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No-Busywork Literature Guides that Don’t Kill the Book

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I adore the no-busywork literature guides that don’t kill the book from 7Sisters Homeschool! Today I’m thrilled to talk about the elementary and the high school literature guides, as well as some other wonderful materials from the 7 Sisters!

No-Busywork Literature Guides from 7Sisters Homeschool that Don't Kill the Book

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Be sure to scroll to the bottom for a chance to win one of four Elementary Literature Guides!

Elementary Literature Guides

Each elementary literature guide is about 9-12 pages long. It includes information for the parent, a synopsis of the story, readability level, and activities.

Here are the currently available no-busywork literature guides:

  • A New Coat for Anna
  • Amazing Grace
  • Aunt Flossie’s Hats
  • Beethoven Lives Upstairs
  • Corduroy
  • Curious George
  • Freckle Juice
  • If you Made a Million
  • Just in time for Christmas
  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
  • Miss Nelson is Missing
  • Miss Rumphius
  • Sunflower House
  • The One in the Middle is a Green Kangaroo
  • The Reason for a Flower
  • The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • The Whale’s Song
  • You Are Special


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How to Use the No-Busywork Literature Guides for Elementary

Beethoven Lives Upstairs literature guide for elementary from 7Sisters Homeschool.

I looked specifically at the elementary literature guide for Beethoven Lives Upstairs. First, there is some information for the parent to explain the objectives of the teaching and guide. Next, you see a synopsis and the readability level (end of 4th grade). Then come the activities.

There is a worksheet for the kids to fill out the following information:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Genre
  • Characters
  • Setting

There is a decoding skill (syllabication) and a Roll’em and Read’em game. Vocabulary words are listed for the kids to look up the definitions.

The Comprehension skills for this guide/book are to see how the author uses letters to tell a story and to recognize the point of view used. There are 5 comprehension questions as well.

I love the Research section which guides the parent to help the student learn more about Beethoven, listen to his music, and find the places listed in the book on a map!

The 5 included worksheets are for the Story Elements, Syllabication, and the Roll’em and Read’em game.

The elementary literature guides are sure to help the homeschool parent work through a book with their student in a fun and interesting way. No busywork and they won’t kill the book!

Another great feature? There is a 10-Day No-Questions-Asked Money-Back Guarantee on all 7Sisters EBook curriculum!

High School Guides We Used

Perelandra Literature Study Guide for High School from 7Sisters Homeschool -- review by Gena Mayo of

I love teaching high school literature! The last time we were at our homeschool co-op we used these two literature guides from 7Sisters:

  • Perelandra
  • Antigone

I love how easy they are to use. I specifically used the Perelandra guide with the students; another teaching used Antigone.

One great feature is that they provide different ways to use it depending on your specific students: Basic/Average, College Prep, Advanced, and Honors. For example, in the Advanced level, the students will use the descriptions in the book along with their imagination to describe the land and water features, plant and animal life of Perelandra, as well as draw a map.

The Student literature guide for Perelandra includes a biography of C.S. Lewis, Introductory material which helps the student gain a helpful background before reading the book, vocabulary, 59 questions, and a list of references used for creating the guide. The Parent/Teacher guide contains definitions of the vocabulary words and answers to all the questions.

We divided up the reading into 3 weeks, so I divided up the words and questions as well. Then, the students and I met for an hour once a week to discuss the questions and answers.

The Perelandra literature study guide saved me so much time! I highly recommend it for teaching high school literature, and if all the guides are this well done, then I recommend them as well!


High School Curriculum We’re Using Fall 2021

Introduction to Psychology from a Christian Perspective

Introduction to Psychology from a Christian Perspective: My oldest daughter who will be a senior in high school in the fall of 2021 will be using the Intro to Psychology curriculum from 7Sisters. I’m very excited about this curriculum for her because it’s high quality AND written from a Christian perspective. There are sixteen chapters, and my daughter will earn a full credit with it.

Some of the chapters include The Brain and How it Works, Genetics, Communication, Looking at Personality & Theory, Sleep & Dreams, Abnormal Psychology, and Crisis Intervention.

Other 7Sisters Curricula I’ve Looked at But Haven’t Used Yet

  • Hymns and Creeds Study Guide
  • The Truman Show Study Guide
  • American Poetry
  • Career Exploration
  • Financial Literacy
  • Interviewing Skills

Brand New!

Foundations of Physical Fitness curriculum for teens.

Foundations of Physical Fitness is a brand new curriculum for teens. It combines videos with the text to help students learn to exercise correctly and incorporate it into their lives.

The instructors are certified fitness instructors with college degrees in related fields.

The text covers the following topics:

  • Different Types of Fitness
  • Progressive Overload
  • Compound Exercises vs Isolation Exercises
  • Form is King
  • Cardiovascular Exercise
  • Stretching and Mobility
  • Real Fitness vs Fake Fitness
  • Fit for Service

Foundations for Physical Fitness includes:

  • Text (for 1/2 credit)
  • Tests and Answer Key
  • How-to Videos and Progress Charts (to complete the credit log 60-90 hours of fitness activity according to the videos and your teen’s interest)
  • Suggested Syllabus


Enter to win one of four elementary literature guides! The giveaway will end on the night of Sunday, June 27, 2021. One entry is to download a FREE list of the entire collection of 7Sisters Literature Study Guides. Go ahead and do that now so you can mark it off on the entry form!

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  2. Judith Martinez says:

    I haven’t tried anything from 7 sisters yet but I have my eye on the Psychology curriculum.

  3. I never tried their products, but several look good….such as the psychology.

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