I received this product for free, was compensated for my time. All opinions are honest, and I was not required to post a positive review. This is the writing curriculum I am currently using in our homeschool.
Have you ever struggled with teaching your kids the subject of writing?
Writing can be a difficult subject to teach.
It is not straightforward like math or science or grammar.
Yet, writing is something so essential.
We want our kids to be effective communicators so it is important that they learn writing. And learn writing well.
In years past, I did not have a specific writing curriculum.
Now that I have a third and fifth grader, I find that a writing curriculum has been so helpful in keeping us on track and helping me to teach my kids to write.
Let’s explore the brand new writing curriculum we are using.
Apologia Writers in Residence
This new writing program is from Apologia, a company that I trust and know.
I love the fact that this program provides high-interest writing assignments while teaching grammar aspects, such as sentence structure, parts of speech, punctuation, and capitalization.
I know that my kids could always use some extra grammar practice!
This volume of Writers in Residence is comprised of 6 units.
Throughout these units, the students are given four writing tasks: I Remember, I Imagine, I Investigate, and I Think.
By doing the assignments laid out, the students will end up writing a personal narrative, a creative writing piece, use research skills, and finish an opinion/argument writing.
Apologia Writers in Residence provides a suggested schedule in order to go through the curriculum.
Since we do a loop schedule where we focus on writing one afternoon a week, I bundle a whole week of lessons into our writing intensive schedule.
For more information on how I use a homeschool rotation, CLICK HERE.
A Clear Guide to Learn Writing
Another part of the Apologia curriculum that I love is the clear instruction laid out in the beginning of the book.
I have found The Six Traits of Writing Model and The Writing Process to be helpful illustrations as I teach my children to write.
Our First Lesson
The first writing lesson was a big hit with my sons.
We started out by collecting family memories.
I helped them organize their ideas into a checklist.
Then, we wrote our first essay together called When I Was Young.
After writing, we learned about vigorous verbs and added some vocabulary words to our memory work.
After two weeks, we had our first essay written. Writing did not seem as difficult to learn or teach!
Checklist for Writing
Each module contains a helpful checklist.
Before moving onto the next module, the checklist allows me to see how well we completed the module.
Points are earned for each task, and I am able to evaluate if we are ready to move on.
As I homeschool 5 kids, having some sort of a checklist to go over progress is helpful and a great reminder to me to stop and focus on what they are learning.
Writers in Residence Curriculum
If you have struggled with teaching writing, I highly suggest you check out Writers in Residence.
You can also grab a free 100+ page sample to see if this curriculum is right for your homeschool.
And take a minute to watch this short video about FAQ’s with the program.
I know you will be as impressed with Apologia’s new curriculum as I was!
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