The full set includes the All-In-One Student Text and Workbook as well as the 200+ page Answer Key. Inside the answer key you will find rubrics to help with grading of the assignments. At the front of the Student text there is a checklist of what you need to daily so that you can get through the program in one year - which is about 32 weeks. Most students will be able to complete most of the lessons all on their own. But for the discussion parts parents really need to get in there and talk about the books. The answer key can certainly steer you in the right direction even if you (the parent/teacher) hasn't read the book. Readers in Residence Volume 1 (Sleuth) has been created for quick use and very little teacher prep is needed.
I, being the "English person" in our home, have really loved this program. Audrie was hesitant to even start this program because the all in one student workbook was/is HUGE and had her scared at first. However, after we got through the introduction and started in on the lessons she did warm up to the idea of this new curriculum. Once I showed her the checklist she knew just how much was expected of her each day. Some days, like when we had to write down ALL the character traits in the chart, we would have to shorten the lesson, but that was simple enough.
The lessons not only dealt with characters, plot, and the like, but also with proper grammar and even capitalization and punctuation rules and activities. This is definitely a well-rounded program. Another (and there are so many) great thing about this particular curriculum is that the place where the student has to answer questions is longer then most other programs. Having a child who writes larger the space to write answers is definitely a BIG deal in our home and can even lead to tears when there's not enough space. I think it makes her feel like she's not answering the questions correctly. Thankfully this program has generally had the perfect amount of space.
Readers in Residence Volume 1 (Sleuth) has been quite easy to adjust for my own struggling reader and make the curriculum work for us and not us be stuck to it's own agenda. The full set is available for $89. You can find Apologia Educational Ministries on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. And don't take just my word for it ... read other reviews from the Crew by clicking the banner below!