Friday, March 29, 2019

Enriching Our Days with Poetry from Memoria Press {A TOS Review}

Thanks to the Homeschool Review Crew, we have become quite familiar with Memoria Press, a family-run publishing company that appears to be quite well known in Christian homeschooling circles. They carry classical curriculum in many subjects, several of which we have had the chance to review in the past. This time around I thought it would be fun to add some poetry into our days, and I was quite excited when I learned that Tabitha would be using the Poetry for the Grammar Stage Set.

The set we received contains three books: The Student Guide, the Teacher Guide, and the Anthology.

This set was designed to be used with Memoria Press' literature study guides as a supplemental study of the poems that are memorized. However, as we are discovering, this set can most definitely be used independently of the literature guides. If we were using this with the Classic Core Curriculum, it would take us four years to make our way through the poems. However, we have been working at a pace of one poem per week, which would mean we could potentially work through the poems in one school year. However, seeing as these poems do become longer and more complex toward the end of the book, it would make sense to work on these later poems at a slower rate. 

Here is a look at the list of poems and the books they would go with:

While we may not be combining this with literature studies, there is a lot to get out of these poems. Tabitha gets to listen to the poems being read, read them herself, work on vocabulary, analyze the poems, answer comprehension questions about the poems, and draw an illustration of her interpretation of the poem. There are quite a lot of skills being worked on with these poetry books.

Let's take a quick look at each of the books in this set.

Student Guide

This 159-page, softcover Student Guide starts with a Table of Contents and a section titled, "How to Teach a Poem," which offers some wonderful tips. From there we move into the actual poem pages. The majority of the 33 poems and their analysis take up four pages each and follow an identical layout. Obviously the longer poems take up more pages.

The poem is printed out on the page, and there is a framed space for the student to illustrate it.

The following page is lined for the student to write out the poem (or part of the poem as is the case with some of the longer poems toward the back of the book).

The next page lists vocabulary words with their meanings. Then the child is to answer some questions to analyze the poem, looking at such things as the rhyming scheme, the speaker of the poem, alliteration, metaphors, and personification. The poem is again printed out, this time with line numbers and a blank at the end of each line to label the rhyming scheme.

Each poem's analysis ends with comprehension questions which expect the child to think about what they are reading. These aren't all simple, find the answer in the poem questions. These questions require the student to give some thought to their answers.

The book conclude with an appendix that contains a glossary, which helps explain different poetry terms, plus a section titled, "The History of Paul Revere's Ride."

Teacher Guide

The 159-page, softcover Teacher Guide is identical to the Student Guide, except for the fact that the questions have answers printed in, and a few of the poems have an inset "Teacher Note" box to help the parent/teacher clarify a specific point.

For instance, in the poem "Try, Try Again" it explains that the rhyming structure included a refrain which was to be denoted with an "R." I actually almost missed this note, as this was the first poem to include one.


This 62-page, softcover book is smaller than the guide books. It contains just the poems, some of which have a black and white illustration to go with them.

How did we use these books?

As I've mentioned, we have been focusing on one poem a week. At the beginning of each week I read the poem to all the children during our "Table Time." On another day I will have Tabitha read it. Each week, as we add more poems, I will read through all of them at least once during the week. Sometimes Tabitha joins in with parts she remembers. We will review the vocabulary words to make sure she understands them. Then, during "Individual Time," Tabitha will either head to her room to work on the questions and the copywork, or she will sit at the dining room table. 

I allow her to take the time she needs through the week to work on these pages. She's even been known to work in the van and in the doctor's office. And if she is struggling with the questions, she can come to myself or her dad for help.

I admit, there are times her father and I are just as stumped as she is, so we are quite grateful for the answers that are provided in the Teacher Guide. Poetry is not one of my strengths, which is one of the reasons I thought it would be fun to work through this poetry set. I am hoping to learn alongside Tabitha.

So far we have really enjoyed being able to read and get deeper into these poems. One of Tabitha's favorite parts is being able to add her own illustrations. Honestly, I figured she would enjoy that part of the book, seeing as she is quite the artist. I appreciate that she is slowly learning more details regarding poetry terms, learning them as she comes across them in the poems and works on her analysis. 

I have to admit, I am not sure Hannah (my third grader) would be able to work through these poems the way Tabitha currently is. I was surprised to discover that this set is recommended for 3rd-7th grade. I realize we really haven't focused on poetry in our homeschool, so I can see the possibility of working through these slowly at a younger age, and building on the foundation. However, I'm sort of glad I decided to use it with Tabitha instead of Hannah, as there is a lot of writing that Hannah would definitely have struggled with. 

I'm so thankful that we were given this opportunity to add poetry into our homeschool. And I definitely feel that I can recommend Poetry For the Grammar Stage Set, though perhaps for children in the older part of the grade range as opposed to third or even fourth grade.  Though perhaps children who are used to a classical education would be better prepared for this at a younger age. 

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My fellow Crew Mates and I were given the choice of quite a few different products for this review. Some of them are reviewing the First Start Reading Program, which we reviewed four years ago. Others are reviewing various levels of Poetry. Still others are reviewing different levels of Latin, ranging from Prima Latina to Fourth Form Latin. We actually reviewed Latina Christiana two years ago.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Throwback Thursday Blog-Style #249: March 28, 2019

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I know, I know, Throwback Thursday seems to be all about sharing pictures from the past, great memories that mean something to you, that you would like to share with others. At least that is how it appears to me. Throwback Thursday wasn't something I was participating in, and then I came up with an idea.

I thought it would be great fun and a help to my blog to share old content, but not just any old content. Each week I will share an old blog post from a previous year, any year, BUT it has to be from the current week (for example, something I've posted around March 28th, from any previous year)  I will go in, edit the post if needed, add a pinnable image if I don't already have one, and share it on Facebook.

Would you like to join in? You do not need to edit your past post in any way, you don't need to create a pinnable image, though it couldn't hurt, in fact it will help your blog traffic to add quality pinnable images to your posts.

Just go into your archives, choose a favorite post from this current week from any previous year, and link it up below. (If you don't have anything from this current week, it is still okay to link up with a post from a previous year around this time. And if you haven't been blogging for a full year, feel free to share any earlier post.)

Please make sure to share from the past as instructed above.  The spirit of Throwback Thursday Blog-Style is to share posts from the past. Please follow the guidelines. I would hate to have to delete your link.
Thank you

I will be pinning posts to my appropriate Pinterest boards and will be randomly selecting a Featured Throwback Thursday post to share next week. Just a note, I will be sharing a picture from your post if you are selected as the featured post, but I will link back to your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. By linking up you are giving me permission to use your picture in the post. 

Here are my Throwback Thursday posts:

Originally posted March 24th, 2015
Toddler Ideas Tuesday: Nimby Cloud Crafts

Here is this week's randomly selected
Featured Throwback Thursday:

Kristen from A Mom's Quest to Teach shared:

To participate, link up below. It would be great if you could visit several of the other posts that have linked up. Stop by, comment, and pin images so we can help each other.

No button currently, and there won't be one until I can figure it out seeing as Photobucket has changed things. Feel free to still share the picture in place of the button. Just link it to my Throwback Thursday Blog-Style permalink please.

Happy Throwback Thursday!

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Wordless Wednesday: March 27, 2019 (w/linky) - Our Newest Grandbaby

Yep, our newest grandbaby was born today, a little grandson named Philip or Phillip, they haven't decided yet. We had a chance to go up and visit him (and his mommy and daddy) in the hospital. Isn't he the sweetest?

Annika came to visit her baby brother, but she had left before we got there.

Such a lovely little family!

Grandma's turn to hold the baby.

I love love love baby feet.

Grandpa's turn!

Uncle Harold's turn!

Auntie Hannah's turn!

Aunt Amelia's turn!

And Aunt Tabitha's turn!

Looking forward to seeing your Wordless (or not so wordless) Wednesday posts this week.

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