We received Memoria Press to help work on Monkeys reading comprehension. After reading about the program we decided we would try the 2nd Grade Literature Guide Set. This set goes over 5 classic pieces of literature Little House in the Big Woods, Prairie School, Beatrix Potter, and Animal Folk Tales of America.
Now I look back on the past several weeks with Memoria Press I can laugh a bit but well some tears were involved. I had NO idea how hard finding the books for this program locally would be. What happened to the classics! And why can you not walk into a bookstore and buy them anymore? This year we are really focusing on literacy skills with the kids and I was so excited to go to the bookstore with Monkey and pick out the books from the list.
To our dismay when we asked the book store clerk where to find these books when walked us past rows, and rows, of fluffy books with very little value to a little corner tucked in the very back of the store. A whole 4 shelves, a mere three feet long dedicated to classic children’s books. Out of all of the books on the list, only Little House in the Big Woods was available. Amazon was very little help. Many of the books on the list were either outrageously priced or in a condition in which they would not hold up to 4 children. If you learn anything from my disaster order the books when you order the curriculum. No, you won’t find a better deal and unless you are very lucky you will not have much luck at your local bookstore. The library is not an option if your library will not lend for an extended period of time these literature guides are designed to be used for several weeks each.
Lucky me Kindle had the Courage of Sarah Noble and were able to dive in despite the disappointment of not finding much at the bookstore. I was amazed at the verity of questions inside the guide. While somewhere quite easy some involved a lot more thinking and a lot more writing than the average 2nd-grade child is up to. The more advanced questions we ended up doing orally and I were amazed to see how complex her thoughts on things like “Describe the relationship Sarah has with the Indian children?” Here I was thinking she could use a little help with reading comprehension but the truth is she really just needed questions that made her think a bit more.
I love how these are all formatted to be the same set up so once your child gets the hang of it, they can do these independently as they read through and enjoy the books throughout the complete year. I would love to see more per level available for avid readers that may want even more options.
This program is best fit for families using the classical style homeschooling or for children with interest in reading guides to help them develop their understanding of the written word. We can’t wait to do Prairie School once we get a copy. As I said to be sure to order the books right from Memoria Press to save a bit of heartache.