Archive for the ‘Arrow’ Category

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

Curious about Brave Writer?

Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl Day 2016

Today is Roald Dahl day! The world is celebrating 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl (September 13, 1916), author of books like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and The BFG.

Some fun ways to celebrate

Danny, Champion of the WorldAlso, in celebration of Roahl Dahl day we’re making a special offer. The Arrow for his book, Danny: The Champion of the World, is:

Half price today: $4.95!

OFFER HAS EXPIRED

The Arrow is a monthly digital product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel. It’s geared toward children ages 8-11 and is an indispensable tool for parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.

Registration is OPEN for our Arrow and Boomerang 2016-17 Book Clubs

Arrow Boomerang 2016-17 Book Clubs

Rather than reading in isolation, without the benefit of examining the writing and the layers of meaning novelists intend their readers to experience, The Arrow and Boomerang Book Clubs provide a forum for that opportunity.

Homeschool students especially need the chance to talk about what they read—yet the busy mother-of-many doesn’t always have time to read those lengthy dense books, let alone discuss them in depth!

Brave Writer provides you a virtual coffee house—where students gather to freely discuss the novels they read at home.

The 2016-17 Books

ARROW

August: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
September: The One and Only Ivan (Katherine Applegate)
October: Homer Price (Robert McCloskey)
November: Carry On Mr. Bowditch (Jean Lee Latham)
December: The Birchbark House (Louise Erdrich)
January: The Green Ember (S. D. Smith)
February: Bud, Not Buddy (Christopher Paul Curtis)
March: Out of My Mind (Sharon M. Draper)
April: A Long Walk to Water (Linda Sue Park)
May: The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)

BOOMERANG

August: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
September: Julie of the Wolves (Jean Craighead George)
October: The Prince and the Pauper (Mark Twain)
November: Moon Over Manifest (Clare Vanderpool)
December: American Born Chinese (Gene Luen Yang)
January: Mountains Beyond Mountains (Tracy Kidder)
February: The Crossover (Kwame Alexander)
March: Divergent (Veronica Roth)
April: The Chosen (Chaim Potok)
May: Echo (Pam Munoz Ryan

Sign Up Today!

2016-17 Arrows and Boomerangs Titles!

2016-17 Arrows and Boomerangs
Presenting the 2016-2017 book lists for our literature program!

(3rd-10th grades)

Full Year On Sale in June
Arrow: $69.00 (regularly $79.00)
Boomerang: $89.00 (regularly $99.00)

The Arrow (3rd-6th) and The Boomerang (7th-10th) are our language arts tools (digital magazines) that teach grammar, spelling, punctuation, and literary elements using living literature (a la Charlotte Mason). We pick books for you to read that represent a diversity of perspectives and writing genres to expand the horizons of your young charges. From those books, we select four passages for copywork and dictation, paired with easy to understand notes written in a conversational and engaging style.

The practices of copywork and dictation powerfully teach the mechanics of writing to your kids, without the emotional toll of critiquing your children’s original writing! They allow for the brain to encode proper usage, spelling, and syntax by marrying transcription skills to sentences loaded with meaning.

Try it this year, and see the difference!

2016-17 Arrows

August: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
September: The One and Only Ivan (Katherine Applegate)
October: Homer Price (Robert McCloskey)
November: Carry on Mr. Bowditch (Jean Lee Latham)
December: The Birchbark House (Louise Erdrich)
January: The Green Ember (S. D. Smith)
February: Bud, Not Buddy (Christopher Paul Curtis)
March: Out of My Mind (Sharon M. Draper)
April: A Long Walk to Water (Linda Sue Park)
May: The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)

2016-17 Boomerangs

August: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
September: Julie of the Wolves (Jean Craighead George)
October: The Prince and the Pauper (Mark Twain)
November: Moon Over Manifest (Clare Vanderpool)
December: American Born Chinese (Gene Luen Yang)
January: Mountains Beyond Mountains (Tracy Kidder)
February: The Crossover (Kwame Alexander)
March: Divergent (Veronica Roth)
April: The Chosen (Chaim Potok)
May: Echo (Pam Munoz Ryan)

Each issue publishes on the 1st of the month and will be available for download from a private folder on our Brave Writer Website. (Books, teacup, and frog not included.)

To purchase the books (all in one place for ease of ordering), use our Amazon Store (affiliate links)!

Want to know more? Watch the scope below to learn how the Arrow and Boomerang programs work and a little about each of the book selections!

One last caveat: We are offering Arrow and Boomerang book clubs for ALL 20 titles next year. If you decide you want your kids to be in our book discussion clubs, know that the issues of the Arrow and Boomerang are included for the price of the club.

We’re excited to read with your family during the coming year!

Happy Birthday, George Selden!

The Cricket in Times Square Arrow Sale

May 14th was author George Selden’s birthday and to celebrate, we’re making a special offer! The Quiver Arrow for his novel, The Cricket in Times Square, is:

HALF PRICE through Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Midnight EST! ($4.95)

OFFER HAS EXPIRED

The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden is an enchanting description of the powers of friendship and music. Chester, a cricket from Connecticut, accidentally manages to travel to New York City. In the hustle and bustle of Times Square, he makes his way to a struggling newspaper stand owned by the Bellini family. Through music, Chester is able to overcome the busyness of the city and remind people of the beauty of nature.

An excerpt from the book:

Chester’s playing filled the station. Like ripples around a stone dropped into still water, the circles of silence spread out from the news-stand. And as the people listened, a change came over their faces. Eyes that looked worried grew soft and peaceful; tongues left off chattering; and ears full of the city’s rustling were rested by the cricket’s melody… You wouldn’t think a cricket’s tiny chirp could carry so far, but when all is silence, the piercing notes can be heard for miles.

The Cricket in Times Square provides a great starting place for discussing classical music. A number of works, some lesser known and some more known, are discussed in the book including ‘A Little Night Music’ by Mozart and the sextet from ‘Lucia di Lammermoor.’ Encouraging your children to listen to the music and reflect on it as they read the book is an excellent writing exercise.

So, celebrate George Selden’s birthday and take advantage of our special offer!

Also, if you’d like to buy a copy of the novel, it’s available through Amazon: The Cricket in Times Square (affiliate link).

The Arrow is a monthly digital product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel. It’s geared toward children ages 8-11 and is an indispensable tool for parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context. Quiver Arrows are especially designed for 1st and 2nd grades and include French-style dictation pages.