What is the difference between an FSG and a RAG? What things are included in the study guides? Where can I find the guides in the program? Are there answer keys?
Illuminations Study Guides:
- There are 3 types of study guides
- Read-Alone Guide (RAG)
- Family Study Guide (FSG)
- High School Study Guide (HSSG)
- All the guides include Answer keys
Illuminations and Read-Alone Guides (RAG)
The main goal of RAGs are to encourage independent work. The RAGs are based on the lower elementary books selections. The guides offer questions and activities in small chunks. Generally one week is planned for each book, for longer books two weeks are given to complete.
I do find benefit with older kids completing the guides. The visuals from the book are a nice perk to the picture less middle school readers. The RAG books generally offer a great introduction to topics.
For the non-reading group these can be used in place of the FSGs. Reading the books orally and answering the questions orally can provide just the right amount of time on a literature book.
RAGs are not sold separately. They can only be found only in the Illuminations program.
Illuminations and Family Study Guides (FSG)
FSGs are based on the upper elementary and middle school book selections. These guides are designed to be read aloud with a wide range of kids. Guides include vocabulary and discussion generators. Hands-on activities and projects are included to cover different learning styles. Answer keys are provided.
In the past I read the FSG books out loud while my kids ate lunch. Then we would answer the questions orally. My younger kids, which are not so little any more, prefer reading the books to themselves. I will spend a Friday morning going over discussion generators with them for the whole week. I had to adapt to best serve their learning styles.
I go back and forth on what extra writing and projects I have them do with the guides. We do not do everything listed in the literature guides.
FSGs are sold separately. They can be found at the Bright Ideas Press store, but currently are being upgraded on the site.
Illuminations and High School Study Guides (HSSG)
Three cheers for homeschooling high school! I love the variety of book selections with Illuminations. It is great to read other genres beside historical fiction. I love that poetry, bible and non fiction are included.
Both of my high school kids complete their HSSG independently. At the beginning of the week we select what is to be completed. Then with a mid-week check-in and discussion on Fridays, to check that they have their work complete.
The graphic organizers (GO) with the study guides provide the documentation needed for proof of credits earned.
Now if you have opened your software and can not find the literature study guides: select view curriculum, browse by subject, literature and then click any title listed and you will reach the study guides.
HSSG are sold separately. They can be found at the Bright Ideas Press store, but currently are being upgraded on the site.
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