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Playing with Poetry Success

Playing with Poetry Success

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.

1. Look at the Poem

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).

2. Every Word Counts

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).

3. Read Poems Aloud – Always!

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.

4. The Whole Enchilada!

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!)

Poetry Teatime


Spring 2018 Class Registration is OPEN

Brave Writer 2018 Spring Writing Class Registration is OPEN

Spring Registration is NOW OPEN!!

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 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!


Brave Writer 2018 Spring Writing Class Registration is OPEN

SPRING 2018 Writing Class Schedule

2018 Spring Writing Class Schedule

The 2018 Spring Online Writing Class Schedule is up!

Class sessions start in January.

Registration opens Monday Dec 4, 2017 (Noon ET)

Our Brave Writer Online Writing Classes are truly unique in the homeschool market. Over 20,000 families have studied writing with us with wonderful results.

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.

Brave Writer is all about personal investment and connection. Our instructors supply a deep commitment of time, and gentle, practical instruction that leads to happy, improved writers.

Our writing classes are built from the workshop, writing support group model.

  • Each participant is valued as a person, not just as a student.
  • Writing feedback is detailed, friendly, and thorough.
  • Our instructors recognize that they have a sacred trust with your children; they aim to ensure that each student feels heard, read, and supported in deepening both skill and insight in his or her writing.
  • Our classes are brief and easy to use. You don’t have to commit to a full semester! You can sign up for a 3-6 week class, do a deep dive, and then take a break!
  • No required login time, no headset or special technology required.

Learn more here!

Important Change

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!

Watch this 30+ minute video for detailed information about each class.

Brave Writer Spring Writing Class Schedule

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!

See the 2018 Spring Class Schedule HERE

2017 Fall Class Registration is OPEN

Registration is OPEN for Brave Writer Online Classes

Brave Writer Online Classes provide a safe space for writing risks.

Fall Class Registration is OPEN

Today is our biggest online class registration event of the year. Our Arrow and Boomerang Book Clubs are open for registration as well. Spots fill quickly so don’t wait to sign up!

New to our online class registration day? I’ve got tips for you!

You will receive two email confirmations (one of payment and one showing your classes)

Charter School payments are collected later. Select “charter school” at the payment window to complete your registration. You will receive ONE receipt.

We’ve created an FAQ you can read too.

If you get stuck, contact us:

  • Use the live chat box on the website
  • Or email us at (Put a clear subject line: “Payment didn’t go through” or “I can’t get past the ‘add a child’ page”)
  • We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible!

Register for Fall Writing Classes HERE

Kidswrite Basic has a NEW Name

Kidswrite Basic is now The Writer's Jungle Online
Kidswrite Basic (our foundational class) has a new name—

The Writer’s Jungle Online

The content of this class is identical to Kidswrite Basic. The Writer’s Jungle Online covers the first nine chapters of The Writer’s Jungle manual providing you, the parent, with coaching, gentle accountability, and a space for your young writers to grow.

You do not need to purchase The Writer’s Jungle to participate. The information from the manual is provided to you in class. That said, if you have the manual and struggle to use it, this is a GREAT class to help you follow through on your best intentions for writing.

Why Take an Online Writing Class?

Great question!

Brave Writer is unique in the world of online writing classes. We focus on the writing voice of your child by giving personal, kind, supportive attention to each student.

Our instructors provide your children with the kind of reader responses that help your child to feel read not corrected. Not your “English teacher” margin notes: “Unclear” or “Awkward.” Rather, our instructors conduct a conversation with the student about the writing, sharing how the writing impacted them as readers.

Students will get comments like these (taken from one of our Writer’s Jungle Online classes):

I’m so excited to play with you in your world of sugar. I’ll suggest and comment, and when you decide you’re satisfied, you get to declare this one finished. Okay, off I go into your world! So, one thing to look for is an Opening Hook. Your first two sentences grab the reader. Your third sentence is where you might want to start to fiddle…

Our goal is to help students grow as writers—to learn how

  • to expand their ideas,
  • to enrich their content,
  • to polish their presentation of their viewpoint.

We respond to what they offer, we don’t correct it. That’s what makes this process pain-free and supportive rather than the “cling to your fragile ego by your fingernails” experience so often revision feedback can be.

Each writing class is designed for maximum writing support. Students get to read the writing of other students and the instructor interaction with everyone in the class. This creates a “writing workshop” environment where supporting one another and learning together is maximized.

Because all of the classes are conducted through writing (through posts), students learn to put their thoughts into writing naturally, easily. They discover that they do have things to say and they come ready to write those thoughts. Instructors bring their enthusiastic, happy, insightful energy to the students.

The result? Kids who find their writing voices and discover their own writing power!

We’ve got a wide variety of classes so be sure to check them out. If you need help selecting a class, drop us a line (

2017 Fall Writing Class Schedule