Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Kregel Publicaions and Susan K. Marlow - Circle C Stepping Stones Series Review

Lydia loves to read any books that revolve around horses.  Have you checked out the Circle C Stepping Stones series written by Susan K. Marlow

We recently had the opportunity review the first two books in the Circle C Stepping Stones Series, Andi Saddles Up Book 1 and Andi Under The Big top, Book 2 by Susan K. Marlow and published by Kregel Publications.

In Book 1 – Andi Saddles Up. ($7.99) Andi has a new saddle and she is ready to be a real horse-and-rider pair at last.  She wants to learn a new trick.  But her big brother said that she cannot do this.  But she discovers a new friend, Sadie.  But then Andi’s family begins to quarrel with Sadie’s family over a property line dispute.  Will Andi and Sadie be allowed to stay friends?

In Book 2 – Andi Under The Big Top. ($7.99)  The summer after Andi turns 9, the circus comes to town.  She can’t wait to see everything it will bring.  She meets Henry Jackson, who works for the circus.  She thinks he has the greatest job.  But Henry did run away to join the circus and now he’s trapped.  Can Andi help him get away even if it means losing something dear to her?

These two stories are the first of six in the Circle C Stepping Stones series.  They have been written for roughly the 9-year crowd as early chapter books, so I’m suggesting 2nd/3rd grade and up to roughly 6th grade.  Lydia is already reading later middle school, early high school level, but she loved stepping back in time with Andi in this series.

To go along with your book purchase, Susan K. Marlow has created a study guide to go with her books.  It’s easily downloaded from the site, and you can pick and choose what activities you would like to do with your student.  The study guide really provides a classical education approach to using this series. 

Inside the guide you will find a sample reading schedule that you can follow, along with comprehension questions, vocabulary work, equestrian related learning questions, language arts activities, a little map work and even some anatomy.  This easy-to-use is specifically matched to each book and helps you to bring the story more to life for your child.  They can really dig into it deeper into what is happening in Andi’s life.  So from fishing, to saddling your horse, to the anatomy of a horse, you are covered as you read each day.

Susan K. Marlow has written another hit series.  Not only with the actual stories, but also with the accompanying study guides.  Caty and I will be starting this series next, as a read together.  It is a bit advanced for her reading level, so I thought we will definitely read these together and then work on this wonderfully made study guide.  It will give us a break from typical curriculum books and allow us to explore new topics with each other in a fun way.

Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to read both Andi Saddles Up and Andi Under The Big Top by Susan K. Marlow and published by Kregel Publications.  Click on the link below to visit their reviews of this new series.
Andi Series {Kregel Publications and Susan K. Marlow Reviews}

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for your sweet review of the new Stepping Stones books. Sounds like they're right between your older DD and your younger DD. If they aren't quite "right" for your younger yet, Andi does have early chapter book adventures too. :-) Circle c Beginnings, which she might be able to read.
    Thanks again!