Kicking Story Time Up a Notch: A StoryTime Treasures Review
During our review time, we were able to look at 2 stories out of the 5 available, Little Bear's Visit and Caps For Sale, and their corresponding activities. Each book's activities were divided up into lessons that provided plenty of work for my young first grader. In these two units of lessons alone, we were introduced to verbs, characters, setting, and verb tense as well as vocabulary, reading comprehension and even some math in Caps for Sale! While there is valuable content surrounding each book, in this collection there is no required order so jumping around - at least in this set - would not hurt one bit.
We started with Little Bear's Visit and tried to work on a half a lesson to a whole lesson per day a few times a week. There is quite a bit of writing involved and my son did tire of that pretty quickly (though he is young and activity driven so it wasn't surprising). If we didn't get to everything some days we would finish it up during our nap or nighttime story time. Toward the end sometimes I would skip the actual writing of the answers (because it took the longest and resisted the most by my son) and work on the understanding of things orally. Cutting down or eliminating the handwriting portion would definitely make this collection suitable for engaged kindergarten level students.
For each book, which included 3 or 4 lessons in the Study Guide, there was Comprehension Questions, Fill-in-the-blanks, Language Lessons (introduction to grammar terms), and Just for Fun sections that involved things like drawing or simple math. The Answer Key includes a half page on each lesson of all 12 stories in StoryTime Treasures and More StoryTime treasures with corresponding answers for every question or activity. I didn't use the Answer Key very much because of my familiarity with language concepts, but it helped to make sure we weren't missing something intended.
When ordering this curriculum you are given the option to buy the literature along with the Study Guide. They are great books to have in your own library, but it isn't required to purchase them, which is nice because all of them are available at our local library. On most pages there is a downloadable sample page to view a portion of the actual text before committing to a purchase.
As a literature lover in college, this curriculum reminded me of all the classes in college where we discussed books continually! It provides so many opportunities to discuss matters beyond just an answer on the page. I loved it! If your student(s) are older, Memoria has a great assortment of curriculum for every grade level that continues and enhances this dynamic with all kinds of literature.