The kids and I loved reading the novels and completing the literature guides for Progeny Press.
Liz had begged to read the Hunger Games books and this was perfect timing. She hasn’t watched any of the movies yet. So we have a deal.
Many of the items in the historic home were items mentioned in the book and the girls loved seeing them in person.
Another tourist mentioned he had just visited and toured the Laura Ingalls Wilder home and he told the girls about some of the highlights he enjoyed.
The girls were very interested in the simpler time where Laura had never been to a store and Ma and Pa lived off what the land provided.
The files are interactive pdfs. I had Liz complete The Hunger Games lessons on my laptop, but I printed out two copies of Little House in the Big Woods guides for Tori and Kate and placed them in colorful pocket folders with prongs for them.
Teal and green of course.
Tori and Kate loved the vocabulary pages! They begged me to read and discuss and help them with their notebooking each evening. We completed lessons before bedtime and they wanted to stay up later for more!
They begged to continue working at Grandma’s house. They love the story of Laura and want to read the whole series now.
We did the discussion questions orally, otherwise it’s a lot of writing.
The activities at the end of each lessons were fun and engaging. We have done many in our history studies recently. We made butter and have studied pioneer ways. The girls really loved making a calendar and drawing pictures for that (see their folders above).
Liz works independently on my laptop and uses the actual book a friend gave her for review. I then bought her the whole trilogy on Kindle.
I like the different levels of questioning in this guide that encourages Liz to think. Some were just basic comprehension and others were more intellectual and required her to research the symbolism. We had some great discussions about the vocabulary, questions, and thinking skills. I explained literary terms to help her. I’ve read all the books too.
I plan to have Liz complete the optional activities once we get more settled. It’s a great incentive before she sees the movies.
She’s been writing fan fiction too!
These are good quality literature guides with lots of options – from vocabulary and multi-leveled questions to fun extension activities. I am impressed. I don’t usually use lit guides when we read books, but these are really great and the girls enjoyed them and begged to do their work each day and didn’t want to stop to do anything else.
The Hunger Games eGuide is recommended for grades 8-12 and the Little House in the Big Woods eGuide is recommended for grades 3-5.
The groups are divided like this:
High School: Recommended for Grades 8-12
Middle School: Recommended for Grades 5-8
Upper Elementary: Recommended for Grades 3-5
Lower Elementary: Recommended for Grades K-3
The eGuide for The Hunger Games is $21.99.
The eGuide for Little House in the Big Woods is $16.99.