Learn to Read with Reading Kingdom – A Homeschool Crew Review

Reading is one of those topics that scare me. I always worry about how I am doing, or not doing. When Little Miss was getting ready to read, I noticed a few issues. However, with Reading Kingdom, the worries I once had, have disappeared!

Reading Kingdom is an online program that works on teaching your child how to read. This program is geared towards ages 3-10 and will help your child work on reading and writing up to a third-grade level (Lexile 750).

Reading requires six different areas, sequencing, writing, sounds, meaning, grammar, and comprehension. Most other programs only focus on sounds, but Reading Kingdom focuses on all six of these areas.

While it is an online program, it is easy for kids to navigate. I don’t have to do anything other than log into our account, and Little Miss takes over from there. She is taken to where she left off and is able to continue on with the click of a button.

It is recommended that your child logs in and uses this program 4 days each week. When you log in, you can see how many days your child has been using the program on average. You are also able to see your child’s current level, their percentage that they have completed and their performance level.

This was the week after great grandpa passed away, so we had missed a few days.

If you want, you can even sign up to get a weekly email of your child’s activity each week.

Once your child logs in, they are taken to where they left off last. The lessons take about 20-30 minutes depending on how fast the child works. They will have about 10-30 activities to complete to finish the lesson for the day.

30 may seem like a lot of activities, but most of these are listen to the computer say the focus word of the lesson and type it. This is simple, and your child will progress through the lesson rather quickly.

After learning what the word looks like and how to write it, your child will be able to start using the word in sentences. The computer will tell them exactly what to do each step of the way. They are not supposed to have help from mom or dad, and every time I stepped in to watch Little Miss, I would hear, “Mommy, you can’t help me. Go away.”

I had initially planned on having both Little Miss and Ray Ray use this program, but Ray Ray can already read at a 6th-grade level. After trying this for a few days, we opted to let him step down from using this as it was too easy.

Little Miss, however, loved using this program. She would beg me to use this first this upon waking up. She would work through the day’s lesson and have so much fun spelling the words she learned each day. We had no issues with her logging in and getting through the lessons. Our other favorite part, if she had to stop the lesson halfway through for some reason, she would not have to start over. When she logged back in later in the day, it would take her right to where she left off!

As Little Miss continued through the activities on Reading Kingdom, I noticed her spelling more words throughout the day, not just when she was on the computer. She would be able to draw a picture and actually write the word of what she drew! This is huge for me because I was very worried about her not spelling or sounding things out just a few short months ago!

In just 15-20 minutes a day, I have seen Little Miss learn to read with Reading Kingdom!

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Illuminating Literature: Characters in Crisis – A Homeschool Crew Review

I have always enjoyed a good book. One that pulls me in and gets me interested. Little did I know, that teaching a teenage boy about the other side of a story, the terms and devices of literature, could be so hard. We struggled with learning all the good parts of the novels and stories I wanted to him to learn from, until we found Illuminating Literature: Characters in Crisis from Writing with Sharon Watson.

We have had to chance to try many of Sharon’s other curriculum, including her Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide, so I was excited to use this with Moe Man!

What It Is

Illuminating Literature: Characters in Crisis is a Christian High School Literature curriculum. It is a full year’s worth of lesson and will earn your child a full credit. For this review, we used the student textbook, the teacher’s guide, quiz and answer manual and the novel notebook (which is free).

During this curriculum, your child will read a variety of works, from short works to actual books. The short works are included within the student textbook, but the books will need to be purchased separately. Sharon does show the recommended versions. These are Frankenstein, Silas Marner, Much Ado About Nothing, Sense and Sensibility, The Hobbit and a student choice of biography/autobiography.

How Did We Use It

There are many different ways to use this curriculum, as your literature course in your homeschool, as a part of your homeschool co-op or as a book of the month style club. We picked the homeschool literature course. Upon doing so, I spent some time looking over the teacher’s guide and setting up our schedule.

The teacher’s guide sets up the lessons in an easy to understand way for you. There is a suggested reading and homework plan that will allow you to see how long each book will take. Your child will start off by learning about the book and the author during their first week. They will learn about literary terms and devices.

The second and third weeks are spent reading the book, and working in the novel notebook. These are the fun weeks, I had Moe Man reading for all 14 days instead of just Monday-Friday, only because that meant his readings were smaller each day.

Finishing up the last week of the month, you finish up the rest of the lessons. These include quizzes like the “Yes, I read it” Quiz and the Literary Terms Quiz that can be found online or in the Quiz and Answer Manual. Your child will also work on one activity to go with the book. These activities range from writing or rewriting parts of the book, watching a movie drawing a picture or creating music or arts. These activities make it fun, no matter your child’s learning style or interests.

What We Thought

Sharon Watson can take a “boring” book and make it come alive for my son! He has always been a reluctant reader, finding a book now and again that he would get lost in. But now, he is able to enjoy new styles of writing. He finds out about the time period, the author and the characters. He has the Novel Notebook to help him chapter by chapter.

I love that this is basically an open and go curriculum on my end. I check in weekly with Moe Man, and I make sure to have the books ordered or put on hold at the library, and I love talking with him using the discussion questions, but the rest he is able to do independently. This is great, especially for such an in-depth type of curriculum!

Moe Man also loves that it is independent. He loves to sit down and do things at his pace and his time. He loves that the lessons are not super long and they don’t require him to write all the time. He has found that he prefers to take the quizzes on paper, as he doesn’t feel as pressured while doing them.

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Charlotte’s Web E-Study Guide – A Homeschool Crew Review

My family loves to read. We love to find a good book and sit down to enjoy it. But we want to learn more about reading and the book itself while we read it. Finding a study guide that helps us learn more about the book we are reading is just what Progeny Press has given to us with the Charlotte’s Web E-Guide.

The Charlotte’s Web E-Guide is geared for students in grades 4-6. This E-Guide covers everything from comprehension, literature and vocabulary. Not only that, but it is a Christian based study guide that includes references to the Bible throughout the guide.

This guide starts out with a note to the instructor, an about the author and illustrator and synopsis of the book like most of the Progeny Press E-Guides. This is a great way for me to be up to speed on what the book is about. This is also a great way to introduce the book to your children. After all of that, you are given some great pre-reading activities. This is a great way to get your child ready and excited to read the book!

The rest of the study guide is divided into small groups of chapters. There are about 3 chapters for every set of questions. I like that there are not questions for each individual chapter. This makes Ray Ray need to focus on what he is reading and not just breeze through the chapters and questions.

The questions start out with vocabulary words. Sometimes there are multiple choice questions, writing your own definition, finding synonyms, etc. This keeps things interesting and never boring. After going over the vocabulary we get into the questions. These questions make sure that your child will have read the chapters. They are not too hard, but do require that your child reads the book.

My favorite part about the study guide is the thinking about the story and the digging deeper questions. These take the thinking a step farther. They make your child really think about what they want to say, and how to say it. They also bring things from the book to your child’s life.

My favorite part about the e-guide is that it is interactive. While this may not be something others are concerned about, my Ray Ray hates to write. He can draw, he can color, he can type, but when I ask him to write, I get met with frustration, crying and tantrums, and then there is Ray Ray! Having an interactive guide means that he can type his answers and we have no frustration!

Once you are done reading the book and working through the questions in the study guide, you get to finish up with an overview of the story. This allows you to talk about the main conflict, climax and resolution. This is a great way, in my opinion to finish a book, along with some character study, theme, science and Bible! I look forward to finishing this book with Ray Ray and going over these!

Finally, finishing up the study guide is Ideas for Post-Reading Activities. These activities are simple, yet fun. They are a great way to finish up the book and have fun at the same time. No one likes to just end a book, so ending it with a project is a great closing to it!

There is reading a book, and learning from the book. Progeny Press takes the reading of a book and turns into learning from the book. Using the study guide helps us learn more about what we are reading and the actual literature. We love using Progeny Press with our books and look forward to using it again in the future. In the meantime, check out what these other reviewers had to say about their experience with the study guides:

Study Guides for Literature {Progeny Press Reviews}
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The Bears on Hemlock Mountain Study Guide – A Homeschool Crew Review

One of my goals as a parent is to make sure my children know great pieces of literature. I don’t just want them to read the book and move on, I want them to really know the literature. Progeny Press is a great company that provides study guides to these great pieces of literature, helping your child really know all about the book. We had the chance to check out The Bears on Hemlock Mountain E-Guide.

This study guide for The Bears on Hemlock Mountain is geared towards grades 1-3. You will have background information, Before-you-read Activities, vocabulary and questions for the chapters along with fun games and activities to complete after you have completed the book. This is just what I was looking for when I said I wanted something to help them really know the great pieces of literature!

After receiving this E-Guide, I took the time to read the Note to Instructor. While I have used these guides before, I wanted to refresh myself and make sure nothing had changed. After the note, I found a Synopsis of the book. This is great, because, while I have heard of the book, I had never actually read it yet. This gave me an idea of what Ray Ray would be reading and learning about. Finally, I found an About the Author section as well as some background information about the book.

We were finally ready to start! Well, sort of. First, we needed to have some fun with our Before-You-Read Activities. There were six activities listed for us to pick from. We could do them all, or just one, or as many as we wanted. There is nothing stating that we even needed to do any before we started out reading. I had Ray Ray work on a few of these, including listening to birdsongs we found online and checking out different pictures of animal’s tracks. We hadn’t had a lot of rain during this time, so finding actual animal tracks didn’t work for us.

Now, we were ready to read! We had an idea of a few things we would be reading, and also what Jonathan may have been hearing and seeing in the book. I figured that we would do our reading over a day or two, following that up with a day or two of the study guide. I found out rather quickly that Ray Ray’s reading level was way above this book, so we did the reading in one day instead of two. However, his willingness to work on writing or questions took us about three days instead of two.

The first day after reading our chapters, we spent time on the vocabulary section. This ranged from section to section, sometimes we would tell what a word meant in a sentence, other times we would simply match the word to the definition. Each time it was different, but it kept us on our toes and the boring routine wasn’t there!

Questions followed the vocabulary. These are comprehension questions that make us think about what we read. Not just who did what and when, rather, deciding how characters reacted by the words we were reading. Trying to figure out if something would have been difficult for Jonathan and why or why not. These questions dig deeper and make us look at the book a little different.

Some of the questions would also include Bible verses, relating the story and the Bible to each other. These questions also help to bring the story, the Bible and what the kids face all together as one.

After we finished our reading, we had the chance to check out After-you-read Activities. Once again, you can decide how many if any that you would like to include in your homeschool. Ray Ray ended this book, by learning a little more about bears and hibernation. After he spent time learning about this, he was able to take his notes and tell mom, dad, and the two little sisters more about it in an oral report.

I loved this study guide! I loved how easy it was for me to use. There was little prep needed, other than the before and after you read activities, and this was only if you wanted to do the extras. I loved the depths of the questions. While they aren’t extremely hard to figure out for the 1-3 grades, they do require thought to be put into it. The writing place is large enough for their handwriting level. There was plenty of room to write the answers in. Now if I could just get Ray Ray to not fuss over writing and just do it, it would be better for me!

Because Ray Ray does not like to write that much, I did alter some of the work in the question section. I would allow him to verbally answer half of the questions while making him write the other half of the answers. This helped him through some of the battles, which made me happier.

Ray Ray didn’t like the writing of this study guide, but he loved the book and was happy to verbally answer the questions. I watched him actually slowing down and thinking about the answers, this alone was all that I was worried about. I don’t care if he can write it, I just care that he is thinking about it, and he is!

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