One thing I love about homeschooling is the fact that we get to read great books, like The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis. And then, we get to review wonderful products like this literature guide called The Silver Chair E-Guide from Progeny Press that makes the entire learning experience fantastic! This comprehensive guide allowed for much deeper literature lessons.
The Silver Chair Study Guide
This 52 page E-Guide is by far one of the coolest in depth study guides I have seen for The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis. Here are a few tips that are offered in how to use this study guide and things you will need on hand:
- Using this study guide as reference
- A good dictionary
- A thesaurus
- A Bible (NIV is used in the guide, you may use your choice of translation)
- A Topical Bible
- A Bible Concordance
- (Possible) internet access
- A good set of encyclopedias
Progeny Press states that each guide should easily be able to be completed in 8-10 weeks. This is a downloadable product that I have bound once I have it printed.
Each section (or set of chapters) has a similar set of things for the student to complete.
- Vocabulary – good use of dictionary skills
- Questions – comprehension questions for knowledge check (also research skills if student needs to go back and find the answers)
- Thinking About the Story – explanations of the use writing style
- Dig Deeper – using the Bible to research and answer questions
- Optional Activities – writing activities to enhance research skills, handwriting, and memorization
- Understanding the Story – definitions, vocabulary, dictionary skills
- As-You-Read – encouragement to apply skills to daily life
How This Worked for Us
We have read The Silver Chair numerous times so this was a neat way to go back over the story again, without having to just read it. I especially enjoyed all of the extras that come in this study guide. Instead of just answering questions I was able to get some dictionary skills practiced and some Bible research too. That was my favorite part.
As of the kids, we did a bunch of reading aloud then we would work through the questions together. As I used this with both Ana and Joseph, this was the easiest approach for us. When it came time to do the dictionary work, I would have them each take a turn using the study guide. I would have them switch once they had completed the word they were looking up and so forth. If it was the multiple choice, I would have one child work on the note section then have the other child work on the next section.
The children were impressed at how much more they learned about the book because of this study guide. It was interesting to see them “get” something this time around versus me answering a thousand questions when I am trying to read aloud.
I am so pleased that Progeny Press offers more guides like this, as I foresee us using them again. And the fact that for each usage of these study guides garners a 1/4 credit for high school literature? I am all over that! But, the beauty of these guides from Progeny Press is that they have guides for ALL levels of school; elementary, middle, and high school.
We were so blessed to receive this The Silver Chair E-Guide and I look forward to using these more in my homeschool!
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In His Grace,