When I hear the words, writing curriculum, I must be honest with you, that my eyes glaze over. They all just seems dry, boring and uninteresting. Don't get me wrong, I actually quite enjoyed some of my writing classes when I was growing up ,and rather enjoy writing today. However, I have yet to find a curriculum that sparked the love of writing that was sparked in me all those years ago.
Enter in One Year Adventure Novel. The title alone was intriguing.. Needless to say I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of OYAN. Once it did arrive, the program that Daniel Schwabauer created was far superior to my wildest imagination
Mr. Schwabauer is an award winning novelist. And One Year Adventure Novel is written from a Christian Perspective and he weaves in Christian principles beautifully. Everything in the package is of the highest quality. You'll find a list of what is included at the end of this review.
One huge plus for me was the fact that when you are using this program, it is entirely teacher/student friendly. Mr. Schwabauer teaches directly to the student in a fun and exciting way. He engages the student in a way that I have not ever seen in any other writing program. Really, in any other homeschool program, period. The lesson starts with an exciting intro, exciting the student for what is lying ahead.
He also trains the teacher/parent how to critique the students work. At the end of one year, your student will have written a novel. How awesome is that? I know many adults that are still working on their "book", this curriculum would even help the aspiring writer that we all know, reach their goal. As an adult watching the lessons along side my student, I was excited, eager and learning so much about the craft of writing a novel.
Lets look at what was included in this program.
The Compass- A textbook with detailed explanations of the concepts explored in each class and sections of classic adventure novels used for study.
The Map-A workbook with over 400 questions designed to provoke thought and inspire creativity. The Map acts as a guide to your student's original story and gives direction toward making that story more effective.
Teacher's Guide- An easy to use system for grading your student's work and helping them improve their writing skills.
7 instructional DVD's -containing all 78 lessons, covering every topic and each step in the curriculum. Each lesson is about 10 to 15 minutes long and is taught using a variety of reinforcements.
Your students will not be bored in class!
1 Resource Disk- 26 Weekly quizzes that can be administered by computer.
Video FAQs, 14 classic adventure novels, including:
Huckleberry Finn, Treasure Island, The Jungle Book, The Blood Ship, Black Rock, Captains Courageous, Rupert of Hentzau, Tarzan, King Solomon's Mines, Wulf the Saxon, Peter Pan and more. Computer desktop images/wallpaper.
The Prisoner of Zenda-Anthony Hope's classic swashbuckling tale of court intrigue and double-identity in trade paperback format.
As you can see this is quite the package. The cost is $199 for everything listed here. If you have more than one student in your own home that will be using this curriculum, it is only $25 for an additional workbook.
You can also visit the website for information on school licensing.
I look forward to completing One Year Adventure Novel, with my son, and I can't wait to read the book my son comes up with. Watch this space, for updates as we progress through our year!
Mr. Schwabauer has created a wonderful writing program that would be an asset to any family. We are a family that always watches every penny we spend, this program is worth every cent!