Have you heard of Progeny Press? It is a family-owned family-run business operated by Michael and Rebecca Gilleland since 1992 (they were homeschoolers too!). I just recently heard about them myself and then was able to do a review of their Beowulf Study Guide for the Schoolhouse Review Crew. This particular guide is recommended for Grades 10 – 12 and sells for $18.99 (CD or download link, $21.99 for printed book).
Progeny Press has study guides for elementary through High School and their goal is (taken directly from their website):
Progeny Press study guides concentrate on critical thinking, comprehension, literary analysis, and Christian application. Our goal is to teach our children to think clearly, to understand literature, and to rely on God’s scripture for truth and values, and enjoy themselves while they do it!
From what I can tell…they meet their goals head on! These guides provide an excellent way of allowing children to read books of interest AND learn from them. THIS, to me, is what homeschooling is all about…meeting our kids where their interests are – and allowing them to learn from it. LOVE IT!
Just a few examples of the over 100 study guides they offer:
- Frog and Toad Together
- Henry and Mudge in Puddle Trouble
- Josephina Story Quilt
- Adventures of Tom Sawyer
- Anne of Green Gables
- Eagle of the Ninth
- Call of the Wild
- The Hobbit
They normally offer both the book and the study guide, for sale separately. (Often the books can be checked out from the library, if preferred.) The prices of both the books and the study guides increase with grade level.
Most of the middle grades and high school guides take from 8 – 10 weeks to complete and most high schoolers apply 1/4 credit for each guide.
Items needed to complete each guide: the book, good dictionary, thesaurus a Bible and sometimes a topical Bible or concordance…so not really anything that can’t be easily found. Additionally, I was provided the downloadable version of this guide and it is pretty cool because the answers can be saved in the document! WOOT! (I am not normally one who prefers downloads over printed but THIS I definitely like!)
So, what are some specifics of what can be found in THIS study guide?
- About the poet
- Prereading Activities
- Vocabulary Questions
- Literary Techniques (such as Alliteration and Tone; there are MANY more discussed)
- General Questions (such as: Who is killed in the new attack on Heorot, and why is this victim significant?)
- Analysis (like: How does Beowulf’s sescent to the monsters’ lair recall his swimming contest with Breca? How does knowing about the former incident prepare readers for learning about the latter?)
- Digging Deeper (uses the Bible to look at text, like: Why does the Last Survivor say he is burying his people’s treasure in the barrow? How are his relections similar to and different from the Teacher’s reflections in Ecclesiastes 5:10-17, as well as Jesus’ parable in Luke 12:13-21?)
Our thoughts on Progeny Press Study Guides? WE LOVE THEM and are SO VERY EXCITED to have found them! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Here’s praying you have fun learning!