I love Memoria Press so I was so excited to receive Poetry, Prose, and Drama: The Old English & Medieval Periods Set this time to review. With a daughter in high school, I am always on the lookout for quality, classical materials for our daughter to use, and the products from Memoria Press never disappoint, especially if when searching for Classical Education materials.
Memoria Press, a family run company, provides easy to use Classical Education materials ranging from Latin to Poetry to Reading and more. From the foundation that Cheryl Lowe began before her death in 2017, the company continues to provide a wealth of classical educational materials. For this review, we received the Student Workbook, Student Textbook, and the Teacher’s Guide.
When we began our homeschooling journey, Memoria Press quickly became a favorite of our family, especially when we began studying Latin. So when given a choice of what she would like to review, Poetry, Prose, and Drama: The Old English & Medieval Periods Set was our daughter’s choice. She loved the idea of studying some of the best pieces from this time period. I knew I could trust the selections to be ones our family would approve of, and the materials did not disappoint me. My only concern about the materials is the rather small font used in the books. It made it difficult for me to read, and since I wanted to work through the materials with my daughter, this was a rather important factor. According to their website, this set features poetry from the Anglo-Saxon Invasion to the Tudor Accession (449-1485).
The idea is for the student to create a notebook for this course and detailed instructions are provided about how to do this properly. I was very pleased with the straight-forward nature and explanations provided in both the Teacher’s Guide and Student Workbook. This notebook is where the student will record all the answers for the vocabulary words, discussion questions, comprehension questions and more. I appreciate how the Teacher’s Guide gives parents permission to adapt the curriculum to adjust to your own family’s needs. So I decided to allow our daughter to answer some questions orally rather than writing out answers. Because this course can quickly become writing intensive, I could see the benefit of using an online notebook along with a program that allows the student to speak and then translates that into the document. This would be especially beneficial for students who have difficulty writing for prolonged periods of time.
The books cover the Anglo-Saxon Invasion to the Norman Conquest (which includes the literature of the warrior and the literature of the priest), as well as from the Norman Conquest to the accession of the Tudors (which includes literature of the Medieval Church and the literature of the common people). Because my husband is an ordained Primitive Baptist preacher and has been for all of our children’s lives, our daughter was especially interested in learning about the sections about the literature of the Priests.
Again from the website, the materials include the following description, “The Poetry Prose and Drama Book One: The Old English & Medieval Periods Set includes poems from the Anglo-Saxon Invasion to the Tudor Accession (449-1485). This Set includes Poetry, Prose, & Drama: The Old English & Medieval Periods, the Student Guide, and the Teacher Guide. The anthology contains introductory readings that provide background information and historical context for the works as well as short introductions for each poem. The student book contains notes and instructions to the student, definitions of basic features, and an explanation of how to mark a book as well as pre-reading questions, reading notes, words to be defined, comprehension questions, Socratic discussion questions, and essay prompts. The Teacher Guide features notes and instructions to the teacher, and contains the answers to the questions found in the Student Guide as well as the Tests and Test Key.”
The first book in the collection is the Teacher Guide, which lays out everything the student is supposed to do for each lesson along with providing additional information, answers, preparation materials, reading notes and more. It is meant for the parent to use to guide the student through the material. However, with our high school daughter doing this set she could have worked more independently. However, I love completing work with her, and especially literature or history – something this curriculum offers a wealth of each. So this book provided useful guidance for me as my daughter and I worked through the materials. The tests primarily use matching as a way of determining what the student remembers. Our daughter appreciated this when taking tests.
The next book is the actual “reader”, meaning the book that has the actual reading material in it. This includes selections from The Seafarer, The Wanderer, Andreas: A Legend of St. Andrew, Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation, Caedmon’s Hymn, The Dream of the Road, Robin Hood Ballads and more. She enjoyed reading the introductory materials because it gave her a wealth of information to share with her father and brothers. She appreciated how the information was separated into sections with headings to make it easy to follow. When we began reading The Seafarer, she appreciated the imagery and descriptive language used. The section on riddles also captured her attention, since again she was able to share them with her father and brothers. When we began reading the selection about St. Andrew, she appreciated the language and descriptions given.
As she worked through the questions in the Student Workbook, I tried breaking it up for her so she did not get overwhelmed by the material. We found the mixture of vocabulary words and questions to be a good fit for our daughter.
All in all, our family was very pleased with Poetry, Prose, and Drama: The Old English & Medieval Periods Set from Memoria Press. Check this set out for yourself.if you are looking to homeschool classically. You can check out my review of Second Form Latin here. Other members of the Home School Review Crew are reviewing other products from Memoria Press this week including their Latin programs, various sets from the Poetry, Prose, and Drama Series along with the Classical Phonics with the First Start Reading Program. So click here or on the image below to check out more reviews for yourself.