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Happy Birthday, George Selden!

Monday, May 16th, 2016

The Cricket in Times Square Arrow Sale

May 14th was author George Selden’s birthday and to celebrate, we’re making a special offer! The Quiver Arrow for his novel, The Cricket in Times Square, is:

HALF PRICE through Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Midnight EST! ($4.95)

OFFER HAS EXPIRED

The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden is an enchanting description of the powers of friendship and music. Chester, a cricket from Connecticut, accidentally manages to travel to New York City. In the hustle and bustle of Times Square, he makes his way to a struggling newspaper stand owned by the Bellini family. Through music, Chester is able to overcome the busyness of the city and remind people of the beauty of nature.

An excerpt from the book:

Chester’s playing filled the station. Like ripples around a stone dropped into still water, the circles of silence spread out from the news-stand. And as the people listened, a change came over their faces. Eyes that looked worried grew soft and peaceful; tongues left off chattering; and ears full of the city’s rustling were rested by the cricket’s melody… You wouldn’t think a cricket’s tiny chirp could carry so far, but when all is silence, the piercing notes can be heard for miles.

The Cricket in Times Square provides a great starting place for discussing classical music. A number of works, some lesser known and some more known, are discussed in the book including ‘A Little Night Music’ by Mozart and the sextet from ‘Lucia di Lammermoor.’ Encouraging your children to listen to the music and reflect on it as they read the book is an excellent writing exercise.

So, celebrate George Selden’s 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: The Cricket in Times Square (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. Quiver Arrows are especially designed for 1st and 2nd grades and include French-style dictation pages.

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’s 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!