If you’ve been reading any of my homeschool blogs, you know we love books. Especially living books! It’s no surprise that the Memoria Press More StoryTime Treasures Literature Curriculum was something I was excited to review.
- Billy and Blaze by C.W. Anderson
- Blaze and the Forest Fire by C.W. Anderson
- The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese
- Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie by Peter and Connie Roop
- Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
- The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
- Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
For our review, we received More StoryTime Treasures and used the curriculum to dig deeper into Billy and Blaze.
This was a book we have read a few times but only casually so I was looking forward to spending more time with the classic book.
We received the study guide and answer key (which included both the StoryTime Treasures and More StoryTime Treasures). The workbooks were well made, sturdy, easy to follow and my 5 year old was not overwhelmed by the amount of work to be done on each page.
Each study contains multiple lessons which are broken into chunks. The pages of the book that the lesson will be referencing are indicated which makes planning simple.
For Billy and Blaze, there were two lessons (Lesson 1 – p.1-22; Lesson 2 – p.24-48). We broke each of the lessons up over a week to keep them at about 20 min each over two weeks.
The first day, we went over the vocab we would see. This was a great way to introduce new words, use the dictionary a bit more and be prepared to understand the reading more clearly. I will say most of the words were easily recognized, but it was a good review and an easy way to be sure he had the right meanings.
After we had gone through the vocab, he read the indicated pages out loud to me. Then we narrated a bit for memory before doing the next section of the workbook.
The next day we recalled what we read and did the comprehension questions. If he could not recall the answer, he used the book to find the correct answer and we talked a bit more about the story.
After completing the comprehension questions over the next few days, we completed, my sons favorite part, the art project. Anything creative helps to make the story stick and this was a great lesson on illustrating.
The following week we completed the second lesson. We really could have worked through both lessons in a week or even a couple of days, but because he was reading the book out loud and we are trying to keep our lessons to 20 min max. I didn’t want to push him too long on one lesson. I also felt that having to recall the story the following days helped with comprehension.
I loved that the lessons were specific page ranges. These provided nice breaks and kept the information from being overwhelming. The amount of grammar, vocab and comprehension, not to mention the extra items that were included were great for variety and helped to hit those other subjects areas as well.
The greatest thing about this curriculum is that there are many other editions of the literature guides that can take you from 1st grade all the way up to 9th grade. So if these fit well with your family you have a great curriculum set for many years!
Overall, I was impressed with the study guide and answer key. I personally did not need the answer key, but it would have been handy if I had not been working with my son on the readings and workbook. I feel like the study guide was a great fit for 1st graders and covered a lot of information without being overwhelming. We are looking forward to working on a few more stories using the study guide – I believe Miss Rumphius is next on our list!
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