Little House in the Big Woods Study Guide by Rebecca Gilleland is a wonderful addition to the book. It helps to get students thinking about the information they are learning and to compare today to yesterday. This brings Little House in the Big Woods to life.
Little House in the Big Woods Study Guide was designed for use with students in Grades 4-6, those in Upper Elementary school. It is reproducible for students meaning Homeschooling families can print the guide over and over for each student within their homeschool classrooms. This makes it able to be used again and again for students who may be learning at different levels.
Little House in the Big Woods Study Guide is a Literature Guide. It is designed to be broken down over a period of 6-10 weeks depending on the speed of the readers using the guide. Preferably students should first read the novel, Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder and then work through the study guide, rereading at their own pace. Completion of at least one page of the study per day is expected to be done daily while using the study.
As with most materials we use, we did this one together. The guide was simple enough to understand. Progeny Press writes explicit informative guides for students and teachers to easily follow along. The guides begin with an introduction to the materials and a section explaining their expected use and lesson guide. This makes it easy to begin the study right away.
We read Little House in the Big Wood aloud together. We briefly reviewed the information about Laura Ingalls Wilder which we had previously learned about through another Schoolhouse Review we completed last year. This made it easy for us to move forward quickly in our study.
We also reviewed past lessons on Paul Bunyan who happens to be one of our favorite American Tales and a person of interest in our homeschooling since we have a long family history of Lumberjacks aka Loggers in our family. Paul Bunyan is a household name around here!
This also lead to us reviewing our last field trip to Josh’s work where we saw the equipment at work and discussed the many differences in past logging and logging today. Living in a town that is centered around the International Paper Mill and has survived over many decades due to the logging industry, these lessons were easily added into our study. In fact, much of our lessons with this guide were easily expanded upon because of our lifestyle at home. Many of the words covered within this guide were ones we already know from other lessons we have completed or simply from life itself.
I’d say most of this guide was a review for us but much of it allowed us to take a longer look at the things that surround us. Though we may not live where Laura lived, much of our home is like Laura’s was back then and many of the things that affected Laura’s life can be found right here daily in ours. It was odd to see how much we have in common while seeing how much different our lives are from technology today as well.
This study guide is interactive, allowing completion right on the guide. This made it easy to use the guide to talk together and answer the questions together as well. I did print out the vocabulary sheets as review for our study. We also looked up a lot of things online, learning some differences between today and yesterday within our study that were easier seen through videos and past photos.
The Little House in the Big Woods Study Guide is 56 pages in length from cover to cover. It contains questions for each chapter of the novel, crosswords, word finds and other activities to make learning fun, vocabulary to fit the lessons, and many suggestions for games and other fun things to bring learning to life. Each chapter of the guide is different from the previous one so that children do not bore with rote learning while completing the guide.
Little House in the Big Woods Study Guide is available to purchase from Progeny Press for $16.99 as an e-guide. It is designed for grades 4-6. The novel, Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, must be purchased separately and is necessary to complete this guide.
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I personally used this curriculum to learn more about using the classics in our daily education. I try to use classics with my children because I feel they are rich in educational content and truly heartwarming books. I want my children to learn to enjoy classical books as much as I do. Teaching the Classics has helped me to provide a better education of the classics for my children in working as a reminder of the important elements I need to teach through the process of teaching them about the classics. This program would be excellent for an advance middle school or a high school student to work through on their own. It’s also excellent for a parent, like me, who needs that little extra reminder of these important elements in writing.
Salem Ridge Press is a publishing company that strives to bring quality historical literature into reproduction for future generations to use. Daniel Mills and his family strive to be a blessing to others by providing literature that fits Biblical qualifications. They do this through their work at Salem Ridge Press.
Salem Ridge Press provides reproductions of various works from past authors on many topics. You can find historical fictions in World History, Church History and American History. Adventures like George Alfred Henty: The Story of an Active Life and Yussef the Guide. There are also several young readers available from Salem Ridge Press.
You can search the website alphabetically, by time period and location, author or age range. Books are available covering from 1500 B.C. to 1793 A.D. sharing life stories from several countries and authors around the world. Each book is sure to bring History to life.
For this review, we were offered one of several books to choose from. I chose Sowing Beside All Waters: A Tale of the World in the Church by Emma Leslie. Emma Leslie is also known as Emma Dixon and is a well known author of Victorian children’s literature. She lived in Lewisham, Kent from 1837- 1909. Emma provided a strong Christian influence on her writing that is still profoundly relevant today. Her works covered many prevalent periods in church history.
Sowing Beside All Waters is set in the Roman Empire during 313 through 363 A.D. It covers the periods of Constantine, Athanasius, Augustine, and the Council of Nicea. Many other historical figures were also covered throughout the book such as Diocletian, Arius, Julian, and Saint Anthony the Great. This book begins with a brief synopsis of each of these plus many more in the section titled Historical Notes. A list of important dates as well as a map of the area at the time is also provided in the first pages of the book before beginning the actual story.
As you read through the book, the reader will find vocabulary provided complete with definitions at the bottom of each page. This allows the reader to learn the meaning of differing terms while reading through each chapter. Biblical verse reference is also provided as they are mentioned throughout the book at the bottom of the referenced page. Several images can be found throughout to help bring this story to life for the reader.
Sowing Beside All Waters tell the story of Quadratus and his family as they struggle to adjust to the changes brought forth after Emperor Constantine proclaims Christianity to be the official religion of the Roman Empire. Each one chooses a differing path to follow but somehow they all prevail in remaining faithful to Christianity even through all the trials and challenges of the times.
I used this book personally as reading material for myself due to time constraints with my book not being shipped on time. I will use this as a read aloud for our future school year. The story is well written and easily understood, providing a great deal of knowledge throughout the book. I personally enjoy historical fictions and this one will top my list for future suggestions.