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When it comes time for homeschool planning, I LOVE planning our reading assignments for the year.
Unfortunately, my kids do not share my love for reading just yet.
I found over the years that I was spending a lot of time planning and not as much time reading.
I wanted to switch that around.
I believe that I finally found a curriculum that will allow us more time to read and become reading detectives.
Apologia Readers in Residence
I have heard such amazing things about Apologia curriculum, and I was excited to have the opportunity to give this curriculum a try.
I will be using the Apologia Readers in Residence with both my fifth grader and third grader.
I love to teach subjects together when possible. This reading curriculum will allow us to read the books together and go through the material together.
My first impression was a good one. The books were well laid out, sturdy, and comprehensive.
I spent a little bit of time looking over the material.
Books We Will Read with Apologia
The first step was to look at the books we will read together.
Choosing books for my boys can be difficult.
I love it when the experts do it for me!
Sarah Plain and Tall – Historical Fiction with a focus on character development
The Sword in the Tree – Historical Fiction with a focus on character development
Charlotte’s Web – Animal Fantasy with a focus on plot development
The Mouse and the Motorcycle – Animal Fantasy with a focus on plot development
Because of Winn-Dixie – Contemporary Realistic Fiction with a focus on setting
Kindred Souls – Any genre with a focus on character development, plot development, and the setting.
Breaking the Reading Down with Apologia
Armed with our books, we are ready to start breaking down each story.
Readers in Residence breaks down each book chapter by chapter. This is the perfect method for my boys!
There is even a suggested schedule at the front of the book. In the suggested schedule, it would take 32 weeks, 4 times a week.
Since we follow a loop schedule, we will be doing our Readers in Residence once a week for about an hour. This will give us enough time to complete all of the assignments from the schedule.
We started out with Sarah, Plain and Tall. We first looked at the characteristics of historical fiction.
After taking a look at the genre, we started to dive into character development by learning about main, major, and minor characters.
I was impressed that this curriculum also looked at some grammatical parts of the story.
I know that my kids learn better when they are able to see the lessons straight in a book.
This makes the lesson come alive for them.
Chapter by chapter, Readers in Residence breaks down the books and uses good literature to do so.
I am so excited that I have found a curriculum that uses this wonderful literary approach.
I have also found that this curriculum is helpful for reading comprehension with my boys.
Each section has reading comprehension questions on the books. This really helps me to see that they are comprehending the reading as we go along.
Download FAQ and large sample HERE
Ready to check out Readers in Residence for yourself?
This page has all the FAQ’s and the opportunity to download a 100+ page sample.
Trust me! You do not want to miss this.
This video also does a graet job of showcasing the material.
We have loved using Readers in Residence. I hope you will take the time to sneak a peek at this amazing curriculum.