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Happy Birthday, Kate DiCamillo!

Friday, March 25th, 2016

Arrow for Tale of Despereaux

Today, March 25, is author Kate DiCamillo’s birthday! In celebration, there is a special deal on The Arrow for her popular novel about an unlikely but lovable hero, The Tale of Despereaux:

HALF PRICE through Sunday, Mar. 27, 2016 at Midnight EDT! ($4.95)
SALE HAS EXPIRED

The Tale of Despereaux was inspired by a friend’s son who asked that DiCamillo write a story with an unlikely hero who had “exceptionally large ears.” Thus Despereaux, the misfit mouse with floppy and, indeed, large ears, was born.

Despeareaux is a small mouse, always the one left behind in his family, who resides in a medieval castle. He falls in love with the princess and his adventures begin from there.

By describing a unique and unlikely love and an even unlikelier friendship, DiCamillo creates an entertaining hero that, though unlikely at first, has everyone rallying around him by the end of the novel. How can they not, when he seeks to win the honor of the princess and holds himself to the same standards as the knights of his kingdom? Despereaux’s heart is truly comparable to his big, floppy ears in terms of size.

Fall in love with Despereaux and his story for yourself, and take advantage of The Arrow’s limited-time offer.

If you need a copy of the novel, you can purchase it through Amazon: The Tale of Despereaux (affiliate link).

The Arrow language arts program

Faltering Ownership Basics

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Faltering Ownership

What is the Faltering Ownership stage of writing?

The stop and start stage of writing. Students show bursts of growth, pencil management, keyboarding skills, some spelling triumphs mixed with obvious errors, variable punctuation, moments of brilliance, and paragraphs of insipidity. Pride in successful writing experiences alternate with struggle.

How do I know if my child is in Faltering Ownership stage?

Your child:

  • tires quickly, but can get some writing to the page without help from the parent.
  • takes pride in his work and wants to improve it or share it.
  • doesn’t retain correct spellings even after “learning” them.
  • needs support, shows some independence, but also resists input from parent-editor.

In other words, one day your child gets a detailed story to paper. The next week, she complains that she hates writing. This is often seen in eleven and twelve year olds but don’t be governed by age range. Focus instead on the description and match it to your individual child.

I think my child is in the Faltering Ownership stage. Now what?

1) Listen to the Faltering Ownership podcast.

2) See Faltering Ownership in action

Word Tickets
Wild Words

3) Check out how other homeschoolers implement the Brave Writer program

Look We’re Learning
Life on a Canadian Island

4) Consider Brave Writer products and online classes for additional help such as our Faltering Ownership Home Study Course:

Faltering_Ownership_Natural_StagesA Year-Long Language Arts Plan!
11-12 year olds (age range is approximate)

Developmentally appropriate projects.
Step-by-step instructions.
A weekly and monthly plan.

The Writer’s Jungle provides you with the essential tools that enable you to be an effective writing coach. Faltering Ownership is the product that gives you a practical routine (think, schedule ala Brave Writer).

Download a FREE sample on our product page.

Happy Birthday, E. L. Konigsburg!

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler ARROW SALE

Today is author Elaine Lobl Konigsburg’s birthday and to celebrate, we’re making a special offer! The Arrow for her novel, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, is:

HALF PRICE through Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 at Midnight EST! ($4.95)

Hannah Hayes, Brave Writer student and former intern, writes:

In preparation for family road trips, my mom, brother, and I would eagerly search the library shelves for audio books. Without fail, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, would be weeded from the sea of plastic cases and invariably placed in a prominent place atop overflowing piles to be listened to first.

It came as no surprise to me to find the tell-tale Newberry Medal upon the cover for the award is well deserved. This book remains a sheer classic—it was as compelling each time for my parents as it was for my child-self. And with each retelling, it only got better. That, to me is proof of its power.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is a story about the adventures of childhood and the lessons the characters discover on the runaway road of growing up. Without giving too much away before you read this gem for yourself, here are some of my favorite quotes:

“The eyes are the windows of the soul… If someone was to look into your eyes, what would you want them to see?”

“But lying in bed just before going to sleep is the worst time for organized thinking; it is the best time for free thinking. Ideas drift like clouds in an undecided breeze, taking first this direction and then that.”

“Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away. That is, running away in the heat of anger with a knapsack on her pack. She didn’t like discomfort; even picnics were untidy and inconvenient: all those insects and the sun melting the icing on the cupcakes. Therefore, she decided that her leaving home would not be just running from somewhere but would be running to somewhere.”

I know that this book will be considered the icing on the cake in your collection as you delight in the words of E.L. Konigsburg time and time again.

So, celebrate E. L. Konigsburg 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: From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (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.

Announcing: The “Be Good to You” Self-Care Guide

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Self-Care Practices for the Homeschooling Parent

The “Be Good to You” Self-Care Guide
is now available!

Your homeschool depends on you: a healthy, centered, confident person.

In the hurry-scurry to be all things to all your bundles of love, it’s easy to get depleted, to forget that you used to have a favorite color, a preferred flavor of yogurt, a vote!

But you do! You have all those things and need them in order to be at your best every. single. day.

To help you get better at this self-care gig, we created an 11 page document with practices that take range from five-minute tune ups to enduring habits that will help you find your footing as both an awesome adult and dedicated loving parent.

You can buy the digital magazine now for a ridiculously low price. :) Only $2.99. Less than a cup of Starbucks! You’re welcome.

Get yours now!

Partnership Writing Primer

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Partnership Writing Primer

What is Partnership Writing?

Partnership Writing is the most overlooked stage of writing development. It is a writing-revising-editing partnership between a young writer and a writing coach (YOU!). It’s the stage where parent and child write together, with the parent providing the much-needed support to get those precious, quirky insights to the page.

How do I know if my child is in the Partnership Writing stage?

Your child:

  • can write a sentence or a few words at a time but tires easily.
  • needs help with spelling, punctuation, and getting rich vocabulary to the page.
  • shows interest in using a pencil or keyboard but is not ready to “go it alone.”
  • needs modeling for how to take thoughts and put them in writing.

In other words, your child wants to share thoughts and ideas through writing but original writing does not reflect the mind-life or verbal fluency. This is often seen in nine and ten year olds but don’t be governed by age range. Focus instead on the description and match it to your child.

I think my child is in the Partnership Writing stage. Now what?

1) Read the blog post, “The misunderstood ‘child-led learning’ model”

2) Listen to the Partnership Writing Podcast

3) See Partnership Writing in action

Who, what, where, when, and why project
Crossword writing activity
Cinderella lap book

4) Check out Brave Writer products and online classes for additional help such as our Partnership Writing Home Study Course:

Partnership Writing productA Year-Long Language Arts Plan!
9-10 year olds (age range is approximate)

Developmentally appropriate projects.
Step-by-step instructions.
A weekly and monthly plan.

The Writer’s Jungle provides you with the essential tools that enable you to be an effective writing coach. Partnership Writing is the product that gives you a practical routine (think, schedule ala Brave Writer).

Download a FREE SAMPLE on our product page.

If your child isn’t in the Partnership Writing stage, here’s a helpful guide for all the stages.