I know. I must have been hiding under a rock because this was my first exposure to Hewitt Homeschooling and I’ve been around the homeschooling block a few times already.
We recently received their Lightning Literature program for 7th graders and I. Am. Impressed. Period.
The Lightning Literature program is available for both junior and senior high age students, though they are currently working on elementary-appropriate programs as well.
The official blurb of the Lightning Literature program by Hewitt says, “Hewitt’s Lightning Lit guides use full-length novels, autobiographies, plays, essays, short stories, and poems to teach deep reading and composition skills. Unlike some literature programs that take a scatter-shot approach (where none of the literature seems connected) or that try to include too much into one book, Lightning Literature guides focus on a few classics in depth, in a systematic manner.”
In short, they are speaking my love language.
As you can see in the photo above, there are three books included at this level: the student guide, teacher guide, and a student workbook. It is designed to cover a full year’s worth of Literature.
The literature selections are excellent and include Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Helen Keller, and James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small (as well as a few other works!). We’ve been reading Herriot’s book together as a family this year and it was super to go back and work our way through the comprehension activities included. Both my rising 7th grader as well as my just-completed 7th grader both enjoyed the short snippets included, as well as the age-appropriate activities suggested in the student guide.
All Creatures Great and Small is a personal favorite of mine and my kids have enjoyed it as well. It was great to get a recap of the story and hear my girls giggle as they recalled some of the funny scenes we had read aloud.
We all appreciated the detailed vocabulary lists included in the student guide, by chapter.
The activity to delve a little more deeply into the amazing job Herriot does with his character sketches was superb. My girls had a great time making their own character sketches of various family members!
They also squealed when they saw both the crossword puzzle and word search. Shall we say they argued about who got to do which one? Nope, I won’t say that. *wink*
The price breakdown of the program is pretty reasonable. The Student Guide, Student Workbook, and Teacher Guide are $20 each (so $60 for all three). You can also elect to purchase them together, including each of the books they cover for a total of $91.73.
As sorry as I am to not have heard of Hewitt Homeschooling before, I’m glad I know now. Lightning Literature is a GREAT resources and I highly recommend it!
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