Memoria Press is a company many people in the homeschool community are familiar with. Best known probably for their Latin curriculum, they have in recent years expanded beyond to include a more diversified offering such as penmenship (which we previously reviewed), Christian Studies and English Grammar. We were recently given the opportunity to review their Third Grade Literature Guide Set and we were really excited to see how this company approached classic children's literature.
What We Received
Memoria Press was generous and gave us complete copy of their Third Grade Literature Guide Set. This set included the both the Student Guide as well as the Teacher's manual for the books Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Mr Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater, Charlotte's Web by E.B. White and A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond. Since we already had plans to read Mr Popper's Penguins as part of our literature studies, we decided it would be perfect for our review.
How We Used It:
The kids really enjoyed the various activities suggested at the end of each chapters, especially the mapwork exercises. Unfortunately, however, these literature guides as they are designed to be used were not a good fit for us. This is not to any fault of Memoria Press or their Literature Guides but because my kids are not use to a Classical style curriculum and are more receptive to a Charlotte Mason style learning. They found the study guides to be too repetitive and quickly came to resent the format of multiple vocabulary words followed by multiple comprehension questions without much change up. I'm sure there are many students out there who would really enjoy this type of repetition and who do not like change, unfortunately, that's not my kids.
However, that's not to say that we did not learn much from doing the study guide along with our
I should also mention that there seems to be a bit of difference between the guide for Mr Popper's Penguins and the other three guides. The other guides seem to have much more variety in the activities, offering bookwork, discussion questions, quotations and enrichment exercises designed to allow students to figure out expressions or theories. The guide to Mr Popper's Penguins did not offer any of these types of activities and maybe my kids would have been a bit more receptive to the other offerings. As we are still working on the Mr Popper's Penguin book (we finish later this week), I cannot say for sure at the time of this writing.
I would suggest this particular style of curriculum more for students who are use to a classical style approach to education, especially with literature and who like a more "no-nonsense" approach. This would not be a good fit for someone who teaches with a more of a laid back style or who prefers the narrative approach to literature like with Charlotte Mason.
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