Teaching Homeschool Writing with Writers in Residence

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Writing has always been the one thing I knew I wanted to do. Even during the years I dreamt of becoming a surgeon, a pilot, a lawyer, and a teacher, writing was still part of the dream.

When I became a mother, one of the things I looked forward to the most was teaching my children a love for books, and a love for writing. As they got older unfortunately, most of them developed a deep dislike for writing. The more they pushed it away, the more I pushed back, and deeper grew their dislike.

A couple of years ago, I was gifted a copy of Writers in Residence by Apologia. I admit that the hefty volume, was a little more than what I was willing to try at the time. I set it on a shelf and completely forgot about it, until last summer.

During a week of summer boredom, I asked a couple of my girls to complete a few of the assignments, and was pleasantly surprised when neither one of them complained.

We completed that first volume earlier this year, and jumped at the opportunity to continue with volume 2.

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Teaching Homeschool Writing with Writers in Residence

We consider ourselves classically inclined Charlotte Mason homeschoolers, and though at first I didn’t think this textbook would fit our learning style, it surely did. Best of all, my girls have completed nearly every assignment without a second thought or  complaint, which is pretty remarkable considering their struggles with homeschool writing. In her teaching, Charlotte Mason promoted the use of living books. Books where the author has a great love and knowledge of the subject, and where the learning takes place naturally. Writers in Residence™, fits this model quote nicely.

Some of the features I have come to appreciate the most as a homeschool writing teacher are the following:

  • Six Trait Writing Model – Ideas, sentence structure, organization, voice, conventions, and word choice. These all work together to produce a finished product.
  • Breakdown of the writing process.
  • Spotlight on Christian Writers
  • Point Rubrics – Great for getting the hang of what to look for in homeschool writing.
  • Module Checklists
  • Word Sleuth
  • Unit Study Style Assignments
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The Answer Key & Teaching Notes also include a How to Use Section which discuss the Writers in Residence teaching philosophy and teaching method.

Writers in Residence Volume 2 Favorite Features

Teaching Homeschool Writing with Writers in Residence

Last month we started on volume 2, and I’m already looking forward to a few of the modules we’ll cover in homeschool writing.

Due to extra curricular activities, we’ve spent most of this semester traveling and homeschooling on the go, so one of the features I’m taking advantage of this time, is the suggested daily schedule. Though we don’t plan on covering homeschool writing every day, the suggested schedule makes it easy to keep track of where we are and what is coming up. It makes planning super easy, since it even suggests when library and field trip days could be scheduled based on the course of study.

Some of the modules I’m excited about are on plagiarism &  proper citing practices, poetry, and safe internet practices.

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Teaching Homeschool Writing with Writers in Residence

It took me some time to realize that my love for writing had only been inherited by one out of my six children, and that I could not force it upon the other five. Thankfully, with Writers in Residence™ we were able to recover from the deep dislike of homeschool writing, and at least two of the five are open to learning new concepts, and trying their hand at homeschool writing.

Even my two-year-old niece might one day give it a try.

Find out if Writers in Residence, is right for you, with this free 100 page download. To learn more about this program, watch the video below.

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