It’s a wonderful time to ground our kids in the steady cycles of nature all around us.
Nature Study is an integral part of the Brave Writer Lifestyle. To encourage you to add or maintain nature study routines in this unusual time, we created twenty simple prompts to help you and yours engage with nature.
Each Friday in April we’ll share five simple ideas.
Well, okay—the small screen in your living room, but that’s not nearly as dramatic.
The Stargirl movie will release on Disney+ March 13th!
Tip: Find a friend with Disney+ and have a watch party with your teens.
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Not a Stargirl fan yet?
Prepare for the movie by reading thebook —and dig deeper into the book with the Stargirl Boomerang (literature-based language arts guide)!
Brave Writer mom Christyn shared her experience working through the Stargirl Boomerang with her daughter:
Stargirl was a book and Boomerang selected on a whim, a last-minute addition to our fall semester…and I’m so glad I made that choice. The story of this smart and whimsical homeschooled teenager fit perfectly with our overarching theme of “identity” this year and opened up some poignant conversations, especially when paired with the Think Piece Questions.
My daughter and I both enjoyed the “Try It!” sections: Week One’s playing with metaphors was a favorite.
The Boomerang guided us deep into the book, drawing our attention to figurative language, setting, and dialogue, and a discussion of how the author’s specific choices enhanced the story.
The “Inside Scoop” and “Beyond the Passage” sections added another layer of insight and discussion. To paraphrase from the Week One dictation passage, I was perpetually astonished at the depth of the story that the Boomerang unlocked for us, but I never had to wonder what we might be missing: the Boomerang’s attention to detail covered everything the story had to offer.
We <3 Stargirl — and immediately ordered the sequel, “Love, Stargirl”!
Note: The “Inside Scoop” and “Beyond the Passage” sections were added to the Boomerangs in August 2019.
Words are the building blocks of our imaginative world.
Think of words like Lego bricks. Before our kids are building the Eiffel Tower out of Lego, they simply investigate the bricks through play. They:
take them apart,
attach them in new formations,
mix and match them.
Words are the same!
Here’s a training tip to encourage wordplay in your homeschool.
Wordplay is also the perfect preparation for our Arrow (ages 9-12) and Boomerang (ages 13-18) Book Clubs. They offer a virtual living room space–where students gather to freely discuss the novels they read with you at home.
Brave Writer’s online Book Clubs are a great way to homeschool in a busy season. Try our low-intensity, warm and welcoming discussion clubs!
We also invite you to log in to a sample class. Click around, play with our text editor, and read real instructor responses to writing posted in class.
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