Every good parent wants to find good role models for their kids to follow. There are plenty of folks you want your kids to avoid and Lord knows we know we can’t be everything our child needs. So we try to find people whose values align with ours and whose skills can inspire our children to do big things someday. It’s easier said than done.
Our oldest son loves to read and to express his creativity through writing, but I must admit that I don’t know that many Christian writers for kids. I’d like for him to find an author whose style appeals to him so he can see how he can one day glorify God through his writing.
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That’s why I was so excited to find Writers in Residence™ from Debra Bell and Apologia. This language arts program gives you everything you want in a good homeschool writing curriculum — it focuses on grammar, teaches different writing formats and styles, but where it sets itself apart is that it includes profiles of notable Christian authors.
I recently checked out Writers in Residence™ Volume 2 All-in-One Student Textbook and Workbook and I LOVE IT! I highly recommend this homeschool writing curriculum. Here’s what you need to know about this excellent program.
ABOUT WRITERS IN RESIDENCE™, VOLUME 2 ALL-IN-ONE STUDENT TEXTBOOK AND WORKBOOK AND ANSWER KEY
Writers in Residence™ is our homeschool’s writing curriculum of choice. What makes it unique is that it is designed to help students “tap into their creativity and unleash their voices for God’s glory!” I love that!
They fulfill this mission by leading students to develop proper grammar skills and exposing them to new forms of writing. The 32-week curriculum is designed to be student-led with plenty of opportunities built in for parents to review their student’s work. An evaluation rubric is included with each assignment so parents can be assured their young writers are on the right track.
Writers in Residence™ Volume 2 All-in-One Student Textbook and Workbook is for students in 4th-8th grade. It is designed to build on the skills developed in Volume 1.
You can learn more by downloading this FAQ and sample pdf or by watching this introductory video.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THIS HOMESCHOOL WRITING CURRICULUM
It helps develop my son independence. First, I love that this homeschool writing curriculum is student-led. Students work through this curriculum on their own. Then they seek out feedback from their peers and correction from their parents.
Writers in Residence™ is written to the student in a way that engages them directly. The layout is very intuitive and easy to follow. Students are prompted when they need to have their drafts reviewed and corrected. They are even given questions to ask their parent that help lead them toward improved writing.
It inspires my son to develop his gift of writing to glorify God. The authors of this curriculum believe that creativity is a gift from God. I wholeheartedly agree. As parents, it is our job to steward the gifts God has given our children as they grow into faithful adults. This is why I’m most excited by the interviews of four new Christian writers. Volume 2 features interviews with four new authors:
- Sherri Seligson, a textbook author;
- Phil Lollar, co-creator of Adventure in Odyssey;
- Andrew Peterson, songwriter, and author of Christian fantasy; and
- Jenny Cote, a Christian fiction writer.
I love that this curriculum shows that God can use good writers in many different areas. In return, my son will see that he has many opportunities to point people toward Jesus through his God-given creativity and writing ability.
THE BOTTOM LINE
This homeschool writing curriculum does not disappoint. It’s beautifully designed, easy to follow and my son loves it. He is proud to share what he has written and that makes this momma’s heart happy. I’ve been impressed by what he’s come up with and I enjoy seeing his writing improve with each new draft. I would encourage you to check out Writers in Residence™ to see if it’s a good fit for your homeschool.
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