy a paragraph and find the key things about it and things that make it a paragraph.

Overall we loved the program. It is great to find an easily put together reading program. Sometimes I think kids just fly through books without paying attention to what they are reading. I find having guides like this keeps them in task and keeps them thinking about the points in the book. When you don't pay attention to the story you will never learn to love reading. One of Memoria Press's goals is to get kids to appreciate well written books. I really think this is a great way to get that.

Also, each book title comes with its own guide to go with it. All of the guides are set up the same way that Charlotte's Web was. Just over the new story book. I think with all the books this would be a good full year literature study but still allowing time to read other books for free reading or study reading.

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