Progeny Press Literature Study Guide-The Cay: A TOS Review

Progeny Press Literature Study Guide-The Cay: A TOS Review

Progeny Press Literature Study Guide-The Cay: A TOS Review


Sacha’s<25: A literature study guide to go along with The Cay to help teach your children how to study literature from a Christian perspective.

Home in the Trenches Product Rating (out of 10 stars)

Is it worth our time? 10 stars
Did it help us learn? 10 stars
Is it worth the money?  9 stars
Is it useful to me? 10 stars
Practicality- 10 stars
Quality- 10 stars
Kid Rating- 9 stars

From their website: Progeny Press has over 100 study guides for literature, covering kindergarten through high school. Progeny Press study guides concentrate on critical thinking, comprehension, literary analysis, and Christian application. Our goal is to teach our children to think clearly, to understand literature, and to rely on scripture for truth and values, and enjoy themselves while they do it!

Our Experience:

We were given the Progeny Press Literature Study Guide to go along with The Cay as a download.  This is recommended for middle school students.  There are so many cool features with this product that make it a winner in my book.  This title, like many of their other titles, can be interactive.  This means that your student can actually answer all of the questions (multiple choice, short answer and essay) on the computer within the lesson.  While we didn’t use this option, I thought that many families would find this to be a useful feature and it saves on the amount of paper you have to print out! (see below for the different version options when ordering)

The questions in this study guide range from vocabulary to in depth discussion questions to do with your student.  There are a few different sections within each portion of the guide.  Our guide was divided into chapter chunks.  For example, chapters 8-10 were put together into one section of the guide.  I would have my 3 kids (6th, 5th and 2nd grade) listen to the chapters on CD that were listed together in the guide and then they would work on their study guides.  I had my 6th and 2nd grade boys work together (I knew that it would be too much for my 2nd grader to do by himself even though he is reading at a 5th grade reading level).  My 5th grade daughter did the guide by herself.  After they listened to the assigned chapters on the CD they would work on the vocabulary sections by themselves as well as the questions that checked their reading comprehension.  After these sections there is a section called “Thinking About the Story”.  These questions aren’t just for recall of facts, as students are asked to give a short explanation about why a character acted a certain way or comparing 2 different situations or character traits from the story.  After that section is the “Dig Deeper” portion of the guide.  I would go over these verbally with the kids.  I LOVED THIS PORTION OF THE GUIDE!

Here is an example of one of the questions:

“Briefly describe Phillip’s attitude toward work in Chapters 8 and 9.  Read Acts 20:34-35; Colossians 3:23-24; 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12; 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12; Titus 3:14.  According to these verses, what should our attitude toward work be, and how should we behave?”

What an awesome way to apply what they are reading for “school” into the lives of our children?  I had once hear Sonya Shafer speak at a statewide homeschooling convention and she spoke of the impact of the books she had read: specifically of how certain character’s lives changed her own life.  We need to make sure that what we allow our children to read will either have positive examples of how they should live or use those characters as teaching moments in our children’s lives.  This literature guide does just that! Thank you Progeny Press for making these for us!  I have reviewed many products for The Old Schoolhouse magazine, and this products ranks up there as one of the really special nuggets I have discovered this year!

Anyways, after the Dig Deeper questions there are also some optional activities listed that you can do with your student.  I will definitely be using Progeny Press Literature guides in the future!  I could also see them being a great class in a co-op situation (you would want to make sure that each family purchases their own copy of the guide!)

Progeny Press suggests taking 8-10 weeks for each guide.  Wow, I am so used to having to speed through books with one of the other curriculums I am using!  This is a really nice change of pace and I think the kids are getting so much more out of the book — because of this guide!

What I liked:

  • Ease of use.  Totally age level appropriate questions.
  • The answer key is included with the guide and even gives you a guide as to how the dig deeper questions could be answered.
  • The application of the Bible!!!!!
  • The discussion questions were awesome.  I enjoyed doing them with my kids!

What I didn’t like:

  • Nothing!  However, if I am being really nit-picky…..when I printed out the guides on the side of each page it printed out in red–”This is a Progeny Press Interactive study guide.  Sale of any copy or any form of this study guide, except on an original Progeny Press CD, with original sleeve, is strictly and specifically prohibited.” It is a waste of my red ink.  I understand why they do it, I just wish people would be more honest in their use of curriculum.
  • The kids thought there might have been too many vocabulary questions.  However, I have them doing other vocabulary work every day.  If I was using these guides on a regular basis, I don’t think I would have them doing extra vocab work.

To sum it up: This guide was a winner!  The kids begged to listen to more of the book and were willing to do the guides without any complaining!  I enjoyed the time I had with them discussing the more in depth questions (isn’t this part of what homeschooling is about?  But even more so being a parent?)  I would recommend these guides to everyone and anyone (and my friends have already heard so much about them!)  I would also recommend these to any parent of school children who would like to do something with their kids over the summer or in the evenings!


The important information:


Published by and order from:  Progeny Press

Price: There are a few different ways to order this and all the other literature guides:



CD and Booklet-$21.99

Email attachment-$16.99

To read other TOS Crew reviews of this product click here.


Disclosure/Disclaimer:  I received the above product free of charge for review purposes.  I am only expected to give an honest review.

3 Responses »

  1. My son thought there was too much vocabulary in the high school guide we did too. I maybe agree with him…

    I was curious if that was something that was true across the board, or if it was just our study. I think it is good for him though!!

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