In the Stone Fox E-guide I found an interactive study guide with questions about what happened in the story, questions that encouraged thought, vocabulary, bible tie-ins, and much more. It was interactive, allowing students to type in their answers rather than having to print it out for children to write on (though that's an option as well).
When you purchase the study guide you are not purchasing the book. Many of the books they use are readily available at your local library. We bought ours, promptly lost it, and then borrowed it from the library. (silly us eh?) :)
I have to admit, we proceeded through this study guide quite slowly. It's the first time we've done a formal study guide. Change is difficult for my boy, ergo proceeding slowly so it doesn't seem such a huge shock/change is best in our household. I would have him read a chapter, tell me what he thought, then read the second chapter.
Then we would answer one page of questions, and another day answer another page. MOST of the time he did all his answers using the interactive study guide. The blue area above shows the students where they are to type. I have to tell you how much my boy LIKED this. "I can do it here mom"? was his delighted response.
BUT occasionally I would print off a page (especially if I thought my lad could do the work while on the road somewhere). (see below)
I deliberately didn't read the book before giving it to him to read. I want him to be able to answer the questions as much as possible without my intervention. If I know all the details it's too easy for me to "help, or lead" so it was good to see how well he could read and think on his own.
He did well.
I have to admit though, the "read the bible verses and see how they relate to the passage" section, completely stymied him and we chose to set those aside for now. I will occasionally bring them up again in a less formal way. When asked to say what he thought a bible passage meant he did a good job, it was just the applying it to the book that caused him to struggle. I liked the interweaving of faith with thinking about a book.
Although my lad is not keen on doing study guides (but seriously...does any child who'd rather build and create like taking the time to think his way through a book?) it worked for him. He thought, he considered, his vocabulary comprehension grew and this was good.
Did he struggle with some aspects? YES.
But that's good too. It's good to be stretched when you are learning, and if it's too much, to set it aside and approach it from a different angle. It's part of the beauty of multi-age materials.
Received: Digital copy of Study Guide for Stone Fox.
Vendor: Progeny Press
Item: Stone Fox E-Guide
Grade Range: Upper Elementary (grades 3-6)
Length: 60 pages with separate answer key
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