Summer Writing Class Registration
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Mark your calendars. Classes fill quickly!
We have added quite a few sessions to our summer class schedule this year due to demand. If you have kids who would benefit from an exclusive deep dive into writing without the other subjects competing, then summer session may be just right for you!
Summer is also a great time for families with kids in traditional schools to benefit from Brave Writer teaching.
For those of you in southern hemisphere, we’ve made sure some of our core classes are offered so you can make use of these sessions while you are in term.
We’d love to see your kids enjoy writing with us.
If you want to know more about our online class program, I’ll share about it today!
Join me on Facebook LIVE this morning (April 26, 2018) at 11:30 AM ET.
A Brave Writer mom had this to say in our Playing with Poetry Workshop!
During my introduction, I posted that I had a kid who associated the word poetry with “reading and books” which were “two things I hate!” and I reached out to Susanne to make her aware of a few special needs and couple set of special circumstances and I received the warmest email packed with loads of fantastic suggestions and ideas and here’s what happened:
To my utter shock, the child snatched (yes, snatched!) the book (uhuh, a book!) right out of my hands, tucked a lock of hair behind her little ear, crossed her legs prettily, adjusted her dress, pushed her glasses up her nose, cleared her throat dramatically (“A-hem!”), and proceeded to read aloud to her sister and me (she read aloud!!! And here’s where I got a little lump in my throat and had to clear my own throat a bit, except really quietly, while gulping “tea,” okay it was really lemonade, okay it was a big lump in my throat, okay I was choking on a giant sob, okay now that the kids are in bed and I’m writing about the whole experience I’m choking on that same sob all over again but in a good way! I’m so proud of her!). Obviously, we had a lot of FUN with this assignment! We tweaked it quite a bit to suit our needs, using lots of Susanne’s ideas.
We looked at all the poems that Susanne had listed online. We didn’t use any books at all at first. We noticed how they were arranged, the way they were grouped, whether or not the lines had periods at the ends. And at first, we did not read them at all! (This was very enticing to my child. “We don’t actually have to read?” “Oh no, this is poetry! This is like Word Art! At first we are just going look and notice! In fact, do not read! Just notice and appreciate the lines of words right now. Absolutely do not read when you first look at poem!”) Eventually, after noticing and appreciating all of the poems (we likened it to strolling around a “Word Art” Gallery), we decided to pick “The Firefly” by Ogden Nash (admittedly because it was the shortest offering listed in Susanne’s list).
I carefully copied our selected poem into a big piece of construction paper. And then I made a few separate oak tag boards for handwriting practice with three unfamiliar words from our poem for us to figure out. Handwriting isn’t really our thing, so I knew that my daughter wouldn’t be interested in doing copywork for the entire poem. And the oak tag boards were completely optional. But they were big and pretty and I used purple markers and pulled out supplies for us to make drawings of fireflies on them with glow in the dark paint to embellish them, so I was pretty sure that she’d be interested. (She was, since art is her thing!) We didn’t look for the dictionary definition only, we looked in a thesaurus as well, so we could get the gist of what the author was talking about. And then we came up with lots of synonyms of our own too! We looked up the word: EERIER (oddball, creepy, weird, strange) and UNIDENTIFIED (unknown, unnamed, mysterious) and POSTERIOR (rear, backside, behind, or as this author intends it…tushie, bum, b-u-t-t! Insert peals of hysterical rolling on the floor, irreverent, delightful, elementary kid, laughter).
We read our poem lots of times! We read it over the phone to Dad, who is away on a business trip this week (EERIER rhymes with POSTERIOR which “GUESS WHAT THAT MEANS DAD??”). We read it to our friends when they came over to play! We read it to another friend when he dropped over to visit! And we expanded all our friends’ vocabularies and taught them all the author’s intended meaning of the word “posterior” and Mommy had lots of coffee on Monday and Tuesday (but did I mention that on Tuesday night my daughter read a poetry book? Oh, and it wasn’t authored by Ogden Nash) so it’s all good! It’s all very, very good.
As I said above, we tweaked the copywork suggestion quite a bit to suit our needs. And we stuck heavily with the goal of enjoying our poem! We had lots and lots of tea parties, lots and lots of teatime treats, we drug big sister in on the tea parties, we seated and served stuffed Pokemon like royalty with their own tea cups! We pulled in firefly art projects, we danced, we made up songs (sorry, Mr. Nash, your lovely little poem got turned into a rap!), and we just had all kinds of fun with our poem for a solid 48 hours. (And I’m sure it will still be going on when she wakes up tomorrow!)
Secure your spot in our spring online writing classes.
We have an improved registration system for spring classes! EVERYONE is starting from scratch so even if you have usernames etc from past classes—forget them. Clean slate time!
If you have any difficulties registering contact us asap at email@example.com. Put URGENT in the email and a phone number if you want a call. We’ll be ready to help!
Can’t wait to work with you and your kids!
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Our talented instructors are published authors and homeschool parents. They provide you with both writing and homeschool coaching, to help you dry the tears and foster a culture of writing in your family.
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Our writing classes are built from the workshop, writing support group model.
Kidswrite intermediate, our most popular high school essay prep class, has exploded out of its britches! We have so much material we want to teach your kids about the essay—how to read, how to think, how to cite—that we’ve reconfigured the class into three month-long topics.
*NEW* Essay Prep Series:
Take them in any order, take one or all of them. Up to you!
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Spring Class Registration opens at noon ET on Dec. 4 (Set your alarm clocks!). Sign up for the Arrow and Boomerang Book Clubs then too.
Spring is a great time to JUMP into Brave Writer online writing classes. If you want to reboot your homeschool experience of writing, let us help you!