My older three kids (9th and 7th grades) love to read. My 5th graders, not so much. For example, my older kids regularly have a book with them. Whenever we leave the house, they almost always grab books to read in the car…even for short trips just around town. My 5th graders…they would often ask to bring the iPad, rather than reaching for a book. I have nothing against the use of electronics, but I don’t want my kiddos to lack the appreciation and love for books because of electronics.
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Essentially, I want my younger kiddos to have the same love for reading as my older kids. Determined to find a way to instill this love for reading in them, I began searching and I was totally drawn in by the description of Readers in Residence.
This is exactly what I want for my youngest kiddos! I want them to savor what they read! I want them to be captivated by books! I want them to love reading!
So, I decided to give it a shot and I’m so glad I did. Did I mention that Readers in Residence is from Apologia? We love Apologia and have used a number of their products!
Successful Homeschool Reading
Beginning with the Introduction of the very first unit, my boys were hooked! Honestly, I was quite surprised because they expressed WAY more interest than I expected! They were asking ME, when we could go to the library to pick up copies of Sarah, Plain and Tall (the first book assignment in the curriculum) for them to start reading! That alone is a HUGE turnaround! Truthfully, I wondered what had happened to MY boys! They are truly becoming expert readers and are learning to be reading sleuths through active reading!
More Than Just a Reading Curriculum
Don’t be fooled! Readers in Residence is not JUST a homeschool reading curriculum! It’s so much more! Not only does it promote reading and literature, but it also incorporates comprehension skills, critical thinking, and vocabulary, all from a Biblical perspective. My boys are learning to not only enjoy what they are reading but they are also developing thinking and reasoning skills. They are learning new words and terminologies. And, they are learning Biblical principles along the way!
Plus, Readers in Residence can be paired with Writers in Residence to form a complete language arts curriculum for grades 4 and up!
I have been very impressed with Readers in Residence and I’m thankful to have discovered it. I am thrilled that my boys are starting to read more without having to be told! They are actually starting to grab books when we head out the door! And I think maybe, just maybe, they may begin to love reading as much as my older kids!
Find Out More!
Want to know more about Readers in Residence? Be sure to download a free sample of Readers in Residence and check out the Nuts and Bolts video:
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