Requiring Reading With Apologia’s Readers in Residence Curriculum

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I didn’t enjoy reading books when I was in school. In fact, I didn’t read. I would do almost anything else before I would sit down and read a book. I don’t even remember reading an actual book when I was in middle school and when I entered high school, I knew where the cliff notes rack was located in the local book store. Because of this, I was reluctant to push my kids to read certain books. I wanted their passion for reading to develop organically. Thankfully, they both are avid readers, and now I require reading with Apologia’s Readers in Residence Curriculum.


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Requiring Reading

When my girls learned to read, I started letting them pick out their own books from the library. I didn’t want to force reading on them; I wanted them to fall in love with reading. Being that I didn’t grow up with a love of reading, and only started becoming an obsessed reader since becoming a mom, I wanted to do everything I could to help fuel the fire in their desire to read. Assigning reading didn’t seem to be the right approach, so I just let them read what they wanted, as long as they were reading.


There are many ways to enlarge your child’s world.

Love of books is the best of all.  {Jackie Kennedy}


Thankfully, both my girls have caught the reading bug and this year when our library announced that for the summer reading program once one sheet was completed, they could start another, both girls squealed with excitement! Now that they are enjoying reading I felt it was due time to add more depth and comprehension to their reading.


Readers in Residence

Apologia who is a frontrunner in the homeschool curriculum marketplace recently expanded their line and now offer a language arts curriculum. Wahoo!! We have been a fan of Apologia’s science for years, so when I heard about this new curriculum, I knew I wanted to check it out!


Readers in Residence incorporates great literature, comprehension, and vocabulary. As soon as the books arrived my girls wanted to dig right into them. Even though we had just finished our previous year’s schooling, they wanted to check the books out right away. When I started to pore over the materials, I too got excited. This is exactly what I was looking for.  A curriculum that encourages the reading of good literature, teaches skills to learn comprehension, and also keeps it fun is the perfect trifecta!


Apologia's Readers in Residence is an All-In-One Reading Curriculum!

When I read the preface, I melted. Although I am not opposed to using non-Christian materials in our homeschool, I am overjoyed when I find a well-done curriculum that does, in fact, give glory to God.


At it’s heart Readers in Residence is a celebration of the gift of language from our Creator. What a marvelous thing it is that we can spin words into stories that entertain, surprise, caution, and instruct! My prayer is that reveling in the complexities and possibilities of language will deepen and enrich your family’s worship of the Creator — the ultimate giver of stories and language.  {Debra Bell}


Reading Curriculum

Readers in Residence is broken down into six units and covers three genre’s: historical fiction, animal fantasy, and contemporary realistic fiction. Each genre provides one unit that the book is assigned and one unit where you choose a book from that genre. The first genre covered is historical fiction, and the assigned book is Sarah, Plain and Tall.


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That unit is broken down into 4 Module’s and is spread out over 34 days. I appreciate how the schedule and layout follow suit to other Apologia’s curriculums. The schedule provided consists of 4 days which is great since we have our co-op one day a week.


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Also being that I have a background in Criminal Justice, I am partial to the overall theme of the curriculum. Volume One is Sleuth where the students learn to be a reading sleuth and collect clues as they read. As the volumes progress, so does the level of investigation in the reading material.


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Not Just Reading

I think what I enjoyed most when I was checking out the curriculum, and I know my girls have enjoyed it too, are the additional activities that are in the curriculum. In Unit One, one of the activities was to “Create Your Own Book Cover.” Let’s be real; I wanted to do that!


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Later in Unit 3 (we’re not there yet) one of the projects is to create a story board. How fun! Readers in Residence is an All-In-One Reading Curriculum, and I am thrilled that we have added this to our arsenal of curriculum. I feel it is only going to enhance the girl’s love of reading.


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