These were a welcome addition to our school year as I wanted to incorporate more classic books and reading comprehension skills. The books included in the Second Grade Literature Guide Set are…
Little House in the Big Woods
The Courage of Sarah Noble
Animal Folk Tales of America
Tales from Beatrix Potter
I received only the Literature Guide Set ($65). These books are rather easy to find on Amazon or your local library. Memoria Press does also include a set ($115) with all the novels included!
Once our literature guides arrived I had my daughter choose the first two books she wanted to read. She chose Little House in the Big Woods and The Courage of Sarah Noble. We were able to find Little House in the Big Woods that same day at a local bookstore, so we set off to read that book first.
I had never read any of the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder before, so I was excited to start. Little House in the Big Woods is the first book in the Little House on the Prarie series, which is the story of Laura’s childhood and adventures in an American settler family.
How we used the Literature Guide Set…
The Memoria Press literature guides are beautiful and each “lesson” is organized by chapter. The literature guide for Little House in the Big Woods has four sections per chapter;
Pronounce & Spell: These include 12 vocabulary words for that chapter.
Vocabulary: This expands on the above vocabulary words and has the student find the definition for six words.
Activity: Each chapter has a different activity idea that can be done to expand on the book and help bring it to life.
Comprehension Questions: There are 6-12 comprehension questions per chapter.
The other literature guides included are organized in a similar fashion, although they each differ a little depending on the book. It really is up to the parent as to how you choose to use the guides. I chose to read aloud the book and ask her the comprehension questions after each chapter. With the Pronounce and Spell words, I had her repeat each word after me.
My daughter is on the younger side of second grade, I felt the guides included a lot of writing and reading that would not have quite accomplished what I primarily wanted, which was to learn new words and make sure she was comprehending the questions. As well as, reading a great book together.
An older second grader could very well complete the guides and read the books independently, we are just not there yet.
We have now finished reading Little House in the Big Woods and look forward to starting on our next book and guide, The Courage of Sarah Noble.
Overall, I really enjoyed incorporating the Memoria Press Literature Guides into our school year. They have helped a non classic book savvy mom get started reading some great timeless books as well as giving me the tools I need, using the literature guide, to expand on what we are reading.
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