As part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I was given the chance to review StoryTime Treasures Student Guide and Answer Key from Memoria Press. I’ve been wanting to take a good look at this program for a while, so I jumped at the chance.
About StoryTime Treasures
I received the student study guide and answer key for StoryTime Treasures. The books covered are Little Bear, Little Bear’s Visit, Caps For Sale, Blueberries For Sal and Make Way For Ducklings. I was a little nervous about there being no teacher guide, but it turns out you don’t need one.
Everything that you need to know about using the guide is explained in the “How to Use” section. It’s very straight-forward. There are no bells and whistles, no fancy manipulatives, and it’s in black and white. I was a little worried about the amount of writing in it but guess what? Boobear loves it!
First, there is a reminder to discuss the cover of the book, talk about the author and illustrator, and the title page. If there is one, there’s a reminder to talk about the dedication page as well. After that, there is a word study section. These are words that are found in the story. The child says the word, using phonics rules as necessary, writes them, then uses them orally in a sentence so they understand what they will be reading.
The next step is to read the selection. After that, comes reading a sentence from the story and defining the bolded word. Then comprehension questions, which are a combination of filling in the blank and writing a complete sentence. The questions are designed to help the child pick out the most important parts of the story. Even the virtues or mistakes of the characters are discussed.
There is a reminder to talk about starting a sentence with a capital, ending with the proper punctuation, and so on which helps reinforce grammar rules. These are language lessons and first you talk about something related to the story (for example, in What Will Little Bear Wear? we discussed the snow and things you can and can’t do when it snows) then there is a section about grammar. Following that is a for fun section that has a fun activity that relates to the story in some way.
The answer key provides answers for both StoryTime Treasures and More StoryTime Treasures. Answers are easy to find for every story and provide plenty of guidance to help you not only guide the student to the right answer and make sure they are really understanding what they are reading.
What We Think
Personally, I find it to be an excellent resource for language arts. I love the stories and I love the exercises that are in the student study guide. I have seen a lot of growth with Boobear’s comprehension and he’s beginning to use the skills we go over in the language lessons in other areas, such as remembering a period on his notebooking page. I use a whiteboard to write his sentences then he can copy them down. Needless to say, the days we use StoryTime Treasures we skip the handwriting book, as I feel there is plenty of writing for practice when he’s copying sentences.
I was honestly surprised at how much Boobear has taken to StoryTime Treasures. Every lesson follows the same format, so he knows exactly what to expect each time the book comes out. He loves the stories, and the writing – while challenging – isn’t too much for him. In fact, he thinks he’s “getting away” with something because we skip Pentime in favor of the writing in StoryTime Treasures! He’s very proud when he’s finished a lesson and seems to be feeling quite accomplished.
Overall, I love the program. This is something I’m going to keep using and I fully intend to purchase More StoryTime Treasures. I might even keep using the literature programs from Memoria Press as they are just so well put together.
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