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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.

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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!

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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.

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Cyber Monday Sale: All 3 A Gracious Space volumes!

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Cyber Monday Sale 2015 - All 3 A Grracious Space volumes!

For one day only, grab all three digital editions of A Gracious Space: Daily Reflections to sustain your homeschool commitment for a steal! Only $14.99 for all three (half off!).

Each edition features 50 essays to read, one per day. These are non-sectarian (not religious) readings designed for anyone who takes on the brave challenge to provide their children’s education at home. The essays are also meant to encourage and support parenting as much as educating, for it’s the family culture that shapes and facilitates a robust, satisfying education.


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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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