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A Guided Tour of Brave Writer

Brave Writer Tour

Get to know Brave Writer and find out how the program actually works!

  • How is Brave Writer different from other writing programs?
  • How do you use The Writer’s Jungle?
  • How do you determine which language arts product to use?
  • Can I combine your program with another one I love?
  • What about grammar and spelling? Do your products cover these?
  • How do the classes work and why are they so short?

You’re in for a paradigm-shifting experience. Hold onto your hats! I show you the products and help you navigate the site!

Also, forgive the few upside down shots in the video. When we uploaded our Scopes to YouTube, they lost the ability to right themselves whenever I flipped the camera.

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NEW: Poetry Teatime Cozies!!

Poetry Tea Cozies Collection Summer 2016

When staff member Tia Levings suggested we sell tea cozies as part of our Poetry Teatime website, I flinched. I didn’t want to be that company that sold a bunch of swag that took precious dollars away from curriculum purchases or piano lessons in frugal homeschool families.

Tia prevailed upon me to see what she and her mother (an expert seamstress with an industrial sewing business) concocted with our logos on them. My jaw dropped. These were hands-down the prettiest tea cozies I had ever seen. And the truth is: I had spent money to purchase them because they added whimsy and warmth to our pots of tea. That’s when I realized you might like the same opportunity!

Our tea cozies are

  • Custom-designed for Poetry Teatime.
  • 100% cotton with a particularly powerful thin batting that will keep your pot of tea warm up to an hour.
  • Made with fabrics that have been hand-selected to go with summer! Nancy Graham (author of the Poetry Teatime Companion) and Jeannette Hall (Social Media Fairy) gave each one a poetic name related to the fabric patterns.

I’m excited to introduce the perfect companion to tea: Brave Writer’s Poetry Teatime Tea Cozies, Summer 2016 Collection. We have limited stock. When we run out, we’re out! Grab them while they persist. They might make a wonderful gift for your new-to-teatime friends, paired with our poetry anthology Poetry Teatime Companion.


Poetry Teatime Cozy

Put down your gardening shears, take up your journal, breathe in the aroma of a hot pot of tea, and give thanks for plants, without which no blossoms, no food—and worst of all!—no tea. The brilliant wordsmith and poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins, coined the word we’ve adopted to name this floral tea cozy.

Poetry Teatime Cozy


The Runcible
Introduce a note of whimsy to your tea party with this bright and cheeky cozy, named for the word Edward Lear coined but neglected to define. The world is as big as your imagination.

Poetry Teatime Cozy


Inspired by the whimsical, made-up language of Dr. Seuss’s jazzamataz pizzazz, this cozy zigzags, zips, and zings with bright zany color.



If your table needs a boost of fun, or your teapots need a snug place to stay warm while you read your poems aloud, we humbly offer you our tea cozies to fill the bill!

Grab Your Tea Cozy Here!

Poetry Teatime Companion on Kindle!

Poetry Teatime CompanionBig news! The Poetry Teatime Companion is now available on Kindle!

You can buy it for a tiny fee if you already own the book, or you can buy the eBook for $14.95. We’re excited that Create Space and Amazon so valued our book, they turned it into a Kindle eBook for us!

Poetry Teatime pairs tea and treats with poetry reading—anywhere from the kitchen table to a picnic table, by the seaside or on top of a mountain. Families around the world are indulging in this pleasurable, meaningful shared experience.

The Poetry Teatime Companion is an anthology of classic poems that will help your family bring the practice to life.

Now available on Kindle!


Happy Birthday, Rick Riordan!

The Sea of Monsters Boomerang Sale
In celebration of Rick Riordan’s birthday (June 5, 1964), we’re making a special offer! The Boomerang for his novel, The Sea of Monsters, is:

HALF PRICE until June 8, 2016 at midnight EDT! ($5.95)

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Rick Riordan taught in various schools for fifteen years before he began writing full time. His book, The Sea of Monsters, is a fantasy-adventure novel based on Greek mythology and is the second volume in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. The story follows Percy and his friends as they rescue the satyr, Grover, from the Cyclops Polyphemus.

Rick Riordan’s advice to young writers:

“It’s helpful if a young writer can find a mentor who believes in his or her talent. So don’t be afraid to ask for help! Find a teacher you respect. Correspond with authors. See if you can join a creative writing group in your community … Read everything you can get your hands on. You will learn the craft of writing by immersing yourself in the voices, styles, and structures of writers who have gone before you. Don’t be afraid that you’ll start sounding like a particular writer you admire. That just means you need to read MORE, not less.” –Rick Riordan

So, celebrate Rick Riordan’s birthday and take advantage of this special offer!

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

The Boomerang is a monthly digital downloadable product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel. It is geared toward 7th to 10th graders (ages 12—advanced, 13-15) and is the indispensable tool for Brave Writer parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.

Arrows and Boomerangs for 2016-17!

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!