The Cricket in Times Square Study Guide and Frankenstein Study Guide from Progeny Press Review

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We were given the opportunity to review Cricket in Times Square Study Guide (Grade 4-6) and Frankenstein Study Guide (Grades 10-12) from Progeny Press.

David read The Cricket in Times Square to the kids at bedtime.

We received digital study guides which is great because they are reproducible and can be used with multiple students whether a large family or in a CoOp setting.  You can choose to print the whole guide at once, print single lessons or print pages as your student needs them.  I printed our whole guide and put it into a 3-ring binder.

Our study guide and book.

A look into our binder with our study guide.

Above you can see our guide Table of Contents.  This breaks our guide into several sections including

  • notes to the instructor
  • about the author
  • background information
  • ideas for pre-reading activities
  • Chapters 1-4
  • Chapters 5 & 6
  • Chapters 7-9
  • Chapters 10 & 11
  • Chapters 12 & 13
  • Chapters 14 & 15
  • Summary
  • Ideas for post-reading activities
  • additional resources & the
  • answer key.

One of the pre-reading activities was to research the life cycle of the common house cricket.  The younger kids also colored pictures of crickets for fun 😉.

Cricket Life Cycle

One of the kids coloring pages.
I love all the content within our study guide.  Children will learn new vocabulary, have writing assignments, answer reading comprehension questions, complete optional projects, answer deeper questions including ones that refer to Bible passages and more!  Progeny Press guides are a fabulous resource to have for diving deeper into a particular book and I'm so thankful to have all the guides that we do.
Above you can see some of E's answers for a few reading comprehension questions along with the answer key.  I really appreciate having the answer key available for all the questions for easy reference and grading.
A closer view of E's answers.

Here are the covers of both our digital study guides.

These guides teach critical thinking, analysis, literary techniques, and studying the issues and themes in the books from a Biblical perspective.  I like that you can choose to use these as a full literature curriculum or you can use these to supplement other programs.  We have not used our Frankenstein Guide yet but I plan to dive into it with the older kids over the holiday break.  It's going to be fun!  Stay tuned for more on that.

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