One of the things that I have been pushing to work on with the the kids is writing. For me it has been hard to find something that works on both sentences and grammar. I was really excited to be able to review a curriculum called Writers In Residence by Apologia Educational Ministries. This is geared for children in grades 4 – 8.
Writers In Residence is a writing focused language arts program. It encourages students to use their God given voice. It contains 6 different high-interest writing assignments: I Remember, I Imagine, I Investigate, I Think, I Remember, and I Imagine. Each unit focuses on something different, by this I mean the students are learning sentence structure, parts of speech, punctuations, capitalization, and usage. It teaches students how to engage your reader in your writing as well.
The student book is spiral bound and is an all in one student work book and text. The answer key has directions, checklists and rubrics to help you evaluate your child’s work. Those same rubrics are also found in the student book. This set is a 32 week program using it 4 times a day. I love how detailed the lesson plans are.
How We Used This:
I used this with my son 4 days a week. We did follow the detailed lesson plan in the student workbook. I can’t really tell you how much time we spent on it as each day was a little different for us. My son struggles with writing and coming up with ideas so there are days that it took us longer. There are days that I did have to explain a little more to him. It wasn’t because the program didn’t teach it correctly it was because of the way he processes things.
This by far is a very unique writing program. I am so amazed with it. I have seen my son grow as we have been working on this. One thing I really liked was the fact that as they are writing sentences they are learning different parts of speech. As you move through it you go back and change the sentences you originally wrote to make them more engaging for your readers. The examples that they give you are excellent examples. You have a great visual to what you are suppose to be doing. This really walks you through the process of writing so beautifully and it actually sticks with the kids. I find this program to be very through and systematic. Again I love that it introduces new terms and concepts and gives the students the opportunity to practice using them. Each lesson builds off the other.
I mentioned that the book was spiral bound and I absolutely love that as it makes it easier to work in the book. I love the fact that it is all in one and you don’t have to work in different books. The pages are colorful and engaging. There are definitions and tips in the margins. You can even see the rubrics and checklists at times in the margins. There are also interviews with different Christian authors that I found to be encouraging and inspiring.
I do want to mention that even though this is geared towards grades 4 – 8, you can use this with multiple kids and different ages as well. You just have to adjust the curriculum to fit their needs. I really do want to start this with my daughter. We just need to work on punctuation and capitalization a little more before I start her on this. She picks up grammar really well. I think this could also benefit her. She loves to create different stories.
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