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Bard Day!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

449px-William_Shakespeare_1609We’re celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th birthday by offering the Boomerang based on Gary Blackwood’s book, Shakespeare’s Scribe:

Half price today through Friday: $4.95!

In Blackwood’s novel, we follow Widge, an actor in Shakespeare’s troupe. After the Globe Theatre is shut down due to the Black Plague, the company sets off to tour England, where Widge’s unique shorthand makes him a valuable member…until someone threatens to reveal a past secret.

The book is a sequel to The Shakespeare Stealer, but stands well on its own.

Also! Brave Writer instructor, Susanne Barrett, posted ways to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday in the Shakespeare Family Workshop.

Here are her ideas:

• Have a Talk Like Shakespeare Day (or even just an hour, if that’s all you can handle).

• Perhaps gather around the table with scones and jam and some Earl Grey tea and read some of Shakespeare’s sonnets aloud (you can find Shakespeare sonnet apps for your smart phone or check out this site).

• Read some of Shakespeare’s famous monologues aloud dramatically, perhaps even in costume. Here’s a list of some of the best single-person speeches, one list for men and one for women. Try performing them for family members and/or friends or at a co-op!

• Perform a Shakespeare scene as a puppet show or act out a scene in costume; either memorize parts or make copies of the scene for all the actors. Here are some scenes and scripts for kids from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

• Watch your favorite Shakespeare play on film (mine is Kenneth Branagh’s Much Ado About Nothing). Check your local library or Netflix for some excellent titles, and the International Movie DataBase includes some helpful parents guides with advisory content for you along with ratings and information on most film versions.

• For older kids, check out Michael Woods’ in-depth documentary In Search of Shakespeare which first aired on PBS in 2004. Both the DVD and the companion book should be readily available through most public libraries.

• Better yet, see a live Shakespeare play as soon as possible. Check out college/university performances near you as they’re usually much less expensive than professional productions.

So, celebrate one of the greatest playwrights of all time and take advantage of this special Boomerang offer!

The Boomerang is a monthly digital downloadable product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel. It is the indispensable tool for Brave Writer parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.

Image above: The Flower portrait of William Shakespeare, c. 1820-40 (via Wikipedia).

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Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary!

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Mouse and the MotorcycleBeverly Cleary is 98 years young this weekend, and to celebrate we’re offering the Arrow based on her book, The Mouse and the Motorcycle:

Half price through Monday at Midnight! ($4.95) OFFER HAS EXPIRED

Ralph S. Mouse is not just any ol’ mouse at Mountain View Inn.

He is always looking for adventure. So when a young guest named Keith arrives with a shiny miniature motorcycle, it’s Ralph’s lucky day. Right away, Ralph knows that the motorcycle is special—made to be ridden by an adventurous mouse. And once a mouse can ride a motorcycle . . . almost anything can happen! (HarperCollins)

 

The Mouse and the Motorcycle is the first book in a trilogy (Runaway Ralph and Ralph S. Mouse being the other two in the series). Clearly has written other popular children’s books, as well, featuring the characters of Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins.

Also, every April 12th is Drop Everything and Read Day! Beverly Clearly was so inspired by the idea when she learned about it that she wrote about D.E.A.R. in her book, Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Since then D.E.A.R. programs have been held nationwide on April 12th in honor of Cleary’s birthday.

So, drop everything and read plus take advantage of this special Arrow offer!

Also, if you’d like to buy a copy of the novel, it’s available through Amazon: The Mouse and the Motorcycle (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.

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Happy Birthday, Kate DiCamillo!

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Winn Dixie“I like to think of myself as a storyteller.” ~Kate DiCamillo

We’re celebrating author Kate DiCamillo’s birthday today! The Arrow based on her book, Because of Winn-Dixie, is:

Half price for one day only: $4.95! OFFER HAS EXPIRED

When asked where she got the idea for Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DiCamillo says she missed her childhood home in Florida. Then adds:

Also, it was the first time in my life that I had been without a dog. I was living in an apartment where no dogs were allowed, but there weren’t any rules about imaginary dogs. So I made a dog up, the best dog I could think of: a smelly, friendly, big old mutt.

That big old smelly dog in the book is, of course, Winn-Dixie, the pet of India Opal Buloni, a ten-year-old girl who is dealing with her mother’s abandonment. After moving to Florida with her father, Opal goes to the grocery to get macaroni, white rice, and tomatoes and comes home with her furry companion. Winn-Dixie then helps his young owner meet people in the community. Opal learns about forgiveness and acceptance as she gets to know her new friends, like Miss Franny Brock who once “fought off a bear with a copy of War and Peace,” and Otis, the ex-con musician who serenades the animals in his pet shop.

So, celebrate Kate DiCamillo’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: Because of Winn-Dixie (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.

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Happy Birthday, Jeanne Bendick!

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Archimedes and the Door of Science

“Questions are more important than answers… If I were a fairy godmother, my gift to every child would be curiosity.” ~Jeanne Bendick

Jeanne Bendick was born February 25, 1919, and in celebration of her birthday we’re making a special offer! The Arrow based on her book, Archimedes and the Door of Science, is:

Half price for one day only: $4.95!

An artist as well as an author, Jeanne Bendick used words and drawings to make difficult concepts understandable. Inspired by her grandfather who often took her to New York’s American Museum of Natural History, Bendick developed a lifelong interest in science and grew up to write over 100 books!

“One part of the job I set for myself is to make those young readers see that everything is connected to everything-that science isn’t something apart. It’s a part of everyday life. It has been that way since the beginning.”

In Archimedes and the Door of Science, Bendick introduces us to the ancient Greek mathematician, and her captivating illustrations help bring the story to life.

So, celebrate Jeanne Bendick’s birthday and take advantage of this special offer today!

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.

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It’s Brave Writer’s 14th Birthday!

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

14th_Birthday

Not only are we celebrating Jack London’s birthday with a sale on The Call of the Wild and White Fang boomerang, but Brave Writer also turns 14 this month, so we’re offering a $14 discount on both the digital The Writer’s Jungle (usually $79), and the binder version (usually $97).

The Writer’s Jungle today only: $65 or $83!

In the last fourteen years we’ve gone from a kitchen table enterprise run by one to a thriving business that employs a number of instructors (fourteen!) and support staff. From the Introduction to The Writer’s Jungle:

I never set out to write a writing curriculum. This whole shebang started when a friend conned me into teaching a Sunday school class for homeschooling moms desperate for help in writing. I hesitated. Just because I worked in the field of writing and editing (wrote articles, worked as an editor, helped struggling D Min students with their dissertations and had ghost written a few books) didn’t mean I knew the first thing about the educational philosophy of teaching kids to write.

My kids were writing, but I had never used anyone’s writing manuals. I just taught them the way I’d learned to do my jobs. For one of them, my style of teaching worked great. For the older one, I found myself inventing new ideas on the fly-regularly-to keep his pen wet and his pages full of words. He thought writing itself a cranky and irritating process.

So I showed up for that first class of fifteen and within an hour discovered something that rocked me back on my heels. The principles I taught were brand new to the moms in the room. I wasn’t repeating information from their various and sundry manuals. None of them had heard many of the ideas I suggested. In fact, it’s become common since that day for mothers to tell me that what I teach has transformed how they themselves write.

What started in a church Sunday school class grew into a business that has helped thousands of families nurture multitudes of Brave Writers all over the world!

Here’s to many more years to come! 

Image ©  | Dreamstime.com

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Happy Birthday, Jack London!

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Jack London

“He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars.” ―Jack London, The Call of the Wild

“Fear urged him to go back, but growth drove him on.” ―Jack London, White Fang

 

Renowned author, Jack London, was born on January 12, 1876, and in celebration of his birthday we’re making a special offer! The Boomerang for The Call of the Wild and White Fang is:

Half price until January 14: $4.95! OFFER HAS EXPIRED

Both books are considered classic adventure novels, and both are set in Yukon Territory during the Gold Rush. The first story’s main character is a dog named Buck. From the publisher:

Stolen from his home and sold into the brutal existence of an Alaskan sled dog, [Buck] reverts to atavistic traits. Buck is forced to adjust and survive cruel treatments, fight to dominate other dogs, and survive in a harsh climate. (Sparrow Bell)

The second is about the wolfdog, White Fang, and his “journey to domestication”:

White Fang examines the violent world of wild animals and the equally violent world of humans. The book also explores complex themes including morality and redemption. (Pioneer Books)

So, celebrate Jack London’s birthday and take advantage of this special offer!

WolfImage by Caninest

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.

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A New Year’s Resolution: Wednesday Movies!

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

The Princess Bride

Surprisingly enough, watching TV or movies with your kids ought to be a primary part of any good language arts program. There is nothing like listening to language used in the right context by various people (especially actors) for vocabulary training as well as growing in familiarity with proper syntax.

Using films and TV shows wisely is a big part of the Brave Writer Lifestyle. In the past, we’ve highlighted and reviewed movies here on the blog, and we hope to do more of that in 2014!

Here’s how one Brave Writer family incorporated film into their homeschool:

Julie,

I wanted to gently introduce my children to your philosophy of Language Arts by watching a movie after dinner. So, we plopped down after Chinese takeout and watched my favorite, “The Princess Bride.” I thought it might be a little much for my six year old, but she LOVED it. She has been asking me questions just so I will say, “As you wish” (which means I love you.) I promised her that I would also read her the book. My sweethearts are very excited about school because they didn’t realize that movies would be included!

Cheers!
Sara

If you’d like to do the same this year, here are some helpful resources:

The BW Lifestyle: Movies and Television. Shares good reasons to include visual media in home education.

A Family Movie List. A compilation of suggested titles from a group of friends who like to discuss movies and books.

Brave Writer Goes to the Movies. Our digital product helps you to comment meaningfully on plot, characterization, make-up and costumes, acting, setting and even film editing. This eleven page guide gives you the background and series of questions to help your kids discuss movies on a deeper level, rather than the usual “It was really good…” responses they offer. As your children learn to talk well about movies, these skills naturally help them to discuss literature. Was $14.95, but we’ve permanently lowered the price. Now $9.95!

Winter Movie Discussion Club. This four week online class starts January 6th. The theme: Super Heroes with a Difference! Instructor Nancy Graham (MA in Cinema Studies) will lead discussions about dual identities, the ability to morph, the defiance of gravity, the superhero as outcast/outlaw/outlier, how supersized egos can work together as a team…plus much more!

Image above is a scene from The Princess Bride

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Happy Birthday, Melissa Wiley!

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

prairiethief_coverMelissa Wiley was born December 17th. In celebration of her birthday we’re making a special offer. The Arrow for The Prairie Thief is:

Half price today only: $4.95! OFFER HAS EXPIRED

Melissa has authored numerous books for kids and teens, including The Prairie Thief, Inch and Roly Make a Wish, Fox and Crow Are Not Friends, and the Martha and Charlotte Little House books (prequels to the Little House on the Prairie series).

In The Prairie Thief, readers “experience life on the prairie—with one fantastical twist!” From Melissa’s website:

Louisa Brody’s life on the Colorado prairie is not at all what she expected. Her dear Pa, accused of thievery, is locked thirty miles away in jail. She’s living with the awful Smirches, her closest neighbors and the very family that accused her Pa of the horrendous crime. And now she’s discovered one very cantankerous—and magical—secret beneath the hazel grove. With her life flipped upside-down, it’s up to Louisa, her sassy friend Jessamine, and that cranky secret to save Pa from a guilty verdict.

Last year we interviewed Melissa. She talked about influential authors, the unorthodox use of language in literature, the importance of a good copy editor (a “second set of eyes”), how she started her lovely blog, Here in the Bonny Glen, and much, much more. If you missed it the first time you can listen to the full podcast here!

We recently caught up with Melissa and she told us that she just recorded her often-asked-about-but-hard-to-find book, Hanna’s Christmas, and here it is!

You can read more about how the recording came into being on Melissa’s blog.

So, enjoy the holiday story then take advantage of this special Arrow offer today!

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.

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Thanksgiving Sale Starts Now!

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Daily Tips Revised

 

You’ve asked for our emailed Daily Writing Tips to be put into a single document so you don’t lose them. Done! Print them, put them on your iPad or tablet, or read them from a phone or laptop. The Tips are yours, all in one place.

Regularly priced at $4.99, the $1.99 sale starts Black Friday morning (7:00 a.m. EST) and runs through Cyber Monday (Midnight EST).

Thank you for being such an amazing community!

Order yours here!

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Also, for Thanksgiving Weekend only:

Jot It Down! and Partnership Writing are  on sale: $25.00 for one; $45.00 for both.

Buy the Thanksgiving Bundle (which includes all three sale items) here:

All three:
Jot It Down!
Partnership Writing
Daily Writing Tips

$46.99

Thanksgiving Weekend Sale!

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Products Jot Partnership

This Thanksgiving I’m thankful for our Brave Writer community. More than any other year, I’m aware of how much you’ve taken the Brave Writer philosophy into your homes and have made it your own. Your stories via email, blogs, phone calls, and even texts (!) inspire and move me.

Your children are the lucky recipients of conscientious parenting and creative homeschooling. But we both know (you and I) that it is YOU who will cherish these memories in your heart long after you send the last one off to college. Good for you–creating the life you want to live with your family.

Keep going!

As my thank you to you, we are offering TWO writing project products at a special price.

 Jot It Down and Partnership Writing
on SALE for Thanksgiving weekend only!

$25.00 for one
$45.00 for both!

The sale starts Black Friday morning (6:00 a.m. EST) and runs through Cyber Monday (Midnight EST).

Also, a NEW product (for a pittance: $1.99) is about to release. Stay tuned! I’ll announce it tomorrow on Thanksgiving Day.

I wish you all a family-centered holiday.

If that is not possible for whatever life-challenging reason you face, I wish you extra grace, peace, and support from the ones you can count on.

Happy Thanksgiving!

And happy “End-of-November” to our International friends who get to enjoy a fringe benefit of our American tradition: after the turkey, shopping sales.

–julie