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Schoolhouse Review: Lightning Literature 7

Hewitt Homeschooling provides curricula for grades Pre-K through 12th grade. The company was founded in 1963 and has changed through the years. I found it interesting, you can read more on their "About Us" page.

I am very blessed to have been one of the Schoolhouse reviewers for Lightning Literature Grade 7. 

For this review I received the Teacher Guide, Student Guide and Workbook. To see samples click on the links and scroll to the bottom of the page. You will be directed to Hewitt Homeschooling website.

The books needed to complete this program; Stories and Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Alice's Adventure in Wonderland, Helen Keller; The Story of My Life, and All Creatures Great and Small. The books can also be obtained at Hewitt Homeschooling individually or you can purchase all of the above in one neat package for $91.73

The Teacher Guide, not only gives the answers to the workbook pages, but it does guide the parent/teacher to help the child write from good literature. It's not scripted, but gives enough information, so the parent feels confident and comfortable with teaching this course. It gives examples so I know what to expect from Annette's writing assignments.

The course has two semesters, each 18 weeks.
Lightning Literature lessons consist of: 
*Vocabulary, although the guide does recommend a separate vocabulary program as well.
*Literary Lessons cover, plot, rhyme, character, and citing passages
*Mini Lessons, your child is given between 3 or 4 writing exercises to choose and complete. Usually they pertain to the reading and other times it may introduce a composition skill.
*Writing Exercises, again the child will choose an assignment; usually three are given to choose from. For example in Chapter 2 the child can choose 1.a subplot in Tom Sawyer and write a paragraph explaining its exposition, rising action, climax, falling and resolution. 2. Write a paper explaining the parts of a story: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution, writing one paragraph for each part. 3. Read 'The Lady and Tiger' in their workbook and because this story does not have a resolution the child is write one.
*The Workbook pages prepare the child for the mini lessons and writing assignments. 

In the Teacher Guide, there is a suggested schedule for the two semester course (18 weeks per semester). The lessons are spread out into two weeks, so if the above assignments looks daunting, don't worry, it's not all done in one week. In fact some weeks your child will only need to read the assigned chapters.

How we used it? I copied the schedule from the Teacher Guide and marked what day to do a certain assignment. This helped Annette, to stay on track.
My daughter works very well on her own. She would do the assigned pages and we would go over them later when we had time. I would ask her some of the comprehension question and have her answer in complete sentences. Together we would decide which Writing Exercise she would do.

What did I think? I'm really impressed with this program. For the past couple of years I have been searching for a literature course for Annette. We tried some in the past but we weren't wowed with what we found and I actually stopped searching. Now that Annette will be in junior high, I again was on the hunt for a good literature program that would challenge her. When Lightning Literature came up for the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I  was very excited to be one of the reviewers. I was also thrilled that composition skills were part of the package.

What did Annette think? She really liked the first story (and so did I) "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", we both couldn't put the book down until we read the whole story about a mongoose and how it saved his human family, talk about intense. She likes the fact that the next several weeks will be reading only, yes that's my girl. Bottom line for her, she likes the program and will continue using it. After the review period, she will put it aside and pick it back up in September.

Right now Hewitt Homeschooling, is introducing an elementary level of Lightning Literature. The first four weeks of 1st grade is available for free (with the plan to add the rest in four week increments).

You can also find Hewitt Homeschooling at Facebook and Twitter.

To read more about Hewitt Homeschooling and their products that the Schoolhouse Crew reviewed, click HERE.

**Disclaimer: As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received Lightning Literature Grade 7, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.


  1. Enjoyed your review! I am very interested in using this for my son when he gets to 7th grade!

  2. Very good review :) It's good to hear that you both are enjoying it and it's working for you.

  3. Thank you ladies, I really am impressed with the program and am so happy to have found something for Annette.

  4. Yet another recommendation to copy the teacher's schedule for the student. I will be doing that as we are going to use this in the fall, too.

  5. Ah!! I wish I'd thought of copying the schedule from the teacher's guide! Will have to do that, for the rest of the course! ;-)


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