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Happy Birthday, Elizabeth George Speare!

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

The Witch of Blackbird PondIn celebration of Elizabeth George Speare’s birthday (born November 21, 1908), we’re making a special offer! The Boomerang for her novel, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, is:

HALF PRICE ($5.95) till Monday,
Nov. 23 at midnight EST

Elizabeth George Speare was born in Melrose, Massachusetts. She lived in New England until her death in 1994. Most of her novels, including The Witch of Blackbird Pond, take place in her native homeland. Inspired by the wild woods and headlands of her home, Speare began writing her stories at age 8. Later, she earned first a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and then a master’s in English from Boston University.

In 1936, she married a man named Alden Speare and they had two children together. From all accounts, Elizabeth never stopped writing and led a happy life with her family in Connecticut. Starting with her novel Calico Captive in 1957, Speare began her career. Her works are usually based on historical happenings, and, as in the case of her first book, the real journal of a girl captured by Indians.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth’s second novel, was not based on a real person, but instead focused on the colonial time period and the fear of witchcraft that plagued Massachusetts. Speare won the 1959 Newberry Award for her work. Later, she would win another for her book The Bronze Bow. While not a prolific writer (she wrote four novels in her lifetime), Speare’s influence continues in a brilliant legacy of words.

“Everything in our lives leads up to everything else in our lives. So a moment in the present has a reference point, both in the past and in the future. I want you to know that you–as you are right now and as you ever will be–are fully enough for this moment.” ― Elizabeth George Speare

So, celebrate Elizabeth George Speare’s birthday and take advantage of this special offer today!

Also, if you’d like to buy a copy of the novel, it’s available through Amazon: The Witch of Blackbird Pond (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.

Image is of the 1958 first edition cover published by Houghton Mifflin.

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A guided tour of Brave Writer

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

A 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!

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Brave Writer Reviews

Monday, October 26th, 2015

10 Brave Writer Reviews

Want to know how other homeschoolers implement the Brave Writer Lifestyle and use our products in their homes? Then check out these TEN reviews!

Fifth Grade Creative Writing: Brave Writer Review by Selena, Look We’re Learning

Creative writing is one of the most difficult subjects I’ve ever had to teach in our homeschool. I was an English major in college and I love the writing process, but letting go of what English “should” sound and look like has been a real issue for me personally, so it’s hard for me to teach my kids to write freely.

Teaching Writing with Brave Writer by Tonia, The Sunny Patch

Brave Writer is more than just a set of systematic lesson plans for teaching writing. It’s really a lifestyle – including so much more than just writing assignments. When you use the full program you’ll find art study, Shakespeare, poetry, literary discussions, and so much more.

Cultivating The Love Of Writing in Young Children by Marlene, A Diligent Heart

I favor a lot of structure, but this program is in no way like that, and after reading through it like three times before starting it with my kiddo – I’m so thankful for that. Because through it, with what I’ve learned as a parent, I know I’m going to build a wonderful writing foundation in my first grader.

Homeschool Writing With Brave Writer by Heidi, Starts at Eight

One of our favorite activities to do as part of our language arts with Brave Writer is the Poetry Teatimes. With my older children I did not incorporate poetry as much as I would have liked to. This once a week time with my daughter not only allows us to have some special one on one time, but it affords us time to read poetry and talk about the components of what we have read.

Writing is a Lifestyle with Brave Writer by Cait, My Little Poppies

I want my children to love writing. I want them to find their voice and to share it. I do not ever want for them to cringe when they see a pen and paper.

Learning to Love to Write by Alicia, Investing Love

Writing is a difficult area to teach because you want your child to be creative, you want them to write down those fabulous stories you hear them telling each other, but you also want them to be learning to write properly–not just creatively, but structurally correct too. So that means we need to be able to show them how to spew out their creativity in complete sentences with good structure, correct grammar, and spell things correctly. That’s a lot for a kid to handle! No wonder so many kids don’t like to write.

The Key to Enjoying Writing (and many other subjects) in Your Homeschool by Mackenzie, BOLDturquoise

Brave Writer, How I Love Thee! Let Me Count the Ways…

A Guide for Teaching Writing by Amy, Are We There Yet?

Writing is the hardest subject for me to teach. I had no problem writing when I was in school, but struggled with how to pass along those skills to my kids. I had a MAJOR light bulb moment while reading The Writer’s Jungle (the how-to guide for parents).

A Writing Program That Works for Us! by Jen, Forever For Always…no matter what

We just want our child to write a couple of sentences to a pen pal without us both dissolving into tears. I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way.

Transform Reluctant Writers with Brave Writer by Krista, Far From Normal

The brave writer lifestyle encourages intentional learning through all types of creative endeavors. It also looks for routine over schedule. Not needing to get certain things done at certain times but regularly working and building skills.

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October SALE on Brave Writer products!

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Brave Writer's Oops, I forgot something SALE

It’s October. Do you wish you’d bought The Writer’s Jungle or Partnership Writing after all?

Maybe you see now that your child is ready for the Arrow. The problem? You shot your wad in August and you feel a little guilty about investing again. I get it. Been there, done that.

Let’s fix this, shall we?

To help you out, we’re running a special through the month of October called the “Oops! I forgot something” sale. Get $15.00 off any purchase of Brave Writer materials when you spend $50.00 or more (doesn’t include classes).

Use this code at checkout:


It’s not too late to invest in curricula that will change the course of writing for the rest of your homeschool career.


Image by Nadia Hatoum (cc cropped, tinted, text added)

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Real Life Grammar Instruction

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Real Life Grammar Tips

Periscope fans, please order your free digital file here for the 5 tips to help you transform how you approach grammar in your family. There is absolutely no charge! You will be added to our email list so that you will be kept abreast of Brave Writer’s materials and classes. Thanks!

FREE: 5 Tips for Real Grammar Instruction

Resources mentioned in the Scope (affiliate links):

My favorite Grammar Program!
Winston Grammar


Image by Brave Writer mom Danielle (text added)

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