Before I begin with this review, let me begin by sharing with you how my adoration for Memoria Press. I absolutely love their products! Everything I have read about or bought from them is absolutely wonderful! Memoria Press hasn’t released a resource yet that I haven’t enjoyed. It’s not too often I find a company that has excellent products every time they push out a new product. Well, this is one of those companies! This is a family owned and operated company whose focus is on classical education. Founded in 1994 by Cheryl Lowe, Memoria Press continues to withstand the test of time.
Let’s talk about the Fourth Grade Literature Guide Set.
I was sent the entire set of Teachers Guides and Student Study Guides to review. The company makes ordering easy. I could order specific books or I can order the books that go with this set as an all-in-one package HERE. However, I already have the novels, so the Literature Guide Set was perfect for us! Prior to this review, I was contemplating purchasing the Literature Guide Set because I knew it would be perfect for my kiddos.
From their website:
“Children who are asked to read slightly above their comfort level will develop into superior readers. Our reading program for grades 2-7 continues the development of reading skills through the selections listed above. Reading is not a passive activity for pleasure. Reading requires an active, discriminating mind that is challenged to think, compare, and contrast. Students who have been challenged by good literature will never be satisfied with the poor-quality books that are so readily available today.
Literature study guides train students to become active readers. Our guides focus on vocabulary, spelling, comprehension, and composition skills. Each lesson includes a word study to help students build vocabulary. The comprehension questions challenge students to consider what they have read, identify the important content of each story, and compose clear, concise answers (a difficult skill at any age). Writing is thinking, and good questioning stimulates the child to think and write.”
For this review, I received Teacher Guides and Student Study Guides for the following books:
- Cricket in Times Square
- Homer Price
- The Blue Fairy Book
- Dangerous Journey
Every one of these books is excellent! Unfortunately, I had to choose only one for the focus of this review. Talk about tough decisions! I’m sure by now that you all know how much I love books and encourage reading with my boys. When I couldn’t pick one, I closed my eyes and pointed. Seems fair, right?
The book I chose was “The Blue Fairy Book.” I’ve owned this book for quite some time but haven’t read it with the kids. Well, no better time like the present. Before starting, I sat down with the Teacher’s Guide and familiarized myself with it. I wanted to get a feel for what was expected throughout the study. One thing I noticed is that sections are divided into three parts.
- Pre-Reading. Terms that may be new or unfamiliar are covered before reading the story. I LOVED this. How often do kids read a story and find words they don’t know so they may read the word but not grasp the meaning? This was perfect!
- After Reading. This part is completed after the daily reading. The student will complete vocabulary and comprehension questions that go along with the day’s reading.
- Enrichment Section. This section takes what you have learned to the next level. Copywork, matching characters, sequencing, passage illustrations, etc, are included here.
How did I use it?
I focused mainly on my middle son. He loves to read and is an excellent speller! I knew it would be a hit.
A little bit about “The Blue Fairy Book”….
This book is definitely a classic. Written by Andrew Lang in 1889, this is the first in a series. The fact that these books have stood the test of time is for sure a testimony to their quality. Those of us who love Charlotte Mason and Classical Methods, you will love these as well. I personally think the stories contained in “The Blue Fairy Book” are ones that every child should read and know. This book us unabridged.
We added this study into our regular lessons. My middle son LOVED the classic stories and so did I. I am so thankful for a company like Memoria Press to keep our children reading and studying classic works. If you want to check out a sample of “The Blue Fairy Book” click HERE. Now I can’t wait to get started on our next book, Dangerous Journey! I have been wanting to read this one for a while now, so I am SO thrilled to have this entire literature guide set to use along with our studies!
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