Friday Freewrite: Doll House

Friday Freewrite

Imagine that a doll house is the size of your house. Now describe what it might be like to live in it for one whole day.

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How to Include Poetry Teatime in Your Family

How to Include Poetry Teatime in Your Family

Poetry + Tea + Treats = Enchanted Learning and Magical Family Time!

Want to learn how to include Poetry Teatime in your home?
Watch the recorded broadcast below.

More Resources

Poetry Teatime Website
FREE Poetry Teatime Quick Start Guide
Poetry Teatime Companion

Student Spotlight: Rebagrace

Student Spotlight: Rebagrace

Morning Julie,

I wanted to send praise your way. 🙂

We’ve been working through The Arrow this school year. As Rebagrace has gained comfort and trust in the writing lessons, she’s produced great work, and I’ve been connecting our free write time to the “How to teach the passage.”

As we’ve moved through Poppy by Avi, we’ve both been thrilled with the results of connecting the two writing “lessons!” I wanted to share the results with you because I thought they’d make you smile.

Week 1: Adjectives – Rebagrace wrote a short story that I scribed for her with the goal of using all the words listed on page 4 of The Arrow, Poppy. Then, we went back together to find places to add adjectives. We set a timer for 25 minutes for the whole event so that she didn’t feel trapped. Her results were this passage:

There was a thin, crescent moon. It was faint and white. High in the sky, and it shed light all around. Two small, soft dogs laid under the sliced moon as it glowed. The cottonball-like clouds floated nearby the moon. As the calm dogs lay there, they knew that warm summer was near on this nice spring night. They knew that in summer there would be ripe food, and the ground would be veiled with shimmering, glistening dew. It was a cool night. It was a pretty night with the Eastern crickets chirping. The two fluffy dogs felt the damp grass under their little paws after a spring rain storm. Earlier that day the two happy and joyful dogs had gone out in the spring rainstorm. They had tasted the warm rain, and it tasted life bacon treats falling our of the sky. And now, as the two brown dogs lay there, they smelled the refreshing remains of the spring storm.”

Week 2: Consonance, Alliteration, Similes – Rebagrace wrote her own story in 11 minutes (her choice for time). On her own, without my prompting, she went back to add in adjectives as she wrote. Then, I copied her story, and we went back to add in the consonance, etc. in her chosen 14 minute time restraint. Here’s her passage:

Two little fluffy kittens were sleeping together on a matt with their mitten paws curled up. The two soft, grey kittens had been, all morning, laying with each other like skittish mice. They played with yarn as soft and thick as the furry roots of the poison ivy vine, with a bright-light, light-weight laser and with their cracky, crumbly, crunchy food. Everything was good like the happy sun. Then, the next morning their kind and generous owner went on a trip to Vermont. The two playful and lovable kittens were terrified that the caretaker wouldn’t play with them.

Hope you have a great day,
P. Renee

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S2E2: Unexpected Homeschoolers – with The Homeschool Sisters

Brave Writer Podcast - The Homeschool Sisters

Woo hoo! The new season of “A Brave Writer’s Life in Brief” podcast is underway!

We’re blown away by how many of you have subscribed, downloaded the podcasts, and are leaving reviews on iTunes. Thank you so much! It helps us get the word out.

These podcasts are interviews with Brave Writer Moms who are living the Brave Writer Lifestyle with their families. They’ve got a slew of creative ideas to share with you to help transform your homeschool.

Today’s guests are The Homeschool Sisters, Kara and Caitlin! They are fabulous! Kara and Caitlin have their own popular podcast and they interviewed me about Awesome Adulting in Episode 10. You’ll love listening to that conversation too!

Tune in to the Brave Writer podcast on iTunes, Stitcher (or your app of choice), and here on the Brave Writer blog. Great having you along!

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Contest on Instagram!

Do you follow my Instagram account? I hope so! It’s where I spend the most time playing on social media. Today, Monday February 20th, I’m giving away two sets of headphones (one to you, and one for a friend) to better enjoy these podcasts. These “audio-technica” headphones are the same ones I use when I run. They have little removable ear loops to keep them in place when you’re washing dishes or indoor rock climbing, the sound is awesome, and there’s a volume button on the cord for your convenience.

Both sets of headphones are hot pink (to cheer you up in February)! Pictured below.

Here’s how to play

  1. Follow my Instagram account: @juliebravewriter
  2. Leave a comment on the headphones photo that TAGS a friend, or names a friend
  3. Share the contest with friends on social media (however you like: regram, on Facebook, via Twitter)

That’s it! I hope you win!

Brave Writer Podcast Headphones Giveaway

Would you please post a review on iTunes for us? You’ll help a homeschooler like you find more joy in the journey when you do. Thanks in advance!

Friday Freewrite: One Message

Friday Freewrite

If you could send only one message to every person in the world what would it be? And share why you chose it.

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