Recently we received the opportunity to review the Progeny Press E-Guide for Mr. Popper's Penguins. This is one of our favorite stories so we were excited to get the opportunity to check it out. Progeny Press is an amazing family owned and operated company that provides a variety of study guides, e-guides, and more to go in depth with all your favorite books.
What we received: We received the downloadable study E-guide for Mr. Popper's Penguins. We already had the book on our kindle so this was not something else we had to grab. You can easily purchase this from the Progeny Press or possibly find it at your local library, depending on the book guide you choose.
The study guide can be printed off all at once, or you can print off what you need as you're working on it. This is the approach we usually take and did with this one.
The guide contains a ton of information for your fun and further knowledge of the book you're reading. To start off with you'll get some great background information on the setting of where the book took place and what life was like in the ages of the book when it was written.
There are also ideas to do before you settle into reading the book. In ours those included ideas of researching the poles, the penguins we would read about, and also watching videos on the areas where penguins live.
How it works:
With the E-guide we would print off the section that we were going to be working on for the day. That usually was a few chapters at a time for the paperwork. When we were reading it we may finish a section or it may take us a few days to get it completed. The guide contains a variety of exciting questions and tidbits of information to help you learn more about the story along the way. Basically each section covers a few of the chapters in the book. You'll find questions about the chapters you just read and so much more to do!
For example, the questions may direct your child, or even you, to learn new vocabulary words that were used in the books or prompt you to think more in depth about what you just read. There are also activities sprinkled throughout such as the first one we did where we were to find the four places Mr. Popper wanted to go on a globe or map. There are even some science projects throughout the guide to help you learn even more about the book and story you're reading.
These guides are chock full of information to cover a wide range of subjects and topics within your chosen book you're focusing on. One of our favorite things to do was the games that would come up after our reading. One of those happened to be the Papa Penguin shuffle. Needless to say, trying to walk like a papa penguin is not as easy as one might think!
What we thought:
This was our second time using Progeny Press and we were enjoying this one as much as the last one. They have a variety of stories to choose from and all grade ranges are available. This on is considered Upper Elementary grades, 4th-6th, and they also have books in the lower elementary, middle and high school levels.
Another thing we love about these guides is that they are faith based homeschool curriculum items. There are scripture passages and characteristic studies in our e-guide that relate to the character in the book and how we should act as Christians. These book study programs are great to work with for all ages and are a fun and exciting way to get into a new book. We highly recommend these to all homeschool families or even co-ops that are doing a book club. It's a fun and exciting way to learn more about the book you're reading!
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