Summer Reading Book Study {TOS Crew Review}

Are you ready for summer?  How about school during the summer?  We homeschool year round and are excited to share with you a summer reading book study that your children are going to enjoy doing.  Through the TOS Crew we received a book study guide from Progeny Press.  The study guide we received was The Sword in the Tree E-Guide.


Progeny Press Logo_zps4ni3bvb3


The e-guide we received is for grades 4-6.  I used it with my 11 year old daughter and 9 year old son.  They both are doing fourth grade work currently(well until July 1st at least).  You do have to purchase or borrow the book from a library as it does not come with the e-guide.  

I chose this title from their vast list of studies because I knew it was a book that neither of my children had read yet.  We’ve reviewed with Progeny Press before so I knew that we love their studies and knew it would be a perfect summer reading book study for my kids.


Summer Reading Book Study {TOS Crew Review}


We were given a choice of several titles.  There were two for Grades K-3, two for grades 4-6, two for grades 6-8. and two for grades 9-12.  So if you don’t have children in grades 4-6 like I do if you go to the main review blog you’ll find reviews for all the other titles which will give you the different grade levels.  

When you go on the Progeny Press site you can download your study guides.  My study guide had a teachers answer key download and an interactive student download.  They are PDF downloads.  You can print them off to use them or use them on the computer as an interactive PDF.  I prefer to print them off as we only have one computer and I like to make my kids work on handwriting too.  

Currently the summer reading study guide we received is available to purchase for $17.99.  As I mentioned above the book can be purchased separately if you do not already own it or you will need to locate it at a local library.  We went the library route.

I used to have my kids do book reports.  But then I had to create a book report form, and I had to write questions for them to answer to make sure they fully understood what they had read.  Make sure those important key points were fully entrenched in their little minds.  It was a lot of work.  Multiply that by several different books and several different children and it was just too much for me!  That’s why I’m glad we found Progeny Press.  Their e-guides are easy to use and all I have to do is print them off!

The e-guide contains:

  • prereading activities
  • questions related to each chapter
  • a think section(it requires deep thinking and understanding)
  • vocabulary
  • activities
  • overview
  • post reading questions
  • book summary/about the author
  • and more. . . . . seriously there is more!!

The answer key contains all the answers as well so you as the parent don’t have to search for the answers to make sure your child did the correct work.

Progeny Press is a Christian company and they do incorporate the Bible and scripture into their studies.  We as a family LOVE this as it ties everything together.  Some of the questions ask you to compare part of the book to scripture(compare/contrast).  While both of my children could answer the questions well, one did better writing down her responses while the other(my son) did better verbalizing it to me as he does not enjoy writing.

I felt that the questions and book were relatively grade level for my children and the curriculums we’ve used.  My daughter did fly through the book quickly as she’s an avid reader.  She did have to re-read a few of the chapters so she could answer the questions.  My son read at his own pace(which is still rather speedy) but he did the questions as soon as he finished the chapters so that he wouldn’t forget what was going on.

Want to learn more?  Interested in other titles and age ranges?  Check out all the other reviewers located on the Main TOS Crew review blog.  You can also find Progeny Press on facebook and twitter.  



crew disclaimer graphic

Christian Study Guides for Literature {TOS Crew Review}

I love to read.  I’ve passed on that love of reading to my children, which is a great thing!  But I really want to make sure that my children are truly comprehending and learning from what they read.  I jumped at the chance to review with Progeny Press.  They create great Christian study guides for literature.  Wonderful for helping your children not only understand the literature, but to grow as well.  We chose the downloadable e-guide to Sarah, Plain and Tall.  

Sarah, Plain and Tall is recommended for children in the Upper elementary ages or 3rd-6th grade.  I used it with my two who are in 4th grade.  Somehow I had neglected over the years to already have them read this book.  Which did shock me as they have read several classics including the works of Charles Dickens and Louisa May Alcott.  I was shocked at myself.  We had eight titles that we could have chosen ranging from a kindergarten range up to high school.  I chose Sarah, Plain and Tall for my children as I knew that all of them will be reading this at some point and that it would work for my oldest now.  Plus it was one of my favorites off the given list.  

Progeny Press Review

You can use the downloadable guide in two ways.  You can download and print it which makes it just a study guide really or you can use it on the computer in an adobe format which makes it interactive.  Because I was using this with two students I downloaded and printed it off.  This study guide is 47 pages and written by Rebecca Gilleland.  If you’ve never read Sarah, Plain and Tall you should, but it is set in 1860’s Kansas.  Sarah comes from Maine to Kansas.

My children know what Kansas is like as we live in a neighboring state though we don’t go there a lot.  They also know a lot about the 1860’s as we do Civil War Reenacting.  For them, this book is one that they can relate to and enjoy with their background in history around the events.  We did look up some additional facts to go with our study though to help increase our understanding of what was going on in that time.


Progeny Press Review

Each study guide contains a synopsis, author information, pre-reading activities, a look at each chapter or section of the book–this includes vocabulary, questions about the section, and a Dig Deeper section which challenges the reader in new ways and helps to bring the story to life for them– and lastly an answer section.

Now for how we used our study guide.  We used one week to talk about what was going on in history and do some of the pre-reading activities from the study guide.  We also talked about what they thought might happen in the book.  What they thought the ending might be.  Next we worked on reading the book and doing each section/chapter study after we were through with the chapter.  Because I have some really fast and good readers and it’s not a long book this did not take us long.  I made them slow down by saying they could only read one chapter a day.  I know my oldest would have finished the book in one day if I’d let her!

They each did their study guide on their own for one chapter a day and then we would meet to discuss and talk about out loud what they had answered.  We talked about things they didn’t quite understand and what had made them happy/sad/upset in the book.  Good literature always elicits emotions and we talked about the how and why of that.

Would you like to learn more about Progeny Press and the Christian study guides for literature they offer?  Please check out the Main TOS Crew Blog to read about the other titles that were offered to reviewers.  There are several reviews from our members linked so make sure to check out the reviews of any title that interest you!  You can also visit Progeny Press on facebook, twitter, and YouTube.


crew disclaimer graphic