I love history and fictional books that are historically accurate are some of my favorite. So, I was excited to find a young reader’s book called “The Josefina Story Quilt” and get to review “The Josefina Story Quilt”e-guide for it from Progeny Press.
The book is adorable and perfect for 4-9 year olds as a read-a-loud or for an independent reader to read themselves. It follows a young girl Faith and her pet chicken as they travel on a wagon train west. It’s cute and funny and has some realistic sadness in it also. I actually can’t believe I hadn’t heard of this book before. Its definitely a winner in my opinion.
Now in comes “The Josefina Story Quilt” e-guide. I found this extremely helpful and fun for my 7 year old boy! He really enjoyed the learning opportunities in it. For example, he was given a sentence from the book with a word that is rarely used anymore. Then he had to tell me the meaning based on the sentence. He got all but one right! I found that pretty amazing. So they are learning to infer a word’s meaning based on the context. That is super helpful, because I cannot count the number of times I have done that in real life.
He also really enjoyed packing a wagon to go west and telling me the items he would take and why. Here’s a few he chose: his puppies (because they are his best friends), food (so he wouldn’t starve, lol) and clothing (so he wouldn’t freeze) and of course he wanted to take Mom, Dad, Bub & Sis and his Bible (because its God’s Holy Word). I thought that was a pretty great list 🙂 I’m not prejudiced or anything though 😉
The e-guide is thorough and your child will get to explore the book in its entirety but it should only increase their excitement not make them completely bored like a book report might do, lol. The guide is 34 pages long and includes an answer key.
What’s really handy about an e-guide is I simply downloaded in on my tablet, but you can download it and print it out if that’s what you prefer. Since Jake doesn’t like to read independently I read it aloud to him, but if you have a more advanced reader you could print and let them work on it solo. You an also purchase the guides pre-printed or on a cd if you prefer.
Progeny Press has a absolutely amazing amount of study guides for really good children’s books! A few more I’m interested in trying out are “The Courage of Sarah Noble”, “A Long Way to a New Land”, and “A Long Way Westward”. They also have an online bookstore with many, many good books!
I am very pleased with this e-guide and highly recommend adding them to your language arts program. Its something fun, educational and gets your kids involved in all aspects of learning!
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