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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Beowulf - An Ancient Epic

 Never heard of Beowulf? Who is he and what is this all about? Check it out for an epic dose of adventure and courage!


Beowulf - An Ancient Epic translated by Seamus Heaney

Grade level & category: 

Grades 10-adult; A good AP choice; British Literature; Setting: 6th Century Scandanavia; This translation is a New York Times Bestseller. Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year Award.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

1st Grade Reading

I have a daughter who will be going into 1st grade next year and I am wondering how I would use your program to fulfill any of the language arts curriculum for her. Is this a complete reading program? 
Thank you,
Bethann B.

Dear Bethann,

We do not provide actual phonics or spelling. As first and second graders begin to read, they may do the guides in written format, or out loud as discussion guides. You may have them read or you may do it together as a read-a-loud or book circle. Progeny Press study guides for the elementary grades are meant to enrich their beginning reading experience by helping them focus on comprehension and making connections. We also help them see basic biblical truths in what they read. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Progeny Press Literature Genre List 2014

genre |ˈ zh änrə|
A category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter.

What are literature genres? I discuss this often at homeschool and teacher conferences across the country. In literature, we tend to classify books by where the author is from and/or lived.
Common genres include:
American Literature: 
All the authors are American. This is generally taught a full year in 9th or sometimes 10th grade.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Encouraging Readers in Middle School

We have a thirteen year old who is very behind in his reading skills. Although he has greatly improved this year, he is still testing about one grade below his current grade level.  We are going to be homeschooling him to catch him up in all areas of Language Arts.  We are excited about finding your products (from the Cathy Duffy Homeschool Reviews).  Our question is this:  Is it beneficial to choose books that he is already familiar with (ones that he has read before or seen the movie?) or should we choose books that are new to him?   What is your opinion? We don't want to overwhelm him or make reading a chore, but we also want to take this opportunity to challenge him enough; improving his skills.

Thank you for your kind attention,

Andrew and Jennifer 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Medieval Books to Study - Huzzah!

Hi Rebecca,

Our three children (ages 8-15) will be studying the middle ages next year.  What are some of your favorite Progeny Press guides for that time period? 
Your guidance would be most appreciated!
Thanks and blessings in Christ,  Laura

Dear Laura,
We have a variety of titles available that will work quite well. Here is our current list of medieval titles and their descriptions: Huzzah!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Being Salt in a World Full of Grit

I see that you have Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - it is full of swearing .....I was appalled when my 13 year old had to read it last year.

Dear SW,

Since we, as Christians are to be light in the world, and salt to a lost world; not hidden under baskets and therefore unsalty, we realize we've been directed by God that we should not pull away and separate ourselves, else how shall we love our neighbor and be salt and light to them?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

How Long Does a High School Study Guide Take?


I am planning for next year and wondered how much time it generally takes to complete The Heart of Darkness.

Thank you,

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Dear Dianna,

All high school guides will take about the same amount of time, unless they are a large guide for a long book (such as Lord of the Rings, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and a few more).