Home School Adventure Co. is a wonderful resource with a great mission that is focused on character building within the family unit. The Wise Woman with Literary Analysis Journal Questions melds perfectly with this mission. I was very excited to be chosen to review this book with my eight-year-old in mind. She does fall just short of the recommended age group of 9-11 for a family read aloud, ages 12 and up for family discussion and/or parent teacher guidance, with high school aged young people able to work independently with the material, but I was so inspired by the character content of the story that we took the plunge and read several chapters per week together as a family.
The story makes no biblical reference, but tying biblical principles into the discussion is simple. With a fable like telling of the story of the princess, the shepherd's daughter, and the Wise Woman we easily travel into the tale finding ourselves watching every move of the characters; ready and willing to learn the lessons taught both by the poor example of the Somebodies and the purposeful instruction of the Wise Woman. As the story unfolds we find ourselves challenged by the discussion questions as we analyze the behaviors, choices, and character of the young women in the story, as well as the discipline and guidance of the Wise Woman.
Exploring the story of The Wise Woman has given us plenty of opportunity for reflection and discussion. Though my brood is a tad young for this resource, we are thoroughly enjoying it, and I will be saving my printed copy in a binder for use at least a few more times throughout our homeschooling journey. My review version is in PDF format, and I am a paper in hand kind of gal. So, I printed out each chapter along with the corresponding analysis questions in advance of each reading. However, you could have easily read it directly from my laptop or my Kindle Fire. The chapter reference is super handy since it lists the chapter and the questions with separate links. It made my job of printing the days materials a breeze. We will be using corresponding vocabulary resource with our future readings. With its chapter and page reference for each word it will be easy to work into a more thorough lesson plan as my children grow and mature over the years. Such a valuable resource! Speaking of value, how about an extra 10% off downloads at Home School Adventure Co. for my readers? (The print edition is available for $28.95 with the e-book download, which we used, priced at $14.95.)