Progeny Press- Little Women {Review}

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of Progeny Press- Little Women Study Guide through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

Progeny Press offers a solid option for high schoolers working toward their literature credits with resources for great books such as the Little Women Study Guide and the My Side of the Mountain Study Guide.

About Progeny Press

Progeny Press– a family-owned business run by Michael and Rebecca Gilleland has created an impressive library of study guides for great literature, both classic and modern. Their approach to teaching comes from a solid Christian perspective and their mission:

“To teach our children to think clearly, to understand literature, and to rely on the scripture for truth and values, and enjoy themselves while they do it!”

is truly at the heart of everything they create. The simple layout of the study guides allows the teaching parents to help their students dig deeper into their literature selections without the fluff or confusion. The structure of the study guides encourages independent learning for the students with simple oversight from the teaching parent.

About the Little Women Study Guide

This year my daughter chose Little Women as one of her literature selections for her High School English 2 course. She was excited about reading it and I wanted to be sure she was getting the most out of it that she could. My plan was for her to write a chapter summary every 4 chapters and then complete some character analysis and a final book report.

When we were approached with the option of adding the Little Women Study Guide to her studies, I was so thankful. I really wanted to find a way to help her go deeper and find the true nuggets of wisdom and goodness that are hidden in all great literature, and I knew that my plan was lacking structure and challenge.

The Progeny Press Study Guides are available as printed workbooks, CDs that can be mailed to the student, or digital downloads that are available immediately and for up to one year from the purchase date.

We chose the digital download option and I was so pleased to find out the format was an editable PDF, which my daughter could type her answers into directly. She enjoyed this aspect immensely versus writing all the answers out by hand.

I was so happy to find out that the Little Women Study Guide was broken down into four chapter segments, which is the way we had begun to study this book as well. Each chapter segment includes:

  • Vocabulary Activities
  • Short Answer Questions
  • Thinking About the Story Questions
  • Dig Deeper Discussion Questions
  • Optional Activities

The aspect I enjoyed the most about this study guide was the encouragement to think critically about all aspects of the story. This kind of learning lends itself to finding those hidden nuggets, especially the Biblical undertones that might otherwise be missed.

During her time with Little Women, through the direction of the study guide, my daughter realized things about the story that I had never even considered, although I have read the book multiple times. Her experience with the study guide made this learning experience so much richer than simply reading the book and writing the chapter summaries as I had originally planned.

My Thoughts

Although we only used one of the High School level study guides, I feel that Progeny Press has done a beautiful job of leading students into deeper learning with their well-constructed study guides.

I would love to see how my younger children would do with some of the lower level study guides and I look forward to including some of those in the coming years.

I think any student would benefit from adding a Progeny Press study guide to their literature studies. The multiple activities offered really encourages critical thinking and deep understanding of the stories and how Christianity is woven into the books.

I would definitely recommend trying Progeny Press study guides to truly see the benefits of the content and draw to deeper learning experiences.

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