It was time for a change. I am not one who embraces change, but I knew I needed to look at another option for what we were doing for Language Arts in our homeschool. Not that what we had been using was bad or not working, more so I wanted something that was more detail oriented and something that would be more challenging. I am so excited to have come across an all-in-one homeschool writing curriculum by Apologia.
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Homeschool Writing Curriculum
For the last several years, we had used a Charlotte Mason approach to our language arts learning. The girls were learning, but often they were bored with the amount of copy work, and I felt that they were not being challenged enough. I also felt that they weren’t able to find their voice. So much of what they did was copying and reading other works, and dictating what they had learned, but they were not able to develop their own writing enough. One year I had the girls take a creative writing class at our co-op, but since it didn’t work for that this year, I knew we needed to add a more structured writing curriculum to our days.
With Apologia launching their new Readers in Residence and Writers in Residence curriculums, I knew that is what I wanted to do. Apologia is a fantastic Christian homeschool curriculum company, and we have been a fan and user of their science curriculums for a few years, so it was a natural fit.
In the letter to the students, the creator Debra Bell shares these thoughts on writing:
The most important reason we should learn to write well is that God, our creator, has given us the gift of language.
The second reason we should learn to write well is that our ability to create — stories, poems, reports, and even essays — is one way we are made in the likeness of God. Using our creativity show how we are like our Father in heaven.
Writers in Residence
Writers in Residence uses a realistically based approach and teaches the types of writing that are most regularly used by adults in the real world. The four types of writing tasks are:
- I Remember (write about and experience they had)
- I Imagine (creative writing)
- I Investigate (learn research skills and research writing)
- I Think (argument writing)
Below you can see the six traits that Writers in Residence use as well as the process it follows.
I love that Writers in Residence is an All-In-One curriculum. Before we did something for language, another program for spelling, and were lacking in writing. With Writers in Residence, it incorporates it all into it. Their approach to spelling is to create a Word Collection where they track words they need to learn to spell and record words they want to use in their future writings.
The girls are using one book and recording all their writings and notes in a separate notebook. I like that they can have just their work in the notebook, and since the assignments are broken down into modules, it is easy to find what the assignment was in the book.
Another feature that is always a plus for me is the layout and breakdown of a curriculum. I will forever be a fan of how Apologia breaks their assignments up and lays it all out for you! It really can’t get any better than that!
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