Friday Freewrite: What are they thinking?

Friday Freewrite

Look closely at the expressions on these kids’ faces. Now imagine what each is thinking at that very moment and write it down.

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Teaching Writing: Out of Ideas

Moving into the role of being a guide and supporter
A Brave Writer mom asked what to do when her 12 year old daughter still doesn’t like writing after doing poetry teatime, art journaling, freewriting, and other fun, low stress activities.

Here are some suggestions:

She’s at the age where you can talk to her about her education. I would take her out for milkshakes and spend some time looking ahead to college, to adulthood. Ask her about her aspirations. Ask her how she envisions her future (she may not know, and that’s okay too!).

Let her know you want to move into the role of guide and strong supporter and not be the person who is going to “hold her feet to the fire.” Then discuss what it takes to get where she may want to go: college or some other type of schooling or trade preparation. Look at how writing may or may not fit into that. Ask her how she envisions getting the writing skills she needs to get where she wants to go. Then pause and wait to hear what she says.

Sometimes preteens and teens are so sure their parents will push them into what they don’t want to do, they keep resisting secure in the notion that they don’t have to ever engage their own wills. But you can “drop the rope” of this tug of war and gently, kindly put the pressure back on her. You want to let her know that you love her and will help her reach HER goals, but you aren’t going to fight about stuff.

You might ask her to do some of her own research about how writing fits into her future and find out how she may want to go about learning it. Tell her all options are on the table. And mean it.

Brave Writer's Help for High SchoolHelp for High School is a self-directed writing program for teens that both teaches rhetorical thinking in writing, as well as the academic essay formats for high school and college. Teens work independently of their parents, however models of completed assignments and rubrics for feedback are included, as well.


Poetry Teatime Contest Deadline is Tomorrow!

Poetry Teatime Contest

It’s not too late to enter our Poetry Teatime Contest for our Big Prize Bundle which includes
Poetry Teatime Companion

  • a cool Peruvian tea set (purchased in Peru!)
  • a gorgeous custom made tea cozy
  • lovely poetry books
  • plus a signed copy of our upcoming poetry anthology

How to enter

Enjoy Poetry Teatime with your kids.

  • Photograph it.
  • Write about it.
  • Share write-up and upload photo(s) to this form
    (upload a zip file for multiple images).

BONUS: Share your teatime on your social media site(s) with the hashtag #PoetryTeatimeContest. Include the link(s) on the form. Every share is an additional contest entry!

How to win

Submit entries by April 27, 2016 (midnight EDT).
Grand Prize winner (selected randomly) announced May 1, 2016.

Poetry Teatime Contest

Contest Ends Tomorrow
April 27, 2016 at midnight EDT

Enter Today!

#PoetryTeatimeContest

PLEASE NOTE: Submitting your Poetry Teatime gives Brave Writer the permission to publish your text and images on our blogs (Poetry Teatime, A Brave Writer’s Life in Brief), social media sites, and in Brave Writer and Poetry Teatime materials. Brave Writer employees and staff may not enter.


Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Giveaway!

Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Hip HS 2016

The Hip Homeschool Moms
Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Giveaway
is this week!

From Tuesday, April 25th until Thursday, April 28th, Brave Writer will be giving away 10 FREE copies of Exploring Poetry with Children ($14.95 value), so be sure to enter.

Exploring Poetry with ChildrenExploring Poetry with Children contains 4 weeks of poetry lessons using popular poems for children. It’s now illustrated and includes a new section on reading poetry aloud!

This digital product does not contain exercises in futility, hunting for images so subtle, you go cross-eyed in the search.

Rather, your kids will

  • depict a poem’s meaning through acting,
  • copy a poetic form,
  • create a visual poem using collected images,
  • and write limericks to amuse and amaze you!

Click here to join in the fun!


Friday Freewrite: Under Construction

Friday Freewrite: Under Construction

Describe how you work toward a goal. Maybe it’s building a model airplane or finishing a challenging book or putting together a 1000 piece puzzle! Are you impatient, methodical, haphazard, meticulous? Share examples to demonstrate your process.

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