Literature studies are always an enjoyable part of our homeschooling journey. Progeny Press makes it so easy, whether we are learning from children’s literature or earning High School literature credits using study guides such as Perelandra – eGuide. Several years ago our older children studied through a few C. S. Lewis works (such as The Screwtape Letters) using study guides from Progeny Press and so I was excited to get the chance to use this eGuide with my high school aged daughter. She’s a big fan of fantasy literature and Perelandra has been on her must-read list. It’s one of her grandmother’s favorites and she looks forward to discussing it with her!
This study guide is an digital download. After you purchase, you can download and save to your computer and then either print the pages, creating your own workbook, or type answers to the chapter questions and activities right onto the document, saving the work. While I’m still a paper-and-pencil girl, I really like that we have options. I have one child who is more likely to type in his answers – and I know where to find them when I want to see his work!
At the start, my daughter read the Synopsis provided, as well as some Background Information given by the author of the eguide. This gave us some things to discuss right off the bat. Because Perelandra is the second book in this series, she also read through the synopsis of the first book Though she wishes she had read Out of the Silent Planet first, she plans to read that next. We’re told that each book can stand on its own.) The study guide is divided into sections that coordinate with the chapters of the book. Along with the reading selection (anywhere from 1-3 chapters) we were given:
- Pre-Reading Activity Suggestions reading assignment is given, followed by:
- Questions for Reading Comprehension
- Analysis Questions
- Dig Deeper
- and more
My high school student is working through one section per week, first reading the required selection and choosing one or two pre-reading activities. She then paces herself to finish the assignments that go with the reading selection. At the end of each section we discuss what she’s learned and her impressions, using the questions as a guide.
There are plenty of writing assignments/suggestions recommended as well as ideas for further outside study. These are helping us flesh this out as a part of my daughter’s high school literature course. As the summer winds down and we pick up a full day school schedule again, she’ll be go more in depth with the writing assignments. Because this review come available as we were beginning our summer break, she’ll be picking it up and finishing as well as adding in other Progeny Press eGuides for her senior year. She considers this “fun school” and I consider it a great blessing!
I was first introduced to Progeny Press way back in the 90’s. I was impressed with this family-owned and operated business then and have grown to appreciate them even more as my children have grown and are finishing their high school work. Michael and Rebecca Gilleland started with only 18 study guides in 1993 to now publish over 115 study guides. They continue to edit and review each study guide making sure it adheres to their high standards of literary analysis.
Their mission is “To teach our children to think clearly, to understand literature, and to rely on the scripture for truth and values, and enjoy themselves while they do it!” and my experience shows me this is the result we get. We have enjoyed studies such as Shakespeare’s MacBeth and Shelley’s Frankenstein at the high school level, but also fun studies for younger ages such as Wind in the Willows. There’s something for everyone!
My fellow Review Crew Mates are using a variety study guides from Progeny Press. Click on the banner below to see a variety of reviews for a variety of ages – The Josefina Story Quilt – eGuide, The Green Book – eGuide or The Scavengers – eGuide – I’d like to try some of these myself!