Last year I was on the hunt for a workbook style study guide for books we already have in our home library, or easy to find books that don't cost a small fortune. It was about the same time a friend suggested I look into Progeny Press that we were blessed with the guide for Mr. Bowditch to review. We loved it so much that I was simply delighted to find out we had been chosen to review The Indian in the Cupboard E-Guide! We already had The Indian in the Cupboard, and we'd already started reading it, so this came at the perfect time!
For this review, we received 1 digital download E-Guide and 1 digital download answer key.
Progeny Press E-Guides are great resources for your homeschool literature requirements. These are digital student workbook style guides that go chapter by chapter in your chosen book to ensure reading comprehension and vocabulary knowledge. But the best part is with these interactive guides, your student can type directly into the guide on the computer!
The E-Guide for The Indian in the Cupboard starts off with a note to the instructor and a book synopsis. After that, there's a selection that tells about the author as well as pre-reading activities. The chapter work is arranged in groups. It would be easiest for me to show a screen snip of the Table of Contents.
How we used this:
I was having technical difficulties during this review period that I did not realize I was even having until my laptop hard drive died. As a result I have no screen shots saved of anything in the interactive guide. I am wanting Mr. B to work on his penmanship, so he did a lot of the work from prints, and he worked on that from the start. That's the great thing about the interactive E-Guides. You can type directly into it, or you can print and work. We prefer print and work.
We had already started reading The Indian in the Cupboard as a bedtime read aloud, so when the digital download arrived in my email Mr. B worked ahead until we had completed the chapters we had already read. Mr. B did need to go back and look over the chapters a bit, but otherwise he did very well. We are up to chapters 9-10 right now, and I expect us to finish the book and guide in the next 3 weeks. He typically works on 1-2 chapters a week. We read, then he works in the study guide and refer back to the reading as needed.
He has worked 3 days a week to catch up to where we were in the book, and after about 3 weeks we were caught up with both reading and the study guide. We read a chapter or two each week, and he works in the book 3 days a week. He would work in the book for the chapters we had read, catching up in the book as needed. I do wish the E-Guide was arranged in a chapter to chapter fashion, since this would really help in a special needs sense. All too often kids on the spectrum think they must complete everything at one time. When a child sees three chapters listed for the guide, he or she may feel the need to read all three chapters right then, and answer the questions, too. While that amount of work may not be that bad, it can seem overwhelming to a kid on the spectrum. So if you have a child who is easily overwhelmed, reinforcing that they do not have to complete everything at once may be needed. With that said, Mr. B has had experience with this layout in our previous Progeny Press E-Guide, so he had no issues.
Progeny Press has one of the BEST literature studies out there. We love them! I 1000% recommend them to all of my homeschooling friends!
Does Progeny Press Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?
1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?
You can certainly set your own schedule, and tweak as needed.Mr. B isn't as adept at keyboard skills yet, so I printed the guide off in portions for him to do paperwork. I find with autism especially, smaller "packets" of work are much better, and less intimidating. This is perfect for that.
These are not overly expensive at all, and cover a full book. The books are geared for certain age ranges, so that's the only limitation there. For The Indian in the Cupboard, it is suggested for 6th grade, though I remember reading it in 4th grade. There are no hidden fees.
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?
Being able to work chapter to chapter the way we have reduces frustration and attention issues.
4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.
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